Some friends have been encouraging me to create a video about my Kids Yoga classes for a while. Then a friend of mine, who is a videographer, illustrator, video-editor and who-knows-what-else-she-can-do, asked if she could come and film one of my classes. We thought it would also be neat to include an interview with one of my students and her mother. This 10-year-old student of mine, who has been doing yoga with me for more than one year now, agreed to share the benefits she has received from a continuous yoga practice; and you can hear and see her on the video. Meanwhile, her mom does most of the talking from a parent’s perspective.
Here is the link to the video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YPZON1AJlg
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
One of the 10 living principles of Yoga is ahimsa, which means non-violence, non-harming, and even compassion towards ourselves and others.
Teaching this subject to adults is relatively easy because you just talk about it and give a chance for the words to sink in with them; maybe they will grasp the idea during class, after class, or maybe they won’t. So you keep trying and one day they may get it. Now, when teaching yoga to kids, the language and approach have to be different. I like to observe and ask the children how they react to conflicts, so we can work on communication and collaboration into better ways of solving problems. Some children come with no knowledge about conflict-solving strategies other than physically attacking others to defend themselves. I figured that discussing this subject some time during a kids yoga class is a great way to bring new ideas while the kids are not in a defensive mode from getting in trouble trying to solve conflicts in some inappropriate way. I truly believe there is a peaceful way to solve issues, and learning that from a young age will sure come in hand many times during our lives.
Here is a great example on how a situation can be handled differently as pictured by this short film from Disney: