Kulture Klash’s Bianca Sadie chats to us about the importance of Kids Yoga!
When I heard that Kulture Klash has Kids Yoga sessions I was intrigued. I got to chat to Bianca Sadie, who happens to be the co-owner of Kulture Klash, a secret paradise located in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The word Yoga means ‘union.’ This ultimately means union of the Mind and Body.
Bianca has always held a huge passion for teaching, counselling and children so when she embarked on a journey of teaching Kids Yoga, she knew that her purpose had been found. Her ultimate goal is to bring yoga to every school and every child.
Kiki: Bianca, I understand you have a passion or should I say a soft spot for kids. But why did you choose Yoga to drive that?
Bianca: Teaching kids has always been a huge passion of mine but I decided to take different career path so it was always a unfulfilled passion. I started yoga in my teens and practiced Yoga when I could, but after a few retreats and weekends filled with yoga I came to see how healing and beneficial it was to me. I am a passionate, extreme, intense, sensitive, charged and very emotional human and when those feelings aren’t dealt in the correct manner they can become very destructive.
Kiki: I get what you mean. That’s actually true. Wow!
Bianca: I know right? Yoga heals. I wish I had acquired these skills years ago to deal with my emotions, my mind and my body.This lead me to want to teach people to learn how to use these tools I had been given, and when I heard of Yoga for kids I knew I had found my calling. I want every child to love themselves and embrace all that they are.
Kiki: Kids are known to be very active, impatient and they get bored easily. How do you keep them focused during a session?
Bianca: Kids are full of energy which is such a beautiful thing. That energy just needs to be utilized and directed in the right way not frowned upon. I have to make my classes extremely exciting, captivating and imaginative else they will lose interest fast. In my class we go on an exciting adventure and it is fun.
Kiki: FUN?? I wanna be a kid again just for that. Hahahaha
Bianca: Fun is the key word. Kids learn when they are having fun and in the moment. The breath work also centres children without much work required. You will be amazed how powerful the breath is in bringing focus into the body no matter what the age. The energy in the room is instantly shifted with chanting/singing and breathing exercises. Kids need to embrace their playful spirit with laughter, talking and spontaneity where I try eliminate any form of competitiveness in my class as there is enough of that out there! The classes have to be age appropriate and creative! While it’s fun to keep kids’ yoga classes playful, a definite structure has to be in place to keep everyone safe and learning.
Kiki: What is the difference between adult Yoga and kids Yoga?
Bianca: Kids yoga is a lot more playful, busy and not so quiet. It needs to be structured and you have to be in control of the class as it is not just playing time. It requires learning and as the teacher, it’s important to remember that strong and loving boundaries are part of yoga. Children and teen yoga classes are a lot more interactive, engaging and relationship building. It’s a place where the older kids and teens can talk about emotional stuff in a safe space and the younger children can embrace the full use of their imaganitive skills by adding their input to the storyline and adventure of the class. Props and engaging materials are often used in classes which build on children’s innate inquisitiveness, creativity and unbounded energy which inspires us to adopt a greater sense of playfulness in our own practice.
Kiki: I have made up my mind and I think it will be perfect for my 13year old daughter. When is the next course starting and what is the duration?
Bianca: The next kids’ course starts at the end of February. The classes are held daily at The Yoga Studio in Parktown North. Each class is 45mins.
Kiki: Is there a special diet that the kids will need to follow during the course?
Bianca: There is no such thing as a kids “diet” for yoga as such but rather we encourage healthy nutrition as it plays a vital role in the energy levels of the child as well as it affects their learning and behaviour skills. Blood sugar levels need to be balanced and holistic body nourishment is key.
Kiki: How do we do that though?
Bianca: The best way to help kids with keeping fit, healthy and focused is feeding them the best possible options we have available. All vegetables, fruits, and whole grain foods are encouraged opposed to sugary foods which cause kids to be more hyper and lose attention easily. Our bodies and minds need nourishment and the earlier we introduce healthy foods to our children the easier it is for them to sustain that lifestyle as they get older.
Balance is key with all things. Yoga encourages balance between all aspects of our lives which includes nutrition. If everything is kept in moderation and healthy options are at the forefront it definitely helps the child develop in all areas of their lives especially when keeping active.
I have a hate towards the word ‘diet’ as it is very misused and can cause an unhealthy relationship towards food from a young age if not handled in the correct way. Adults are role models for our kids so healthy changes should start with us. Balance is key here. Less sugar more greens! However, this is just my take on this topic. It can vary depending on personal beliefs and studies. This is just my personal opinion.
Bianca Sadie has been in the fashion industry for over 11 years, with a successful career in her family business DESCH SA. She has recently embarked on a new venture where the company Kulture Klash was born. Bianca loves anything to do with luxury, health and wellness which is what she aims to bring together and use to empower people.
Bianca has always felt a need to explore the deeper meaning of most things and her curiosity to life has led her to explore many avenues to access growth mentally, physically and spiritually. The need for a more balanced life with greater amounts of self-acceptance was Bianca’s biggest struggle and it has been through meditations and yoga that Bianca has managed to find a sense of inner peace and real fulfilment.
Bianca has done various yoga retreats and teaches Kids yoga certified through the YOGA4KIDS School of South Africa which she teaches with a compassion based philosophy. These classes hold a great educational purpose whilst being extremely fun and playful.
Feel good, look good and do good is Bianca’s life motto.
Kulture Klash, is basically the best one stop shop – The Yoga Studio for Kids & Adults, Fashion (Surori & DESCH) and The Café that has the yummiest smoothies and Coffees…..and they have free wi-fi too. Next week I will chat to Aimee Sadie about Surori Fashion at Kulture Klash and then I will chat to Refiloe Nyoni about adult Yoga before their 2018 courses commence. You can pay them a visit;
21A, 7th Avenue
Cell: 076 845 6098
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