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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Kids' Holy Yoga Instructor Danielle's Story

Children young and old have been my passion for all of my life. Growing up in an in-home licensed daycare, I learned early on how much I loved being around little people. My life has evolved around raising my children and teaching sunday school, children’s church, working as a paraprofessional to a sweet special needs child, and teaching adult Holy Yoga classes.  


My Kids’ Holy Yoga training came at just the right time; isn’t it amazing how God can do that? I mean, I knew something was missing from my children’s ministry work in my church, but I still hadn’t quite figured out just what I could or should be doing. I printed out the overview of the course work, and immediately set up a meeting with my Pastor. Our training was very hands on and full of fun ways to prayerfully and playfully practice yoga with our students during a Kids’ HY class.


Fast forward a year and I have the honor to teach Kids’ Holy Yoga in my church’s summer camp. Each day, 23 kids and I move and praise the Lord from our yoga mats. This is a motley crewed mixture of boys and girls ranging from 5-11 years old. Some children have a foundation in faith and others do not, but all of them want to have fun. Teaching a mixed group like this presents challenges daily but also creates fun surprises. I love having to stay on my toes and switch up lesson plans. Like most children, my students are not afraid to give me feedback, whether it be positive or negative.



Each morning we spend a few minutes in a devotional and then lead into our practice. Thus far, their favorites seem to be the days that we work on partner poses and our candlelight gentle classes. Amazingly, I found that my students absolutely love having a slow paced class.


One day my group seemed just absolutely worn out from their summer schedules and the craziness of life as children. Taking that into consideration, I did what I knew would ease my muscles and give rest to my weary body...I grabbed my candles, turned down the lights, and turned up the music. I positioned my students around the sanctuary and prompted them into legs up the wall pose and we proceeded to work through our gentle class. Who would have thought that this group would enjoy something so slow paced? Not me! Now they beg for “candle Holy Yoga.” And we have made it a part of our weekly class schedule.


One devotional a few weeks ago was on Paul being shipwrecked (Acts 27). After reading through the story and having discussion, I passed out crayons, markers, and paper and asked them to draw their favorite part of the story. The kids had such a great time laying on their mats and free drawing their favorite scene. My favorite part was when we presented the pictures to our Pastor. In doing so, we asked him to determine what the Bible story was. Hearing my students explain, in their own words, what the Bible story was was very important and inspiring. Such a fun way to incorporate a great Bible story about complete trust in God and make it hands on enough that the kids could really grasp the point.


Some of my biggest takeaways from this summer long Kids’ Holy Yoga program are the pure joy of hearing small voices ask the name of a Christian song playing on my ipod playlist, reading a scripture verse, and praying. At the end of every class, I ask for a volunteer to pray us out of yoga, and multiple hands fly into the air. There is something so sweet to hear their sometimes shy and timid voices thanking God for their bodies, movement, and friends.


Friends, if  you have a heart for Jesus and a passion for working with kids and yoga, this program is for you! I have loved every moment of my ministry and I cannot wait to see what new and exciting plans the Lord has for me for next year. 

The next Kids' Holy Yoga Instructor training begins September 9th. For more info about the training, click here.




Monday, July 22, 2013

Back to School Sale on Kids' Holy Yoga Gear



Get ready for school this fall with some fun and faith-filled wear. Holy Yoga has its kids' "Wonderfully Made" line on sale now! Check out the shop!

While you're there, pick up a Kids' Holy Yoga DVD or set of Scripture cards. Perfect for a rainy day!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

All Things Bright and Beautiful--A Kids' Holy Yoga trip to the ZOO

Join these Kids' Holy Yoga kids for a ZOO adventure! Get ready to see some fun yoga animals while we celebrate the amazing creatures God has made!
 

We also talk about the hymn "All Things Bright and Beautiful." You can learn more about the hymn here.

What other animals have you seen at the zoo? What yoga pose would you do for those animals?

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) about the Kids’ Holy Yoga Instructor Training Program

What is the Kids’ Holy Yoga Instructor Training Program? 

The Kids’ Holy Yoga Instructor Training Program is a comprehensive training program designed to help you bring the Holy Yoga experience to kids. Combining prayerful and playful elements, Kids’ Holy Yoga is a worship-centered yoga practice that helps kids to fully experience God’s love. The Kids’ Holy Yoga Instructor Training Program equips teachers to plan and facilitate Kids’ Holy Yoga classes and events.

How does the Kids’ Holy Yoga Instructor Training Program work?

In the Fall of 2013 (September-October), Kids’ Holy Yoga is launching its first entirely virtual training program. There will be six 2-hour webinar sessions held on Monday evenings (7:30-9:30 pm Eastern). These webinars will be interactive between students and the teaching team. Each week will have a balance between scripture study to equip you to teach the Word of God to kids, information about the practice of kids’ yoga, and additional information to help you have a great experience working with children.

What if I cannot attend the classes on Monday nights?

The webinars will be recorded and available to be listened to within the weeks of the training course. We prefer you listen live so that you are able to contribute; however, we understand this is not always possible and we are pleased to be able to offer this course via recording.

Do I have to be a Holy Yoga Instructor or Registered Yoga Teacher to take this training?

No! This training is open to any adult who is interested in learning to teach Kids’ Holy Yoga and wants to bring Jesus’ love to children through this practice. Students are also asked to agree to the Holy Yoga Statements of Faith.

How much does the Kids’ Holy Yoga Program cost?

Tuition for the Kids’ Holy Yoga Training program is $475. You can pay all at once or you can pay in four monthly installments, if that is better for you.

Does Kids’ Holy Yoga offer scholarships?

At this point, Kids’ Holy Yoga is not able to offer scholarships, but we will pray with you and brainstorm with you about ways that you might be able to raise the funds needed. We believe that if God is calling you to this ministry, He will provide for you. We will join you in taking steps of faith for your training.

Is there a travel requirement for this Kids’ Holy Yoga Training?

For this session of Kids’ Holy Yoga Training, there is NO travel requirement. The entire training course will be conducted virtually.

Can I take this specialty training while I am taking the 225-hour or 95-hour Holy Yoga Instructor training?

No. Because of the intense nature of the Holy Yoga Instructor training, it is advised that students do not take additional Holy Yoga specialty trainings at the same time.

Can I take the Kids’ Holy Yoga course while taking another Holy Yoga Specialty course (i.e. Holy Yoga Therapy, etc)?

Yes. You will, however, be responsible for meeting the requirements for each course within the allotted time frames (i.e., listening to recordings, homework, reading requirements).

How many hours a week can I expect to spend on Kids’ Holy Yoga Training?

You will be required to attend (or listen to) the 2-hour webinar each week, as well as complete required readings, scripture study/interaction, yoga practice, and additional homework. You can expect to spend approximately 5-8 hours each week on your training.

I’m already a Registered Holy Yoga Instructor/Master Holy Yoga Instructor. Why should I take the Kids’ Holy Yoga Training?

If you have a heart to teach little people, this training will enrich your skills to bring prayerful, playful, story-enriched yoga to the little ones God places in your path. You will learn about the unique aspects of yoga for little bodies and how to weave the Word especially for kids. You will also experience an in-depth study of what it means to be a child of God yourself. And one more thing: only those certified in Kids’ Holy Yoga are credentialed to teach “Kids’ Holy Yoga” classes.

I did a Kids’ Yoga training with another agency. Do I have to do this whole program to be certified in Kids’ Holy Yoga?

Yes. Because Kids’ Holy Yoga is so much more than the physical aspect of yoga, we believe this training is greatly different than many other Kids’ Yoga trainings. We spend a good deal of time teaching you to connect with God and your inner heart to bring this aspect forward in your teachings with kids in addition to the physical elements of yoga for children.

Will there be another offering of the Kids' Holy Yoga Instructor Training program in 2013?

No, this is the only offering of this specialty in 2013. 

How do I register for the Kids’ Holy Yoga Instructor Training program?

Click here to register. For questions, email kids@holyyoga.net.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July & Eagle Pose



In America, on July 4th, we observe Independence Day, which celebrates freedom and liberty for our country.

Freedom is a theme of our faith, too. The apostle Paul tells us that it is for freedom that Jesus has set us free (Galatians 5:1). Because of the freedom Jesus gives us, we don’t have to worry about our mistakes or bad choices—Jesus wants us to be free of guilt and shame!

The symbol of American freedom is the bald eagle, a large bird who flies free in the open skies.

For this 4th of July, you can practice Eagle Pose to help remember how Jesus has set us free and to practice thankfulness for the freedoms we have in our country.

Stand with your feet together. Bring your right elbow underneath your left elbow, then bring your palms together. Bend your knees deeply. Cross your right leg over your left, then use your toes on your right foot like a kickstand to stay stable. Bring your elbows toward your knees. Use your eagle eyes and imagine what you see below as you fly the skies. Stand up tall, and as you release your arms, spread them wide like wings. Return to standing in Mountain Pose. Repeat on the other side.

Happy 4th of July, Kids’ Holy Yoga kids! Fly free in Jesus' love!