This year, I have begun yet another new expansion called Parents-Kids-Home Yoga. The genesis of this project came about when I decided to commission a very talented friend of mine from Hong Kong to draw a set of Beginners series of 10 yoga postures (yogasanas) for children last year. One thing led to another, this small project turned out to be a global platform for bringing Yoga to parents and children at the comfort of the home.
Through this platform, I hope to empower parents to start spending quality time with their children using Yoga as a platform for them to explore, to connect and also to bond at a deeper level. That is the main purpose of this project – Parents Kids Home Yoga. Basically the moment the parents are able to inspire their children into practicing yoga which is an independent intelligence, not only it awakens the muscle memory and bio memory in terms of awakening the body intelligence, it also works on many different systems of the body – physiology, psychology and neurology. So yoga is not just confined to the physical level of workout, it is a complete system by itself. When parents start working with children at this fundamental level, they will experience a new space – the space of yoga, that space is only accessible when they are able to bring the child into the space of purity and awareness.
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Are you becoming too serious in life?
Do you feel tired and lack of zest in your work?
I was trained since young to be serious when it comes to work. The education system and the society I was brought up taught me to be goal-oriented and performance-driven. When the goals became the driving force for work, the mind would create the unnecessary pressure and expectations which put so much stress in the process of working and stifled my creativity and flow of energy.
I still remember a couple of incidents in my life which I suffered so much from being too serious about work. First was during my second year examination in University, I fell very sick 4 weeks before the examination. My body-mind was so weak that I couldn’t hold any awareness to study which created immense fear in me. The more I tried to study due to the anxiety, the more I failed miserably. The comparative nature in me was literally killing me.
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I tell you one of the things that is very close to my heart is the space I enjoy whenever I am in a Yoga class with children. I started teaching children Yoga as a teacher volunteer in 2011 during eN-Vidyalaya class, a weekend spiritual program for children gifted by my enlightened Guru, Paramahamsa Nithyananda (fondly known as Swamiji). I was drawn by my passion to work with children, so teaching Yoga to kids was the natural progression for me after ten years of teaching Yoga to adults.
What are the differences between teaching yoga to kids versus adults?
Here are my 5 discoveries:
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