About Rainbow Yoga:
"Rainbow Yoga is a fun and constantly evolving family managed and love inspired business, run by Angel and Gopala Yaffa. It was lovingly born in 2007, with the intention of giving people the tools to teach fun, engaging, and creative Yoga classes for children, families, partners and communities.
Our yoga is interactive and social, it is all about connections; we touch, we hug, we move together and we co-create the class in a magical way that creates a playful space for everybody to want more ...
Rainbow Yoga offers a variety of unique teacher training courses all over the world. Our teacher training courses offer a well-rounded, in-depth learning experience through a combination of play, practical theory and tons of fun! Our courses are renowned for being captivating, energising, loving, dynamic, intense and life changing. They are condensed with a life-time of knowledge and hands on experience from Angel, Gopala and the awesome Rainbow Yoga team, who are known for their love of yoga and their passion for supporting communities, families and children.
You will be left with a smile on your face, a wealth of knowledge and an ignited spirit to spread the love and joy of Yoga, helping in making the world a better place, one person at a time."
"Changing the world one smile at a time!"
* Rainbow Yoga Blog *
* The Importance of Fun *
February 29, 2016 | Gopala Amir Yaffa
"Fun is an element in adults lives, and even in kids lives, that is often neglected and dismissed as unimportant. But fun has lots of benefits :It makes you happy! …and therefore healthy! Woo-Hoo! Endorphins!
It’s a much safer environment to learn in, as opposed to fear
It helps to release tension
It creates space to explore and release unprocessed emotions
It’s a place where we learn to interact and communicate with others.
While having fun, because fun always involves interaction with other people, we learn to play and live under certain basic rules of mutual respect… which is the only way to keep the fun going!
So dude, have some fun!"
* Freedom to All Yogi Kids! *
March 3, 2016 | Gopala Amir Yaffa
"We want freedom because freedom IS happiness. When we feel limited we experience suffering, and when we are free we discover happiness. Freedom is the goal of yoga, it is called Moksha in Sanskrit, or referred to as Nirvana in Buddhism.
I find that both yogis and kids, struggle to find their way to freedom. [...]
Here are a few fun yoga activities you can use at home, your work place your yoga classes (whether with kids or adults) to shake it up a bit and spark creativity and explore this deep longing for freedom in everyone!"
* Why Yoga for Kids? *
March 6, 2016 | Gopala Amir Yaffa
"Yoga for kids is a fun way for children to develop important skills in a fun, non-competitive environment. [...] This nourishing atmosphere encourages children to relax and have fun while they develop not only strength, coordination, flexibility and balance, but also body awareness, better focus and concentration, and self confidence.
In fact, a 2003 study by the University of California of children in a Los Angeles school found that children who had frequent yoga instruction saw significant increases in children’s self esteem, as well as overall fitness, academic performance, and even a decrease in discipline problems as students felt more relaxed and were more respectful of their peers! [...]
But what makes yoga classes different from other movement-based activities incorporating music and games, like gymborees? Besides the immense physical and mental benefits, a central tenet of yoga practice is respect and honor: for ourselves, for each other, and our environment. In a yoga class, children often go on a magical journey around the world, and learn about many cultures and places. Since many of the yoga poses are of animals, children also learn about different animal habitats, endangered species, and even recycling!"
* Family Time *
March 2, 2016 | Gopala Amir Yaffa
"We are called Human Beings, but we have become Human Doers, and we are constantly pushing our kids to become the same. We all, parents and kids, need time to breath and stretch; time just to connect and time to be, be together."
* Listening and Communicating during a Partner Yoga Class and at Home *
March 2, 2016 | Gopala Amir Yaffa
"Communication is the key to a safe and blissful practice as well as to a strong, healthy relationship. Communication allows partners to feel love and caring and elevates the practice of Partner Yoga beyond the physical. [...] Effective communication requires practice of the skills of listening and expressing thoughts and feelings. Communication is much more than talking. It is what you say, how you say it, why you say it, when you say it and even what you don’t say."
* Love, Touch, Breathe... Family Yoga*
November 17, 2016 | Gopala Amir Yaffa
"What makes a family? It is not necessarily our genetic constitution, but rather the connection and integration we feel with each other. It is how much we merge into each others’ lives, and how we support and inspire each others’ growth.
Yoga means unity, and ideally there is no social unit more united than a family.
[...] This is the natural progression of life from self-centeredness to altruism, a journey from separateness to unity. It is a path of expansion and wider and wider connections. It is yoga. Having a family is more yoga than doing yoga poses, and it is a very intense, but also supportive environment in which to to discover yourself."
* Rainbow Family Yoga: A Mini Class to Get You Started *
November 17, 2016 | Gopala Amir Yaffa
"Want to do something fun that will bring you and your kids closer together in the extra time created in the absence of technology? Try the following little yoga class with the whole family!"
* Community Yoga *
March 5, 2016 | Gopala Amir Yaffa
"Yoga is a physical as well as mental exercise which helps you realize that you and the world are interconnected. We come to this world through our families. We are nourished by them as we grow and learn. Later, we create our own families and support the social circles that sustained our development. We receive and we give, we interact and we grow together. It's all yoga.
In a way, there are two kinds of yoga: Yoga Mat Yoga, which is your practice in class, and Living Yoga, which is the attitude, peace of mind, the balance and the excitement about life that accompany you through your day when the yoga class ends.
* Getting Kids (and Parents) to Eat Their Vegetables *
August 31, 2016 | The Rainbow Team
"Here at Rainbow we hope that we inspire you to make some compassionate choices for yourselves, the planet, the animals, and our human community. Which leads to the importance of a plant based diet. Awareness of nourishing our bodies is now more prominent in society than ever. But how do we get our young ones to consume more of this incredible plant based nutrients, so they can grow, thrive and be full of vitality?"
* Medical Clowning and Drama *
September 13, 2016 | By Gopala Amir Yaffa
"Clown Doctors prescribe fun and laughter to sick children in the hospital! Imagine being a child in hospital, away from the comfort of your home and all that is familiar, and feeling sad, anxious, frightened, lonely or in pain. This is where Clown Doctors can help. They treat children in the hospital with medicine of a different kind...doses of fun and laughter!"
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Love & light!