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Welcome to the “mini yogis minute” weekly yoga tips for teachers and parents looking to create a more fun, engaging, and effective practice for their children. Be sure to check out mini yogis teacher training for all the tricks of the trade!

The other day, one of my most precious little peanuts (just five years old) did her first unassisted kick-up handstand to the wall. And then, ten seconds later, proceeded to completely collapse…directly onto her face.

Of course, my immediate knee-jerk reaction would have been to freak out and frantically make sure she was okay. But yoga is a practice of non-reactivity so, jerky knees aside, I had to remain calm and assess the damage.

She wasn’t crying–at first–as I think it was a bit of a shock…the elation of the handstand, followed by the trauma of the fall. So that helped.

I made sure she was okay and nothing was bleeding which, of course, was reassuring to both of us. But about 30 seconds later, that changed. Her nose started bleeding and there went my jerky knee again. But I had to stay calm.

I scooped her up and brought her to the bathroom for a little cleaning up. I made a game out of lightly and very cautiously touching her nose to see if there was any pain (“Honk” if I touch the tip of your nose, “Beep” if I give it a little squeeze, “Moo” if it wiggles). Her nose was fine. And in no time, she was laughing and playing and begging to get back to the yoga. Handstands, even.

And so my tip for you today is this: keep calm and carry on. If one of your students takes a fall (even a bad one), don’t react. If you freak out, so will s/he. Kids are very resilient. They also take their cues directly from the world around them. If you’re not worried, it sends a message to them that they shouldn’t be worried. If you keep it light, it sends a message to them that things are okay.

Hopefully you won’t have many injuries in your classes. But from time-to-time they will occur. Then it’s up to you to take care of it, make sure your student is okay, and move on…

And that’s the mini yogis minute tip of the week. Check back every week to learn something new!

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