The Hummingbird Animal Totem symbolises the enjoyment of life and the lightness of being. I couldn’t chose a more suitable guardian for my kids’ yoga courses. Although little in size this bird is capable of great things!
I have practiced yoga for 8 years and I am now starting to feel the results, or to be more precise I am beginning to live life as a yoga practice. I have noticed that yoga brings a lot of benefits to children, as long as it is adapted to the needs of the group or the child I am teaching to.
I have learnt to be very flexible in my classes and simply flow from input to input given to me by the children themselves. I am always leading yes BUT I collect every insight and work with it. Yoga teaches us to work with what we have, with what we are.
My one hour class is designed on the needs of the class. The first few lessons are necessary for me to get a feeling of those needs, so they might be a little shorter than one hour. I have noticed that some children are very active throughout the day and in school (this is especially true for those who go to “forest kinder-gardens”, kinder gardens where everything is taught outside of a traditional class and in the nature) so my classes are more calm and quite. On the contrary when children do spend too much time on their bums, my yoga classes are dynamic and rich in movement.
Above you see a group of 2-5 year olds of a forest kinder-garden in Milan. They loved storytelling and the sound of the Tibetan Bowl among other things.
The Hummingbird is a reminder for myself to have more fun and to have fun even while doing something as serious as yoga!! We all learn when we are happy and love what we are doing. This bird teaches us to be flexible and if needed to change the course of our life to realign it with the present moment.
I teach in Italian, French and English. I use music, a few artificial props (such as the Tibetan bowl and the breathing ball), natural elements and books in my classes. I teach meditation, the importance of breath, what are emotions and how they move in our body, and of course Asanas. Depending on the age of the class, I stress the importance of words and expression so I do like to have discussions with children about themes such as love, compassion, family, equality, friendship and so on. This and much more can be expected in my classes.
If you are interested to know more and would like to work with me please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.