By Lara Hocheiser, Flow and Grow Kids Yoga Founder, Owner, and Teacher Trainer and Kathryn Boland, Flow and Grow Kids Yoga Graduate and Blog Manager
2020 blew up the bread-and-butter business model for many kids companies, making in-person yoga programming and in-person training (temporarily?) obsolete. The industry answered with an uptick in online children’s programming and adult education in the form of 95-hour courses, workshops, training, continuing education, and more.
With the changes in how things are delivered, I expect there to be more changes in trends. Here are a handful!
What to expect in 2021
Lara teaching a private lesson over Zoom
More customized classes for your kids
This will be a notable trend because of the social distancing that this year brought. Social distancing will remain necessary until the approved vaccines are more widely distributed, which could take a while. Beyond that, socially-distanced models have advantages that various sectors have recognized (the sad fact of not being able to physically connect and be together in space notwithstanding) -- being able to reach clients and audiences across the nation and across the world, for example.
With kids yoga, those same models allow for customization to best serve the students, families, and educators at hand. Formats for socially-distanced kids yoga include small group, semi-private, private, and pods to cater to any age or niche. These options allow teachers to offer just what your kids need, when they need it, for as long as they need it -- and will continue to do so.
Training for diverse yet like-minded people from the comfort of home
Through three cohorts of my 95-hour Kids Yoga Teacher Training, I’ve noticed that it brings in a special kind of person. I’ve seen that my trainees are like-minded people and kindred spirits. I’ve had students from various countries, making the cohort a support base that spans across the globe. My trainings create positive, supportive, and inspiring online communities -- while they’re in process and long after they’re done. Want to be part of such a community?My next training starts on February 2nd!
Fall 2020 Foundations Course training over Zoom
More creative content
Kids yoga and mindfulness teachers are committed to bringing the practice to kids, families, caregivers, and educators -- pandemic or no pandemic. Further, we know that what we do matters now more than ever. This time has led kids yoga teachers to create videos, lesson plans and cards, and downloads of all kinds. We had previously made online groups and portals/apps as other ways for students to access our content, and continue to expand content and access. Check outour shop with products to help share yoga and mindfulness with the kids/youth in your life, as well asour on-demand classes on Kidpass! While we have been creating this content since 2015, it's wonderful to see more of it from diverse creators and voices.
One of the many pandemic-friendly yoga products available in our shop
Tons of new online conferences, blogs, and podcasts
If it’s any indication of a wider trend, I have already been invited to speak or be a panelist at five conferences! Online conferences are on the rise. I’ve also seen an uptick in blogs, as well as a multitude of new voices in podcasts -- I was interviewed by seven in the past year! More content doesn’t necessarily mean moregoodcontent, so make sure to use your discernment when tuning in. Yet more dialogue can bring more thought leadership, inspiration, and networking.
More options for parents and children
One of the positives aspects of the pandemic bringing teacher training online training is the opportunity to see people following their dreams to build yoga education businesses. Check out all of my fabulous trainees from the Spring 2020 Cohort, who have created or enhanced their own businesses!
~~Ava Dussault and her mom have started a kids yoga and mindfulness company, 2MindfulGirls, where they provide classes and resources for kids yoga classes and teachers. They have a brick and mortar business in Worcestor, MA where children can now take yoga classes in person.
~~Brittany Stockwell, otherwise known as The Purple Violinist, has begun creating kids yoga resources and teaching yoga and mindfulness classes, including a yoga summer camp.
~~Teresa Jackson's The Pure Light Yoga, has added community yoga classes.
~~Kathryn Boland is developing a social/emotional learning and wellness program based in yoga and mindfulness specifically for young dancers (ages 9-18), called Mindful Movers! She already had hundreds of followers on IG and local clientelle.
And that is just some of amazing success from the Spring Cohort! Of the Fall Cohort, which finished only 3 weeks ago, two people have already launched their businesses, catering to their specific communities. Some have begun to make life-changing career shifts and have even gotten press coverage! Stay tuned to our blog for more news and stories about the amazing work they’re doing.
I have trained so people that are doing big things, and I am so proud of them.
Some members of the Spring 2020 cohort forging their own paths following training
More professional development options for teachers across the globe
In and out of kids yoga, virtual trainings allow people across the globe to learn from various thought leaders -- those they might not have access to with only in-person options. Multiculturalism, cultural competency, and decolonization work will be key for all attending to feel seen, heard, respected, and safe. Those values and standards are therefore essential for those global offerings to succeed. Representation, inclusion, diversity, and equity are values front-and-center to Flow and Grow Kids Yoga's work and has been since day one. We have made our hiring practices and the visual representation of children with these values at the forefront.
Lara skill-sharing with friends in Japan
Guided by those values -- and of course best practices, collaboration, and a dynamic learning atmosphere -- Flow and Grow Kids Yoga's 95-hour training includes eleven modules: The Foundations of Kids Yoga, Yoga Tools for Social-Emotional Learning, Kids Yoga Lesson Planning, Mindful Beginnings, Yoga and Mindfulness in Schools, Anatomy and Physiology of Children's Yoga, Yoga and Mindfulness with Teens and Tweens, Yoga Philosophy for Kids, The Business of Kids Yoga, and Integrating Mindfulness into the School Day. See full class descriptionshere, and reach out to Lara email@example.com with any questions!
More global friendships
As noted, my trainings have become a space for support spanning the globe. There’s another important effect that can happen from those global connections -- relationships with people from other countries, continents, people with different mother tongues, and skin colors can strengthen antiracism. Experience with people not exactly like you builds understanding and makes their humanity clear. Community building is at the heart of antiracist practices.
Do you remember the story about the little girl throwing starfish back into the sea? She knew that she couldn’t save them all, but every single one she saved meant something. Flow and Grow Kids Yoga and the wider kids yoga field can’t exactly bring about total world peace (a la the Miss America cliche), but every person we touch can make the world just a bit kinder, more patient, and more loving.