April Workshop in Queensland

BRISBANE

Creative Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids Workshop
with Edna Reinhardt

SATURDAY 2ND and SUNDAY 3RD APRIL 2016

APRIL WORKSHOP

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2nd-3rd April 2016:  Workshops will run between 10 am until 4 pm each day.

Location:  Soulspace Newmarket, Brisbane

Course outline:
An inspiring weekend workshop on teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Kids with Edna Reinhardt.

Suitable for yoga/dance/movement teachers, anyone who works with children including physiotherapists, psychologists, early child care workers and parents, and anyone who aspires to work with children.
Numbers are limited, early bookings are advised to secure your place in the workshop.

Music CD, teaching notes and Certificate of Participation are included.
Participants can claim 10 CDP points with Yoga Australia for attending this workshop.
Teaching materials from Yoga Education Resources will be available for sale at DISCOUNTED prices.

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Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April 10am to 4pm - $320
Early bird discount on or before 5th March - $300
Workshop with a friend discount - $290 each

FOR ENQUIRIES AND ENROLLMENT CONTACT
EDNA REINHARDT
EMAIL: overthemoondance@bigpond.com        PHONE: 03 54705061
EMMA WILSON
EMAIL: riseandbloomdance@gmail.com            PHONE: 0487342909 (Brisbane based)

 

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Upcoming workshop

Yoga to Dance for Kids – 2 Day Teaching Workshop

SATURDAY 23RD and SUNDAY 24TH JANUARY 2016

This 2 day workshop is specifically designed to demonstrate and explore the natural link that exists between Yoga and Creative Dance for Kindergarten and Primary School children.

Th use of music and props is an integral aspect of this style of yoga and dance.

Participants will be provided with a music playlist that will be used throughout the 2 day workshop. This course is designed to enhance participant’s confidence in the preparation and teaching of yoga and dance classes.

Total cost:
$320 or $300 if booked on or before Monday 21st December         ENQUIRE NOW
Workshop with a friend – $290 each

Location:  Over the Moon Yoga and Dance studios: 9 Templeton St Castlemaine Victoria 3450

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SUNDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER 2015

Total cost:
$150 or $130 if booked before August 1st         ENQUIRE NOW

Location:  Over the Moon Yoga and Dance studios: 9 Templeton St Castlemaine Victoria 3450

Course outline:
In this workshop we will concentrate on transitioning children from their every day experience into the creative experience of the yoga studio. We will explore how music transforms and how props support this process.

My first thought before a class is “How will I bring them with me today?”
Each journey from the foyer to the studio will be different.

Cost is $150 or $130 EARLY BIRD PRICE. 
FOR ENQUIRIES AND ENROLLMENT CONTACT
EDNA REINHARDT

PHONE 03 54705061
EMAIL overthemoondance@bigpond.com

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Santo and Johnny and the one armed handstand

You never know where your imagination is going to take you.
I was inspired by an unusual piece of music last week.
My taste usually runs to world and classical music and so this is what my young students are usually exposed to.
I’m married to a man who has eclectic tastes in music and so occasionally find myself straying into unchartered musical waters.
He was listening to ‘Santo and Johnny’ the other day. It was a piece of music called ‘long walk home’. He was 
soliloquising about the structure of the music and possibly something to do with the slide guitar.
But I didn’t hear him, because whilst enjoying his enthusiasm, I started to see children in strong yoga poses.
Needless to say ‘long walk home’ by Santo and Johnny featured in all of my classes for the week.

In the parents and toddler’s classes, parents held down dogs. The parent’s down dogs were called bridges while their children made their own posture underneath the bridge.
In the preschool classes children walked in table pose but when they saw a friend, they lifted a leg and touched feet with one another.
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In the older classes children faced each other in a plank. They high fived each other by touching each others right hand, then touching each others left hand. They pencil rolled down the room opposite each other then repeated their plank and high fives until they reached the other side of the room. It was fun!
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Their arms were so strong that when it came to hand stands, Andreas found that he was doing one-armed handstands!
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Wow, the power of music!
Photos by Heather Barrett.

 

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These kids have ants in their pants!

It’s been a hot and busy day
Children are arriving at the studio in a hyped up state.
Have they been eating jumping beans?
The need for calm is great.
So, here is what we have been doing.
Fortunately, I have coloured silk scarves.

Breathe in as you stretch up with your scarf, breathe out as you spread it on the floor. This is pranayama and a nice warm up. (Music: Mozart piano concerto 21 Romanza)
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Spread the scarves all over the room. Place your feet on a colour you like. Close your eyes and imagine that colour seeping into your feet.
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Stretch, stand up and walk that colour on the carpet. Go to another colour and put your feet on the new colour and repeat. Lastly put your head on a coloured scarf and let the colour fill your hair and then your head. Some children position themselves so that they have their feet on one colour and their head on another. (Music: ‘Cancao De Embalar’ from an album called Ninna Nanna by Hesperion XX1)
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Make a design with your scarves and a few special objects (Music: ‘Oboe Concerto #3’ Largo by Handel)
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Sit with crossed legs and a straight back. With only your eyes, follow the designs you have created. (Silence).
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The children seemed relieved to have these moments of calm. I enjoy finding creative ways to sense our way back to a more spacious way of being in the class.
Mindfulness for children will be a strong focus of our coming summer school.
For information about the summer school http://yogaeducationresources.com.au/workshops/ or email overthemoondance@bigpond.com
For bookings http://yogaeducationresources.com.au/product-category/teacher-training-workshops/
All the best
Edna

 

 

 

A relaxing sequence

Have you noticed the weather is warming up? There are a few more flies around. The year is winding up with lots of extra activities.
Children are enjoying their moments of relaxation in class.
Here is a calming nine posture sequence that we have been practicing this week. The music that we have been using is Shanti-Mantra by Ravi Shankar from the album Inside the Kremlin. It’s perfect for practicing yoga on a hot day after school. Once you have practiced the nine poses, go back to the beginning and see how many your students can remember.
This years summer school for kids yoga teachers will place a special emphasis on mindfulness activities for children. Also we have a pre Christmas sale in our shop. Starting today until . . .  Christmas. Enjoy! Enjoy!
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Children’s Yoga Teachers Summer School coming up!

I’m looking forward to running the next 3 day kids yoga teachers summer school in January. We will explore all things “yoga and kids” There are two aspects of kids yoga education I’ve thought a lot about in this last half of the year. The first is about the importance of what happens before children arrive in the studio and the second is about finding multiple creative ways to explore mindfulness exercises with children.
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teachers beware!

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I’ve been teaching for a long time now . . . almost forty years. Who would have thought that I would still get so much from it?
That creative and ‘in the moment’ relationship between children and their teacher is rather precious.
We make new discoveries about yoga, music, dance and creativity all the time. Sharing those ideas is exciting and children respond to our passion.
Being inventive in the way that we teach, keeps the subject alive and contributes to our student’s engagement.

Teachers beware!
It’s a fine line between being a creative and engaging teacher and being an entertainer.
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An entertainer expects to do all the work.
In a traditional setting the audience sits passively in their seats expecting to be amused or inspired.
A teacher creates an environment that invites a response.
When a teacher is an entertainer they do their students a disservice by doing all the work. I think a far greater challenge is to draw passion out of students. As a teacher I find this relationship more satisfying and nuanced. Sometimes I see confusion in young teachers about what their role is. They berate themselves for not being entertaining enough.
How to invite my students to find their own creative source is a journey well worth taking.
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  •  Bookings are open for our Kids Teacher summer school in Castlemaine Victoria on 9th 10th & 11th of January. Places are limited.
    Email Edna for enquiries overthemoondance@bigpond.comEdna will be presenting a yoga dance workshop for 6 to 12 year olds at the Evolve Yoga Festival in Melbourne on Sunday 23rd November at 9.30 am. Adults are welcome to join in. Places will be limited.

How can I guide my students to find their own centre?

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How do we lead our young students? It’s fairly basic to begin with. Here are some strategies:

In the foyer:
Warm up
Make it clear that there is an important transition between the foyer and the studio. There is an important transition between the outside and the foyer.
The differences are special and magical.
(Not everyone has the luxury of a foyer so perhaps there is a marked out space in the studio that acts as the foyer or transition space)

In the room
Each child has a special place near a wall or in the centre of the room.
Quietly guide a child to a different spot if they are distracting another student.
Emphasise ritual and formality
It’s a game! Most kids enjoy the theatre of it.
Have high expectations about behavior
Be clear in yourself about what you can accept and make it clear to students.
Don’t fall into the pattern of too much talking or explaining however children should understand the different expectations for different activities.
e.g The difference between the playground and the yoga studio.
Let each child know that you see something in them that can rise to the occasion.
You speak to them and have a relationship with them that is different to their parents. It’s special and requires something different of them.
Don’t allow your feelings of frustration to escalate. Know what your boundaries are and make them clear before you feel bad.
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Getting attention
Don’t continue unless you have everyone’s attention
Whisper or don’t speak at all.
Never shout to gain attention.
Use clapping rhythms
Emphasise an exaggerated “sshh” with your pointing fingers to your lips as you say “sshh” They can join in. (this is a dance also)
Occasionally exaggerate attention on kids who are focusing and ready.
‘Jonathon, thank you so much for sitting ready.’

Why?
You are there to deliver a class.
You want to feel generous and loving towards your students and it’s harder to do that if your student’s are not yet open to being one part of the whole group.
Most importantly, know that you will not crush a child’s spirit by being clear about boundaries. Understanding and confidence about why these boundaries are important is the key.

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The Wrong Side Of Bed?

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How do you sleep?
I start like this in relaxation pose and pretend that my body is very cooked and mushy pasta. I like it because it makes my body feel heavy.
(relaxation pose).
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Then sometimes in the night I do this (flapping fish pose)
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and even this: (child’s pose).
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But this morning I woke up like this (crocodile pose)
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Yes very strange I know but I was wondering about the “wrong side of bed”. I had heard people talking about the “wrong side of bed” but I didn’t know what it meant and I have to admit, it had me a little bit worried.
I tried one side “lion’s pose” for a bit of courage.
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and then I turned to the other side, “thunderbolt”
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They both felt equally good so I kept trying one side and then the other side of the bed. I couldn’t decide.
I did some morning stretches while I was still on my bed bed. Because this pose is called the compass pose I thought it might help me decide on my direction.
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Finally mum called me for breakfast so I had to make a decision quickly.
I jumped out of bed (crouching tiger pose)
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Alas, I fear, I must have jumped out on the wrong side!
Things started to go horribly wrong.
One minute the jug of orange juice looked like this (mermaid pose)
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and the next minute, just before it was my turn to pour, it grew and grew and grew, until it looked like this (leaning palm tree pose). I could hardly reach it.
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And then the kitchen table (table pose)

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collapsed and turned into a little boat (little boat pose).
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My usual kitchen chair was uncomfortable (chair pose by my friend Mara)
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It was so confusing! After the kitchen table incident I told mum that it would be safer to have my bowl of muesli on the floor but look how big it was (dish pose).
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I ate a little bit of muesli but to be honest with you I was off my food.
After breakfast, I went to the bathroom for a bath (dead ant pose)
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and to brush my teeth but the toothbrush fell on the floor and was enormous. How could I get that toothbrush in my little mouth?
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Time to practise my violin so I took out my music stand and opened it up (giraffe pose)
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What do you think happened then? My music stand collapsed! From an open music stand (giraffe) to a collapsed music stand (sparrow)

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My friend Mara had the very same experience with her music stand. Look!
One minute it was up and open and the next minute it had collapsed into a squatting pose.

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Enough was enough!
It was time to take stock and think this problem through (reclining Buddha)
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I knew that I just had to go back to bed and start again.
So I went back to bed and had a good rest but now can you tell me which side was the wrong side?
Poses demonstrated by creative yoga games for kids volume 1 & 2. Additional poses demonstrated by my friend Mara.

Thank you to Phoebe Dougall of “Time for Yoga” for hosting our Focus on Focus creative yoga workshop on Sunday. Thank you to all of the participants. It was very heartening to see such an enthusiastic and dedicated group.
The next 3 day creative yoga for kids workshop in Castlemaine will be on January 9th, 10th & 11th 2015.
Head over to the shop for our ‘WINTER SALE”