Yoga Australia Conference 2013

I am VERY excited to be presenting a workshop at the upcoming Yoga Australia Conference in April 2013 in Brisbane. All are welcome and registrations are still open so if you are keen to come to the Conference please do!

Details of my workshop are:

1.30 – 3.30pm SATURDAY, APRIL 27th

This workshop will explore the current field of children’s yoga and suggest the need for further development in understanding what a child’s experience in the classroom is, how the practice affects them, and why. Karen will suggest the application of several theories of the body which have proven productive in her research, and open up the discussion to feedback and ideas. Participants in this workshop should have an interest in children practicing yoga, but are not required to have any prior experience of it.

The presentation will be broken down into two one-hour sections. In the first hour Karen will introduce her research, including her reading of current literature in the field of children’s yoga and suggesting that further theorisation of the practice is required. She will discuss the importance and relevance for children, teachers and parents in understanding not only what works in a children’s yoga classroom, but also how and why. In this hour Karen will introduce participants to postmodern theories of the body, and address how they may usefully be applied to children’s yoga. She will also discuss how Sanskrit texts may provide insight into how children practice yoga and the effect it has on them. If there is time during this discussion, she will focus on one of the themes of her research, narrative, and show how she uses this theme to interpret the ways children think of themselves and others in the classroom. In the second hour of this presentation Karen will engage participants in a child-like practice, breaking down each component of the class with a discussion of how that element might affect children. During this time Karen encourages participants to collaborate with her, imagining and discovering what the experience of the child is during yoga.

The primary objective of this workshop is for adult participants to have a deeper understanding of what it is like to be a child practicing yoga. Participant outcomes include engagement with theories of the body and consideration of how they may be applied to children’s practice. Participants will be asked to imagine and feel the experience that children have in class, and to reflect upon the affects this may have on them.

Karen is a children’s, dynamic and vinyasa yoga teacher at Life and Balance, Fluid Form Pilates, BodyMindLife and Yoganic, Sydney. In 2011 Karen began her PhD at the University of Sydney researching how children practice yoga, drawing on both yogic philosophy and postmodern theories of the body.


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About karen2202

I am writing my PhD on children's yoga and it's place within mainstream education. I am also a yoga teacher in Sydney, Australia.

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