As some of you know I have become a bit of a yoga junkie. It has been a journey and a half but it’s a regular source of inspiration for me.
My wonderful, creative, outgoing, and seriously anxious son has also been on a journey this year. Part of this has been an amazing therapy group that teach relaxation and breathing as calming techniques. Now I was happy just being a mom who happened to do yoga to help ground me through my trials and tribulations; and then one day it happened.. R was having a meltdown, over what I can’t remember anymore, but I was sitting with him and watched him clench his whole body rigid with anger. I heard my Yogis (Denise,Melissa &Che) say in my head, “squeeze into a little ball, tight, tight, tight…and then release”. LIGHT BULB! I modeled and talked R through a few rock hug and squeeze and watched the anger dissipate. He was able to talk to me, tell me what was really really bothering him. What, to us parents seemed like a randomly small statement, had thrown his world upside down. He climbed onto my lap and as we rocked back and forth my Ugi (Yoga) Breath kicked in. Our rocking fell into time with our breathing and we were both able to let it all go and just breath. Truly we were able to “Breath to Calm Down”, which is the mantra in our family.
This amazing moment sparked something in me that said, if something this simple can help R then I wonder if a yoga class designed for kids like him would be beneficial. And that started this next phase in my journey.
After many conversations with wonderful people and resources I decided to take the plunge and become a kids yoga instructor so that I could run a class for these wonderful kids. Just as I made that decision a friend passed along information that a kids training modual was going to be held at a PYC in my town. Well talk about fate ;) Two days of intensive training on teaching children yoga, and I loved every second of it. My amazing husband even “gave up” fathers day so that I could do this!
Now I’ve had a taste, and I want more. I left that weekend so inspired to teach kids yoga. Every day I think how can I use this desire and knowledge and start helping the wonderful kids like my Son R. I am going to continue with my training in January with The Clarity Center and get my full Yoga Alliance Certification to teach Children Yoga.
But between now and then? You’ll likely find me breathing like a bunny with R, doing Lions breath with my wee daughter; going to yoga class daily and listening to a lot of Raffi.
“Nothing can replace the influence of unconditional love in the life of a child.” ~ Mister Rogers