5 Days Learn How to Teach Children Yoga Retreat in Gokarna at Top Resort, India

Yoga Retreat in India

This retreat offers you to understand and appreciate the benefits of yoga and meditation to combat mounting stress in daily lives, teaching children mindful practices too can go a long way in shaping their future. Introducing yoga and meditation for children at a young age can help them to connect to their own inner source of calm and assure them a healthy adulthood. Come to Gokarna and learn to teach yoga for children with Namaste Yoga Farm!

Meet the instructors

Lucia
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Highlights

  • 3 days of daily 2.5-hour yoga teaching
  • Learn to teach a yoga lesson to children
  • Certified and professional yoga instructor
  • Complimentary bikes to explore the surroundings
  • Plenty of time to explore the surrounding areas
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Water and drinks
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, German, Russian, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer available:
Dabolim Airport (US$81 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Mangalore International Airport (US$128 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Shopping
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Special menu request
  • Baby sitting
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Namaste Yoga Farm is located in the state of Karnataka on the tropical southwestern side of India, about a three-minute walk to Kudle Beach. Namaste Yoga Farm is famous for its well-known exclusive stay which provides its guests with an optimum comfort and peace. The feel, however, is like a homely and cozy type, with six exclusive rooms that present the perfect environment to do yoga, relax, and enjoy, plus seven eco cottages.

The interior of the place is naturally combined with attractive, elegant decor and quality, positioned near the Arabian Sea on Kudle Beach. Each room here is designed to hold the coastal view and is featured with a private terrace or balcony. The rooms are located far from the noise so you can enjoy a quiet and peaceful environment.

The property is located in an area that has a lot of trees and other greenery around and is highly susceptible to insects and other life forms that inhabit such areas. The property has terrain gradients that need to be taken into consideration for senior and physically challenged guests.

Pets are accepted solely at the discretion of the hotel and, with the exception of guide dogs, are not allowed in public places. Clients and guests are asked to check in advance with the hotel. The client is responsible for controlling the pet and will be liable for any damage, spoilage, or injury however caused by the pet.

Classic cottages

This Namaste Yoga Farm cottage makes an ideal holiday retreat and the perfect base for exploring all the delights of the south coast. Relax and unwind after the beach in this cozy cottage, or enjoy the fresh air and dine in a beach restaurant. Discover the sub-tropical gardens and spend a day at one of the many beaches surrounding this lovely Brahmin town. It is very peaceful.

Classic cottages have a garden view without glass in the wooden frames. Not good to book if you are scared of small animals like geckos, frogs, and ants because they are visiting frequently. This is an outdoor cottage with small critters.

Tree houses

Tree houses are very basic and build on plywood boards. You have a light, electric plug-ins, Wi-Fi (WLAN) connection, roll-out mattress, and a mosquito net. There is a wooden ladder going up. The roof and low side walls are made from coconut leaves and bamboo. Toilets and showers are within a few seconds walk and the chill-out space is just below. Shape and size of the tree house vary because they get rebuild every year because of the monsoon.

Standard rooms

Namaste Yoga Farm's seascape flows into these rooms designed to embrace the coastal view. Simple design and comfortable furnishings allow for nature's tranquility to permeate your personal resort accommodation. Most rooms feature either a private terrace or balcony.

Deluxe rooms

Are you looking for a retreat from your busy lifestyle at a quiet, private hideaway close to the beach? Namaste Yoga Farm's six secluded rooms offer accommodation as an alternative to the motel / hotel experience. With views of the Arabian Sea, this deluxe guesthouse provides guests with outstanding service in a peaceful setting.

Program

Nowadays, Namaste Yoga Farm has seen children highly equipped with technological gadgets. Parents also encourage their children to be good with technology, which is not a bad thing, but at the same time, a child should also be encouraged to play outdoors and spend time in nature, as these activities help a child to evolve and grow.

Yoga presented in a child's language can help counter the stress experienced by little ones living in a hurry-up world. Learn the benefits of teaching yoga for kids. Children live in a hurry-up world of busy parents, school pressures, incessant lessons, video games, malls, and competitive sports. You usually don't think of these influences as stressful for your kids, but often they are. The bustling pace of your children's lives can have a profound effect on their innate joy - and usually not for the better.

Yoga can help counter these pressures. When children learn techniques for self-health, relaxation, and inner fulfillment, they can navigate life's challenges with a little more ease. Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that's noncompetitive. Fostering cooperation and compassion- instead of opposition - is a great gift to give to your children.

Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improve. Doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Yoga brings that marvelous inner light that all children have to the surface.

When yogis developed the asanas many thousands of years ago, they still lived close to the natural world and used animals and plants for inspiration - the sting of a scorpion, the grace of a swan, the grounded stature of a tree. When children imitate the movements and sounds of nature, they have a chance to get inside another being and imagine taking on its qualities. When they assume the pose of the lion (Simhasana) for example, they experience not only the power and behavior of the lion but also their own sense of power: when to be aggressive, when to retreat. The physical movements introduce kids to yoga's true meaning: union, expression, and honor for oneself and one's part in the delicate web of life.

Learn how to teach children

Yoga with children offers many possibilities to exchange wisdom, share good times, and lay the foundation for a lifelong practice that will continue to deepen. All that's needed is a little flexibility on the adult's part because, as Namaste Yoga Farm quickly found out when they first started teaching the practice to preschoolers, yoga for children is quite different than yoga for adults.

Six years ago, Namaste Yoga Farm had their first experience teaching yoga to kids at a local Montessori school. They looked forward to the opportunity with confidence. But after two classes with a group of three-to-six-year-olds, they had to seriously reevaluate their approach. They needed to learn to let go (the very practice they had been preaching for years) of their agenda and their expectations of what yoga is and is not.

When Namaste Yoga Farm began to honor the children's innate intelligence and tune in to how they were instructing me to instruct them, they began to co-create their classes. They used the yoga asanas as a springboard for exploration of many other areas - animal adaptations and behavior, music and playing instruments, storytelling, drawing - and their time together became a truly interdisciplinary approach to learning. Together they wove stories with their bodies and minds in a flow that could only happen in child's play.

How you can benefit from teaching yoga for kids

If you're planning to teach yoga to kids, there are a few general things to know that will enhance your experience. The greatest challenge with children is to hold their attention long enough to teach them the benefits of yoga: stillness, balance, flexibility, focus, peace, grace, connection, health, and well-being. Luckily, most children love to talk, and they love to move - both of which can happen in yoga. Children will jump at the chance to assume the role of animals, trees, flowers, warriors. Your role is to step back and allow them to bark in the dog pose, hiss in the cobra, and meow in cat stretch. They can also recite the ABCs or 123s as they are holding poses. Sound is a great release for children and adds an auditory dimension to the physical experience of yoga.

Children need to discover the world on their own. Telling them to think harder, do it better, or be a certain way because it's good for them is not the optimal way. Instead, provide a loving, responsive, creative environment for them to uncover their own truths. As they perform the various animal and nature asanas, engage their minds to deepen their awareness. When they're snakes (Bhujangasana), invite them to really imagine that they're just a long spine with no arms and legs. Could you still run or climb a tree? In Tree Pose (Vrikshasana), ask them to imagine being a giant oak, with roots growing out of the bottoms of their feet. Could you stay in the same position for 100 years? If you were to be chopped down, would that be okay? Would it hurt?

When they stretch like a dog, balance like a flamingo, breathe like a bunny, or stand strong and tall like a tree, they are making a connection between the macrocosm of their environment and the microcosm of their bodies. The importance of reverence for all life and the principle of interdependence becomes apparent. Children begin to understand that you and they are all made of the same stuff, just in different forms.

Daily schedule

Day 1

  • 15:00 Arrival and welcome drink

Day 2

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 11.00-13:30 How to start. Main differences between yoga for adults and yoga for children. How to teach a classical yoga lesson to children.
  • 13:30 Free time

Day 3

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 11.00-13:30 Include yoga in stories, dos and don'ts
  • 13:30 Free time

Day 4

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 11.00-13:30 Include yoga in games, "let's play 'n have fun"
  • 13:30 Free time

Day 5

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Departure

Note: In-house yoga teachers, guest teachers, and schedule are subject to change without prior notice.

Instructors

Lucia
Lucia is a psychiatric nurse assistant with 22 years of teaching experience in Hatha yoga. While practicing at the desert of Marocco all alone (spring 2018), she got again deeply impressed by the deprivation of the senses and the infinite experience of her inner peace. After this intense experience, she quit her job at the hospital in summer 2018 for longterm traveling while teaching and practicing yoga worldwide and at Namaste Yoga Farm.

Retreat location

Gokarna is a town on the Arabian Sea, in the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka. A popular pilgrimage destination for Hindus, it’s known for sacred sites like Mahabaleshwar Temple, which has a shrine dedicated to the deity Shiva. Nearby, Koti Teertha is a temple tank where devotees wash in the holy waters. The town is also home to beaches such as palm-lined Gokarna in the center, plus Kudle and Om farther south.

Namaste Yoga Farm is an oasis of peace just three minutes' walk from the golden sands of Kudle Beach and the famous Rama temple / Shiva cave of Gokarna. 15 minutes in either direction, you reach Om beach or Gokarna beach.

Moreover, Ayurvedic treatments are available from Dr. Ratan Singh, just 200 meters from Namaste Yoga Farm toward Gokarna. The following therapies are offered: Ayurveda, naturopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, and Schuessler Salt and Bio Mineral Salt treatments.

Nearby places

  • Ayurvedic treatments, 200 meters
  • Gokarna beach - 15 minutes
  • Kudle Beach - 3 minutes' walk
  • Om Beach - 15 minutes

Unique features

Activities

  • Art classes
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis

General

  • Balcony
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • ATM / banking
  • Baby sitting
  • Bicycle rental
  • Cell phone rental
  • Currency exchange
  • Free bicycle
  • Free bottled water
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laptop rental
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Medical assistance
  • Mosquito net
  • Newspapers
  • Room cleaning
  • Wireless internet

Food

A healthy breakfast will be served in the morning with the option of sweet or salty such as fruit muesli, homemade yogurt, local fruits, idly and dosa's, honey, extra virgin olive oil, tahini, brown German bread, fruit salads, coffee, and tea. Namaste Yoga Farm focuses on health! The food is pure vegetarian but vegan can be an option. They also have homemade tofu, soymilk, and cheese.

Because Namaste Yoga Farm likes homemade foods, they produce tofu, yogurt themselves, and also buy from local families other homemade products like a peanut - cashew butter, cheese, and brown bread. Ingredients are cooked simply to maintain the maximum nutritional value and flavor. Let Namaste Yoga Farm know about any issues with foods you might have and they will do their best to adjust accordingly.

Meals are served in the garden under the banyan tree at the chill-out place. Namaste Yoga Farm prepares breakfast by themselves but uses the best vegetarian catering service in town for lunches and dinners, if you are a big group staying at least seven days with them. Breakfast will only be served from 08:00 to 11:00.

You can always have a glass of wine at Namaste Yoga Farm or a beer on the beach. For late night party, you would have to go to Palolem Beach in Goa and it would take about two hours with a taxi. The driver would wait and bring you back in the morning.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Chilling aside the fish pond
  • Cycling
  • Exploring coastline by scooter
  • Getting Ayurvedic massage
  • Going on boat trips
  • Going on morning walks and adventure hikes
  • Going to art classes
  • Kayaking tour
  • Playing badminton and beach rackets
  • Playing chess and backgammon board games
  • Sightseeing tours
  • Sunset boating
  • Visiting Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Visiting Half Moon Beach for a swim
  • Visiting Yana falls and caves
  • Watching movies

What's included

  • 3 days of daily 2.5-hour yoga teaching
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Belts
  • Complimentary bikes to explore the surroundings
  • Mats
  • Polster
  • Probs
  • Tax (GST) or local service charges
  • Use of linen and towels
  • Water and other drinks

What's not included

  • Tourist visa for India
  • Airfare
  • Health insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Dabolim Airport (GOI) or Mangalore International Airport (IXE).

Arrival by train

You can take a train to arrive at Gokarna Road railway station (GOK) or at Kumta railway station (KT) or Ankola railway station (ANKL), which is 30 kilometers from Gokarna, in case you come by train from Mumbai Central railway station (MMCT) or Delhi Junction railway station (DLI). From Dabolim Airport (GOI), you have to fight your way to Madgaon train station (MAO), which is with a taxi about 30 minutes far. At 1 p.m. every day, a train leaves for Gokarna and reaches about three hours later. Tickets can be bought directly in Madgaon at the station for less than a dollar.

Airport: Dabolim Airport Airport transfer available: Dabolim Airport (US$81 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Mangalore International Airport Airport transfer available: Mangalore International Airport (US$128 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 55% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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Early bird discount

There is an early bird discount of 20 EUR for single occupancy rooms and a 40 EUR discount for double occupancy rooms. Kindly book two months ahead of the retreat!

 

Pricing information

Other available options:

  • 359 EUR for single occupancy in Tree House.
  • 429 EUR for double occupancy in Tree House.

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