When it comes to yoga, it’s not about sitting still.
It’s about breathing and moving.
And the more you do it, the more it feels like you’re on the floor of a yoga studio.
That’s exactly what the popular YouTube channel Kids Yoga (KYB) aims to teach.
Its videos, featuring students in yoga classes around the world, feature their poses and breathing techniques, and then, of course, teach kids how to get out from under the stress of daily life.
“It’s about getting out of your comfort zone, getting your mind out of it, letting go and just doing what you love to do,” says founder and CEO Sarah Tullo.
“I think it’s great for the mind and for the body.”
The videos are shot in the summer of 2017 and are being distributed through a partnership with the Canadian Yoga Alliance.
Tulls first noticed her interest in yoga when she was on a yoga retreat in India.
She decided to go with a beginner class that included yoga poses and techniques.
The group taught her to meditate and focus on breathing, and she had a blast.
She then tried to take her yoga class to the next level and ended up doing it full-time.
“We wanted to do it for ourselves,” she says.
“So, I started doing it for the rest of my life.”
For her, the experience was both liberating and challenging.
“My whole life was in this state of limbo,” she admits.
“How do I get out?
How do I move?”
For Tullos first experience, she was nervous about starting classes with kids.
“At first, I wasn’t sure how they’d react to this idea that you can get out in a day, and how I would react,” she recalls.
“But it really just made sense.
You’re in a place where you’re trying to learn something, and you don’t have to worry about any of the distractions.
I felt like this was really, really, very important.”
In the past year, she has helped raise over $3 million to help expand the program, which has trained thousands of yoga students and is currently growing in size.
It has also partnered with more than 100 yoga studios in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, India and more.
Tyslod has noticed a huge increase in interest from parents of children aged 8 to 12, who are curious to see if yoga will help their children in their everyday lives.
The program has also attracted the attention of celebrities and yoga instructors.
Tieskka, a Toronto-based yoga instructor, was inspired by the program’s success to start teaching yoga at his own yoga studio in 2019.
“This is something that I really want to see grow and grow, and we’ve been fortunate enough to be part of that,” he says.
Tilskka has also developed a series of online courses that will teach yoga for adults aged 6 to 18.
“As adults, we need to be able to find that balance of being able to do a little bit of the yoga and then just have a good time and not worry about anything,” he adds.
“Yoga is really a great opportunity to have those times, to be surrounded by people and have a little little bit more of a sense of belonging.”
For Tyskka and Tulloa, it is also a way to keep busy and stress-free.
“Being able to have a safe space, and to have this kind of a platform where you can share what you do and learn from people is just a really good thing,” Tulla says.
When it came to the new Kids Yoga, Tyska started with a goal of making the program accessible to kids aged 12 to 16.
“With the amount of interest that’s been coming in, we decided that it was going to be a bit easier for people to learn yoga from a parent’s perspective, as opposed to a teacher’s perspective,” she adds.
This summer, Tulloes family will be attending the first KYB yoga class in New Zealand.
“The first class we’re going to do is going to teach the beginner class, which is really fun and really interesting for people who aren’t interested in yoga as a whole,” she notes.
“They can learn to do yoga without doing it all the time.
But it’s also very fun for people.”
Tullosa says she plans to continue expanding the program.
“When you look at the number of people who have come to the website and have learned from it, it makes me feel really proud that we’re doing this in a way that is accessible and not just for people in their 20s and 30s,” she explains.
“And that’s what we want to achieve.”
Tysko, who has also worked as a yoga teacher and yoga coach in the U.S., says she hopes the program can