Donna Baia has been teaching yoga to children in Western New York since 2014. Donna combined her passion for yoga and her love of working with children to become a certified Kidding Around Yoga teacher and a licensee of this wonderful organization. She is a former elementary teacher with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Reading. Donna has taught first grade and kindergarten both in Western New York and abroad. Through yoga, Donna loves sharing smiles, laughter, joy and peace with children of all ages to help them develop well being. Kidding Around Yoga develops the whole child-body, mind and character. The KAY system utilizes yoga poses or asanas creatively tucked into partner yoga, games, our original music, storytelling, crafts and more! I am so grateful and happy to be a part of the KAY family and to share yoga with children! Come and experience the magic of Kidding Around Yoga and all of its benefits!
Just like our own lives, our children’s lives are busy, too: academic expectations, innumerable lessons, competitive sports, socializing, and the business of just growing up! This fast pace often leaves our children with little time to relax. Kids are directly impacted by this constant stress, both physically and mentally.
It is crucial for children to learn how to find peace on the inside, regardless of what is happening on the outside.KIDDING AROUND YOGA does just that. Haris Lender (ERYT500) created KIDDING AROUND YOGA (KAY) to teach children the five branches of Yoga in a clear, engaging manner.
Every KAY class offers a complete, age-appropriate Yoga practice that includes:
◾Stretching and strengthening poses: Poses in a KAY class are imaginative and fun, giving children confidence, a strong and flexible body, and a way to self soothe.
◾Relaxation techniques: Students learn meditation and create a quiet, safe place in their mind to allow calming and healing to begin.
◾Breathing instruction: Children learn ways change their moods, boost their energy level, and reduce stress simply by controlling their own breath!
◾Music, games, and imagination: KAY’s magic is in our playfulness, keeping your child motivated and moving. This is not your typical Yoga class. A KAY class gets children singing, dancing, skipping, marching, jogging, shaking, laughing, hopping, limbo-ing, and storytelling ALL while practicing Yoga to original KAY music.
◾Highly trained, passionate KAY certified teachers: KAY’s specialized training provides instructors with the skills, tools, and experience to lead creative and well-organized kids’ Yoga classes.
KIDDING AROUND YOGA classes are a special opportunity to provide your child with life-long skills that will give them a sense of calm, balance, and power immediately and long into the future.Kidding Around Yoga with Donna teaches kids yoga in the surrounding areas of Buffalo, New York. To learn more about Kidding Around Yoga and the certification program I attended, visit KAY Global.
I’m so excited to share KAY with you and the little Yogis in your life!
Here is a short video that shows just how amazing KAY is. Please take a moment to see for yourself all that KAY with Donna has to offer!
“May the whole world be filled with peace and joy, love and light and lots of peaceful, happy children.”
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Miss Donna always provides a highly engaging and fun yoga class. Both my girls have loved going to her classes for the last couple of years. It’s a great way for them to learn yoga, exercise and have fun! Last year Miss Donna did a mermaid theme yoga class for my daughter’s birthday. It was a very special and memorable experience. The children attending the party enjoyed unique mermaid and under the sea themed poses, a mermaid craft and yoga games. Miss Donna made my daughter feel so special! Recently we attended one of Miss Donna’s socially distant classes. This was done in a very professional manner and followed all social distant guidelines. It was held outside and all children were at least 6 feet apart. We felt very safe attending this class. Miss Donna is always very organized and has great themes and ideas for each class. She is outgoing and creative and my girls look forward to each time they get to see her. I would highly recommend Miss Donna’s yoga classes!
Offering In Person Classes (with limited capacity) & Zoom Classes
(In person classes are held in accordance with Erie County & CDC Guidelines- social distancing, masks and other safety protocols are followed)
Girl Scouts of WNY
Book a fun filled yoga class for your troop in the beautiful, large movement room at The Fountain Wellness Center, 8469 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville or a class outdoors for the months of May or June at a park or a class anytime on Zoom!
Email email@example.com for pricing and to set up a class
Classes are held in accordance with guidelines from the CDC & Girl Scouts of WNY
Clarence Public Library- Outdoor, Socially Distanced Yoga Classes for Ages 3-6
Friday, May 21 & June 18
11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Held Outdoors near the Children’s Reading Garden
Registration links will be posted 3 weeks before each class
Register for the 5/21 class at https://outdoor-kidding-around-yoga-class-clarence-public-library.cheddarup.com
Me & My Mom- Mother’s Day KAY Workshop (EVENT IS FULL)
For moms (or any favorite adult female) & children ages 5-11
(Masks are required)
Saturday, May 8
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
The Fountain Wellness Center
8469 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville
To register, visit https://mothersday-kidding-around-yoga-workshop.cheddarup.com
Newstead Public Library
Ages 6-10, Socially Distanced, In Person
(Masks are required)
Saturday, May 15 – Superhero Theme
Saturday, June 12 – Celebrate Summer Theme
11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
To register for the 5/15 class, visit https://kidding-around-yoga-class-newstead-public-library-5-15.cheddarup.com
Lancaster Public Library
Zoom Class for Ages 3-6
11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, May 18
Register at https://kidding-around-yoga-virtual-class-lancaster-public-library.cheddarup.com
“Mini & Me” Yoga Session
One spot is left!
5 Week Socially Distanced Session for Children Ages 3-7 with an Adult
Offered through the Ken-Ton Community Education (Session is open to residents of all towns)
Wednesday, May 5 – June 2
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Kenmore Middle School – Gym
Cost: $60/5 weeks
Register online at https://register.ktufsd.org/wconnect/ace/home.htm
Mayfair Gardens Montessori- 5 Week Yoga Session
(for registered Mayfair Gardens Montessori children)
Thursday, May 13- June 10
Register at https://kidding-around-yoga-5-week-session-mayfair-gardens-montessori.cheddarup.com
Outdoor KAY Classes for Grades K-4
The Fountain Wellness Center- Backyard
8469 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville
Wednesday, July 21, 28, August 4 & 11
11:00 a.m – 12:15 p.m.
Cost: $55 per child/4 weeks session
Register at https://kidding-around-yoga-4-week-outdoor-summer-session.cheddarup.com
“Peace in the Park”
For a parent/caregiver & child/children ages 3-7
Island Park on Main Street, Williamsville
Monday, July 26, August 2, 9 & 16
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Cost: $55 per child/4 weeks session
Register at https://peace-in-the-park-kidding-around-yoga-session.cheddarup.com
Lavender Yoga Workshop
For You and Your Child, Ages 6-12
Kin Loch Farmstead in Lockport
Tuesday, August 3 (rain date 8/4)
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
(includes a one hour nature themed yoga class & 30 minutes for the creation of 2 lovely lavender scented eye pillows using the lavender from the farm!)
To register, visit https://www.kinlochfarmstead.com/event-details/lavender-yoga-workshop-for-you-and-your-child
Stay tuned for more Summer Classes for your kids!
Do you know a small group of children interested in yoga classes? This can be a play group, your child’s friends, neighborhood kids, etc.
Organize your own group and contact me to set up classes for them either in person or on Zoom.
Kidding Around Yoga with Donna teaches kid’s yoga in the surrounding areas of Buffalo, NY. Classes for children ages 3-13, private lessons, workshops, birthday yoga parties and family yoga classes are offered.
Please check out my Facebook page for updated info, pictures and more!
Please contact me if you are interested in bringing Kidding Around Yoga to your school or organization.
Want a fabulous birthday experience for your child?
Kidding Around Yoga with Donna offers customized yoga birthday parties for your child! This includes a special yoga class that features your child, a craft and lots of other fun surprises!
Birthday packages are listed below.Contact me to go over location, pricing and all of the details!
“My daughter Indigo fell in love with Ms. Donna and the Kidding Around Yoga classes we attended at the Lewiston Library, so she asked if she could have a yoga birthday party of her very own! We booked a medium sized room at the Niagara Falls Country Club for about 15 children. We decided to give each child a yoga mat as a party favor (although Donna could have supplied her own). Ms. Donna allowed us to choose our favorite yoga songs and activities for the party. All of the children had a blast participating in the yoga party and to top it all off, Ms. Donna organized a craft: making magic wands. The kids were all entertained for well over an hour. My daughter received a framed poem from Ms. Donna to remember this special birthday forever. I highly recommend booking a birthday party with Ms. Donna. The music and lessons are fast paced and clear enough so that even children who have never done yoga before will feel comfortable and will be very entertained. I also felt her price for basically running the party for me was very affordable. She asked what my budget was for the craft and stayed well below it. Thank you Donna for making my daughter’s birthday party so special!” – Cassidy
“For my daughter’s 7th birthday party, we had Miss Donna come and do a yoga class. It was outstanding! The theme my daughter wanted was mermaids and Miss Donna made sure to include that theme throughout her entire program. The yoga poses were mermaid/under the sea themed and the games were as well. She also made my daughter feel very special with a game that involved a treasure box with a birthday surprise inside. All of the children at the birthday party also signed a card for my daughter and got little shell favors. The class was engaging and fun for all the children. Miss Donna was patient, energetic and outgoing. The class was the perfect mix of energy and calm. I highly recommend having Miss Donna come to your child’s birthday party. The experience was truly memorable.” – Lindsay
– 90 minutes with Donna
– 60 minutes of a special yoga class
– 15 – 20 minutes of a no mess craft project. This could be a decorated Native American talking stick. Could also be a no sew lavender eye pillow, a meditation candle jar, a zen garden, or a glitter calming jar for an additional $1 -2/child (additional cost depends on the craft chosen). ** This can be your PARTY FAVOR!
– 10 minute closing circle to celebrate your child!
$160 for up to 10 children, $8 for each additional child. Please contact Donna for maximums.
– 60 minutes with Donna
– 40 – 50 minutes of a special yoga class, depending on age
– 10 minutes closing circle to celebrate your child!
$130 for up to 10 children, $6 for each additional child. Please contact Donna for maximums.
Family yoga party for the little yogi, ages 3 – 5
(with parents and children)
– 60 minutes with Donna
(up to 45 minutes of a special yoga class including a 10 minute closing circle)
$130 for up to 10 children, $6 each additional child. Please contact Donna for maximums.
BIRTHDAY ADD ONS:
-You can purchase a yoga mat for your child that their family and friends can decorate with them for $5
– KAY Birthday Announcement Cards can be purchased for $1 a piece
** All of the above party packages can be customized to fit your needs. Please contact Donna with any questions/concerns you may have!
Not your child’s birthday? No problem!
Book a party with me anytime, just for FUN! (end of school year, holidays, slumber parties, etc)
While teaching the science of yoga, KAY provides a wonderful curriculum that is specifically designed to help children be active, learn to relax, improve focus and have FUN in a non-competitive environment. Our Girl Scout classes also offer KAY yoga fun patches for the girls! I will provide a one hour class customized for your troop level, which can include a special Girl Scout yoga story, a song, meditation techniques, games, a craft and so much more! I teach troop levels from kindergarten through ninth grade. If your troop has already taken a KAY Girl Scout class and you wish to schedule another one, we can make that happen too! Every KAY class is unique and is tailored for your troop.
Contact me for pricing options.
I look forward to hearing from your troop soon to schedule a class. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to schedule a class!
“I can’t say enough wonderful things about my experience with Donna! I have a Brownie troop and we had a yoga class that even the moms enjoyed participating in..It was amazing. Donna came right to us where we meet as a troop and was very easy to get ahold of and to plan a yoga night with. We relaxed, we meditated, we learned about Girl Scouts through yoga and we laughed…a ton! My girls are still talking about it. Donna was amazing and really knew how to interact with the girls. I highly recommend Donna and Kidding Around Yoga for any Girl Scout Troop, mom/daughter night, cub scouts or whatever group you are a part of. Everyone can benefit from a night of getting centered and strengthening their bodies. You can tell that Donna teaches with passion and wants to show everyone the benefits of yoga and meditation. Thank you Donna for an amazing night! We look forward to planning another one next year!” – Christine M., Brownie Troop leader
“Donna has been providing Kidding Around Yoga programs for Girl Scouts of Western New York for a few years now. She is able to tailor her programs to all Girl Scout levels, for both Council programs and Troop events, girls and adults. Kidding Around Yoga provides Girl Scouts with an opportunity to work on several badge options and learn healthy life skills. The fun patch Kidding Around Yoga offers is just a plus! Donna provides an educational program that is engaging for the girls. We consistently receive positive feedback on the Kidding Around Yoga Programs we are able to offer because of Donna.” – Scarlett Webb, Girl Experience Specialist, Girl Scouts of Western New York
“Thank you Miss Donna! The girls loved your class! It was very engaging, informative and a variety of fun packed in one hour! Thank you for incorporating Girl Scout history into the class as well. We highly recommend!”- Shaylee, Troop Leader
We collaborated with Donna of a peace education week with Mayfair Gardens Montessori in Williamsville. We were incredibly impressed with the ways in which Donna worked with the group of early childhood children in our group. Her lessons were well-planned, thoughtful, and engaging for all ages. The mixture of movement, music, and mediation paired very nicely with our own Montessori peace education lessons each day. Donna brings all of her own materials and it is evident that she puts a lot of time and love into her lessons. We love partnering with community members who share our same vision, and we can say with certainty that Donna shares a like-minded spirit. The children not only had fun, but they also learned the important tenets of self-regulation and confidence which are integral in the early years. Thank you, Donna! We look forward to working with you often this year.
Mayfair Gardens Montessori
My daughter Gianna has been participating in Donna’s Kidding Around Yoga for a few years and she has loved every moment of it. Donna’s calm, patient and kind demeanor instantly makes the children feel safe and comfortable. Gianna looks forward to participating and seeing what new activity Donna will incorporate into the day’s class. From art projects to games, each activity is well planned and fun. The meditation has taught her how to relax and stay positive. It has also helped her to stay focused and to work on conflict resolution with her sister. I love the values it teaches the children to regard life, each other and our world. – Michelle B.
My daughter Jenna had the opportunity to take KAY with Ms. Donna through her school. I have learned that Ms. Donna is one of the most passionate and dedicated instructors I have ever met. She helps the children become more aware of their bodies and teaches them strategies and techniques to help them be more relaxed. Ms. Donna’s voice is calming yet upbeat and engaging. I love that this is an after school option for my daughter. She LOVES it! – Nicole
The first time I attended a KAY class with Ms. Donna I loved it and so did my two year old granddaughter. Even after a few classes my granddaughter was singing parts of the songs she has heard. She especially loves “Every Little Cell.” I was also able to bring my five year old grandson to a couple classes. He also loved it and uses the mantra, “Peace Begins With Me” to help him when he feels worried. Both of my grandchildren ask all the time when they can go to another class. Ms. Donna is an excellent teacher. The class is well structured, engaging and most importantly, fun. The program not only promotes physical well being but kids also learn self-regulation and stress management skills. As a retired Special Education Teacher for over thirty years, I can’t think of anything negative to say about this program. It is truly well thought out and teaches so many skills. I have personally been inspired and am taking the KAY teacher training. I look forward to teaching my own KAY classes. -Michelle D.
My son Evan completed a yoga session with Ms. Donna at his school. I just wanted to reach out to share what a positive experience it was for him and that our family feels you do a wonderful job with the children. He LOVES his calm down kit- it is filled with so many cute and thoughtful ideas. I promise you that he will certainly use it! : ) We have made “stress balls” at home already. He was very excited to share with his sister how to do this with flour and balloons. And he is so proud that he accomplished the “lotus pose” on his last day and continues to practice it at home. Thank you for providing such an enriching and fun environment for our children as an after school club offering. It is a wonderful experience for him. We are very grateful for your time, efforts and fantastic teaching : ). In our book, you get an A+! : ) – Nicole M.
My daughter has taken several yoga sessions with Donna in the past. Her favorite part is the Secret Garden where they get to use their imagination and relax at the end of class. My favorite part is how she is learning practical relaxation and mindfulness exercises to help get through this sometimes crazy life! We both highly recommend Kidding Around Yoga! – Kathy
Mary Pat and I, on behalf of our Brownie troop, would like to thank you for coming out to the Southtowns and working with our girls. I could tell the girls LOVED the program. I think I can speak for Mary Pat, that we have never seen our girls so interested and engaged. I really think you have a great business model and what a wonderful thing to touch so many young people. – Krissie
Isabella has LOVED your class. We would certainly sign up for another session if offered. Thank you again for everything you have taught Isabella! – Cassandra
Thank you Donna! Also thank you kindly for another great session! It was so awesome when Ronald and Bella would come home excited to show me what they learned! I love the calm down kits and that you teach coping skills and self esteem- so important! I can tell that you took the time with Ronald to help him understand the concepts which is so appreciated. Despite being little, I can tell he got a lot out of it. – Crystal
Our library families at the Newstead Public Library love Donna’s Kidding Around Yoga class! Donna works with children ages 3 – 12. She teaches yoga in a fun and playful way with music and storytelling. Children learn to relax, breathe and reduce stress while having fun! Donna is an enthusiastic teacher and it is contagious to her students! – Kristine Sutton, Library Director, Newstead Public Library
My son, Connor has been taking yoga classes at the library for about a year now. Ms. Donna is truly amazing with the children. She uses her passion for yoga to teach simple yoga poses through music and literature. Her songs and stories are filled with positive messages that help children see the value in themselves as well as others. Each class is filled with a healthy balance of movement, games and crafts. It teaches a variety of skills to help with focus and concentration and meditation techniques to leave your child feeling calm and at peace. Your child will have fun learning with Ms. Donna! – Michelle
My two grandaughters have attended Kidding Around Yoga for the past two years. They love it and are always asking me when they can go again! My grandaughters enjoy the activities, music and stories. They find it relaxing and so do I! – Anita
Donna was fantastic with our families here at the Grand Island Library. Parents and children alike had a blast bending, stretching, and learning to be mindful using the techniques that Donna demonstrated. Not only was she warm, welcoming, and inclusive, she was also extremely knowledgable. We cannot wait to have another session of yoga at our library with Donna again soon! – Pamela Edholm, Librarian, Youth Services, Grand Island Memorial Library
I recently ran a summer golf camp for The First Tee of Western New York. Throughout all of my years in golf, I’ve heard time again how tension is bad for the golf swing and how the golfer needs to play relaxed. So when I was searching for guest speakers for our camp, I remembered I had met Donna Baia at another event. I thought having Donna do a presentation for our kids was a no brainer. Plus it could be fun, which is always a goal at The First Tee. Donna did classes for two age groups (7-10 & 11-15) and I was pleasantly surprised at how well the kids responded. They embraced learning something new and different to accomplish their goal of becoming better golfers. Donna tailored her program to address a lot of what we discuss in golf classes. All of our coaches, myself included, were very impressed with the presentation she put together. Arnold Palmer once said, “Success depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.” Donna’s presentation to our young golfers put them on the road to accomplish exactly that. Thank you Donna. – Jeff Warda, The First Tee of Western New York
Donna has been presenting yoga programs at the North Tonawanda Public Library for the past few years. During one summer, Donna was giving weekly classes for preschool age children and for older children too. Once a year for the past 3 years Donna has presented her yoga program for our American Girl Club. The girls are from 2nd to 6th grade. When I tell the girls that Donna is coming back for another year, they clap and cheer. I am always so impressed that no matter what age range or how many participants, Donna looks comfortable, happy and relaxed. Her classes are very well planned out and she is very patient with the children. There is always enough of a variety of exercises and activities and the children are never bored. Everyone always has fun. Thank you Donna, for giving our children a wonderful experience! – Marcia Bugyi, Children’s Librarian, North Tonawanda Public Library
Donna Baia has been to the Amherst Libraries for Kidding Around Yoga for preschool, school aged and family yoga sessions. We love how the yoga not only encourages exercise and wellness, but literacy as well! There is always a story element and music that accompanies the yoga. Children and parents greatly enjoy the poses, stories, music and Donna’s enthusiasm. Donna arrives before the sessions to set up, is diligent with her communication and leaves our community room in great condition. She provides promotional images to encourage sign up as well. I highly recommend her. – Kristi Dougherty, Children’s Librarian, Amherst Public Libraries
The Boston Free Library had Donna present Kidding Around Yoga twice last summer. The children loved the experience and everyone who was available signed up for the second session. It was great to see the children come in excited to try something new and leave with a sense of accomplishment. Donna provides a welcoming and calming environment for children and parents. The focus and relaxation techniques that she teaches are valuable skills for any age, but often overlooked for younger children. This program provides the perfect opportunity to showcase the importance of recognizing and dealing with emotions and stress management. We can’t wait to have Donna back again! – Lydia Herren, Boston Free Library