My name is Sapna Gandhi-Rao. Formerly a high school English teacher, and an elementary ESL teacher, I combined my love of teaching and yoga by becoming a certified yoga teacher for children. Why is yoga good for kids? Yoga is a great way for kids of all ages to exercise. It helps increase flexibility, strength, coordination, and concentration in a non-competitive exercise. Yoga is also great for relaxing and erasing the stresses of school life. I have been teaching kids yoga for about 10 years, in schools, daycare centers, and at the YMCA. I also teach my own children. I like to use music, play, song, puppets, and other toys to make yoga engaging and fun.
When it comes to fitness, the problem is either time or space. I always hear people say they wish they had time for yoga or there isn’t a yoga studio near them. Yoga appeals to many people but the instruction may be difficult to follow, the language may sound esoteric and obscure, and benefits may seem intangible. However, if yoga is followed on a continuous basis, with instruction by a teacher who makes poses simple and familiar, the benefits will become very apparent. Having yoga instruction online makes it easier for everyone – from the beginner to the advanced student. There is no issue with time or space.
CURRENT TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES
If someone would like to learn yoga, currently there are many videos on youtube that people can watch. There are also many companies that offer online streaming options that can be accessed on laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Meditation and yoga apps have also been developed that offer instruction on the go.
There are not very many opportunities for a real interactive class or instruction. There is the possibility of holding a Skype session for very personalized instruction or Facebook live feed to interact with participants. There are also not any motivation or engagement tools that I have seen yet. Something that rewards participants for doing yoga on a daily basis, either with badges, free tutorials, or free resources.
Yoga is typically done with a real teacher who can correct poses, modify according to ability, or see breathing patterns in students. A one-on-one session might be able to address this, but it is harder to address in a larger group setting.