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When it comes to teaching yoga to kids, the number one quality that makes a successful teacher is…a complete and undying love of children.
Of course, you have to have a strong knowledge of yoga to be a fabulous kids’ instructor. But knowing your yoga is just the foundation of teaching it. Loving your children–and ALL children–is the key to being awesome at it.
I see a lot of teachers who know all the yoga alignments. They know where things bend and rotate and engage. And they know, intuitively, that the practice is good for children. They have the best of intentions in sharing this gift. But they don’t have the love or passion for children. And their classes fall flat.
If you don’t love children, that energy will be palpable. If you cannot connect with children, that barrier will be insurmountable.
If you DO love children, teaching them will be pure joy. Your energy will radiate pure passion and excitement. And whatever you put out is always exactly what you get right back from kids.
People always say that they are amazed how much patience I have with kids. But, honestly, it’s not patience. It’s just pure, unadulterated love. If you love the kids, the patience will follow naturally. It’s not something you have to cultivate or work on. It will just flow.
So, open up your heart and let the sun shine in. That’s where all the magic begins.
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