Fun-filled kids yoga, meditation, and mindfulness for schools, events and more.
Sherri Sosensky is a Certified & Licensed Kidding Around Yoga (KAY) Children’s Yoga Instructor. Sherri has been practicing Yoga for over 15 years. She continuously strives to broaden her knowledge base and increase her skills. Sherri earned her 200-hour Adult Yoga Teacher Certification through Lotus Gardens Yoga School in 2017. Sherri recently became certified to teach Senior and Chair Yoga to enable all to enjoy the richness of Yoga’s many benefits. She can be found teaching Kids, Teens and Family Yoga classes all over the community at public, and private Elementary schools. You’ll find her at local Pre-schools, yoga studios, summer day camps, the Jewish Community Center, JTE (Jewish Teen Education) Programming and religious Hebrew schools where she teaches Torah Yoga and brings the Jewish Holidays to life through the KAY Yoga Yeladim program.
The KAY program is nationwide and simply magical!! Faces light up, bodies are moving and grooving, Children gain balance, strength and better focus all while stretching, dancing and striking poses. The KAY program teaches the Yoga sutras, asanas, meditation & pranayama (breathing techniques).
Each class incorporates a Warm up, Meditation discussion, ‘Sun’ Salutation, dramatic play through a short story, an OM workshop with asana/pose review; ‘mindful’ games, partner poses and so much more. Her students rest in their ‘Peaceful’ Garden and make believe their yoga mats are magic flying carpets as they lift off and fly away to a special place where they can dream, relax and breathe in Savasana.
Yoga has become a huge part of who Sherri is as a person and as a professional. Sherri shares her love for Yoga with her students daily and teaches them to be kind, do for others, help one another, focus and be mindful in class, home and away every day.
Personally, she is married with children and lives in Woodbridge, CT. She is a part-time Pre-School Teacher at Ezra Academy Montessori Pre-school in Woodbridge, CT. Sherri feels yoga is truly a physical and emotional workout. Her philosophy is to take the ‘Tree’ pose with her wherever she goes so she can maintain a sense of balance, strength and peace throughout her day.
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!
FAMILY / Adults & KIDS YOGA – see workshops* below
Fall 2022 ‘In person’ & Virtual YOGA SCHEDULE
Kidding Around Yoga with Sherri is now ‘In person’/ OUTDOORS & ON -LINE through ZOOM!!!
Mondays **Bethany Community School – after school / PARKS & REC – KIDS YOGA!! Dates – Sept – December’22 (3:30 – 4:30PM) Grades – (K-6)Contact Anthony CoFrancesco to register your children at (203) 314-0820 OR. email: firstname.lastname@example.org for payment & online registration
PRIVATE Family YOGA
‘Virtual’ – on ZOOM. – Monday evenings 6:15pm ((Ask Sherri for Days & Times – Private yoga classes/ events are available – for your family))****See below for Payment & Registration Details****
Tuesday afternoons COMMUNITY FAMILY CLASSES / Yogi & YOU – Milford Library, 57 New Haven Ave.Tues, Oct. 25th – an ‘UN’Spooky Halloween Yoga class (10:30-11:30am)Tues, Nov. 1st – Pumpkin Patch Yoga class (10:30-11:30am)
***’Virtual’ Gentle Adult Evening series – Balance Your Chakras – 6-7:00 pm. weekly throughout the Fall***. Chakras are energy centers that reside in our auric body surrounding our physical body. There are 7 magnetic forces of energy from our root to crown of the head. Through Breath, Yoga & Meditation – we can balance our Chakras, finding a peaceful state and increased wellness.
DROP- INs WELCOME
Register for each class independently of others- Not necessary to register for whole series ***contact Sherri for payment / registration to receive the Zoom link*** (see more details below)
Woodbridge Library – OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY Family Yogi & YOU classes bi-weekly – Fall’ 22Dates: Sept. 7, and 21, Oct. 12 and 26, Nov. 9 & 23 (11 – 11:45am )
Cong. Mishkan Israel – After Pre – School Yoga Yeladim classes
Pre- KAY Yoga Yeladim Series
ages 3-5 (10 wk Series – Sept.14 – Nov. 30th )
weekly classes at 1:00pm
This class is simply magical ! Stretch, Dance & Strike poses. Yoga Games, Mindfulness exercises & Dramatic play through YOGA – – Bringing the Jewish Holidays & values to LIFE at CMI – Congregation Mishkan Israel, Hamden,
West Woods Elementary School, Hamden, CT Wednesday
After- School Kids Yoga with Sherri. grades ( K-4 )( Oct.12 – Nov. 9th ) – 5 week series /Times: 3:30 – 4:45pm in the Music Room.
THURSDAY Thursday After- School KIDS Yoga with Sherri. (( Sept.29 – Dec.8th) – 9 week seriesSpring Glen Elementary School, Hamden, CTTimes: 3:30 – 4:45pm in the Music Room. (Grades K – 3) Register online through 6 Crickets
Fridays Fox Run Elementary School – 8:30am – 12:30pm. – YOGA & Mindfulness Coaching – Grades K – 5 //. Weekly Instruction throughout the school year.
Synagogue SUNDAYS: TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM, Hamden Family Outreach monthly program – (Ages 2-5)Yoga Yeladim /Storytime/ Judaica Craft (9:45 – 11am)Dates: Oct. 9, 2022, Nov. 13th, Dec. 18th – Chanukah party, Jan.22, 2023, Feb 12th, March 12th & April 23rd
Experience the Jewish Holidays & Values through YOGA & Movement !!!Congregation Mishkan Israel Hebrew School, Hamden, CT – Yoga Yeladim
*** Contact Sherri to plan your own private or group ZOOM yoga party/ class in the safety of your own home. ****
NOW offering LIVE Outdoor YOGA Birthday Parties &/or ‘Virtual’ through ZOOM.
Hello local Scouts and neighborhood leaders!
I would love the opportunity to introduce the Science of Yoga to your troop/den and help them earn a Yoga Fun Patch.
While teaching the Science of Yoga, KAY provides a curriculum that is specifically designed to help children be active, learn to relax, improve focus, and have FUN in a non-competitive environment. I will offer a class customized for your troop level, which can include a special scout story, meditation techniques, games, activities, and much more!
I teach all troop/den levels and can even do private sessions as well.
I look forward to hearing from your organization to schedule a class soon.
SUMMER 2023 SESSION
TBA…..(Contact Sherri if you’re interested in Summer Yoga Camp).
Students place their hands in Namaste and pass energy across the circle as they zip, zap, or zop a friend. As one practices and continues to play, he/she becomes better focused and mindful in general.
Om — & L’Chaim!
by Paul Bass – New Haven Independent
Oct 13, 2016
I was asked to appear on WNHH 103.5 FM New Haven Independent/ Chai Haven to speak about my Kidding Around Yoga & Yoga Yeladim programs I’m offering to Children at neighboring schools and temples, JCCs, etc.
Sherri Sosensky knows little kids get antsy in class. So she figured out how to help them breathe and focus while they learn about the Bible or the Hebrew alphabet.
Sosensky found the answer in yoga. And she shares that answer with kids and families throughout our area.
Click the above sound file to listen to the full interview with Sosensky on WNHH radio’s “Chai Haven” program.
And click here to find out more about her and her programs.
Woodbridge teacher brings Judaism to life — through yoga
By Cindy Mindell – WOODBRIDGE
October 5th, 2016
Acting out a Torah portion or celebrating a Jewish holiday, Sherri Sosensky brings yoga to the Jewish classroom as a way to make Judaism come alive for children.
“I am so passionate about my yoga practice, its physical and emotional benefits and how it has positively affected my life in so many ways,” says Sosensky, who discovered… read more.
October is Mindfulness Month
How do we raise thoughtful, compassionate, emotionally healthy children? It’s a question many parents and caregivers ask in this fast-paced world of smart phones, social media, and the go-go-go pace of modern life. We do it with a daily yoga, breathing or mindfulness practice of course! Here is your daily practice to do with your kids, friends, family or students of ALL AGES. Enjoy! *Be sure to share your mindfulness practice with us by using our hashtag #MindfulnessMonth when you post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter*
Join Sherri of Kidding Around Yoga with Sherri for a Mindfulness Game of Zip Zap Zop.
Zip, Zap, Zop Mindfulness Game
This game teaches mindfulness. Students begin with their hands in ‘Namaste’ at the heart and pass energy across the circle (in the form of zip, zap, zop). They need to make eye contact with the person they’re sending the energy to. If one is not mindful and is not paying attention, he might zip instead of zop, etc. This person would be ‘out’ of the game. The game continues until there is 1 very mindful child left as the winner! (If playing with younger children, I modify and do not eliminate any players. We simply play for fun and practice focusing.)
The benefits one receives from playing this game is simply playing because it is so much fun!! However, more importantly, is gaining the ability to focus while practicing playing this game over and over again. Thus the child learns to pay attention, ignore external distractions and therefore, becomes more mindful in general.
Sherri Sosensky is a Certified & Licensed Kidding Around Yoga (KAY) Children’s Yoga Instructor. Sherri has been practicing Yoga for over 15 years. She continuously strives to broaden her knowledge base and increase her skills. Sherri earned her 200-hour Adult Yoga Teacher Certification through Lotus Gardens Yoga School in 2017. Sherri recently became certified in Senior and Chair Yoga to enable all to enjoy the richness of Yoga’s many benefits. She can be found teaching Kids, Teens and Family Yoga classes all over the community at public, and private Elementary schools. You’ll find her at local Pre-schools-Temple Beth Sholom & Mishkan Israel in Hamden, CT, Phoenix yoga & wellness studio in Seymour, CT and Your Community Yoga Center in Hamden, CT. She can also be found teaching at summer day camps, the Jewish Community Center, JTE (Jewish Teen Education) Programming and religious Hebrew schools where she teaches Torah Yoga and brings the Jewish Holidays to life through the KAY Yoga Yeladim program.
Mindfulness Month: Yoga for Kids & Families was created by Lani Rosen-Gallagher of Full of Joy Yoga and Susan Fried of Budding Buddhas Kids Yoga as a way to bring the daily practice of yoga, mindfulness and breathing to kids and their families.