Teaching yoga to kids? Catch your own breath before class, experts say. “Kids’ classes are different from adults’,” says Susan Verde, kids’ yoga and mindfulness teacher and author of the best-selling I Am Yoga children’s book. “There is a lot of conversation and play throughout class. As a teacher, you need to be able to go with the flow and change things up mid-class.” She suggests taking time before class to sit and meditate, focusing on the breath, as a way to ground yourself, connect with yourself, and cultivate calm and kindness.
While preparation is the key to success in so much in life, it’s important to cut your expectations some slack when teaching this ancient practice to young ones. “Have a plan—and an open mind,” Verde suggests. “Creating an age-appropriate class for your kids with a good mix of games, breathing and posture will help you as a teacher feel more organized and confident. That being said, be prepared for your plan to go right out the window, based on the needs and energy of your class. You may find something entirely different works better than your original plan. It’s not perfection, it’s practice—even for a teacher.”
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