111: Teaching Children’s Yoga with Shakta Khalsa
Have you ever shared yoga with children? If you have, you might have realized that teaching yoga to adults, and sharing yoga with a room full of children are completely different. Shakta Khalsa is a leading expert on children and yoga, and on this episode the “fairy godmother” of children’s yoga shares tips and strategies for teaching children’s yoga more effectively.
Shakta is the Founder and Director of Radiant Child® Yoga, an internationally-known training program for teaching children’s yoga and working with children consciously. She is a parent, Montessori educator and a yoga professional recognized by Yoga Journal magazine as one of the top five Kundalini Yoga teachers in the world. She has also authored multiple books, and produced albums and award-winning DVDs
On this episode Shakta shares her journey to yoga through Kundalini yoga, and explains how that formed the basis for her to start sharing yoga with children. She explains the differences between teaching yoga to adults vs children, as well as her unique strategies and tips for working with children. She reveals the inspiration behind some of her books, shares tips on how you can go about writing your own book, and talks about her own challenges in running and scaling a yoga business.
If you are involved in children’s yoga in any form or fashion, or if you need some tips on running and scaling a yoga business, or if you need inspiration to write a book, you will surely get lots of great nuggets of wisdom from this interview with Shakta.
[3:47] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode – Shakta Khalsa.
[5:55] Shakta shares the experience of her first yoga class in 1972.
[7:39] Who was Shakta’s first Kundalini yoga teacher?
[9:11] What was Shakta’s journey of becoming a yoga teacher?
[11:52] What did Shakta’s friends and family think when she went down the path of being a yoga teacher?
[13:51] Shakta was also a Montessori teacher. She explains how she realized she should be sharing yoga with children.
[18:31] Shannon and Shakta discuss how to share yoga with children – what works with adults, doesn’t work with children!
[19:42] What is the basis for the book Fly like a Butterfly?
[22:45] Shakta explains how she uses yoga to control the class when sharing children’s yoga.
“You can try to stop a rushing river, but you aren’t going to stop the rushing river very easily, so why not go with the flow of it?” -Shakta Khalsa
[24:48] How does relaxation in a children’s yoga class, for example, look different from the adult Savasana?
[27:18] What made Shakta think that children can begin yoga?
[30:08] When children go through a phase of resisting yoga, Shakta has a set of yoga warrior cards she uses.
[31:44] What are some of Shakta’s biggest tips for teaching children’s yoga?
“When you start early, [yoga meditation] is just as normal as brushing your teeth every morning. It just becomes normal.” -Shakta Khalsa
[35:08] What are some things to consider when deciding which children’s yoga teacher training to take?
[38:23] Shakta teaches a 200-hour Radiant Child Family. She explains more about the course.
[40:45] What is Shakta’s advice for someone who is struggling with mindset issues around treating yoga as a business?
“It’s important to have form to it, structure and form, and then bring in the fun element as well.” -Shakta Khalsa
[45:17] What has Shakta learned about marketing and scaling up her yoga business?
[50:41] What helps Shakta to write a book?
[57:42] Learn more about Shakta’s work and check out her training sessions on her website.
[58:36] Leave a comment to stand a chance to win Shakta’s book or the Yoga Warrior Cards.
- Shakta Khalsa, Radiant Child Yoga
- Shakta Khalsa on Twitter
- Shakta Khalsa on YouTube
- Radiant Child Yoga on Facebook
- Radiant Child Yoga on Instagram
- Books by Shakta Khalsa
- The Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda
- Sat Dharam Kaur
- Rainbow Walk (Guided Meditation), by Shakta Khalsa & Checka Antifonario
- You Are Made of Energy (Guided Meditation), by Shakta Khalsa & Checka Antifonario
- Yoga Warrior Cards
- Yoga Dog TV Show, Jennifer Foster
- Atomic Habits, by James Clear
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Wow! What an amazing episode. I’m currently in my 200 hour YTT and look forward to adding children’s yoga to my repertoire some day. I am also a new Gramma and can’t wait to begin yoga with my grandchildren.
Thank you Sharon! Sound really relevant for your life. We have courses all over the world (especially US and Canada), and would love to meet you.
Yoga with your grandchildren sounds amazing Sharon! Thanks for reaching out and letting us know that you loved this episode with Shakta.
Thank you for sharing this episode!! I love the mindset of “organizing the chaos” and harnessing the energy, the balance of play and yoga. This is so timely as I launch kids yoga at my studio! I will certainly be looking in to these resources as well!
Stephanie! I am so glad that you found this episode helpful. How is everything going with kids yoga at your studio?
Thanks sooo much for this episode. I was looking for a yoga kids training and I wish I could have made it to Radiant Yoga but because of my newborn , timing and location, it just did not work for me . But I will for sure get the kundalini book mentioned on the podcast and get some of Shakta books to enrich what I have been learning. thanks for sharing all your knowledge
You are so welcome Wanda! Did you connect to Cindy Stewart yet? She is in our Connected Yoga Teacher group, she is also part of my admin team and she is a Radiant Child trainer.
Ty so much for this podcast. I use her resources all the time and its fabulous to hear her actually discuss so much.
You are so welcome Adrianna! It is so fun to hear that you are using Shakta’s resources all of the time.
Thank you for the appreciation of the podcast! You can find some free resources on http://www.childrensyoga.com and Radiant Child Yoga Facebook page has tutorial videos by me. When it works for you, we have trainers all over the world who teach Radiant Child Yoga 1-3, the foundational training. Check back often or join email list: https://childrensyoga.com/training/radiant-child-yoga1-3/ Blessings on your children’s yoga journey!