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Children’s Yoga Programming at the Yoga Loft-Two Streams to Choose From!
The Yoga Loft offers two different styles of children’s yoga programming. Our more traditional offering of yoga class is offered on Saturdays -Kids Yoga Movement and Mindfulness for ages 6-12 takes place fomr 11:45-12:45pm. Hello Yoga Ages 5-9 runs from 1:15-2pm (Hello Yoga will return in the fall of 2019). These classes are taught by Mariko Shirato and include elements of movement, mindfulness, breath awareness, mini meditations and games to help children develop motor skills, attention, and emotional balance. No previous yoga experience necessary. NOTE for 2019 there will be limited Saturday offerings as Mariko will be in yoga training!
Our second program is Kids Yoga4Life. It is a specialized “yoga school” program which includes practice of poses and mindfulness as well as a leveled program where kids learn how to plan classes and teach based on principles of Grounded Yoga of Atlanta Georgia. Kids who attend this program must have a high degree of commitment to their practice- both the poses that form class AND the Yoga school offerings where we learn in depth about the practice and how it carries over into life. Kids Yoga4Life is offered on Wednesday, 3:15-4:45pm. Prior yoga experience helpful but not necessary. Class assistant Mikayla – trained in the program- assists and often leads the pose portions of the classes.
To register for Yoga4Life with Cherisse CLICK HERE
To register for Saturday kids yoga programming with Mariko CLICK HERE
WHY KIDS YOGA?
Kids need balance too! Movement, mindfulness, self awareness. It can be hard to find time to fit in all the activities that we know are important- swimming, music, dance, soccer, art- it’s an endless list. The good news? Our programs are short (6-8 weeks long) so they don’t require a year long commitment. And your kids are welcome to move in and out of our programming as the season dictates. Soccer ends? Come do a few weeks of yoga to learn how to handle anxiety from competition. Struggling with gross motor movement in gym class? See how yoga can help your child develop a different sense of body awareness.
PROGRAM DETAILS- KIDS YOGA4LIFE
Kids Yoga4Life is a unique class which combines traditional kids class offerings of yoga poses, breathing and mindfulness with a multi-aged school like setting where children take their learning to a more in depth level. In the “school” portion of class kids learn more about the benefits of the poses, as well as how to use the practice of yoga to help oneself and others deal with day to day challenges such as focus, attention, anxiety, overwhelm, fatigue and confidence.
The kids mentor each other with the support of the lead teacher and teaching assistants (senior students in the program!), and learn to design themed yoga sequences that they can use at home or offer out to classmates, community groups, family and friends. Learning to teach these sequences involves development of confidence and voice, and the ability to respond to others depending on their needs. The program is levelled with colored bandanas awarded to recognize learning achievements. Yoga journals, pose resource books, and other supports for practice support learning and crossover of their skills into home and school.
Students who attend this program must been keen and interested in all aspects of the program.
Guest instructors may be invited to offer specialty classes in partner/acro yoga, movement skills, yoga games and other related areas of practice.
Kids Yoga4Life is offered on Wednesday, 3:15-4:45pm.
Pricing includes access to most materials and resources for the program, which are imported from Grounded Yoga in Atlanta, Georgia. Some materials- such as the $15 pose workbook- may be purchased by each family for home use.
Cost $17 per class- register for a session at a time. No drop ins.
To see dates and to register for Yoga4Life with Cherisse CLICK HERE
PROGRAM DETAILS- TRADITIONAL KIDS PROGRAMMING
Hello Yoga! with Mariko Ages 5-9
Yoga for younger ones ages 5 to 9. This 45 minute class includes movement, mindfulness, breath awareness, mini meditations and games designed to help young ones learn about themselves and how they fit into the world around them. Must register for whole session- no drop ins. $13 per class.
- Saturday 1:15-2 pm ON HOLD fall 2019
Kids Yoga Movement & Mindfulness with Mariko- Ages 6-12
Yoga for children ages 6-12. This 60 minute class includes movement, mindfulness, breath awareness, meditations and games to help your child develop motor skills, attention and emotional balance. Must register for whole session- no drop ins. Cost $13 per class- register for a session at a time. No drop ins.
- Saturday 12:00 to 1:00pm Sept 14 to October 26 and/or November 2 to December 14
For dates and to register for Saturday kids yoga programming with Mariko CLICK HERE
Mariko teaches yoga for older adults and has apprenticed with Marcia, assisting in the Yoga Loft’s children’s programs, since 2014. She studied with Todd Inouye in 2013 earning her RYT200 through the Yoga Loft, and has since completed the Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher Training. Mariko loves each child’s unique personality and physical ability. Her belief that “all children are sparkling geniuses” guides her as she seeks to explore each support each child’sinner/outer beauty and speciality. Also she is a gentle naturalist and has a degree in Natural Resource Science from Thompson Rivers University where she learned to love exploration of biology and ecology. This guides her desire to share the respect to the earth and its biodiversity with children. Mariko looks forward to meeting your children and sharing her energy and yoga with them.