What Our Students Say…
I did a lot of research before I chose KAY for my Kids Yoga teacher training. I used to work in social welfare with kids who had experienced trauma, kids diagnosed with ADHD, ODD and other behavioural issues as well as psychological diagnoses. KAY works for these kids. KAY works for all kids actually. It allows freedom of expression and creates a predictable environment. KAY creates space for the loud, the quiet and everything in between. Using KAYs golden ticket and music I have seen kids who love to wriggle settle their bodies, I have seen kids who don’t speak practice mantras until they can say them clearly out loud, I have seen kids who are quiet and reserved let themselves shine and show their silly side. KAY is for KIDS!
I just wanted to personally thank you so much for this weekend. It truly was an amazing experience for me on so many levels. It was not just a weekend of training but one of those defining moments in a persons life. So for that words can not express how great full I am to you and your staff.
I can’t believe how many different possibilities there are with this program. I’m going to be able to implement all the different aspects all throughout my classroom all day. My students and my children took the sample class today and I can see how much they enjoyed it. This program works.
You will finish this training with a kids Yoga toolkit so enormous, robust, and complete, you will be ready to hit the ground running straight away. I know I sure am! Your expectations will be exceeded all the way to the moon and beyond! Thank you Haris, for sharing all of your many, many gifts with us all!
My name is Sarah and I’ve been teaching kids yoga for a little over a year. I decided to get KAY Certified to open up opportunities to teach elsewhere. The KAY training has transformed my classes. I was confident in my teachings before, but this provided so many tools and fill in the puzzle pieces that I didn’t even realize were missing and created a great flow for the children and myself included. I love the KAY program and am absolutely recommending it to any of my yogi friends wanting to take that leap to childrens yoga. Thank you Kidding Around Yoga!
WOW!!! I am so excited to have completed the KAY program. I could not have asked for a better mentor. Mandy was wonderful! She gave me great feedback and I never felt alone throughout the course.
I stumbled onto KAY when I was looking around for ways to help my then 6 year old daughter. She was not doing well in school and in other areas and so our paediatrician prescribed Vyvanse. This is a common drug used to treat children with ADD/ADHD. My heart sank at the idea that I would have to medicate her as a way to help her function well in school and at home. There had to be a better alternative….and that’s when we found KAY.
We discovered that yoga helped quiet her mind that seemed to constantly be on overdrive. She learned ways to calm herself when she was feeling overwhelmed and overstimulated. At nighttime, which was always a battle, turned into a pleasant transition with calm pranayamas, meditations and asanas that help her prepare for a good night’s rest.
I have seen first hand what a blessing yoga has been for my little girl and myself. I also have a daughter in college that frequently practices yoga for stress management and even pain relief (menstrual, headaches, you name it). I want to share what I have learned and the benefits of yoga to young children. Not all children will have the same wonderful results as Maria, but I believe every child in one way or another will benefit from this practice.
Thank you once again from the bottom of my heart.
I cannot tell you how much I’m enjoying the OKAY training; my instinct guided me correctly, it’s the most comprehensive, detailed, interesting, fun, well-structure training in kids yoga that I could find worldwide!
As cliche as it sounds, the KAY training I took has changed my life, as well as my family. I have learned invaluable information to bring back to my classroom that not only the kids love but that makes my job WAY MORE FUN! I am stopped everywhere I go and get asked if I am the Yoga lady and the children want to know if they can come to one of my classes. Once you see a child’s face as they float out of your door, you will be a believer!!!
Kidding around Yoga teacher training was one of the best things I could have done for myself at the start of this new year. I am in graduate school and pursuing a degree focusing on research in childhood obesity. I kept telling myself I was too busy and I didn’t need to add anything else onto my plate. But the idea of getting kid’s Yoga teacher certified kept nagging at me. I am so glad I decided to become certified this weekend with Kidding Around Yoga. The whole weekend was orchestrated down to a tee. Everything had its place and time and I never felt rushed or hurried. I feel completely comfortable to go out and teach a kid’s Yoga class tomorrow. As a yogi who has had a personal practice for 5 years I loved how true to the spirit of Yoga this program stayed. Not only did Haris make Yoga fun and exciting for kids of all ages, she stayed true to the belief that the asanas are all to tire us down for the true pose of Savasana, or as we call it the Secret Garden. And also making sure children understand the importance of meditation and a mindful practice. Because in the end Yoga is not just another exercise regimen, it is a science that creates a mindfulness throughout all areas of life. And teaching this at such a young age in a fun and inviting way is what Kidding Around Yoga is all about. I am so excited and proud to say I am a teacher representing what this company believes in. Peace begins with me and you. Namaste.
Miracles do happen and KAY is one of them. I had not experienced a feeling of complete bliss for a long time. For all the people involved: Haris, Evan, Jai, Magela, Katie and Raquel, for all the situations, for all the difficulties and suffering, for all the blessings that have brought me to this day, as I am….Thank you, Muchas Gracias! I have found Haris & Co. an unequal team of support and cheer. The trainings will probably provide you with the most fun you will ever have for three continuous days but the lesson will last you a lifetime while changing it. You will love kids more than you ever did before and you will enjoy every minute you spend introducing them to all the magic in they KAY program. Namasté!
This has been one of the most amazing weekends. I am so excited to hit the ground running and teach everything I learned… Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I got some great feedback from last week’s class… one mom emailed saying [her daughter] went to the secret garden that night before she went to bed… that made my day because this little girl suffers from anxiety and I helped her find a peaceful place… I LOVE this!!!!
I am so appreciative and grateful to you and your wonderful trainers for sharing all of your knowledge, experiences and love with us newbies!!! You have created such a caring, positive, loving learning environment for so many of us to enjoy and grow from:) The kids I have been working with are having boatloads of fun and sharing it with other kids all the time, and I have had such positive feedback from the parents, too! So…thank you, thank you, thank you a million times over!
I can not wait to meet you [Haris] and give you a HUGE hug for bringing so much excitement and joy to my life and the young yogis I am so blessed to teach in my Yoga class!
I am already trained in toddler Yoga but didn’t feel my previous training had taught me enough asanas to teach the children or just enough to keep them interested and engaged. I found KAY and wanted to go on a live course but as they don’t currently have any in the UK, I decided to do OKAY. It was the best choice I’ve made! Haris and my mentor Katie have been so helpful with my many questions. The course itself, is interesting, factual and so much fun! I completed it in 2 weeks, I was hooked and I was dissappointed when it ended! I cant wait to take the PreKAY and any future courses that KAY has to offer! Ive started teaching my KAY classes and my children love them! I cant wait to teach even more and for my confidence to build with every class! If you are thinking of taking a KAY course, don’t hesitate, sign up today!
If I could hold the “talking stick” again in Yoga class with Haris Lender, I would say that I’m grateful for the experience I had last weekend– not only for the Kidding Around Yoga training, but for deciding to do more for myself and start taking Yoga classes! Also, on my snow day today, I watched your wonderful DVD (everyone, go buy it, she’s fabulous!!) And also, it was great to have my malla beads when it took me 2.5 hours to get home (6 miles). Lots of breathing!!!
Last night I had back to back classes at the studio where I teach. A kids class followed by an adults class. When I went to put the music on for my adults class, the kids play list was still on and I blasted “A Yogi Went to Sea” accidentally… they wanted to hear it so I left it on. We ended up doing all of the songs on the play list (30 minutes) and then continued on with a super playful “adults” class afterwards. They absolutely LOVED the class and I received messages from the students afterwards saying that it was the “funnest” Yoga class they have ever done!!
I wanted to take the time and tell you how absolutely wonderful this weekend was in your program with Shushanna! This past weekend in training inspired me more than I realized it possibly could! Shushanna was so wonderful and made this experience so magnificent. I can’t thank you enough for putting this wonderful program together and bringing such wonderful opportunities and people into my life!
As you already know, the benefits of Yoga are infinite… for many students it brings much needed calm, and for others increased alertness. Your music enhanced the experience tenfold . . . it captivated students’ attention, freed me from excessive verbiage and allowed students to access the spiritual essence of Yoga through words and music. Our performance of your song, Salutation to the Sun, at our 100th Day of School celebration will always be one of my favorite teaching memories.
We covered every single angle you can think of do this for fun with passion with energy. I’m so excited and I know I can reach out to children whom I can bring Yoga to to make their lives filled with peace and stress-free.
I want to take a moment to applaud you on the magnificent gift you are spreading through the world…. I can honestly tell you that you have blown me away, so much so that I’m really at a loss for words that can truly express how grateful I am to you. I have taken so many classes and trainings and Kidding Around Yoga teachings has managed to fill that empty feeling that had always stuck with me after other trainings. I sit there in the training and I see the gift you have and how you are so willing to truly share this to help others spread your love and it amazes me!! Haris I will always be in debt to you for this gift. I sincerely thank you for this amazing lesson and for helping fill the empty space in me. May the good Lord bless you always Haris! I am always here and willing to do what ever I can to spread your love to our children!
After an amazing 3 day training from Haris, I couldn’t wait to to begin teaching kids Yoga at my elementary school where I am a kindergarten teacher. The very next day I taught a K-2 class (no mats, props, just kids on a carpet) and it was fantastic. The kids asked immediately when we could have another Yoga class! The next day I taught a class to grades 3/4 and was a little nervous about modifying for the older kids and they loved it too! Their favorite was doing the Yoga Slide and getting to relax in their Secret Garden. One girl said, ‘I can’t wait to go back to my Secret Garden!’ I am looking forward to teaching more grades! It is going to be a weekly class at my school! Thank you, Haris, for the tools to teach these children!
Just finished my training with Sarah in Orlando this weekend. I can hardly contain myself. I almost just had my neighbors (who were outside when I pulled in), my husband and daughter (Liv is 16 going on 26 ;)) all doing a class before I even got into my house.
Sarah is such a motivator. I’d like to compliment her on the amazing job she did this weekend. She is a NATURAL! I haven’t laughed that many times in one weekend since college. I had NO IDEA what to expect coming into this weekend. I was pleasantly surprised. Thank you for finding Sarah and for creating KAY. I am looking forward to changing the lives of children, one child at a time, thru Yoga, play and secret gardens.
I’m a 500hr certified Yoga instructor. This training is preparatory. It’s thorough. It gives you a vision of how you can spread the fun. This is organized in such a way that it gives you a base of support. It gives you an outline. And then there are so many choices of how you can use games and activities. It gives you the freedom and the empowerment to go be your own teacher. So we’re spreading the word. We’re getting the way of life of Yoga out there.
It is so great that KAY allows you to attend [their training] without being a 200 hour certified Yoga instructor because so many teachers and professionals can benefit from knowing these stress management for kids techniques… BUT I am so glad I followed up with my 200 hours because, it was about so much more than Yoga, it was about life. I had some major changes occur throughout the 200 hour training and I am sure that it was not only because of what I was being taught but also because it was changing who I am. Prior to my training, I thought that Yoga was something that you do. However, now I know, that it is a way of life. You can practice your asana but truly living your Yoga is another thing. Having gone into the KAY training for the sole purpose of working with my son, I was unaware that it was paving the way for so many great things! Thank you KAY for starting me on the path of yoga!
Today I peeked in my 4-year old’s room during nap. He was having trouble sleeping. I saw his eyes squinted shut and his lips and fingers moving to “Peace begins with me.” As a parent, this means the world to me. As a Yoga teacher, I have taken the 3-day training with Haris Lender twice now. Both times I have left the training with invaluable information, tools, and so many FUN things to do with children! This training has changed my life, my family, and how I share Yoga with children. One of my favorite things about KAY is that it teaches children the true science of Yoga, mindfulness, and so much more in the way they learn best–through play! This is training is so valuable on many levels. If you are on the fence about taking one–jump off & register!! Thanks Haris for all you do!
My Instructor Sarah is a person who has found her passion, her mission her gift. Throughout the following days the classes were interactive animated, resources driven and energetic. Encouragement, direction and education under the auspices of just kidding around. I have in the past found Yoga classes to be frustrating because others always seemed more flexible and comfortable with their bodies. Today I am living my whole body and it feels amazing, today I have such a different outlook with a passion to share and provide an experience that make all the children feel like a super stars. I don’t think I will look at Yoga the same way again.
One of the best personal and career decisions I have ever made was to become a Kidding Around Yoga licensee. I was looking to invest myself into a company that values authenticity, collaboration, integrity and positivity and when I took the live training, it solidified my feelings that Kidding Around Yoga was in alignment to my philosophy and ethics. Becoming a licensee was a quick, organic and easy progression into creating a business in service to children and families. Im a busy Mom at home full time during the day with my children and I work and volunteer part time in the evenings and on weekends. I knew that taking on another professional commitment would add more fun and chaos to the mix so I wanted to utilize any support Kidding Around Yoga could offer me to get up and running. After finishing the licensee test, I was officially congratulated and welcomed into an amazing online forum of licensees. In the forum I have found support in whatever it is I have needed to create my Yoga business. Whether it be hand holding, enthusiasm, marketing strategies, business & logo basics, website building, social media support, etc. When I become a licensee, I became a part of a family that shares the same passion and dedication to expand Kidding Around Yoga classes to as many children as possible. I was given a beautiful website, advice on starting my own facebook page and access to incredible professional marketing tools. I don’t want to call it a ‘business in a box’ because its SO MUCH MORE but with all the support KAY offers, my business really did get created by just lifting that lid and getting myself out there! A big bonus of becoming a licensee is that there is always room to expand my creativity. Haris Lender, the founder of KAY encourages her teachers to share their unique style and approach in collaboration with Kidding Around Yoga. She takes the time to talk with you, learn about what lights you up inside and finds ways for you to express this within your business and within the Kidding Around Yoga curriculum. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity KAY.
My daughter started to get a migraine one night after the standardized testing. She couldn’t stop crying, head hurt, nausea. Nothing worked. Finally I said – ‘how about trying the meditation you learned at KAY?’ So she went to a peaceful place in her mind, visualized a mountain river, a hammock, blue sky, rustling leaves, the sound of water and birds. It worked. She feel asleep!
Kidding Around Yoga is a wonderful program. It all starts with Haris and continues with her amazing team of mentors, assistants and trainers. Everyone is very friendly, extremely knowledgeable and always willing to go above and beyond to help others. It is this big family of yogis that you feel connected to without ever having met them. The course was extremely informative in teaching the Science of Yoga and the method of getting the kids engaged and having fun is just incredible!
Kidding Around Yoga isn’t kidding around. Well, they are. But they are serious about it. I wanted to help children learn how to self-calm and feel the benefits of Yoga. So I looked for a teacher training program. I found Kidding Around Yoga (KAY) and decided to give it a try. What I didn’t realize was that KAY wasn’t about teaching us how to teach Yoga to kids. KAY was about how to help all children, our next generation, grow as a human race. KAY is on a journey to make many many peaceful and happy children around the globe… children who will grow up knowing how to be peaceful and happy adults. I realized, quickly, that this is something I want to be a part of. Kidding Around Yoga changed my life. I don’t just teach kids Yoga. I live and breathe life lessons to spread joy to the children of our world. KAY is a gift to all of us.