Presenter Spotlight: Rachel Glowacki, E-RYT, YACEP
Presenter background: Rachel Glowacki is one of the leading voices in children’s yoga today from both a Christian perspective and a public-school friendly approach. She co-authored the first yoga app written specifically for the screens of iPads, Barnes and Noble Nooks, Android tablets and XO tablets for One-Laptop per child. I AM LOVE was “Highly Recommended” for the healthy app choice in 2012 by the US Surgeon General.
How long have you been teaching kids yoga? What inspired you to get started?
I have been teaching kids yoga since 2008. As a former fitness teacher, ministry leader and school teacher with over 20+ years working with children, kids yoga was a natural fit for me. When I went through my 200-hour teacher training, I started to connect the yoga poses with Bible stories for my boys (who were one and two years old at the time), and it began an unique way to exercise our faith. They were, and still are, my inspiration for my path in kids yoga. I feel like I am growing up with them in the field of kids yoga; they are now nine and ten years old and I find that they keep me up to date as this ancient practice seems to be timeless!
What is the most rewarding part of your work?
When I hear stories from parents that their children are practicing the tools that I taught them all on their own and are even sharing it with their friends! I feel like I have done my job as a teacher when a student can do it without me present because their true teacher is within, and if they can hear that voice, then my work is complete.
Once upon a time, I shared yoga with bright blue-eyed Lily when she was 3 years old. She fell in love with yoga and, of course, I fell in love with this natural yogini. She became the Moon Princess in the Kids Yogaverse: I AM SUN, I AM MOON storybook app, that her mom, Anne Emerson, and I co-authored together.
Last year her mother co-produced “Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes, a hidden camera television show developed for teens in which each episode reveals the widespread goodwill in our world by secretly capturing heroes in action as they demonstrate acts of kindness, compassion and commitment to others.” She asked me to script the yoga flow and rehearse with Lily for an episode to see how adults would respond to having a kid yoga teacher when they were expecting their beloved yoga teacher, Kelly Jean-Moore at Mission Yoga in Charleston, SC . Kelly was curious to see if her students would go with the flow or if they would have resistance to a child teaching them yoga. As a yoga teacher, I could not have been more proud of 9 year-old old Lily who embodied her inner yoga teacher to help adults awaken their own inner-child. Check out Lily light up the yoga room! She represents all children that learn yoga today as she exudes the confidence when yoga is put into practice!
Describe your vision for the future of kids yoga.
My hope would be that yoga becomes just as important as reading, writing, art, science and physical education; that mindfulness, breathing and moving the body becomes the new normal for the future of kids. Can you imagine if we had yoga in schools like we did science class as children? Can you imagine how much more self-control, compassion and less stress we would be experiencing today if we grew up with those skills?
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