Jie Man

My yoga teaching experience started in 2014 when I was working as an early childhood educator at a French preschool in Vancouver B.C. As a preschool teacher, I was looking for ways to teach young children how to safely increase their motor skills; to understand their own body, needs and emotions; to express themselves and especially to find peacefulness and mindfulness during a long day at daycare. Meanwhile, I was practicing yoga before and after work as a personal remedy for relaxation and strengthening  my body and my mind. My mission as an early childhood educator required to be fully present and be able to transmit positive energy to children the whole time. Yoga practice helped me to be more resilient on both mental and physical levels and to feel more calm and compassionate when interacting with children.

In 2015, as soon as I finished the yoga teacher training at Langara College, I introduced yoga practice into my preschool class (3-4 years old). Interestingly, children loved to do yoga dances, yoga games, and read yoga stories together. I was surprised to witness the ability of young kids to rapidly learn new things by practicing mindfulness, moving their body and exploring their senses. Since then, I am convinced that yoga for kids complement the traditional teaching methods by  enhancing their mental, social and physical development.

In 2016, I took the Semperviva kid’s yoga teacher training with Jacqueline Maloney. Her passion, joy, abundant experiences with kids' yoga teaching, and innovative teaching methods enriched my educational knowledge. Currently, I am teaching Yoga for kids in several schools and community centres. My wish is to incorporate yoga into daily life of families, schools, and communities, so kids, parents and teachers can use it as a tool to increase their well being.

As a yoga teacher and an early child educator, the learning path will never end. I am currently doing my 500 hours yoga teacher training and attending different workshops on youth development and education. I feel deeply grateful towards my inspirational teachers and mentors that supported me during my journey of early childhood educator and yoga teacher: Josyane Testa, Mona Karout, Vinciane Pepin, Naseem Gulamhusein, Madhuri Philips, Anuradha Hannah, Jacqueline Maloney.

Besides my yoga teaching, I love to dance and sing; do pottery and gardening at community gardens and spend time with my families and friends.

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