There are a growing number of caring people learning how to teach Kids Yoga today. It is of utmost importance that yoga and meditation be taught in a manner that aligns with academics and improved learning. In others words, you need training and years of experience to translate contemplative methods in accessible ways that influence positive behavior.
I began teaching Kids Yoga in my studio (Karuna Yoga) as well as in Los Angeles Unified School District classrooms in 2002. Due to more than 10,000 hours of teaching and training others, I have an expertise in teaching children not only the methods of yoga and meditation but just as importantly, the reasons for practicing in daily living. Perhaps master teacher is another way to state expertise here. Also from extensive experience, the SCHOOL Kids Yoga methods meet Common Core State Standards.
My professional development course, SCHOOL Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher Training, uses language and specific methods that I created from direct experience from working with children and adults in secular settings. From the personal stories shared by children and teachers on how they use the SCHOOL Kids Yoga calming methods regularly and how they are able to positively self-regulate, I know that the SCHOOL Kids Yoga teachings make sense in terms of navigating daily living in more constructive ways. Increased pause, focus, and gentleness are crucial skills for success in today’s learning environments. These qualities not only build cognition for improved academics, but also build character for kind and caring relationships in school and in life. Instead of increased mental and emotional disturbances, let us implement preventive practices for mindful, good-hearted youth who will be our future leaders