Elevating Children’s Imagination, Creativity and Self Expression through Yoga
How do you tap into your own creativity, imagination and self expression so you can become a magnificent facilitator while practicing yoga with children? This introductory workshop with Ayala Homossany will teach yoga teachers and professionals working with children how to elevate and foster children's self expression through yoga.
Sometimes we are not sure how to access our creativity or inspiration, and from time to time we know what we want to do or say, but we are unsure how to truly express ourselves.
As children, our first dreams may have been to be an astronaut, a firefighter, an actor or singer. Most children do not get the privilege to express their dreams. Most are being told by their surroundings to get back to reality, stop showing off, or that their dreams are unachievable. As a result, many children give up their dreams and literally mute their ability to express their thoughts, ideas, aspirations and emotions.
When we, adults, deny children from expressing themselves freely, we create a generation which is afraid to express itself, explore, innovate, and create. These communication blocks have been documented in medical literature as potentially leading into unhealthy situations, both physically and mentally.
Therefore, just as we practice yoga on the mat, or yoga in our daily life as adults, we can also use yoga as a magical tool to provide children with the ability to fully express themselves in any form. Doing that will allow our children to express their deepest emotions, to be heard, seen, noticed, and accepted. As Albert Einstein acknowledged many years ago: “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”
Throughout the workshop, we will concentrate on introducing tools to enhance children’s motorical, verbal and emotional expression through the practice of yoga. In creative ways, we will learn how to enable the children, stimulate self-expression and give them a stage for their creativity. We will explore how yoga practice can be extended and become a fantastic and invaluable tool to nurture the child’s imagination and curiosity and enhance their language skills.
You will come out of the workshop with tangible knowledge and ideas that will make a happy addition to your tool box and will spice up your yoga practice with children and kids yoga classes. Such ideas will include, among others, the use of different props, the use of Enchanted Wonders A-Z yoga cards, games, songs and more.
The course is open to yoga teachers, trainee yoga teachers, and to professionals working with children. Yoga practice experience in necessary.
In this feature, Ayala shares Five Steps for Fostering Children’s Creativity and Self-Expression Through Yoga – click here to read!
What our students say
We let go of right and wrong ways of doing things and had freedom! It had perfect timing, was fun, inspirational, playful and we connected to inner child. LOVE! Kate Conner on Elevating Children's Imagination, Creativity and Self Expression through Yoga, July 2017