Do you ever stop to ask yourself, “Why do I teach yoga to kids?”
It’s a great question to reflect upon. Often, there is that one moment we’re trying to capture or go back to. That magic moment where you truly see the joy in a child’s eyes when they finally get themselves into a particular pose or when a classroom of students fall silent, and it’s like the world has paused for a second.
What are magic yoga moments?
Our community is extremely diverse. We come from all over the world. We are parents, teachers, yoga teachers, health practitioners, librarians, daycare owners, and school support staff. Some of us are complete beginners to yoga, and some have been teaching yoga to children for over a decade.
But the one thing we have in common is that we all have magic yoga moments.
Recently, I asked our Kids Yoga Stories community to share their magic yoga moments. I’ve shared a few of these stories in this video.
What is your magic yoga moment? Share with us below or on our Kids Yoga Stories Facebook page here.
What’s a typical Magic Yoga Moment? Show me.
Yoga can truly be a magical experience when you witness your children execute a challenging yoga pose or as you watch a wave of calmness wash over their typically overactive body. These are the moments that remind us why we teach yoga to kids.
When I asked the Kids Yoga Stories community to share their magic moments teaching yoga, the one modality that was brought up time and again was breathing! Focusing on the breath is the simplest, yet most profound aspect of the practice of yoga. The cool thing is that you don’t need any equipment; you can practice anywhere—and with anyone.
In this video, I share one of my favorite breathing techniques that I frequently do with my daughter.
The three steps I use involve the mind, body, and breath.
- Mind: I start by promoting a growth mindset and ask my daughter to think positive, happy thoughts.
- Body: To bring awareness to our bodies, I ask her to rub her hands vigorously together.
- Breath: Then I ask her to take three long, deep breaths.
We repeat this a few times, and it never ceases to amaze me how well it works! It helps to invite calm and either transition to a new activity or get us ready for bed.
Now it’s your turn. Watch the video and then share with us your favorite breathing techniques below in the comments section or on our Kids Yoga Stories Facebook page.
How do you find your magic yoga moments?
In this third video, I’d love to explore the question of how we find these magic yoga moments.
We’ll start by sharing one of the yoga principles, which states:
“The practice of yoga will be firmly rooted when it maintained consistently and with dedication over a long period.”
This is a powerful statement that I hold near and dear to my heart. I have dedicated my life to living a yoga life, and I know that it will be a lifelong journey.
How do you find you magic yoga moment? Share with us below or on our Kids Yoga Stories Facebook page here.
When you sign up for Kids Yoga Monthly, you’ll receive fun and easy resources each and every month so you can take time to practice yoga rather than researching yoga.
And Kids Yoga Monthly is different from many other yoga-related resources. As a former teacher and someone who has lived all over the world, I aim to expose children to different cultures and people through the yoga stories. I also choose educational themes that incorporate well into your learning experiences.
Wondering if this makes sense for you?
- Why join Kids Yoga Monthly?
- Save time finding new yoga resources.
- Decrease stress trying to figure out what to do in yoga class.
- Spend less time working after hours.
- Have more time to spend with your family and friends.
- Deepen your own practice through yoga challenges.
- Connect with and get support from other wonderful people teaching yoga to kids.