I’m now here in Chiang Mai in the North of Thailand and had the pleasure to follow a kids yoga course at Kids Yoga Garden a little bit outside of Chiang Mai. Two of the keywords when leaving a fixed job some years ago was “children” and “yoga” (read it here), so I was very happy when I saw the announcement of this workshop.
Kids Yoga Garden has been founded by Rosalie Wilmot and Krittiya Hutjumpol (“Yok”) two years ago. I followed them already a while on their Facebook page and I was impressed by what they do and the fun they bring into the world. Their vision was to create a multicultural meeting place centered around experiential learning. They offer cooking classes, gardening, art, music and.. yoga.
Yoga is beneficial for everybody. No surprise that it has a good influence on the development and behavior of kids. It develops body and mind awareness, flexibility and strength, fine and gross motor skill development and encourages respect and love for oneself and others.
A dream came true for Rosalie (also a ex-Samyak student by the way) when she could start her own teacher workshops. She has a lot of experience in teaching yoga at international schools and her own Kids Yoga Garden. By this she spreads the word of yoga and maybe train new colleagues. Not unimportant, the course was much more affordable than other courses (I have seen prices 5 times higher).
Normally to become a kids yoga teacher, you “must” follow a 95 hours course, but I did the two day workshop. The main topics were
1. What is Yoga for children?
2. How to a create safe and engaging learning environment
3. Identify age appropriate yoga asanas (poses)
4. Guiding mindfulness and meditation techniques
5. Creating Storytelling Yoga Lessons
We started with a lesson (“a walk in the garden”) and during the day we reflected on this and saw how the theory was applied in this lesson. The second day we invented a game our self and presented it to the other participants.
In these two days we have gotten the essential knowledge to create and present our own lessons. It was a quite lot of theory to digest, but it was well cut into pieces. I was happy that it wasn’t set up too childish (like I see at other kids yoga trainings) because I’m quite down to earth.
The fact that the group was small made it that there was a lot of space for interaction and questions. (When you know me, you know that I have a lot of questions). Of course an intensive workshop of 16 hours doesn’t make you a kids yoga teacher (neither the 95 hours course will do), but it has given me the essential basics to start. Who knows I can do some yoga related activities on the camping next summer!
If you have the chance to follow one of the next workshops, take the chance !