A Little Yoga Magic goes a Long Way

It is absolutely inspiring to see the joy and focus on the faces of the children when they work with the yoga poses and exercises in a playful way.  In the training program I teach, Radiant Child Yoga, I always say that the very best discipline comes from within the child, and that happens easiest when the child is engaged—in other words—when you create something magical with children, there is a natural discipline, therefore none needs to be enforced from the outside.

I find the same thing when they do Yoga In Motion songs and movements, like “I am brave, I am bold, my own spirit I can hold.” When I see how they really get the idea of yoga–that yoga is a tool to apply when needed in their lives–it makes me know I am in the right business!

One boy I worked with who had sensory processing challenges took the songs to his classroom. When he felt overwhelmed by school and all its sensory input, he would cuddle up under his desk and do the Sa-Ta-Na-Ma meditation, which helps to release mental stress.  In this meditation the pads of each finger are pressed as the “yoga sounds” are chanted.  The sound of one’s own voice is affirming, the repetition brings security and order, and the pressing of the fingertips stimulates pressure points that activate brain centers for focus and relief of stress.  The child who emerged from under the desk was a whole-brain, whole-body, centered and happy child who obviously understood how to self-regulate in a most effective way!

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. kathleen picardi July 15, 2011 at 1:12 am - Reply

    I loved your story “A Little Yoga Magic Goes a Long Way”, it inspired me. I completed the “Radiant Child” training Workshop at the Healing Tree yoga studio in Quincy, MA recently. I have not yet practiced with any children, but when I read your short story, it reinforced my belief in myself, and affirmed that that is what I am meant to be doing at this time in my life. I am pre-retirement and believe this is what I need and what I can share with the children in my life, joy, awareness, strength and beauty.
    Thank you,
    Kathleen Picardi

    • radiantchildyoga September 29, 2011 at 3:55 am - Reply

      When we reach the pre-retirement age, which I am as well–there can be a sweet joy–as you said–in the realization of what we have to share from our life wisdom, gleaned from so many years of Being. As long as my physical body is happy, I find myself very happy to be this age, and look forward to what I have to offer children and adults. May it be so for you as well.

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