Yoga changes lives! It’s an inroad into self discovery – helping us discover new pathways in our bodies and find moments of stillness and calm. It also makes us stronger, more flexible and ultimately, more embodied.

For kids, yoga can transform their lives for the better too. With the right instruction, the practice creates opportunities for them to explore their bodies and breath in a safe, non-threatening environment, and equips them with emotional intelligence, strength and flexibility to assist their personal growth in becoming confident, resilient and compassionate adults.

Beth Borowsky has taught yoga for kids for over thirteen years. She says just some of the benefits include:

1. Body awareness

Yoga develops a connection between the body and the mind in a calm and relaxing environment. Yoga improves children’s strength and flexibility but also highlights the importance of strong muscles and bones, and how sitting up straight allows their internal organs to work effectively. With so much hunching over handheld devices, to collapsed in front of the TV, these are important lessons to prevent long term spinal defects.

2. Experience the magic of their breath

A simple technique Beth teaches in a class is the ‘magic breathing ball’. The children follow the movement of the sphere in tandem with the movement of their breath. The exercise encourages them to control their breathing, filling their lungs and taking deeper breaths. Children can use this whenever they are feeling sad or angry, by visualising a sphere and sitting quietly to breathe magic into their body so that they feel calmer.

3. Yoga sparks creativity

Kids yoga classes combine traditional yoga poses with breathing exercises, stories, music, visualisation, meditation and mindfulness to create a unique experience that makes children feel good both inside and out. This sparks imagination and creativity, while keeping them interested and focused.

4. Builds confidence in a non-competitive environment

There is no such thing as ‘I can’t’ in a yoga class for kids! Children are encouraged to be curious and try everything. The best thing about yoga is that it’s not competitive – a rare feature in children’s lives these days. In an environment that nurtures acceptance and kindness, children are able to build their confidence and self esteem and learn to honour their strengths and their weaknesses.

So, how do you teach yoga to the children in your life? Yoga designed for kids is completely different to adult classes. It’s important to learn the techniques but Beth says the key ingredient is YOU and finding the skills and confidence to create and hold space for unexpected mood swings, chaotic moments, noise and perhaps the odd tantrum!

 

Interested? Next month in the Surry Hills studio, Beth is set to host a special yoga teacher training intensive that will teach anyone interested in teaching the practice to kids. This fun and practical course will combine stories, music and games with traditional yoga methods, so you can create a unique movement experience for children aged three to eight years – with older ages covered too.

Not just for yoga teachers, this training is ideal for yoga students, childcare workers, teachers, therapists, parents, babysitters, siblings – everyone who wants to share the gift of yoga with children.

What will be covered?

  • Kids yoga – what is it?
  • Understanding the ages and stages of development
  • Planning fun and creative yoga classes for children
  • Imagination, visualisation, meditation and mindfulness
  • Ideas for keeping children engaged, interested and focused
  • Stories, music and games
  • Observing a kids yoga class
  • Sharing resources and lesson plans
  • Opportunities for teaching kids

This course includes 12 hours of teacher training which can also be accrued towards BodyMindLife’s 350/500 hour training, recognised by Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia.

Know a child who might benefit from a yoga class? Beth will also be teaching a FREE session for three to eight year olds on Saturday, 24th March from 2pm – 2.45pm at BodyMindLife Surry Hills.

Check out more details here. Beth Borowsky has been teaching Kids Yoga and training adults in Kids Yoga since 2005. Her company, KarmaKidsYoga, has a team of awesome teachers who visit preschools and daycare centres across Sydney and share the magical gifts of Kids Yoga with young children. All details can be found on www.karmakidsyoga.com.au

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Beth Borowsky Senior Yoga teacher

With over 1000 hours of teacher training, and heading into her eleventh year of teaching, Beth’s classes are Forrest Yoga inspired, intelligently sequenced to ensure that you move at a slower pace, giving time for your muscles to heat, energy to build and an opportunity to delve deeper within, both physically and emotionally, and so discover the true medicine that is yoga.

Beth’s classes invite you into Yoga Ceremony, reminding you to honour your body – its strengths and weaknesses – to prevent injury and build stamina, balance and inner calm. You’ll be encouraged to synchronise your breath with movement, and to cultivate a moving meditation creating a delicious synchronicity between body, mind, spirit and soul. She’ll encourage you to practice with a relaxed neck, to cultivate deeper intelligence and communication between your brain and body, and to let go of habitual tension. Her hope is that the wisdom you gather on the mat allows you to Walk in Beauty and With Love.

Beth is a former yoga teacher trainer with BML, and assists Ana Forrest and other senior Guardian teacher trainers in workshops and teacher trainings both in Australia and internationally. She owns KarmaKidsYoga, sending her awesome tribe of Kids Yoga teachers into preschools and daycare centres to share the many gifts of yoga and deep breathing with young children. She also runs Kids Yoga Teacher Trainings for Early Childhood Educators and Yoga Teachers (www.karmakidsyoga.com.au) and is committed to bringing kids yoga to into every childcare centre in NSW… and perhaps Australia!

Beth honours her teachers, past and present, Ana Forrest, Sinhee McCabe, Jambo Truong, Twee Merrigan, Nicole Walsh, Mark Breadner, Sindar Kaur, Lorin Roche, Sarah Powers and Jodi Komitor (to name a few) for their inspiration and wisdom and brings this with her into her classes, workshops and Goddess retreats. She is loved and respected for the Beauty-full Goddess Retreats that she runs annually both on the NSW Central Coast and in Bali.

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