Darcy Dellavecchia

“I attended the Foundations YogaKids training about a month ago. I very much enjoyed my experience and felt that the program fit a lot of what I was looking for. As a pediatric Occupational Therapist I am constantly working with kids on fine and gross motor skills, coordination, balance, motor planning and praxis skills as well as getting kids engaged in activities and promoting healthy habits and lifestyles for them. I had used a few kids yoga games in my sessions to encourage movement and was excited to attend the YogaKids Foundations class to learn more about the program and other ways I could incorporate yoga into my sessions. 

One aspect I enjoyed most from my Foundations experience was that they plan for a 1 hour class which is typically how much time I spend with some of my clients. I also very much appreciated that YogaKids works in some educational and anatomy components, the visual vignettes and cooperative play types of approaches and the brain balance which are all things that I am used to already including in my sessions and I now have more ideas of how to work them in. I found that incorporating a theme into my sessions was something I had not previously thought of and loved that when creating lessons plans for YogaKids that a theme can help guide the session and activities included. 
Following my class, I looked up a free YogaKids spring lesson plan from the blogs on the website. I modified it a bit to use in one of my sessions and enjoyed the experience of using a lesson plan like this. I decided to move forward to doing the 2nd course for YogaKids teacher training online after that so that I could have access to more information and to help guide me in making my own lesson plans for the future. I look forward to learning more and being part of the YogaKids community!”

Doreen Braaten

“I have worked in early childhood for 20 years and I often pondered how  yoga would be great for kids, but couldn’t get past how they would not understand its  benefits as I knew them. While in my Foundations, a light bulb went off for me!  YogaKids WOWED me! Yoga for children finally made sense to me. My Foundations weekend was so exciting — I loved the games ,the songs, the books, and activities that had my mind going in every direction with all the Elements I could use to teach kids yoga. The possibilities are endless.”

Rochelle Richards

“Within the first hour of our training, I was in awe. My inner child was released and wanting more, the feeling safe and relaxed with the anticipation of what was to come next, the laughter, the feeling of belonging and acceptance had taken over. I went home the first night walking on cloud 9. I had never experienced such joy and excitement before in any yoga training or educational training before.”

Lisa Bana

“I finished the foundations class in March of 2018, in Saginaw, MI and it brought me so much joy. I loved working with the others in the class. It also gave me an outlet for creativity which I have craving. There are so many distractions and noise in our world, and to be able to give the children an hour of calm, creativity, and connection was wonderful. My goal is to now continue to reach as many as possible with the tools they’ll need in the world to stay grounded.”

Kate Steller

“My Foundations experience provided me with the basics I need to feel prepared to lead children’s yoga sessions. I am inspired to continue my YogaKids journey because two of my passions in life are working with children and yoga. I know that becoming a YogaKids instructor and completing all three steps of training will help me in my work with children and families in the hospital setting, and it will enable me to start my own business teaching children’s yoga classes. I am eager to expand upon my teaching from adult students to children, and continue to empower children to have the tools and resources to access their breath, their calm, and their joy. By equipping children with the knowledge that they can create space for themselves on their mat, I believe I can help contribute to developing a generation of strong and mindful
children.”

Courtney Abarr

“I truly believe teaching yoga to children is my passion. Taking the Foundation course only confirmed what I feel is the best way to approach teaching yoga to kids. I can not wait to continue to work on the second course and then spend a week in Transformations. I’m excited to be making my own lesson plans or lesson strategies and applying it to my own class for kids. YogaKids is the most significant opportunity ever.”

Amy Estes

“Firstly, I now equate YogaKids with the idea of ‘skies the limit.’  I love learning, and with the tools that you provided, just from Foundations, I have the tools to start teaching kids really almost any subject in a variety of fun ways. What isn’t possible? I’m so excited about the next steps and my apprenticeship. The information that was introduced in Foundations was teeming with possibilities, and I learned a tremendous amount and look forward to learning so much more.”

Addie Dublin

“I arrived at the first morning of the Foundations Training with wild eyes and a racing heart after my forty-five minute drive turned into an hour when my loyal GPS decided to go haywire within a mile of the yoga studio. I entered to the soothing voice of Sue Beres, bursting with enthusiasm and compassion. Almost before I had fully rolled out my mat and while I was still cognitively anticipating an introductory circle share, Sue had turned me into my eager, silly five year old self as she warmly welcomed us. She then slid seamlessly into reading a picture book and, before I had a chance to second guess myself, I was a giddy nit-picking chimp along with my giggling adult co-learners.

During the course of this introduction class-within-a-class, I listened, I imagined, I thought, I laughed, I moved my body in all different ways, I saw and smiled at the other ‘kids,’ and by the end I felt energetic and joyful and calm. This felt like home to me. The books, the invitation to be silly, to work together, to pretend. My mother worked as both a kindergarten teacher as well as a dance and creative movement teacher. This is how she played with us and read to us and how she encouraged us to be creative. Somewhere along the way to a “grown-up career”, I got the message that being playful or moving creatively is not important. Being introduced to the unique aspects of YogaKids as a ‘kid’ reminded me how important these things are for learning, for connecting, and for knowing yourself.”

Amy Stier

“I attended the March 2018 Foundations course in New Buffalo, MI taught by Sue Beres. It was an inspiring weekend. I have had very limited Yoga experience and was attending the course because I am an occupational therapist who has heard of the benefits of Yoga to assist students with focus and body control. Yoga is also considered an evidence based practice. I wanted to learn more and utilize what I learned with my students and with my children (3 very busy boys). 

Sue was an excellent instructor and her background as an educator was extremely helpful with ways to apply the material into the school setting that I work in. I loved how the class was very engaging and physically involved (modeling and demonstrating what we learned). I was impressed with how connected our group of women became through the course. YogaKids is a program that merges yoga with a solid educational foundation. I was so excited by what I learned that I came back to work at my preschool setting and convinced a preschool teacher and the speech therapist to attend the August 2018 training so that we can create yoga sessions for our at risk preschool/early childhood setting. 

The Niles Education Foundation has awarded us a $1000 grant to implement a YogaKids program at the school. I truly believe in the merits of the YogaKids program and am excited to learn more. The pieces I have added to my therapy sessions have made the kids engage in physical motor patterns that they were reluctant to mimic in the past. YogaKids has assisted with making my therapy sessions more fun. I am not sure where I will be going with the YogaKids Certification, but my adventure is just beginning and I am excited to learn more.”

Beth Clemenger

“When I enrolled in the Foundation Training I really only had the initial thought that I needed more lesson plan ideas. I was hired this year at a charter school grades K-9. I have always been interested in the effects yoga would have on children. As a school counselor, I discovered I was working with many kids with emotional regulation issues, anger issues, and behavior challenges. Having practiced yoga for some years now, I have felt the personal benefits it can provide.

The tools we learned in the training were so varied and targeted to teaching and education in general. Having worked in many schools over the years, I have always felt that the physical education component was been somehow detrimental. Kids are often judged on their, ability, bodies, and looks. PE class can be absolutely brutal for many kids. The yoga format somehow levels the playing field and promotes both body acceptance and mindfulness. It also is a way for kids to connect to other kids in a kinder more accepting framework.

I honestly had no intention of moving to Level 2 and 3. But through the course of the weekend it began to really click with me how beneficial yoga can be to kids. It is not just a “class” to teacher or one lesson plan to prepare. It may actually be the moments that a lonely child feels safe and connected to others. I am blessed to work in a school and have been given the opportunity to create that for a child.”