Bringing Children’s Yoga into the Community

Meet Diana Brubaker, and hear her amazing success story as a new children’s yoga teacher…thank you Diana!

images-9As a Radiant Child Yoga (RCY) Instructor, my journey began with one student and has grown to over four hundred students, with new opportunities on the horizon.  All this has happened in less than one year after completing my training.

In February 2014, I had the honor of taking Radiant Child Yoga with Shakta Khalsa. I was so excited and inspired that I left racing out of the gate. I immediately began teaching private RCY classes to my son and the children of local friends. Then my son’s half-day preschool invited me into the classroom to teach. Admittedly, I was a bit nervous and it showed; however, I learned a lot about 1) the logistics of running a class for sixteen, 3-5 year olds and 2) my own self-regulation when teaching children.

Armed with this new knowledge, I rented space in a local yoga studio and ran a series of six-week sessions for ages 3-5 and ages 5-9. The children instantly absorbed the joyful songs and games from the RCY Level 1-3 training and were excited to share what they learned with their parents. I used this as an opportunity to invite the parents to the final session and have the children teach some of their favorite RCY activities (Meditation with a Feather, Fly Like a Butterfly, yoga songs like “Peace Like a River”, Be a Drum, and deep relaxation). The children and their parents were thrilled.YIMsp:DVD.cover

I am now working with four schools across three counties in West Virginia and Maryland to develop yoga programs. Each school has unique concerns and levels of resistance and acceptance. Utilizing my RCY training, I have created a “5 in 5 program” (exercise to calm in minutes) in three elementary schools. During a one-week period, I taught 437 elementary school students as part of their regular gym rotation. I am running an after-school Yoga Club for grades K-5 and working with individual teachers to offer weekly yoga in the classroom.

I am so grateful for this journey, my teachers, and the opportunity to create a more nurturing and empowering environment for students, teachers, principals, the community, and myself.

With Love and Gratitude,

Diana

 Note from Shakta:  See Diana’s lesson plan, Walk the Dog, in the Feb Radiant Child Yoga Newsletter, and get on our email list to receive a free downloadable lesson plan each month!

 

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

2 Comments

  1. Wormly Organics Online Health Store February 9, 2015 at 10:19 am - Reply

    This is a lovely post, thanks for sharing your story about your journey on giving yoga to children. You must have touched a lot of lives and inspired a lot of kids to be active and live healthy. Keep up with your vision and here’s to you touching more lives with yoga.

  2. ojashvi yoga June 23, 2015 at 11:00 am - Reply

    nice post, yoga is for all age person, children can also do yoga.
    Yoga Training Rishikesh

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