There are many reasons a person may not practice yoga, however, in the training I’ll give you lots of suggestions on how to teach the poses to the children without even having to leave your chair. This can be helpful for teachers who may be wheelchair users, have injuries, or various other reasons why they may not be able to teach/practice the poses. Add an answer to this item.
This is a great valid common question, that I’ve been asked before. In the training I’ll teach you how to come up with various poses for characters/themes from the books. Some of the poses are common yoga poses but referred to as different names that are associated with the book you’re reading to your class. For example, Warrior II, we’ve called it surfer pose, if there are pictures of people surfing in the book, it can be strong pose, or powerful pose and having the kids call “strong and powerful” out as they’re in the pose is a lot of fun. If you’re reading a faith-based story that may have trees, river, flowers, and various animals, etc. I’ll teach you how to adapt the poses to the environment of the children you’re teaching.
In Yoga’s most neutral sense it is made up of breathwork, movement and mindfulness/meditation. Here are some other words you can use instead of calling it yoga.
I’ve taught children in provider’s living rooms, where space has been limited, and this is a common theme especially for in-home daycares. If you can have circle time in your environment, you’ll be ok for your kid’s yoga adventure. Plus, I’ll give you strategies that you can use for using the curriculum in your environment.
Firstly, I love doing yoga outside it’s my favorite place to do yoga. Using this curriculum outdoors takes it to another level, as there is so much richness in the outdoor environment that can be added into the curriculum. I include in the training manual about bringing Literacy in Yoga™ into the outdoor environment, and the benefits this can have vs an indoor classroom.
I’ve worked in the field of ECE since 2005 and have been teaching children’s yoga since 2010. In 2014 I became a Registered Children’s and Family Yoga Teacher, and I’ve taught Literacy in Yoga™ for over 8+ years in various ECE environments, which equates to over 3000+ classes over the years to mostly young children. During this time, I’ve explored what works and what doesn’t work for this age group. Coming from an ECE background and having an associate degree in ECE has helped me bring in my skills as ECE teacher from the various teaching environments I’ve worked and still work in. Given my training of children’s yoga, which I hasten to add is not a watered-down adult yoga but is yoga that’s developmentally age appropriate and taught in ways that children can connect with. Given my ECE and children’s yoga background, I bring in unique approach to the teaching and development of this yoga teacher training for ECE teachers.