“As a public educator to students with special needs, I see the benefits of the YogaKids’ daily practice to aid students in cultivating a calm and focused presence. I am inspired by the Foundation training because I’ve experienced the benefits of yoga. As well, the science behind Marsha’s work can aid in encouraging the general population to try it and be open to yoga. Specifically, in this period of time that we live in where everyone — but mostly minds who are open to begin new habits — can benefit from yoga. Good habits for life can begin when we are young and the design of YogaKids is a wonderful way to plant the seeds of a healthy mind and body.”
“Foundations was a wonderful experience! I was considering yoga as a profession but unsure before Foundations. I knew specializing in a niche market was important, but had never worked with children. I attended Foundations to ‘test the waters.’ After the amazing instruction and advice from trainer Kim Vulinovic, bonding with the wonderful women who also attended, and learning YKI is a progressive, solid company, I knew this was right for me!”
“I felt that incorporating yoga into what I do as a speech-language pathologist was something that could open so many doors for the children who I work with. I researched different yoga programs and came across YogaKids. It looked like the best program out there, so I signed up for the Foundations course. It was an incredible experience.
I had never seen a yoga class for children in action, so it was very eye opening- it is MUCH different than an adult class! Krista, our trainer, was so knowledgeable and inspiring, and watching her teach a class was very helpful! The 14 YogaKids Elements provided a framework to teach a class to all kids of learners, whether that be visual, tactile, auditory or kinaesthetic. Having the opportunity to work with the other participants in the course was very educational as well, since there were women there who were teachers and mothers who brought different ideas and perspectives to the group.
I had already signed up to complete my advanced training when I registered for the Foundations course, and I am glad that I did. I still feel that I can incorporate yoga into how I work with children with speech-language needs, particularly those with diagnoses like Autism and other self-regulatory challenges to help and guide them towards being the best communicators that they can be!”
“For years, I bounced around the internet looking for yoga programs for children to use with my own children for fun. My adult yoga teachers would recommend a few things, but admitted that their passion was to teach adults. Periodically, my park district would host a kids yoga class for residents, but my adult yoga teachers were kind of forced into teaching the classes and the format just seemed ‘off.’
Last Spring, my son’s struggles with his legs reached a breaking point for me, as a parent. I was determined to find a solution and every Doctor that we visited (Orthopedics, Rheumatology, Neurology, Neruo-muscular), all had something on their website about the benefits of yoga for children. I did some serious searching then to find a program that I could use at home with my children. While driving to a physical therapy appointment, my son said, ‘I don’t want you to teach swim lessons to kids, I want you to teach yoga to kids to make their leg pain go away.’ Part of me wanted to cry and a light went on in the other half!
That day, I found the Om at Home Program for Parents and quickly enrolled. I also saw a Taste of YogaKids training and within time, enrolled in that, too. My children loved doing the poses in the book and I loved the online modules. I’m so incredibly grateful that my son said those words because I don’t know if I would have come up with the idea on my own. I’m so excited to be beginning this journey today.”
“I wanted to express my deep gratitude to Krista Strayer and the entire YogaKids team for putting together such a wonderful Foundations weekend training. Each day was filled not only with powerful wisdom and insight, but also with many opportunities to connect with our inner child and fully experience each of the YogaKids Elements ourselves.”
“When I finished Foundations, I felt as if a fire had been lit deep within my belly – it was warm, and exciting and wonderful. It was a feeling of capability and hope. I want the children I work with to feel this way – to feel they are capable of anything, to feel centered and healthy and in control of their emotions. I hope to bring this to them through Yoga. I am excited to begin this journey and look forward to learning something new every day!”
“I was invited to attend the Foundations training at Lake Wales High School in Lake Wales, Fl. The Foundations training was ‘just another training’ that I had to attend per my principal. I am the school social worker at a middle school and am often ‘voluntold’ to go to trainings since my job does not require a substitute. After the first 10 minutes of the training, I was hooked. I loved the curriculum, the trainer, and the idea of implementing yoga into the school day. Through this training I learned the value of mindfulness, creating your own peace, and being healthy for your own self.
I am overly thrilled to be able to implement this into our middle school. Our school was recently traumatized by Hurricane Irma. We had one major building completely destroyed and another partly destroyed. We had many students lose their homes and stability in their lives from this vicious storm. I have attempted to start many support groups, but they tend to fizzle out as students choose to not attend. I am hoping the implementation of yoga into the groups will help our students with a new peaceful state of mind as well as an interest in attending a weekly group session. I am so excited about the opportunity to provide this amazing practice to our school, students, and staff.”
“Being able to access the webinar during my own schedule was a huge success. I am so grateful to be able to take this course online. I currently assist a yoga instructor here in our community and this training has actually shown me that there is SO MUCH they could be doing and I am SO excited to do my own classes the way YogaKids is training me! Also being able to have both Ann & Judy available to communicate during the online webinar was excellent. Judy is an amazing teacher as she explains everything with such grace that I never became overwhelmed by all the information. Ann is a wealth of information and they were both so energetic and positive. Judy sharing everyone’s assignments was a tremendous help as well as freely answering all of our questions. The training for this course has given me the confidence to be able to start facilitating classes. The assignments were very achievable during the week as it was the perfect way to ease me into teaching and also helping me to realize if moving forward to Level 2 was of interest to me. I am now looking forward to being a YogaKids Apprentice! Thank you! And thank you for offering this online as it truly is that way of the world now as many of us are not able to travel often and I can spread the love of YogaKids in my community now.”
“I had taken a children’s yoga course before I started my YogaKids journey. At the end of it, I left very unprepared for teaching. After completing YogaKids however, I was excited, motivated, energized and felt ready to show children everywhere what I had learned. The elements of YogaKids help make sure every child is reached. It’s amazing and my journey with them is only just beginning. I highly recommend to all.”
“When entering the Foundations course, I was still apprehensive. I was worried that I didn’t have enough ‘yoga teacher’ knowledge or know all the right alignments and postures. But once we began our training, I immediately began to fall in love. I love how YogaKids isn’t just about teaching kids yoga. It’s about teaching them other valuable life concepts such as unity, math skills, language skills, listening etc. It really opened my mind to the way kids can learn and excel not just through school. I really enjoy the creativity and seeing the transitions in children.
I honestly loved my Foundations class; it inspired me daily while also keeping me creative and patient with myself like I will have to be with children. Watching the classes that were taught made me just smile and eager for more. I love how engaged the children were and how surprised they were when we weren’t just doing poses — and we were coloring or singing or moving around. It was a great, different take on yoga. I really enjoyed it and knew I wanted to go further with this.”