Yoga instructor Jennifer Mehlich teaches a kids yoga class at Mountain View Studio, and also has her own kids yoga studio, Heart Child Yoga in Bearsville. I wanted to try out a kids yoga class with my children. My younger daughter is very flexible, but she gets distracted easily in a group setting. I contacted Jennifer Mehlich to see how large her classes run, but after talking with her about my children’s needs, we decided to try a private family class at her studio in Bearsville so the kids could get to know her first and get introduced to a yoga class that way.
Mehlich really connects to children, and my restless kids were very much at ease in her cozy studio that was lit with with white holiday lights, and smelled of incense. We started with a few breathing exercises and songs. We did grasshopper, cat cow, down dogs, and handstands. Towards the end, Mehlich showed us a few family poses we could do at home together, including one where we make our feet touch in the center and pretend we are all petals part of a flower. She uses rubber ducks in one of her breathing exercises. After a couple ending songs, the kids got to try a dab of peppermint or lavender essential oil, which was a hit. When we were done, we chatted over sliced pears and water, and played with her cat. It was about 50 minutes. My husband and I got to do a few yoga poses too so we all felt more relaxed after our private family session with Heart Child Yoga.
Mehlich is a NYS licensed Special Education Teacher and has worked with children with autism for well over a decade, and works with families and children of all needs. In addition to the class at Mountain View studio (Wednesday at 4-5pm, aprox. ages 6-11), she is also adding 2 classes a week in her studio for 4-5 children each, a monthly family music night, and a homeschooling class during the day. Most of the children in her classes are between 8-10 years, but she works with all ages. Her specialty training includes “Yoga for the Special Child Practitioner” and “Radiant Child Yoga.”
Having been a yoga practitioner for over 14 years, Mehlich incorporates the benefits of meditation and the mind/body/breath connection into her work with children and their families. She says her techniques have been successful with children with Autism, Sensory issues, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorders, and many others. Mehlich honors her students and believes that all children are here with a purpose and are teachers. Studio classes are $12 (or $10 a class with a 4-class card), and private session is $50 (on a sliding scale). Jennifer Mehlich can be reached at (845) 684 5628 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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