There are many benefits of yoga and mindfulness practices for children. Maybe they sleep better. Strengthen their bodies. Learn to calm their mind. Use their breath to self-regulate.
And if taught well, they’ll cultivate tools that they can use to become a happier and healthier version of themselves, just like yoga ultimately does for all of us.
This time, however, I’m not going to talk about the benefits of yoga for children.
Rather, I’d like to discuss the benefits of teaching yoga to children.
That is, why I NEED to teach children’s yoga.
The benefits of teaching yoga to children
At this current moment, I’m having a bit of a freak out. I got a great opportunity to teach yoga to several groups of children at a kindergarten, meaning that I’ll be teaching both to the biggest and youngest groups I’ve taught yet.
I’ve taught a lot of yoga, and do so confidently.
Children’s yoga however, is different. It’s scary.
When teaching children’s yoga, I need to display a side of me that I have yet to get to know.
The playful side of me. The side of me that knows how to be silly.
The side of me that sings! in front of other people!
Stepping out of your comfort zone
Children’s yoga, therefore, always brings me out of my comfort zone.
And with a younger (and bigger) group, I’ll need to take a bigger leap than ever before.
Children’s yoga makes me become a version of myself that I’m too scared to become.
The confident, silly, and playful me – that still keeps calm and joyful through any situation.
I am just starting out, and I know I have a lot to learn.
With children’s yoga, I learn as much as possible, and practice as much as I can.
I sign up for every training. I read all the books.
It started because I wanted the children to learn yoga. To give them this experience. To cultivate those skills.
Now however, I understand this.
Children’s yoga is what I need. To become a better person.
Teaching children’s yoga is going to save me. It is going to change me.
Teaching children’s yoga is going to bring me to my full potential.
And I hope, that along the way, it will benefit the children as well.
Because, like with every exchange with children, they will teach you at least as much, as you will teach them.