I have the BEST job in the world!

Rainbow Dragon game

Rainbow Dragon game

Yes indeed, I do. And I don’t think I’m biased, because other people tell me what a great job I have. I get to have fun, play with adults who are playing at being children, share wisdom teachings that are close to my heart, co-create with wonderful people who are growing leaps and bounds, and travel to beautiful places. And come to think of it— all these beautiful experiences came together in Lake Tahoe last week.

RCY Tahoe teachers

RCY Tahoe teachers

You can probably tell how much fun we were having by the great photos. (And may I put in a plug for our awesome new Radiant Child Yoga tee shirts? I will anyway!) Our course was in the boathouse and the dock was just a doorway away. There was freedom to meander out to the beach on breaks, dangle feet over the dock while reading the RCY manual…lovely!

I love it when a group is ripe to learn about themselves for the benefit of their own spirit, and for the benefit of the children in their lives. All of the RCY groups have added tremendously to the experience of the Radiant Child Yoga training. This Tahoe group was ripe for what I had to give, and it grew me too. I could feel myself delving deeper inward and bringing out new insights that were caught by the group, held…and then returned with renewed energy and insight. As any teacher knows, that’s when it gets really good!

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Thanks to the Universal wisdom for creating Lake Tahoe nestled in the center of tall pine trees and even taller mountains, like a cosmic jewel of turquoise cupped in a circle of snow-capped ridges. A few times I thought “Am I still in the USA or have I been transported to the Alps?”

So here’s to the beauty of children, the earth, the people on it, and a special bow to the person who made the Tahoe training happen, Jodie Taylor of Full Moon Yoga. After studying with me a year or two ago, she clearly saw what she wanted to do—create teachers in Tahoe and beyond. She personally sponsored seven people in the training. This dedication and abundant vision was the groundwork of this training. No wonder it went so well!

Tahoe Fans: Shakta and Jodie

Tahoe Fans: Shakta and Jodie

PS: Save the date…same time, same place, Spring 2014.  And I’ve convinced my husband to come along and teach a Kundalini yoga retreat with me!

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. Beverly J. Harvey May 10, 2013 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    The love and enthusiasm in your words just comes right through the screen, and uplifts us, the reader. Thank you for an inspiring post.

  2. Tatyana kodes May 11, 2013 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Hello Shakta Kaur Khalsa, I have been inspired by you to create a study about the benefits of doing yoga in school in a kindergarten classroom as my master’s thesis study. I was wondering if you know of any way to assess the children to see if yoga and meditation can help improve children’s attention span and what kind of lessons I can create. Thank you in advance for all that you are doing for children!!!

  3. radiantchildyoga May 11, 2013 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Our program will give you lots of lesson plans, even the materials—fly like a butterfly book and yoga in motion DVD will give you lots of ideas. see them on my store: http://www.childrensyoga.com or take a training with me or one of the trainers. If you sign up for the newsletter you get a downloadable lesson plan each month.
    As for studies, taking the children’s pulse rates before and after yoga is one simple study you can do. And recording observations of the teachers and parents of the children before and after yoga will also give you some good reference info….good luck!

  4. Bradlee May 13, 2013 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    Shakta! Wow! The love that you are just filled up this whole post and warmed my heart. Many blessings to you and I am so glad to be one of the lucky recipients of your love!

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