Ganga Devi is a spiritual teacher and the founder/director of the Himalayan Yoga Institute. She has been practicing and teaching yoga and meditation over 30 years and has been the prime disciple of a Himalayan yoga master who passed away in 2009. As the successor of her teacher, a highly advanced yogi, she was given the task to continue his work and legacy at the ashram, which he had started in the 1990’s in a small, traditional village of Kullu Valley, tucked away in the Himalayan mountains of India. The Himalayan Yoga Institute is dedicated to the life and work of Ganga’s yoga master with the purpose of serving the many people who are flocking to the practices of yoga and meditation in order to find peace, health, fulfillment and a deep sense of joy.
She discovered yoga in 1988 while writing her final thesis at university and preparing for a career as an interpreter and a high school professor of German language and literature. Her life was to take a different direction after she came in touch with the ancient yogic science.
Practicing yoga is important for kids for many of the same reasons it is important for adults. Yoga helps kids to relax, relieve stress and anxiety, sleep better, improve emotional regulation, increase empathy, and improve mood and affect.
Practicing yoga with kids also teaches them how to be more mindful.
As adults, stress is something that we have learned about and adapted to – from peer pressure to taking the SATs, sending out college applications to getting our first real jobs. Stress is simply a regular part of our lives.
For kids, however, stress is something they are only just learning about, and they often don’t know what it is or how to handle it. It’s up to us to provide them with effective and appropriate tools to help them manage their emotions.
- How to turn an induvial activity into a social activity to help children improve their social relationships
- How to support children in learning how to deal with stress
- How to assist children in their emotional development and maturation