8-WEEK SERIES 7/5 - 8/30
Every Monday (No class 8/16)
This specialty series offers children to participate in age appropriate movements, games, breathing exercises, mindfulness activities and relaxation techniques. Yogis will be given hOMework each week, a tool to have as a reminder of what we can do when we feel upset, unsettled, and unbalanced. Research has proven that just 10 minutes of mindful movement a day can bring long lasting balance to a child’s developing brain and body.
And that’s our goal……..to find balance.
Little Yogis 3-6 years old
8:55am (70 minutes)
This is an introduction class into movement and body awareness. Their bodies are growing rapidly at this age and they are excited to be able to do more and more each day. This class will address the need to move in a safe, mindful way while allowing children the chance to express themselves through their imagination. Kids must be potty trained, no pull-ups or diapers.
Big Yogais 7-11 years old
5:25pm (70 minutes)
This class will begin to increase strength and flexibility. We will build strength in our core, arms, legs and backs in fun and engaging ways. We will play games that require mindfulness and self-control all the while making yoga a fun and enjoyable way to get some exercise. Kids must be able to stay on their mats.
WHAT TO BRING:
•Water bottle with a lid.
•Wear fitted shirts & shorts so they don’t fidget with their clothes when we roll around.
•Bring a mat or borrow one of ours.
*PLEASE NOTE our start times! Our kids classes will start five minutes before and end five minutes after the adult Yoga Wall classes, hopefully making it a little easier for parents and children to attend.
**Email us if you have questions about an older child attending, exceptions are made whenever possible.
***Space is limited. Reserve your spot online today.
NEED A PRIVATE FOR YOUR CHILD?
50-minute Private Sessions: $55
HSA cards accepted!
The Kids Kula is so excited to be in a studio again!!! Lotus Care KC has graciously given us a new home to lay our mats and “play” some yoga. In the spirit of healing, we will do our best to accommodate as many needs as possible. To start, you can always opt for a private class for your kiddo who needs to go at their own pace or have their own space.
~Niki Larrea, Certified Children’s Yoga Teacher
Niki Larrea, Certified Children’s Yoga Instructor
Hello Lotus Care KC, I am Niki. I want to thank you for welcoming me into your kula. I am very excited to be back in a studio with some of the youngest yogis in the Northland. I thought I’d answer the two most common questions I get about who I am and what I do:
1. Why did you start doing yoga and why did you become a teacher?
Well, a dear friend of mine purchased some class passes and didn’t want to go by herself. I thought, “why not” so I went with her. After one class, the low back pain I had for years was significantly less. I was curious if it was a fluke, so I went back.
Guess what, it wasn’t a fluke! So I started going regularly for almost a year. Then like for so many of us, life got busy and I quit going.
Fast forward to 2014, my daughter was suffering from a different kind of pain and needed relief. She needed tools to help her with anxiety. Yoga to the rescue!! Her whole self was changing and growing in ways that
never would have happened without the movement, breath work and relaxation techniques she learned. Then one day, she asked me if I would become a yoga teacher for kids so that she didn’t have to go to an adult class anymore because they were “kind of boring”. I hadn’t thought about how different ages needed different experiences.
So in 2017, I completed my 200 hour certification and started teaching adults but focusing more on kids yoga. I began teaching it to my preschool students immediately. I completed my 95 hour certification for teaching children's yoga in 2018. I attended one of Svetlana Musgatova’s training sessions on reflex integration in early 2020. Then in May, after eight years of preschool teaching I made the decision to focus on studio classes and traveling to schools in hopes of bringing healing through movement to as many young yogis as possible.
2. Do you really “teach” kids yoga or do you just play?
i get this a lot and the answer is yes, to both. Studies have shown that if you want to learn something new through simple repetition it must be done about 200 to 300 times. The other option is to learn something through play and in general it only takes 20 to 30 times.
Adults may see us “just playing” during class but not know about the primitive & postural reflexes we are exploring. People may see us “just staring” at stuffed animals and not understand we are learning to control our bodies and focus our minds on details while letting go of everything around us. Onlookers may see us “just sitting and breathing” without knowing we are toning our vagus nerve to help our bodies rest and digest. There is so much to learn by “just playing”.
Kids are naturally curious about movement, it’s adults that often limit it because of fear, schedules or a general lack of understanding. Appropriate movement is the BEST way for a child to gain knowledge, strength, balance, coordination and self-regulating skills.
We start moving before we have arms and legs, why should that ever stop? We should be enjoying movement every day of our lives.
If you have questions about classes, scheduling private sessions, or getting your Girl Scout troop in the studio, please feel free to email me here.