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20 Reasons to Love Teaching Kids Yoga

This “passion” post is part of our monthly theme at Kids Yoga Stories.  I asked Carolyn Clarke, a kids yoga teacher and author of Imaginations: Fun Relaxation Stories and Meditations for Kids, about her passion for teaching kids yoga.

What I love about teaching kids yoga:

  • Feeling the frenetic energy of a group of kids come into the room before class

 

  • Kids saying “Hi Yoga” because they think my name is Yoga

 

  • Making up silly stories that go along with a yoga pose flow

 

  • Teaching about love and kindness for Valentine’s day

 

  • Showing kids how it is easier to balance in life when you focus on one thing that is not moving

 

  • Blowing bubbles to teach mindful breathing

 

  • Knowing a bazillion kids music songs that don’t sound like fingernails on a chalkboard to recommend to new parents

 

  • Having the trunk of my car filled with Beanie Babies, yoga mats, chimes, toys, Lavender oil, Heart pillows, picture books, and a parachute, instead of something “boringly adult” like car cleaning supplies or the dry cleaning

 

  • Did I mention the parachute?

 

  • Seeing two friends holding hands during relaxation

 

  • Learning new poses made up by my students

 

  • The sound and vibration of preschoolers saying “Om”

 

  • Watching a child struggle with a yoga balancing pose and laughing it off before trying again

 

  • Seeing their posture change from “slumpy” to tall during the class

 

  • Smiling faces ready to practice yoga and asking what’s in my yoga bag today

 

  • Seeing kids that might not normally be active in competitive sports have a yoga triumph with a challenging pose

 

  • The scent of lavender eye pillows during relaxation

 

  • Watching their bodies go from squirmy to still during savasana and relaxation story time

 

  • Feeling the peaceful, calm, and mellow energy of the kids at the end of the class

 

  • Lots of hugs

Carolyn Clarke, author of Imaginations: Fun Relaxation Stories and Meditations for Kids

Web: www.imaginationsforkids.com

Blog: www.kidsyoga101.com

FB:  www.facebook.com/imaginationsforkids

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/relaxationstory

Twitter: www.twitter.com/relaxedkids

 

Why do you love teaching kids yoga?  What’s your passion?

Feel free to email me your ideas as well.  I would love to hear about your experiences –
Giselle at kidsyogastories dot com.

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Giselle
Kids Yoga Stories

 

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