The kids you see in this blog are not actors. They are not trained Circus acrobats who juggle fourteen fire batons while they bend in two. They are not paid endorsers, although I cannot guarantee you that their parents didn’t bribe them with cookies to let them take the photos. They are yogis…little yogis…all inspired by yoga and wanting to connect in a meaningful way to their own true Self. Some found kid’s yoga through Snatam Kaur’s amazing cd Feeling Good Today, some through Snatam’s DVD Shanti the Yogi, and some through the open and loving hearts of their teachers, whether a professional teacher in a class or their loving parents in their own home.
They inspire us all to grow to deserve such lovely children, to do our best to leave them a world worthy of their spiritual potential, and to be the kind of people they’d be proud to point to and say, “Wanna do some yoga?”
There is no greater job that any of us have really. We have to find a way to prepare the world for something better than we’ve got. This world is a stunning place, and we’re all a part of the Divine Creation, but sometimes when you look around at the news, or the pile of trash in your location stream, or just at the stress in your own heart…don’t you know, really know, that we can do better? As a species, as a planet?
Our kids are the best hope we’ve got, especially in this critical age on our planet, where things can tip the scale forever in terms of destruction. The time is now to heal our planet, heal our hearts, and heal the sense of separation between ourselves and our own souls. Yoga is one way (certainly not the only, but a strong and good way) to lead us back on a path to knowing our true Divine Destiny. Yoga helps us to be healthier humans, to live a life of consciousness, to be aware of the value of service, and to live with a light footprint.
We cannot expect our kids to fix things on their own once they are adults. That never works. And we cannot give them all the answers (if we had them, maybe things would already be different). But we can show them to tools with which to find the answers in the center of their own hearts. We can help an entire generation to act with compassion, sensitivity and conscious awareness. Whoa. Sign me up.
You don’t have to sit in front of the vast field of yoga and decide how to teach your children (or your neices and nephews, neighbors and friends’ kids, and so on…spread the light!) all by yourself. There are many tools and resources out there to help you and help them discover the power of kid’s yoga.
Spirit Voyage has a beautiful collection of Kid’s Yoga DVDs, CDs and books to help inspire yogis of all ages.
(Click on the names for a link to buy!)
Shanti the Yogi Mountain Adventure by Snatam Kaur — The luscious music of Snatam Kaur combined with a fun and educational animated adventure in peaceful living. A must have.
Shanti Generation: Yoga Skills for Youth Peacemakers by Abby Wills — Suitable for the older kids (10-15) this DVD teaches yoga and mindfulness in a cool way.
Yoga in Motion by Shakta Kaur Khalsa — Celestial commuication, uplifting music, and fun yoga!
Divine Birth by Snatam Kaur — Start before your kids are even born with this album for expectant mothers full of sacred mantra.
Feeling Good Today by Snatam Kaur — You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy this album. Every track is amazing…Feeling Good Today, Gobinday Mukunday, I am the Light of My Soul….this is an essential in any kid’s yoga kit.
Cozy by Shakta Kaur Khalsa — How can you go wrong with “3 Nice Mice”?
Happy by Shakta Kaur Khalsa — “I Love My Yoga” and “Fly Like a Butterfly” are sure hits.
Children’s Yoga Songs and Meditations by Shakta Kaur Khalsa — “Crabs in the Moonlight” and “I Have been Getting Up for Yoga” give you a smile.
Child’s Play by Wah! — Beautiful children’s yoga music from a star of Sanskrit kirtan.
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Get your kids started today with some fun kid’s yoga tools and help them grow to be the best yogi they can be! The planet thanks you!