Yoga for Kids
All sessions now offered In Person
Are you looking for ways to support your child’s social and emotional learning? Mindfulness and yoga can provide an excellent tool to help meet these needs! In this class, kids (ages 5-11) will join a nurturing environment for individual self-development and growth. Each 90-minute session will include kid-sized yoga poses, breathwork to help calm the body and reduce anxiety, introductory meditation techniques, as well as singing and dancing to match that infectious kid energy! Each class concludes with quiet reflection time when kids are encouraged to relax with a book, create drawings, or practice meditation.
Led by experienced elementary school teacher and trauma-informed yoga instructor, Bonnie Abbott, this class will be just the right amount of fun and education!
Teacher: Bonnie Abbott
Classes meet Sundays from 1-2:30 PM in-studio (beginning Jun 5, 2022!)
Enrollment is ongoing.
Kids Yoga Membership is $59/month, drop-ins are $20. Please enroll your child under their own profile when pre-registering.
Come prepared with comfy clothes for movement, a snack, and a water bottle. We will supply all other materials and props at the studio (including mats), however, if your child has their own, they are welcome to bring them!
Bonnie will email parents after each class with a summary of what topics were discussed, as well as activities and pictures. These topics can be used for further discussion and learning at home.
Does your child struggle with BIG emotions in a tiny body? Is your family going through a difficult time? If there are topics you would like explored or discussed ahead of time--let us know and Bonnie can work it into her lesson plan!
PLEASE NOTE: Pictures may also be used for class and series promotion--if you prefer your child is not featured on our social media or website, please let us know in advance!
RYT 200, TIYT (Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher)
My own emotional and physical needs led me to become a yoga practitioner in 2011, and yoga has become an integral part of my life ever since. I became a yoga teacher in 2019, and additional studies led to a Trauma-Informed certification in 2020. My passion for working with children led me to teach elementary music from 2015 to 2020 before the pandemic hit, which changed everything in my life, as it did for so many of us.
As an elementary educator, I witnessed many students struggle with anxiety, fear, trauma, and grief, (particularly during the pandemic,) and they had few practical tools to manage such huge feelings. The pandemic wreaked havoc on their sense of safety, security, and ability to feel grounded and protected. It became clear to me that I could better help children meet their emotional needs through yoga, so I made the decision to leave public education and try something new.
Now, my work is largely helping kids to develop their own emotional ‘toolbox’ to feel more empowered and better equipped to navigate the world around them. In yoga classes, we do this by exploring dynamic movement, freedom of expression through dancing, singing, and shouting! We move our bodies through yoga poses and tap into how our bodies feel in these shapes. We play yoga-related games to practice teamwork, problem solving, and gracefully losing. We learn how our breath can calm or energize us, how meditation can help us feel focused, and how to be responsive rather than reactive. It is a place where kids can be fully kids, show up however they are feeling, and feel welcome.