Why I do this Work

This is what brings me the greatest joy…to be a champion for the child’s spirit,

a guardian of their simple and profound perspective,

a fierce warrior for their natural right to live in safety, innocence, joy.

This is why I do this work.

Through this effort, small as it may be on a world scale,

I am blessed a billion times over every time I am in their company.

Sometimes our meeting results in an outpouring of love.

Sometimes it is a lesson in staying present with something

we both might want to run away from.

But I find that as long as I let them in,

these authentic humans that we call children have the capacity to keep me truthful.

Just one look, one smile, one simple sentence from them

and I know I am in the right place.

Shakta Khalsa

By | 2016-12-28T21:22:07+00:00 October 6th, 2010|Children's Yoga, notes from Shakta, Poetry|2 Comments

About the Author:

Shakta is an AMS certified Montessori teacher, and the author of five well-known Yoga books, CDs and DVDs. Her latest book, The Yoga Way to Radiance: How to Follow Your Inner Guidance and Nurture Children to do the Same, is scheduled for release in summer of 2016, (Llewellyn Worldwide)   Visit Shakta's Writing and Poetry Site


  1. Trish Adkins October 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this poem and for all the gifts you give us! I was a student in your teacher training a couple years ago–so often when I teacher my own children and the children in my class–I reminded of the words in your poem. Thank you.
    Namaste and much love!
    Trish Adkins

    • radiantchildyoga October 17, 2010 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      I appreciate that you have found these words useful and the Radiant Child Yoga training useful. That is what it is all about!
      blessings, Trish.

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