I have a wealth of experience in both Early Childhood and Yoga teaching.
I was Director at Mt. Warning Community Preschool for 14 years and incorporating Yoga into the daily programme seemed to happen quite gradually and naturally. I found the children enjoyed the Yoga when it was presented in a playful and imaginative way.
Since February 2000 I have taught Yoga in over 50 Preschools, Primary Schools and Early Childhood Centres in the Northern Rivers area of NSW. In many centres and schools I run an ongoing programme that may be weekly, fortnightly, or twice a term. I now teach 8 to 14 classes per week during school terms. Over the last 7 years, whilst working at Byron Vacation Care I have been presenting regular Yoga classes as part of the programme, and for 2 years I ran private weekly children's classes at Byron Bay and for one year at the Brisbane Relaxation Centre.
Since 2002 I had various articles on Yoga For Children published:
Workshops I have presented:
January 2003: I ran 2 one & 1/2 hour workshops for Catholic School Teachers at their Conference in Brisbane , in which I drew parallels between the QLD Physical Education Syllabus and Yoga, particularly targeting Emotional Health & Wellbeing in children.
February 2005: 1& 1/2 hr workshop for teachers & Yoga teachers in Sydney at the Satyananda Yoga in Education Seminar.
August 2006: 3 hour inservice workshop for the North Coast branch of Early Childhood Australia for early childhood staff.
April 2007: 2 & 1/2 hour workshop for Tweed Family Day Care at their Kids Link Inservice Conference, Tweed Heads.
November 2007: 4 hour workshop at Clunes for North Coast Preschool staff on how to integrate Yoga into their own centre programmes.
Since 2003 I have worked at Kingscliff TAFE in the Early Childhood Studies Department presenting a programme on how to nurture imagination and creativity within young children, and how to incorporate Yoga into an early childhood setting.
At present I am writing 2 books: one will be a Teachers Resource Manual and the other will be a Children's Yoga Story Book. I expect they will be available in late 2008. I am also working on a comparison of Yoga and the NSW Primary PDHPE Syllabus.
As well as children's Yoga classes, I have been teaching Adult Yoga classes in the Murwillumbah /Tweed area for the last 15 years.
I am particularly interested in working with a group of like minded people to help establish an accredited Yoga programme that will be included in the NSW Primary School Physical Education Syllabus.
I would love to hear from other teachers or parents about their experiences with children & Yoga so drop me an email. firstname.lastname@example.org