Since becoming a hatha yoga instructor in 2006, I have been growing and developing a unique approach to teaching children hatha yoga. It was many years ago that I had a vision for creating a kids yoga DVD and now that dream is becoming a reality with the creation of "Kharma Kids Yoga through the Seasons." The video includes 4 yoga classes that takes a child through the poses with fun songs and creative storytelling while learning to connect body/breath, be flexible, be calm, be balanced and be peaceful. All the kids in the video are students of mine; some of whom have studied with me since they were 2 years old.
The book, "A Child's Journey in to Yoga" came to me through the inspiration of my guru, Sri Swami Satchidinanda who is the founder and spiritual leader of Integral Yoga®. He felt one of the most important things to do was to share the teachings of yoga with children and this book is a manifestation of that vision. This story is about a girl named Mica who begins to study yoga at the age of 8 years old. All the teachings and lessons that Mica experiences are based on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. These ancient teachings help us to learn how to live yoga through breath, meditation, hatha yoga, telling the truth, being compassionate, being of service to others, not gossiping, not stealing, eating healthy, moderating our activities and so much more. We learn all of this through Mica's journey that ends when she is a young woman starting out into the adult world. The book is illustrated by one of my own students, Bella Nathanson who is 11 years old. It is a book that a would appeal to children 8 years and older as well as yoga instructors, teachers and parents.
The DVD was filmed over the last weekend in April and is now in post production. That rough cut will then go to the musicians to add the soundtrack. The NEW name for the DVD is "Kids Yoga with Nitya". Release date is set for early Fall....stay tuned!
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