Why do you teach Next Generation Yoga?
I was passionately teaching many weekly adult yoga classes and volunteered to teach yoga to kids at a local school. After teaching several classes with the kids, I realized something major was missing in “connecting” with them. Searching online for help, I found a free lesson plan for kids, “Peace Begins with Me” from NGY. While teaching it, I experienced that the interaction and connections with the kids were undeniably strong. So soon after, I signed up for the NGY Teacher Training 95-hour Immersion becoming a certified NGY teacher and an RCYT (Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher) with the Yoga Alliance.
How do you practice yoga off the mat?
I meditate daily first thing in the morning to start my day grounded. I encourage myself to listen to my heart throughout the day following my intuition. Practicing self-care I take purposeful breaks throughout the day including walks in nature, yoga practice, pedicures, massages, hot baths, salt-room, and enjoying quiet time. I allow myself to be open to new possibilities in all aspects of life. I accept that I am perfectly imperfect and that is ok.
What do you do when are not teaching NGY classes?
I cherish spending time with my 2 grown children in their 20’s. I love listening to their passions develop, change and grow. I encourage and teach them to follow their heart’s passion and that it’s ok to be outside of the box of what life is supposed to look like. Taking trips, cooking meals together, dining out and sharing experiences are some of the ways we currently connect. When I’m not with them, I prefer to be outside to play and venture. I enjoy my quiet time along with self-care.
What is your special gift in connecting with children?
My gift is seeing them respectfully as they are as individuals of varying backgrounds. I make eye contact with each and everyone showing no favorites. I understand that each child deserves the same love, support and guidance from me. I give equally to all while keeping the class guided and moving. I expect and understand that each child learns in different ways such as watching is participation. I allow and encourage them to support each other with respect and kindness.