YogiDance is a fun, engaging children’s yoga program
Classes are 30 minutes long for ages 2-8
Why weekly yoga for kids?
-Studies show lower levels of problem behaviors and emotional distress when children practice mindfulness, a big part of our classes
-Keeping kids flexible helps to prevent injuries
-Science shows us that repeated experiences shape the brain and the habits that children develop early affect their behaviors as they age
-Activities we do in class promote resiliency and self-regulation, part of social & emotional learning
Contact us to set up a weekly class!
How it All Started
Owner, Jessica Walsh founded Yogi Dance in 2011. Exactly ten years prior, as an adolescent she was diagnosed with Scoliosis and had 8 segments of her spine fused with a rod and pins. It was suggested she try yoga to help with her back pain. She didn't know anything about yoga but felt tremendous relief from practicing regularly. Her posture and flexibility improved and she was no longer in pain. Over time she realized that yoga was helping her in ways that she never expected. She noticed that she was able to better handle difficult emotions that come up as a teenager and was less stressed.
As a young child she suffered from anxiety and panic attacks which caused her to miss school and social events. At times when it was really bad she would shake uncontrollably. When this happened she would lie down and close her eyes and her mother would talk to her about floating on a cloud in the sky to get her to stop. Looking back, she saw this was a form of meditation and it was the only thing that calmed her down. If she had learned yoga at a very young age it would have helped her through that difficult time, possibly even preventing such debilitating anxiety. Her passion for helping children cope with difficult things as they grow is her motivation to share yoga with them. She wishes all children have the best experience and knows yoga will help them to be strong, self-aware and compassionate individuals.
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