Have you ever watched children doing yoga? For small children yoga is such a natural, fun form of exercise that most children pick it up straight away. They love the different names given to the postures; tree pose, downward dog, child's pose, and of course the happy baby pose (lying on back with legs bent up holding toes just like a happy baby) and seems to understand most simple postures innately.
My kids did some yoga at the Om Shiva Yoga Studio last year and they loved it. The instructor, Ashokan, played games with them and they explored their bodies and their abilities with some simple but amazing poses.
If you're interested in teaching kids yoga, Om Shiva Yoga Studio are hosting two Kid's Yoga Teacher's training weekends in November, 2009, run by Global Family Yoga. The first weekend, Friday 13-Sunday 15th November focuses on children ages 5-7 years, and the second weekend, Friday 20th to Sunday 22 focuses on ages 11-13. A basic knowledge is needed for you to get the most out of the workshops, but not essential.
I would love to do this course as the kids really get a great deal out of the yoga. Not only does it instill a positive body image, but it develops their strength, flexibility and coordination as well as teaching them relaxation and breathing techniques and giving them a great start for healthy living. To be able to teach and share the kids while they do the yoga would be very exciting.
Cost per weekend US$375 or US$700 for both weekends.
Om Shiva Yoga also does kids yoga classes, so please go to here for more details.