Kids Yoga Feature – Caryn Lustig

Flowing with love is our Yoga Teacher who her class fondly call a ‘Yoghurt’ teacher!

“So, once you start teaching kids yoga, your name becomes “yoga”, no Teacher, or Teacher Caryn, but “yoga”.  The little ones will call you yoghurt… and I often hear myself saying…”you can’t eat me…its Y O G A! 😂
Also, always make sure your feet are in good shape, because at any given moment, right in the middle of your lesson, someone will comment on the state of your feet! Gotta love them 💜🧘‍♀‍” – Caryn

Caryn Lustig

Could you tell us a bit about your yoga journey and how you ended up teaching yoga to kids?
My journey working with children started when I was 20 years old when I signed up as an Au-pair in America.  I had never really worked with kids and had no idea that this one choice would change my life path completely.  I loved it!!!  I worked in a family with three kids aged between 6 month-4 years, and my passion for wanting to work with kids was fueled.

After my year in The States, I found a family to Au-pair for in Pretoria, and worked for them for 3 years  while I did my ECD (Early childhood development practitioner) training through UNISA.  After that   I ran my own day care for roughly 5 years.  This was for babies aged 3 months – 2 years, until they were ready to attend pre-school.  During this time I got married and had two babies of my own, which was awesome as I got to keep them with me while they were young.  I started looking for other beneficial activities I could do with pre-school aged children and found a kids yoga training.  I myself wasn’t that into yoga at the time, but had attended some classes, and thought it would be an awesome thing to do with children, so I did the training, got the qualification and then slowly faded out the day care and took o teaching kids yoga full time.  The was in 2009, and I am still going strong, loving that I am doing.

About 3 years after completing the kids yoga training, I decided to do an Adult training, which I did over two years, and then started teaching adults, kids and family yoga classes, as well as Mommy baby yoga classes.  Now I am still teaching, but have also added a Kids Yoga Teachers Training Program to my resume, where anyone wanting to become an instructor, like I did, can.

Caryn LustigWhat’s a good age to start yoga with kids?
The best age to start is from the age of about 3 years.  My training is for kids aged 3-12 years, but I do all the ages as I used to have a baby care and am comfortable working with babies.  Why I say 3 is the best age to start is that they just have a little bit more focus, and will stay on their mat MOST of the time 😂, and can also follow instructions a bit better.

You can also work with 2 year old, but they are usually off on their own mission, which makes it quite tricky.

What are the benefits of kids doing yoga?
There are so many benefits online, but as a teacher these are the ones that stand out the most to me…

• Kids yoga is a low cost, positive outlet for children
• It provides a safe place for children who feel like they don’t fit in
• Children learn self regulation tools that help them cope throughout their lives
• Kids yoga teaches kids to breath properly, and this benefits many different aspects of their lives
• Kids yoga helps with focus and concentration
• Kids yoga helps to build children’s confidence within themselves.
• Kids yoga builds strengthen bodies and calm the minds.

• Kids yoga is non competitive, so encourages children to accept those who are different.

Caryn Lustig Go With the Flow

Shouldn’t parents be in a yoga class with their kids? Especially at that age and in the initial stages?
Teaching family yoga classes is a real fun way for kids to bond with their parents.  It is always good for a child to see their parents play and be silly, to get down onto their level and have fun.  I would highly recommend family yoga classes, just let the parent know that the class is aimed at the child’s level.

I would never put a young child in an adult class, as this would totally boring for them, and would put them off, which is not what we want to do.

Are there any differences when it comes to teaching yoga to boys and girls?

Caryn Lustig

Not at pre-school level, they just get on with it and have a blast. I have noticed in the older classes that there will be more  girls than boys, sometimes only girls.

I think the older boys see it as more of a “ girly” thing, which is a pity. Sometimes i think it’s the lack of male teachers teaching kids that’s

the problem.  i think older boys will relate more to a male instructor.

Why do kids need yoga as a form of physical activity when I can sign them up for sports like soccer, dance or swimming to expend their energy?

All of the activities mentioned are good for kids, but yoga is the one that treats a child holistically, meaning, not only focusing on the physical side, but the mental and emotional side as well.  When you have all three of these balanced, your child will benefit far more than just for example, being physically strong.

How do you keep the kids focused and not getting distracted in class?
😂😅, by keeping the classes fast paced and full of interesting topics, props, songs and fun games.  Each class has a theme for example: a camping trip to the game reserve.

So you take them on a journey to a game reserve, showing pictures to fuel the imagination.  You also get them to use their own imaginations by asking things like “what do we need to pack for our camping trip”, or “what do we find in the game reserve”

Caryn Lustig

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Caryn Lustig Go With The Flow



SUP Yoga Special Feature – Penny Slein Yoga

Penny Slein Yoga

This week we feature Penny Slein Yoga from Durban, we spoke with owner and Yoga Teacher Penny Slein to get some insight on how they do their SUP Yoga practice.|

Penny Slein Yoga

How did you discover Sup Yoga?
My daughter and I were out supping on a calm beautiful day, the kind of day where you can just lay on the board out at sea and become immersed in the wonder of the ocean. We figured why not do some chaturanga and downward dog. It became fairly obviously very quickly that its an excellent way to really activate the deep core muscles as you have to continually stabilize yourself.

Penny Slein YogaWhere do you teach?
I teach fun group or 1-2-1 lessons on the Point Waterfront canals, out at sea and at my home in Durban North.

What Yoga do you do on a SUP?
On the SUP you really can do hatha, vinyasa and yin.

Benefits of SUP Yoga which might not be found in the usual practice?
SUP yoga provides an unstable base so your mind body connection has to be stronger so that you can fully engage and distribute your weight evenly. It makes being present easier. You have no time to think about any drama as you are focused on trying to not fall in the water. Although, that’s not a problem either as you can cool off. It’s a great way to test your co-ordination, heighten proprioception
(sense of self-movement and body position, sometimes described as the “sixth sense” – Jaina) engage the stabilizing muscles, strengthen your core and improve posture.

Some features of SUP Yoga unique to it?
What makes it unique are all the above factors plus being outdoors, in the sunshine and fresh air.

What kind of person does SUP Yoga (if there is any type)?
Anyone of any age can do SUP yoga and you can wear what-ever you want. It is a fun filled down to earth practice that focuses more on having fun than anything else.

Penny Slein YogaAnd then of course a humorous anecdote about something that happened to you or a student/friend doing SUP Yoga.?  😊
I have somersaulted off my board a few times but hey, you have to laugh and enjoy all of it. Plus…you never know when the dolphins are going to come out

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SUP Yoga Special Feature – Lee-Ann Elliott

This week we feature Lee-Ann Elliott Yoga from Cape Town, we spoke with Yoga Teacher Lee-Ann to get some insight on how they do their SUP Yoga practice.|

How did you discover Sup Yoga?
I am a surfer and a yoga teacher, so it seemed to be the natural progression to combine my two passions, yoga and surfing to get yoga on a surf board.
Where do you teach?
I teach a monthly SUP Yoga Day Retreat in Cape Town at the V&A Canals, check out my website or instagram @leeannelliott for details

 What Yoga do you do on a SUP?
I teach a slow and strong vinyasa sequence, with focus on core and having some fun, we WILL fall in, we will have a laugh and most probably feel new muscles the next day.

Benefits of SUP Yoga which might not be found in the usual practice
The SUP gives really great feedback to proper alignment and shows areas that we usually “cheat”, it is also great for a deeper level of core connection.

Some features of SUP Yoga unique to it
Strong core, fun of falling into the ocean, sunshine and connection with the water around us

What kind of person does SUP Yoga (if there is any type)
Not really a type

And then of course a humorous anecdote about something that happened to you or a student/friend doing SUP Yoga. 😊
I fall in more times than I can count, it’s my favorite part of teaching SUP yoga.

Join our next SUP event 21st November 2020
A day where we will learn to SUP, practice yoga on a SUP by SUP Cape Town enjoy some snacks, my personal favorite Culture Lab Kombucha and Wazoogles Superfood and finally take a gentle stroll down to Shift Cafe to enjoy a delicious lunch (your choice of tea, coffee or juice and a vegetarian bonanza wrap, club sandwich or a butternut salad).
R690 PER person, includes everything (boards, SUPping, yoga, treats adn lunch)
Saturday 21st November Time 11am – 2:30pm

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SUP Yoga Special Feature – Yoga Works

There is a lot of hype around SUP (Stand Up Paddle-board)  Yoga at the moment, so we thought we would feature some SUP Yoga practices from around South Africa.

Just some background from the Yoga Journal of 2013, SUP yoga unites the sport of stand-up paddle boarding, which originated in Hawaii in the 1940s, with the ancient practice of yoga, which has its roots in India. In the short time SUP yoga has existed, it has grown to include devotees worldwide.”

Now we bet you didn’t know that!

This week we feature Yoga Works from Johannesburg, we spoke with Yoga Teacher Abedah Musengi to get some insight on how they do their SUP Yoga practice.|

How did you discover SUP Yoga

My first Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Yoga experience was with Steven at Emmarentia Dam. I have since fallen in love with the practice and enjoy the delight of hosting the sessions. SUP combines the joy of movement and outdoor adventure. The nature of the practice fits perfectly with the Yoga Works focus of co-creating interesting yoga classes with our students in new environments.

Where do you teach?

I host educational yoga workshops online or teach in-person within beautiful outdoor locations between Pretoria and Johannesburg respectively.

What Yoga do you do on a SUP board?

We practice a simple Vinyasa-inspired class.
SUP Teachers primarily focus on keeping the pace of the class slow to give participants space to become comfortable balancing on the board. The sequence taught starts in a seated position and gradually builds up to standing. We cue fewer advanced postures/transitions as the thrill is found in staying calm, focused and out of the water! On the other hand falling into the water is a delightful way to cool down. After class there is time to play around – if there are poses students are curious to try out then they are encouraged to give it a go.

Benefits of SUP Yoga that might not be found in the usual practice

Increased Concentration and Bodily Engagement

A common misconception about SUP is that you need to have higher than normal core control. Whilst it is true that you need to have a stable core we can develop better control of the body with gentle focus. Most of our movement practice is intuitive.
Think back to a time when you went for a walk in a new environment. It required you to look at the signage and terrain to navigate your way through to the final destination.
The same is true for SUP Yoga. Students are encouraged to meet the experience with gentle focus – this creates the space for their intelligent bodies to adapt to a new practice environment.

Confidence Boost
The human body is so intelligent and magnificent in it its design! Just when you thought you had reached the ceiling of self discovery a new experience – SUP Yoga in this case – shows you that there is always a new way to play, feel and move through time and space. SUP Yoga is a great opportunity take the leap in expanding your comfort zone.

Some features of SUP Yoga unique to it

Meditation on a SUP Board is really magical! Practicing outdoors highlights nature’s calming influence on the human body and mind. This relationship is clear in a practical way when we take weather conditions into account. We interact with the element of water as it ebbs and flows beneath our feet on the board.

The speed of the wind creates ripples in the water creating a soft sway between the board and anchor. A deeper sense of relaxation can be found as we take a moment to absorb the warmth of the Sun’s rays. The changed practice environment is what makes SUP Yoga memorable.

Where you teach it or practice it

Emmarentia Dam in Johannesburg.

What kind of person does SUP Yoga (if there is any type)

I find students with a sense of playful curiosity are drawn to SUP Yoga.

A humorous anecdote about something that happened to you or a student/friend doing SUP Yoga.

“What if I fall in?” is the most frequently asked question about SUP Yoga. The practice environment for SUP is relaxed in its nature – we assure students they need not worry about distracting the class if they fall in. Our last session was filled with super playful students who wowed us with their willingness to try many challenging yoga poses. We go to witness two people on one SUP Board working towards a handstand! I thinking knowing they had cool waters to break their tumble gave them space to really go for it.

Playtime is not an activity limited to children – adventure is an ageless practice.
SUP Yoga reminds us no matter the seriousness of daily living there is always room to play!

Abedah Musengi | Teacher, Yoga Works

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Phone : +27 72 835 2525

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