I had the honor to share my book at a studio owned by a friend of mine, who graduated from Yoga Teacher Training with me two years ago. Her studio does not offer Kids yoga classes yet, but some of her students mentioned they would love for their kids to try it out some time. So, when this friend invited me, I jumped in! We decided to offer a workshop with my book as an introduction to yoga for them, which I think is a great idea, since they get to take the book home after the class, being able to practice some more tat home with their family and friends.
As I drove to the studio, I brought my younger daughter along for many reasons, one of them being that I could use some company in the car while driving three hours to my friend’s studio. But a more important reason is that she gets to see the book we worked on together (she was the concept artist for it) being shared and enjoyed by other people; even those who had never done yoga before. As the kids started coming into the studio, my daughter pointed out to me that they were a bit older than she expected as the book is recommended for ages 3-10. I told her, “Not to worry; I can just offer more challenges in the poses”. And it is exactly what happened> Depending on the age and energy of the group, I offer different variations for the poses already in the book and call some extra poses to meet their level – of energy, physical readiness, knowledge and maturity.
We had lots of fun with individual, partner and group poses. Everyone got to laugh, and that fills up my heart. If the book can bring at least one smile to a reader, how great! There were actually many smiles and laughs as we learn to take it easy when we cannot accomplish a certain pose or stay balanced for more than one second – it’s all good!
At the end of the workshop, we had time to play the game (included in the book) as a group and to enjoy some relaxation (savasana) by lying down on the mats, reaping the benefits from the hard work doing the poses. I had some nature sounds playing in the background, encouraged them to relax, close their eyes and visualize themselves in a rainforest. Maybe they could focus on one animal sound they could recognize and try to visualize it, or simply try to identify as many animals as they could among the sounds being played. One thing I have learned from having done this before is to let them know, as we lie down, that the animals are not in the room with them, just the sounds, so they are able to relax more fully.
It is a great honor to share my book with other people – of all ages. When I decided to write the book, I had the vision of presenting it to groups like this one, and spreading the love for yoga to kids and their families and friends through my book. I feel grateful for having opportunities like this in my life.