Start them off Right: Yoga for Kids. ~ Katrina Durocher

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on Oct 15, 2010
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Can you imagine if you had been taught Yoga when you were a kid?

Very few individuals in the US were lucky enough to have parents, grandparents, a teacher, or a family member who practiced yoga. Still fewer were invited to participate. Can you imagine if you had been offered the tools of mindfulness?

To have learned how to observe your body and been able to be present with what the body was feeling. To have recognized and greeted each and every emotion that you had felt, without hiding them or being ashamed of having them. To have practiced different types of breathing techniques that could have helped you shift your energy so that you could engage 100% in whatever activity you wished. To be able to connect with nature, sustain your flexibility, and promote optimal physical health as you posed and moved your body in fun, playful, non-competitive ways.

And best of all to be provided the opportunity to express and acknowledge that fact that you are divine! This is why Yoga should be available to all children! And whether you are a diehard yogi, someone who has practiced a few times, or someone who has never done a yoga pose in your life, you can practice yoga with the children in your life, because yoga doesn’t just happen when you’re on a yoga mat. You can incorporate moments of mindfulness, breath and body awareness and physical postures throughout your whole day!

Katrina Durocher is presenting several “Sharing Yoga with Children” workshops in the L.A. and Ventura counties. Katrina Durocher is a 500 hour registered Yoga Therapist. For the past 11 years Katrina has been sharing Yoga with children in schools such as; all 4 UCLA child development centers, Ventura Montessori,  La Petite Academy, and many others throughout the LA and Ventura counties.  She is the owner of ‘Karuna Kids Yoga’ and GYMZONE. For more information, visit her website.


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9 Responses to “Start them off Right: Yoga for Kids. ~ Katrina Durocher”

  1. Sandi says:

    With so much in the news this month our children are suffering! If this were in more schools maybe there would be less violence, anger, suffering. Our children would be able to learn to deal with the world in a less painful way. Please pass this on to every teacher and school system you know . There are alternatives !

  2. chakras yoga says:

    I agree completely! Kids should start off doing yoga so it becomes a part of their language. To them compassions, confidence and kindness will be the foundation.

    There is some research showing that kids who practice yoga have higher grades, less fidgeting, less aggression and less stress.

    I hope the movement starts in our schools soon!

  3. Lynn Hasselberger says:

    I'm so happy I discovered yoga and all its amazing benefits. Unfortunate that it took 40 years! I'm teaching my son (and husband) breathing techniques and hope to start doing yoga as a family. This would be a great addition to schools!!!

  4. Thanks for the comment Chakras yoga. I believe kids are the greatest yoga practitioners naturally, but as time goes by and as they get older they have to accommodate to how things are done in this world. Their true nature just like ours gets clouded. If our world practiced mindfulness, compassion and the healing techniques of yoga our children would know nothing but the truth. There has been tremendous positive movement in schools in just the past 5 years! I know it will continue!

  5. Hello Lynn,
    There is so much fun family yoga be offered these days! But even if you don't have time to get into a class know that you are practicing yoga when you consciously listen to your child, when you look into their eyes and become present with exactly what they are saying and how they are feeling, when you take a few deep breaths before reacting and instead respond from a centered space, and when you gently kiss a boo boo to make it better. You having a personal practice is one of the best gifts you can give! With Love Katrina

  6. Casey Feicht says:

    Thanks Katrina.. love the picture.. can I use it.. I recently created a web site that is all about kids yoga, products to try, blogs to read, information on doing yoga with your kids, bringing them to the studios, or doing it at home. I even have an online kids yoga teacher training to teach you how to lead great classes with kids.. love that the world will be a more peaceful place with all our kids practicing yoga in the future..

    I like to say
    Namaste and Play!

  7. Katrina says:

    How wonderful! That's all it takes, keep up the great services! It does make a difference <3

  8. Katrina says:

    Hi Casey, Thanks for taking a look at the article. Great job on your website! This pic was posted by elephantjournal so not mine to give. Keep in touch it's nice to have a supportive community of like minded souls with a similar path!
    Much Love

  9. elephantjournal says:

    We can ask whoever posted it where they got it…prob Creative Commons on flickr? Should be linked, above. ~ Waylon