Hi, I’m Aruna and I write the Young Yoga Masters blog for everyone who wants to help kids improve self-control, self-esteem, health, and happiness, through the Ancient wisdom of yoga that helps us become Masters of our lives.
My Yoga Experience
In terms of yoga, I started doing yoga in 1995, looking for a way of dealing with my stressed out life. I found a way to get in shape and more; I found myself feeling greater happiness and courage.
In 1998 I became a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) and began teaching yoga. From 1999 to 2005 I lived in the Guru Ram Das Ashram in Toronto and immersed myself in the yogic lifestyle. In 2000 I accepted the invitation to become the Ashram Manager. I moved out when I married in 2005.
Bringing Yoga Into Schools
In this video Aruna is featured at the 2:23 – 6:50 min mark.
Kids Yoga Experience
I began teaching kids yoga in 1998 at the request of my friends with kids. Studying the Radiant Child Yoga Program in 2004 and all the kids yoga books I could find helped me get started. Soon the demand for kids yoga surpassed my ability to supply classes and the Young Yoga Masters curriculum formed. I developed a unique Kids Yoga Teacher Training with a focus on bringing real yoga to children. If kids don’t learn these skills they can be easily overwhelmed in today’s stressed out world.
Meditation and Entrepreneurial Inspiration
This growth was inspired by a Master, the author of Ancient Secrets of Success for Today’s World, Tulshi Sen. Mr. Sen became a mentor for me to expand my business and think BIG using spiritual principles. I became among the first to start blogging on Kids Yoga in 2007 with a dream of connecting with kids yoga teachers from all over the world. Mr. Sen showed me how to take what I love, teaching kids yoga, and let it grow and expand to the world.
The Young Yoga Masters Blog has been acclaimed in such places as:
- 5 Canadian Health and Fitness Blogs the Inspire – Canadian Living
- Top 50 Blogs for a Healthy Mind and Body
- 100 Incredible Yoga Teachers who Blog
- Best Yoga Blogs for the Pilates Beginner
Currently, most of my focus is on training new teachers around the world in person, through my blog, and on-line. I still teach a few kids classes in Toronto, Canada. I teach privately in day cares and I have a few open classes, for children, for adults and tots, and for adults only (adult classes are so pleasantly quiet after teaching kids!). This gives me lots of opportunities to test all these yoga tools on real students. Plus it’s fun.
Why so Many Names?
I remember laughing at someone who was using a spiritual name when I was in University. Little did I know I would be one of “those people!” I received my first spiritual name when I made my Confirmation in the Catholic Church when I was in grade seven. I chose the name Anne, who was the grandmother of Jesus (but I was also influenced by the spunky Ann of Green Gables).
Yogi Bhajan bestowed the name Santokh Kaur in 1998 which means “princess of patience and contentment.” Was this foreshadowing for a future in kids yoga?
Years later l received the name Aruna from my meditation teacher which means “The sun at the dawn when it is loving and compassionate.” A spiritual name helps one understand their path and destiny in life. Meditating on myself in all these capacities has helped me grow.
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If you have any questions about Kids Yoga or are interested in booking a Young Yoga Masters training in your area, please feel free to contact me.
Aruna Kathy Humphrys
416-944-2888 (Toronto, Canada)