The Kids Kula | Yoga for kids in Kansas City

How The Kids Kula will practice the Yamas & Niyamas

These are guidelines found in the ancient yoga texts.

Yamas

Are ethical standards that all yogis should abide by.
  1. Ahimsa (Non harming) We will be kind to our bodies and hearts as well as the bodies and hearts of others. We will respect all beliefs, skin colors, languages and lives that make up our kula.
  2. Satya (Truthfulness) We will speak our truth by telling the other kula members and parents what our needs are, in an appropriate way.
  3. Asteya (Non Stealing) We will respect each others time by being ready to start on time and end on time.
  4. Brahmacharya (Appropriate use of the body) We will work on keeping our bodies and unnecessary words to ourselves.
  5. Aparigraha (Non coveting)  We will celebrate the abilities of all kula members equally, knowing that each day will be different for each of us.

Niyamas

Are personal observances that yogis should strive for.
  1. Saucha (Cleanliness of mind, body and environment) We will leave the space and props cleaner than we found them.  We will think kind thoughts about ourselves and others.
  2. Santosa (Contentment with simplicity) We will be thankful for all opportunities we get to move, learn, laugh and grow.
  3. Tapas (Self Discipline) We will honor the instructor’s guidance by listening quietly. We will resist the urge to create distractions.
  4. Svadhyaya (Self Study) We will practice what we learn in class wherever we go. We will be the change we want to see in the world.
  5. Isvara Pranidhana (Surrender to the Divine) We will humbly accept that we are all unique beings and should be treated as one-of-a-kind creations.  No one is an accident and each of us was born with purpose.

About Niki Larrea

  1. How did you get into yoga?

I first started practicing yoga because a friend didn’t want to go alone.  I soon found relief from years of low back pain and I was hooked. I took some time off because life got busy and came back to it because a loved one needed relief from another kind of pain, anxiety.  We started practicing together in 2014 have been doing yoga together ever since. We now embrace the freedom that comes with the healing yoga has given our minds and bodies.

  1. Where did you do your training?

I did my RYT-200 hour through KC Yoga Center under Kelly Colln.  It was a life-enhancing experience that allowed me to recognize my strengthens, embrace my weaknesses and become a more grounded human being. After training I am able to love and care for the people around me better.  My deepest hope is to bring more acceptance, patience and healing into this world.

  1. What is your favorite thing about teaching yoga?

I absolutely love to help other yogis (big and little) get what they need out of their yoga practice, everything from physical movements, calming breath work, and a sense of commUNITY.  There is no doubt in my mind that it doesn’t matter your age or size, what matters is that every single person has the right to be at peace mentally, emotionally and physically.

  1. Why do you teach children’s yoga?

Children are a very vulnerable group of humans.  They have fears and worries just like adults. They get excited and over stimulated just like adults.  They are smaller versions of adults but adults often forget how confusing and frustrating life was a child.  Yoga is a fantastic way for kids to become mindful of their bodies, their surrounding and their options. My heart is filled with joy every time a parent tells me a story of how their child brings yoga into their daily lives.