“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.”
“My Foundations was uplifting, informative, and inspiring. Prior to the Foundations training, I was teaching yoga to children, with a very non well-rounded approach… I guess you could say. In attempting to make all the yoga poses I knew kid-friendly and fun, I was missing the holistic, interdisciplinary approach grounded within the YogaKids philosophy.”
“The YogaKids workshop was so special. I participated in lots of yoga for kids workshops in Iran and they were good — but this time I feel that I am part of a big group whose mission is to serve children, family and the whole world. The program blends traditional yoga with new and professional theories — a comprehensive and multi-dimensional approach to educate not only children but also their families. YogaKids is really generous in transferring information and everything you need to improve your teaching skills. They come along with you step-by-step in this path. You feel that you are connected and supported by a very professional and experienced teacher. It was so instructive and inspiring.”
“I can’t say enough… the quality of the programming for training teachers is outstanding and the quality of the approach to teaching yoga to kids and teens is second to none in my opinion. I’m a university educated elementary school teacher and early childhood educator with almost 30 years experience working with children and my experience studying with and using YogaKids approach has led to some of my deepest and most meaningful connections with students. Marsha really gets kids and I will always cherish the memory of my time spent with her.”
“A couple of weeks have passed since my Foundations training, but the excitement I had those three days is still fresh in my mind. I went to the training with the goal of adding to my educator toolbox. I wanted to find more ways to incorporate movement into the classroom, and glean a new perspective on how to best support kids who might be struggling to focus. I came away from the training with much more, and realized that kid’s yoga could benefit my students and many others in so many ways.
One realization I had during some of the breath work we did was that we don’t teach kids how to breathe. We tell them to focus, we tell them to calm down, but we don’t teach them how. As I just completed my ninth year teaching, I am learning more and more that some of those ‘other things’ such as breath, focus, self-regulation, social skills, etc. are just as important as the content we teach. This is one reason that I decided to commit and continue with my training.
I picture myself running YogaKids camps in the community in the future and starting a yoga club after school. I don’t know what the future will hold for me in my career, but I do know I am always seeking out new opportunities to learn and grow, and I am excited to see how this training will impact my path. I am thrilled to be part of the YogaKids community!”
“I came to YogaKids in 2001. At that time, no one was teaching children’s yoga in my community. As soon as I began to share the word of my new profession, doors flew open to me. Within the 9 months I took to complete my at-home-practicum, I earned more than enough income to cover all of the expenses of my certification. Since then, I am gainfully working as a YogaKids teacher in the Oak Park area. My annual billings are about $70,000, and I still have lots of free time for myself and my family. I believe in everyone’s right to earn a fair living, and YogaKids has brought me financial rewards as well as those of fun, balance and boat loads of happy children. Namaste to you!”
“My Foundations experience far exceeded my expectations. I’m a dental assistant, and was looking at obtaining a few tips on relating to kids better in the office. I’ve been working with at-risk and high-risk youth (generally those in the foster care program up here) and am confident that bringing yoga into that area will have amazing results. I believe that kids (generally) these days aren’t being taught the coping mechanisms to deal with all that is thrown at them, and that YogaKids can help change that. I’m blown away already by the difference it’s made dealing with stressed/scared kids in the dental office — a little ‘Bunny Breath’ and a ‘wiggle break’ here and there go a long way!”
“After the Foundations training. I was inspired to continue with the Certification because I felt it would not only connect me to a community of teachers for furthering my own growth, but also I was impressed with the depth and breadth of the curriculum. As a former classroom teacher of 25 years, I have seen many changes in the last few years that really concern me. I feel the exorbitant amount of testing and expectations that do not celebrate the whole child need to be balanced out with an infiltration of yoga for kids of all ages. The curriculum combined with yoga philosophy is an all encompassing path to raising and developing confident and better learners.”
“What I love the most about YogaKids is that it is an approach to educating the whole child through yoga. Along with yoga, each class is accompanied by other elements such as music, games, language, math, art, and storytelling. I believe it can make a difference in the lives of children of all abilities!”