Michelle Kelsey Mitchell, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Yokid and Pleasance Silicki Founder of Lil Omm, both kids yoga programs in the DC area, put the conference together. “It’s been something that we’ve wanted to do for awhile,” said Michelle. The opportunity finally came when Lil Omm and Yokid joined forces.
The conference kicked off with keynote speakers, Chelsea Roff, Founder and Director of Eat Breathe Thrive and Jodi Komitor, Founder of Next Generation Yoga, the first kids yoga studio in the world.
There were many kids yoga pioneers that presented at the conference with an array of talks to choose from. Throughout the day there were 5 sessions to attend divided into the business, research, school, teen, and tools tracks.
The teen track was a fun opportunity for a group of teens to participate in classes throughout the day and try a circus yoga session.
Businesses related to kids yoga were able to have a table at the conference to share their information with others in the Convening Center. “It's really nice to be with the community of people that do this work,” said presenter Traci Childress of the Children’s Community School.
The conference brought kids yoga studio owners, teachers and professionals together from all over the world. This was the first opportunity for many people to connect face to face with other kids yoga business owners from different areas.
“It helped entrepreneurs like us realize that there's a market out there,” said An Dang of the Little Yoga House in Austin, Texas.
Other presenters included Bari Koral of the Bari Koral Family Rock Band, Sat Bir Khalsa, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Ali Smith of the Holistic Life Foundation.
“It’s like you were born with a banana on your head and all of a sudden you found a bunch of other people with bananas on their heads,” said Bari when asked about her experience at the conference. From talking to the founders, participants and presenters it was clear that the main goal of the conference this year was bringing people together to connect and share ideas.
At the end of the day participants were able to stretch and relax with a yoga class lead by Eddie Stern.
As Michelle said at the closing, “I could say thank you for a really long time.” There were many sponsors in order to make this conference happen and as long as there is interest next year, the founders want to continue the conference. Plans are for next October; keep an eye out for details in the future. If you’re in the kids yoga industry you don’t want to miss it!
For more information visit their website: www.kidsyogaconference.org