REACH Grenada Provides Yoga Teacher Training to Benefit Children in Grenadian Care Homes

A group of Care Workers from five of Grenada’s children’s homes have just successfully graduated from their intensive Yoga Teacher Training course in order to teach beneficial yoga and relaxation techniques to the children in their care. The training, which was organized and funded by REACH Grenada, took place at the Fountain of Youth Yoga Studio, Grande Anse Beach in Grenada and was delivered by the reputable New York-based Karma Kids Yoga Company.

Graduates included five Care Workers from Queen Elizabeth Home for Children (QEH), two from Dorothy Hopkins Children’s Home, two from Bel Air Children’s Home, one from Father Mallaghan’s Home for Adolescent Boys, and one from Government of Grenada Emergency Shelter Center.

Founded in 2003 and based in New York City, NY, Karma Kids Yoga LLC introduces children to the world of yoga and hopes to encourage an early practice of yoga that will continue into adulthood. The Karma Kids Yoga© Teacher Training Program has trained hundreds of adults around the world to teach yoga to children.

The training is part of REACH Grenada’s ongoing commitment to improving the lives of children living in some of Grenada’s care homes and offers a fun, creative approach to yoga that can be very helpful for children. The use of poses and basic stretching exercises promotes strength, flexibility, coordination and body awareness and breathing and visualization techniques teach children how to focus, relax and develop self-control.

A pilot yoga program, designed and implemented by REACH Grenada Yoga Instructor Mrs. Lindsay Eagleton, has been running successfully at QEH since May 2010, with twice weekly yoga classes for children and Care Workers. Mrs. Eagleton explains the thinking behind the program: “Learning and practicing yoga techniques can be hugely beneficial for anyone trying to cope with the pressures and challenges of life. The main aims of the pilot program at QEH have been to help to improve the children’s self-confidence and attention spans, reduce their fears and worries and encourage kind and helpful behavior”.

Mrs. Marion Pierre, Executive Chairman of QEH comments on the positive impact the program has had so far: “The children look forward to the times they do Yoga. Their energy levels have increased; they are more responsive, alert and even their postures have improved in the way they sit and walk. Yoga has surely been a great help to their bodies and minds. I have also seen a difference in the members of staff who are in the Yoga program. There is a more together feeling among them.”

The recent Yoga Teacher Training has set the stage for the expansion of the REACH Grenada pilot yoga program to other institutionalized care facilities around the island.

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