Kids Yoga and Yoga for Little Bears

Joyful, peacefulness, love, generosity, assertiveness, consideration, curiosity, fun, friendliness, honesty, patience, self-confidence, trust, wisdom…

Do these qualities, or ‘virtues’ sound good to you? Do they sound like ones you’d like for your children, and your family?

I am inspired by a new kids yoga book called Yoga for Little Bears by Monica Batiste. This book combines Monica’s gorgeous paintings of teddy bears doing yoga, with fun poetry, and information on the ‘virtues’, emotional intelligence and how to combine both of these fields with yoga for children.

Growing emotional intelligence is a popular subject for parents these days, that is, being sensitive to and aware of childrens emotions, so that they can learn to express and handle their emotions in healthy ways. This leads to well rounded children and emotionally secure adults.

The ‘virtues’ are qualities that we can use, or talk about with our children and families as a tool to grow these qualities in ourselves and our children. There are many virtues – 136 plus… If we say ‘That was very kind of you to sing a song to your sisiter when she was upset,’ we acknowledge the virtue of kindness in the child. We encourage this virtue allowing it to grow, by naming it and providing positive feedback to the child.

This term, I will be using this book, for my program for yoga for kids classes. For me, these teddies doing yoga are fun, and the poetry such as, ‘Strength and courage never part, Peace and love are in my heart’ (with the Fierce Teddy – or Warrior 2 Pose) are both fun and meaningful.

I hope the kids love this book and teddy yoga as much as I do!

Classes start this Wed 19th February 4-5pm at Moore st Yoga Room for 5-10 year olds.

For information on my yoga for kids classes, see ‘yoga classes’ page.

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Kids Yoga Classes

Happy New Year Yoga Parents and Kids !

I would like to invite your children to join us for Term 1 of Kids Yoga. First class is on Wednesday the 19th of February with an 8 week term during the school term.

I am very excited to begin this new term, to see the kids, share more yoga and fun, inspiration and relaxation. I am very happy to say that the Rainbow Kids Yoga Certificate training I completed in June has been amazing and has given me a boost of enthusiasm for teaching kids yoga! I am also inspired by a new resource called Yoga for Little Bears and its incorporation of the ‘virtues’ and emotional intelligence research into its program.

Details for my Yoga for Kids classes are on the ‘Yoga Classes Page’.

I look forward to hearing from you for bookings (if you haven’t already booked your child/children’s place), to register your interest or if you have any questions. I will then let you know any further information and payment arrangements.

phone: 0427 131 701

email: erika.steller@robter.com

Light Being Yoga with Erika Steller

Light Being Yoga is about helping people to connect more with just ‘being’, without needing to always engage in the ‘doing’ of life. It is about being ‘light’, lighthearted, playful and ready to laugh and find fun with a positive and sunny outlook on life. It is about tapping into the enormous insights and benefits of the ancient yoga tradition to increase heath, vitality and well-being on all levels.

There are many complexities and layers within each of us that are ready to be explored and discovered. We can find our strength within an openness to ‘be’ in life, to be present, to accept, to learn to go with the flow of life rather than against it. Love, joy, peace and stillness reside within each of us, along with the bright light of our very being. Though we need to be still, and present long enough to experience this. Often we have many layers of stress, worry or anxiety that fluctuate, and are triggered by our life experiences, and these may limit our well-being (physical, mental and emotional) and our potential in life. Yoga, breathing, meditation and personal development tools give us access to these layers, and enable us to move beyond our limitations over time and with practice.

The meaning of yoga is union of body, mind and spirit. These three levels of our being are intrinsically connected. Our physical body and environment, our mind – the way we think and what we believe, and our connection with ‘spirit’- the universal consciousness that connects all living things. Our emotions – how we feel about ourselves, others, what we do and who we believe ourselves to be, play a huge part in our ability to experience the love, joy and peace that are within us all as an inherent part of our nature. We can learn to ‘be’ in the present moment, to accept our emotions, let go of attachment to desired outcomes and expectations, and trust that whatever happens is okay, or will be okay even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time. Sometimes we experience major life events or trauma that leave us feeling lost, confused or depressed, but there is a way out of the pain. We can focus on the things we are grateful for in our life, and know that ‘what we do’ and ‘who we are’ are already enough. We can begin to understand ourselves, to trust our own strength and abilities, to be kind and gentle with ourselves, to give to ourselves and learn to simply ‘be ourselves’.

We live in a sometimes hectic and often hurried world and it is easy to be swept up in the rushing, or to be focussed on the things that are not as we would like them to be. Yet it is often the simple things in life that give us the greatest joy, and in focussing on the simple things and the joy within them, we create this reality. Yoga helps to bring the simple things in life into focus, and nourishes our whole being – body, mind and spirit.