Sometimes it can be hard to explain yoga to children. Here’s a way to make it fun and easy for both you and them!
When we dream, we see different people, animals, trees, buildings, cars, yoga mats, and other objects. But who and what are all of these people and things in your dreams? Are they really other people and other things?No, they are all you. Your own amazing mind manifests all of these things.It is the same here in our waking reality…we are not as far from each other as we may think. For example, look at someone or something now. Where do you see them?
Are they inside of you or outside of you?
All Perception Comes From Within
We are used to thinking of people and things as being outside of us, but if we look a bit closer we might discover that we are weaved much closer than we think. You do see them inside of you…all perception is within. We actually have no clue what is outside.
Everything we see, touch, smell, hear, and feel is our own internal perception of what we are experiencing outwardly. The more we can imbibe this feeling, the more connected we all feel to everything and everyone. We feel alive and happy!
This is the explanation for adults; the adults that are interested in hearing it. However, even for most adults it will be sufficient to just say that yoga is good for you!
But How Do You Explain Yoga to Children?
This depends partly on how old they are, but here are some general tips or guidelines your explanations can revolve around.
1. In yoga, there is a pose for everything in the world, whether it is an animal, a tree, or an airplane, and we can do it with our body.
2. Thousands of years ago, the ancient yogis lived in the forest, the mountains, and the caves of India. They observed their environment, and saw how the animals and nature moved in perfect harmony. They imitated the movements of the animals, the trees, the mountains, and even the movements of the stars, and created a wonderful technique that is called yoga.
3. Yoga is a way to exercise our bodies, our breath, and our minds all at the same time. Yoga makes us feel great!
4. Yoga is a very ancient science that helps us to develop flexibility and strength in our bodies, and happiness and peace in our mind.
5. Yoga is a practice and philosophy that teaches that happiness is our natural state. When the body and the mind are out of balance, we do not feel this happiness.
Gopala has been teaching Yoga for children and adults, as well as meditation and Yoga philosophy, since 1995. He was a monk in the Sivananda Yoga Centers in Israel and the Bahamas from 1994-2004. Gopala is also an ordained Interfaith minister, a Reiki Master, and certified in Thai Yoga Massage. He has studied healing through Tibetan bowls, as well as Acro Yoga and Circus Yoga. In 2007, Gopala co-founded the studio Yoga LeShalom (Hebrew for “Yoga for Peace”) in his hometown, Tel Aviv. Yoga LeShalom is a studio for the whole family, where the daily schedule included Drop-in Yoga classes for adults, Yoga for kids, Ma and Baby, and Family Yoga. That same year, Gopala began focusing on training Yoga teachers for kids, and Rainbow Kids Yoga
was born! Seeing the need to bring all of this fun to adults as well, Gopala founded Sun Moon Partner Yoga in 2009, to train Partner Yoga teachers and to enrich the Yoga world with his concept of Community Yoga. In 2010, Gopala created unique 320-Hour Teacher Training, focusing on Family and Community Yoga, and is the director and head teacher trainer. Today, Gopala keeps training Yoga teachers and directing family Yoga holidays worldwide with Angel, while writing books and traveling with their four beautiful children, Ems, Oli, Delphin and Indigo. His playful, patient and warm teaching style has been applauded by graduates as “magical”, “inspiring”, “transformative”, and “an unforgettable journey.”
Source: 5 Ways to Explain Yoga to Children