Founder, Jessica Walsh developed the program from her own experiences struggling with an unhealthy body as a child. At 12 she underwent surgery for scoliosis and experienced complications that made everyone unsure if she would ever return to her normal health again. She began practicing yoga at 16 and now eleven years, eight pins and one rod later she has more flexibility and lung capacity than ever!
With YogiDance Jessica teaches children the skills they need to overcome any physical or mental struggles they face and provides a great example of what can be done with passion, confidence and determination!
Jessica has CPR certification, and all required clearances to work with children. Jessica studied with Marsha Wenig, internationally known children's yoga pioneer and founder of YogaKids. She regularly attends the Yoga Journal Conference, Himalayan Institute and Wanderlust where she studies with internationally known teachers and learned hula hooping with Shakti Sunfire. She studied dance and yoga at Penn State University.
WHY YOGA FOR KIDS?
Exposing children to this ancient martial art will help them build a healthy lifestyle and have a positive mindset.
YogiDance classes provide kids with a non-competitive environment to go within and discover their creativity with the union of body and mind. Children will learn important social skills and how to work together as a team. Incorporating games, hula hooping and yoga provides a fun and relaxed environment for children to explore their creativity while exercising.
Calming Kids Certification
Jessica completed, Ahimsa: Calming Kids Creating a Non-Violent World certification.
A pilot study of the program conducted by Dee Marie and a Harvard Statistician reported 93% decrease in hitting in school, 68% decrease in feeling angry, 57% increase in the ability to control anger and less headaches and better sleep.
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Jessica applies the techniques she learned from this program in her classes. This helps children with relaxation and creates a peaceful environment to reduce bullying in children's lives.
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