Children’s Yoga in Japan
My name is Shakta Khalsa. I am the founder and director of Radiant Child Yoga, one of the first and most well-known training programs for children’s yoga and mindfulness. I’ve practiced yoga since 1972. All of the good that has come to me in my life has come because of my relationship with yoga and meditation, of that I am sure. When you become aware of yourself from the inside out, when you can learn to change your attitude from something unhappy to happy–this is what in yoga is called awareness, or mindfulness.
The first time I worked with children with yoga and mindfulness, I discovered my true love, and it marked the path I would take— becoming a Montessori teacher in 1982 and starting my own school based in yoga, awareness, holistic health and well-being.
In the 90s, I went on to write several yoga books, the first of which was for children, called Fly Like a Butterfly. After several intensive years of authoring, I returned to my first love—children—and founded the Radiant Child Yoga program, which is based on the following excerpt from the training manual:
“A child is naturally radiant, aware, and full of innocent wisdom. The deeper purpose of teaching children yoga is to help them maintain their natural wisdom and radiance; or if their light has been dulled by events in their lives, to help them regain their inherent state of being.”
Radiant Child Yoga has grown from a humble beginning in 1999 with a few conscious parents attending to rooms full of professionals–yoga teachers, OTs, PTs, schoolteachers–all wanting to share tools of awareness/mindfulness with children.
As the interest and importance of yoga and mindfulness for children has grown, so have the training programs. I travel all over the US and internationally sharing the vision and experience of Radiant Child Yoga, and I have trained trainers in every continent of the world. You can find us on www.childrensyoga.com