Yoga Isn’t Just For Kids

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Now that school is back in session, so are my kids yoga classes. This past week I’ve slowly eased back into my teaching. I taught two classes in East Orange to kids who have suffered trauma and now demonstrate severe emotional and behavioral issues. I will admit to being a bit nervous about resuming teaching there. Before I enter the Center, I take a few minutes in my car to center myself.  I pray and ask for guidance and support to best serve the kids. I send Reiki to myself and the room. I slather myself in calming essential oils and off I go. The classes I taught this week are the “easy” ones. The kids are younger and, for the most part, not as affected. Yet, I was cursed at, called stupid, had my props thrown across the room and a child tried to kick me. This particular child knew me from last year so I was surprised at his reaction. I do my best to stay calm and present to them an adult that will not react to them by yelling or getting overly upset.

I also led my free kids yoga class at Shatki Yoga. I had 20 kids (!!!!) in my class.  While my class is geared for kids ages 3-7, most of the kids were on the younger side. This free class always draws a large crowd. We like to offer a free class a few times a year so the kids can try the class before the series begins and the parents can see how it goes. This free class is a bit different than the classes I teach in the rest of the series simply because there are so many kids. I had an assistant this time which helped tremendously. What usually happens is one child asks to use the bathroom and then every single child has to go. With that amount of young kids, I needed an extra set of hands. All the kids seemed to have a lot of fun. So did I.

On Friday I visited Karma Kids Yoga. I became certified to teach kids yoga through this studio and I have continued to take numerous trainings they offer. One of the great things that the director, Shari, extends to graduates is the opportunity to observe classes. Since I don’t begin to teach on Fridays for another two weeks, I took the opportunity to head into the city and observe a 3-4 year old yoga class.

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The studio is filled with butterflies, bright colors and fun. It was great to watch the teacher. It made me feel a lot better about my own teaching since her class was very similar to the ones that I teach. Sometimes I worry that I’m not doing a good enough job but observing this class helped increase my self confidence. The teachers who teach there are so lucky as the studio is filled with amazing props right at their fingertips.

Lastly, I volunteered to teach a free kids yoga class for my community on Saturday afternoon for the Maplewood Loves Wellness event. Even though I had just taught a free class a few days before, I still felt compelled to offer my service at this event. I assumed there could be families who weren’t aware of my class at Shakti. There really isn’t a way to prepare for an event like this. The event was like a street fair. My class was announced over a microphone and kids started to come over. I had kids ranging in age from 2-12. We sang some songs, did sun salutations and breath work as parents and passerby’s walked by.

All in all, it was a nice transition week back to teaching. Plus I was also able to give two in person Reiki sessions and one long distance session. I’m thankful to be able to continue offering healing energy sessions in addition to teaching kids yoga. As the weeks go on, I will be teaching at a preschool and an enrichment program at my daughter’s elementary school. Summer was great while it lasted!

Who Me? A Kids Yoga Teacher??

I used to joke that I wasn’t sure how I became a mother since I don’t even like kids.

That’s not really true.  How could I even figure out if liked kids if I had never been around them?  Until I had my two daughters, I didn’t have any interaction with children. Zilch. Sofia was the first diaper I had ever changed. (And she pooped all my hospital gown. I never imagined poop could project like that).

My 6 year old, Alessndra, began taking yoga classes last spring.  She loved yoga and asked why I didn’t teach kids yoga. She planted the seed. A month later, I was asked to teach a kids yoga class at a daycare. The rest  Continue reading

Just Say Yes

My Word Of The Year is Slow. But, as you could probably tell from my posts, or lack of, the word hasn’t been thrilling me. It’s still very applicable in my life but just not very exciting. I still think of Slow with fondness but the spark is gone. I’m sorry.

My current word seems to be YES. Now, Yes is a lot more exciting for me. A lot of opportunities have popped into my life. I have been saying YES to all of them that work with my schedule. I was asked to teach a Parent and Pea yoga class at Maplewood Karate. I was asked to teach a Karma Kids Yoga class at Shakti Yoga. I said yes.

Other yoga teaching opportunities have presented themselves. I even had two editors contact me about writing opportunities. I am saying yes, yes and yes again. Despite feeling nervous and wondering “Can I do this?”

Yes I can and Yes I will.