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Kidding Around Yoga

with Aptitude

Fun-filled kids yoga, meditation, and mindfulness for schools, events and more.

About Me

My name is Rachel and I am a 200-RYT, RCYT, and KAY certified yoga instructor. While enrolled in my 200-hour teacher training I started to share what I was learning with my two children and quickly learned how I talk with adults about yoga is different than how you talk to a 11 and 7 year-old. I believe every-BODY can benefit from yoga and KAY offers, games, songs, stories, actives and more to help introduce your child to the benefits of yoga. I look forward to sharing my passion and knowledge of yoga with your children as we discover movement, songs, and stillness.

The Magic of Kidding Around Yoga

When children experience KAY classes, they are not only building physical strength and flexibility, they are learning skills that will provide mental and emotional benefits throughout their lives! The magic of Kidding Around Yoga is our unique class programming. KAY teachers are experts in meeting each child’s needs, providing creative activities, games, songs, and crafts based on traditional yoga and meditation practices.

Our children live in a busy world and KAY classes are an oasis providing a safe place to be creative, move freely, and experience calm. We look forward to being part of your child’s day!

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Class Schedule

Want a date night out or time for yourself while your littles are having a fun, healthy activity?

We’ll do yoga, art piece provided By Accidental Art and healthy great tasting local pizza. Let’s come together, meet new friends and have fun. Clothes you can PAINT in are encouraged or any loose fitting comfortable clothing, water bottle, yoga mat if available. We are limiting this event to 12 kids, so register early to secure your spot.

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Birthday Parties

Looking for an outside-the-mat birthday party idea? Why not host a kid’s yoga-themed party? Kids will dance, play games, and sing all while practicing mindfulness and a little yoga. Party themes can be tailored to fit your needs. Email or call for private party prices and availability.

Girl Scouts

Curious about yoga? Looking for a fun way to earn a Badge and patch this year? Look no further, Kidding around Yoga with Aptitude offers two options to earn a badge and a patch. Through, games, songs, yoga postures, and mindful activities your troop will get to know their bodies and play in a healthy way. They will also learn how to stress a little less and gain tools and skills they can take back to the whole family.

Girl Scout packages are tailored for your troop, in-person or virtual options available this Fall/Winter (badge not included) and have an option to earn a fun Kidding Around Yoga Patch for an additional fee.

I have the flexibility to travel to your meeting location or online during your regularly scheduled meeting time. Please email me with questions and I would be happy to send you more information and a proposal for your troop.

Blogs Written By Rachel

Build a Kula

You can search high and low and never find your perfect parent tribe. Some parents just stop looking and rely on family to support and care for our children. Some families don’t always have those resources and rely on a crew of parents navigating this wilderness of parenthood to help guide some of those difficult decisions we as parents are all too often faced with.

You can call it a pandemic pod, social bubbles, homeschooling, virtual learning, or a one room schoolhouse. Whatever you call it, it’s a group, a “tribe” of parents putting our lives on hold to band together for our children. In yoga we like to call this parent group a Kula. Kula is a Sanskrit word that can be translated to mean “community” or “tribe”.

Sharing Yoga with Girl Scouts

Being a Girl Scout is not just about selling cookies, although this is one delicious perk of being a Girl Scout. Being a Girl Scout is about creating friendships, memories, learning valuable life skills, and becoming a strong, courageous leader in your community. Introducing yoga and meditation practices, like those from Kidding Around Yoga, to these aspiring leaders, provides them with yet another tool they can use to prepare for a lifetime of service and self discovery.

Over 100 years ago the Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low set out to create an organization that taught girls the skills they would need to be strong independent women in society, and many of those traditions are still practiced today.

Using Mindfulness Practices to Redirect Behavior

Disciplining our children or even simply redirecting undesired behaviors has been a hot button topic that spans generations and cultures. Our schools are no exception. Mindfulness and yoga are being adopted in schools as contemporary ways to meet the social and emotional needs of students, so why should we not start with those same practices at home? Yoga has been shown to improve self control and help to reduce stress. What if we began instilling the principles of yoga at home through behavior redirection and carefully crafted disciplinary methods? Yogi Jaggi Vasudev, known as Sadhguru, is a huge proponent of using yogic practices within the family to manage behavior as a kind of family culture.

Creating a Mindful Homework Space

Imagine your child being excited to do homework! The word “homework” can cause anxiety in children and adults. The thought of having to assist my elementary school children with today’s math homework causes me, as the parent, anxiety. Kitchen tables, living room desk spaces, and small home offices can all be a productive space for the adults in our homes to complete tasks, but are they the best places for our children to complete homework? Simply setting aside homework time in the evening is the first step in creating lifelong homework habits.

Contact Info

Location: Rockford, Cedar Springs, Sparta, Grand Rapids, Ada, Greenville, Wyoming, Hudsonville, Kentwood, Byron Center- All of Kent County, Michigan USA

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Bringing Mindfulness into the Classroom

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