In this class, children will learn yoga poses, breathing, and relaxation exercises which cultivate a calm mind, increase strength and flexibility, improve gross and fine motor skills, improve concentration, and help them understand how to identify and manage their feelings. Stories, music, and games will be incorporated into this fun, non-competitive class. Each class ends with a period of relaxation.
About Amanda Barnes:
Amanda Barnes has a degree in Early Childhood Education and 14 years of experience working in the education field. Amanda is currently a Director for Primrose Schools. She is also certified in CPR and First Aid. A Pittsboro native who was always active and involved in sports, Amanda took her first class at Yoga Garden in 2019 and instantly fell in love with Yoga. She immediately began a regular and dedicated practice. Teaching has always been one of Amanda’s passions, so she enrolled in Yoga Garden Pittsboro’s 2022 yoga teacher training and graduated in October. Amanda is excited to combine her passion for teaching children with the many amazing benefits of yoga - including self-love.
A class designed for preteens to develop healthy habits to combat our fast-paced life. Mindfulness techniques empower kids to self-regulate, build confidence and learn how to relax. Yoga postures promote body awareness, coordination and strength. This class provides healthy physical activity in a noncompetitive, nonjudgmental and supportive environment.
About Aviva Tulasi:
Aviva Tulasi (she/her) is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) with an 800-hour yoga health educator certification and a 200-hour yoga teacher training certification. Aviva has a Master of Arts in Teaching and 15 years of experience teaching high school science and middle school enrichment programs. She has completed training in chair yoga, gentle yoga, yoga for osteoporosis, trauma informed yoga and yoga nidra.
Aviva supports the overall well-being of her community by running Fuel Up at Perry Harrison School (a volunteer-run charity that feeds children who need it when they are not in school), as well as by volunteering with the Communities in Schools Chatham yoga program.
Aviva applies the teachings of classical yoga (movement, focused breathing & meditation) to reduce stress and balance the nervous system. Aviva’s classes empower students to explore their thought habits in order to promote greater wellbeing both on and off the mat.
Aviva is happiest when she is in nature and she feels fortunate that she lives surrounded by trees. When not on her mat, you can find her playing in the dirt of her garden or hiking with her husband, two step-sons, and two dogs.