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The concept for Cool Yoga Kids was born in 2010 out of the heartfelt desire to create a better education and growing environment for children. Alessandrina Lerner's determination and philanthropic vision was simply to enhance the quality of life of all children. Cool Kids Yoga was originally established with children in public schools in mind with the simple objective of delivering highly effective Yoga programs geared towards restoring balance, health and calm in our children. Having personally experienced the tremendous benefits of Yoga, Breathing & Meditation, Alessandrina was convinced that in order to achieve a harmonious balance in our often over-stressed societies we needed to start at the source, i.e. with our children. Years of studies. research and first-hand experience with children and education had convinced her that a more balanced and holistic approach to Education is key to effecting permanent positive changes in our society and environment. Unlike any other discipline, Yoga integrates all the dimensions of our beings - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual and as such it is clear that it is the missing link in our children's education. In that knowledge, it is our duty as parents and educators to make sure that Yoga is integrated into their daily life, whether at home or at school as part of their curriculum, so that they may reach their highest potential in life. From this concept emerged the idea to begin a Children Yoga Training Curriculum not only geared towards Yoga Teachers but to also include others who could integrate their new skills into their everyday interaction with children. Since children are more likely to spend time with their teachers, family and parents than to visit a private yoga studio, it made sense to design a more extensive Children Yoga Training Program and to make it available not only to Yoga teachers but also to parents, family members, educators, as well as people in the medical profession. This would ensure that the knowledge and skills required to achieve the primary objectives of Cool Kids Yoga - improving and enriching children's lives - are disseminated into a greater population and touch the lives of as many children as possible. Our role as mentors, educators and examples is crucial to make this possible. By gifting children the skills necessary to achieve a more balanced and harmonious lifestyle, we are providing them with the most important and useful tools, i.e. ones that can help them grow into healthy, self-sufficient, and successful adults who can then effect society positively through their actions over the long term. The Cool Kids Yoga teaching program incorporates creative, interactive and fun-filled activities that provide our children with the physical exercise they need for their bodies to develop properly and highly effective techniques to help their mind and spirit grow and expand beyond perceived limitations. The program offers an explorative approach to understanding children psychology and a teaching methodology tailored to the different age groups that correspond to various developmental stages in children. The Cool Kids Yoga training program provides yoga teachers, educators, and parents alike with myriads of techniques & ideas that integrate poses, games, themes, songs, props, stories, breathing & relaxation exercises, etc to enable YOU to introduce children to the wonderful world of Yoga. Play is known to be the most effective and beneficial way to learn for both facilitators and recipients. With Cool Kids Yoga you have the opportunity to rekindle with your inner child and to protect your children's innocence and creative power, which have always been at the root of all inventions, discoveries, scientific and artistic achievements throughout the ages This manual is a compilation of the best yoga practices, methodologies, and curriculums created by leaders in Children Yoga such as Shine On Kids Karma Kids Yoga and Childlight Yoga
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Alessandrina is certified Yoga teacher registered as an E-RYT 200 with the Yoga Alliance. She started practicing Yoga as a young adult when she was just 20. She was first introduced to the Science of Meditation and Yoga Nidra, the discipline of psychic sleep & deep relaxation, before she took up the practice of Hatha Yoga in 2000. She trained and practiced one on one under the expert guidance of Swami Brahmavidyananda Saraswati (Swami Ji), Director of the Institute for Holistic Yoga of North America, an Ashram associated with the Satyananda Tradition of Yoga. Alessandrina completed her Yoga Apprentice and Certification as a Yoga Therapist in 2001. In 2003, Alessandrina was initiated into Surat Shabd Yoga, the science of Light & Sound Meditation, a methodology which focuses on achieving transcendental states of consciousness through specific meditational practices involving sounds (mantras). In 2010, Alessandrina completed 2 back-to-back 200-hour training in Power Vinyasa Yoga, a more physically challenging style of Yoga, in order to meet some of her clients' needs. Her personal experience of Raja Yoga, “the King of Yoga's” - which focuses on Meditation and Contemplation, makes her a perfect candidate to guide Yoga adepts into the higher levels of the science and practices of Meditation. As part of her self-training, Alessandrina exposed herself to many different styles of Hatha Yoga, exploring the different approaches, techniques, and philosophies taken by each branch in an effort to widen her horizons and make her knowledge of Yoga as comprehensive as possible. Her experimentation include the following styles of Hatha Yoga; Bikram / Hot Yoga, Ashtanga / Power Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Dynamic Yoga, Prenatal & Postpartum Yoga, and a brief exposure to Kundalini Yoga. Alessandrina’s knowledge and practices do not stop at Yoga. She has extensive experience and knowledge in the following fields/ disciplines: Hands on Healing, Sound Therapy, Macrobiotics Living & Diet, Natural Medicine through the use of herbs and natural remedies. She has been teaching Yoga privately for the past 10 years and has also taught Yoga to toddlers and adolescents in a school (Montessori & Charter Schools) and private settings. She is the CEO/ Owner of The South Beach Detox, a holistic full body cleansing company. Alessandrina is also the author of 6 books, including 2 Yoga manuals. For more information, visit: www.letloverule.us www.thesouthbeachdetox.com
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