Jayme is a Licensed, Certified, Clinical Speech-Language Pathologist through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. She is also licensed by the Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology for the State of Virginia. She is currently a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist in the public schools serving preschoolers through 5th grade. Jayme has attended several trainings involving the Zones of Regulation and works with students who have Autism on learning how to regulate their emotions utilizing calming strategies to return to or maintain a “calm state.” Jayme has seen how Yoga benefits children when she worked in Autism classrooms in Arizona. It has always been her goal to incorporate yoga into her own life and the lives of children. She received her certification to teach Kids Yoga from Kidding Around Yoga (KAY) and is excited to begin incorporating Yoga through fun songs, play, stories, and dance as a way for children to learn self-regulation and social skills.
Jayme is a US Air Force Veteran who has lived in Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas. She moved to Virginia 6 years ago and absolutely loves it. When she isn’t turning kids into superhero communicators she enjoys spending time with her daughter Mayzie (9), son Emery (6), 2 dogs- Sydney (Doberman Pinscher) and Cooper (Labradoodle), 2 guinea pigs- Penelope & Ginger, and 2 frogs- Jack & Jill. She enjoys being outside, hiking, doing yoga, trying out vegan and vegetarian recipes, and spending time with her family.
Melissa Roberts is a licensed School Counselor and has been practicing in the state of Virginia for the last 15 years, 10 of those years in Loudoun County Public Schools. She has a degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware and a Masters degree in Counseling and Personnel Services from Fordham University. Melissa has spent a great deal of time working with students of all ages who struggle with anxieties, anger and mood regulation, and has seen the intense need for mindfulness and calming techniques in the schools and for children at home. Melissa decided last year to leave the schools full time in search of something that she could feel passionate about and work into her own schedule…enter Kidding Around Yoga! KAY appears to be the answer to her dreams. It combines working with children, yoga, and a flexible schedule (pun intended!). She is excited to work with children in the community to teach them the science of yoga and mindfulness.
Melissa is originally from the state of NY and moved to Northern Virginia almost 14 years ago. She resides in Leesburg with her daughter, Kaia (10), son, Quentin (7), and cat, Duncan. She enjoys being outside, practicing yoga and spending time with her friends and family.
Lovettsville Elementary: Mondays and Tuesdays 2:45-3:45
PreKAY (ages 3-5) every Wednesday 11:30-12:30 at Flow Yoga- Ashburn Studio
Family Yoga December 16th at 10:00 AM at Flow Yoga- Ashburn Studio
We stand with you, our Black family. At Kidding Around Yoga, we are a worldwide multicultural community committed to bringing the teaching of yoga to children and families worldwide. Our aspirations have always been to treat all humans with dignity, respect and care. We recognize that aspirations and intentions are different from impact. Our good intentions have not diminished the impact of our lack of understanding. We acknowledge the harm experienced by Black people and people of color within our organization. We have been blind to the ways in which white supremacy culture has been at play within our materials, structures and communications. We are deeply humbled and saddened to start to realize the extent to which BIPOC have been harmed, undersupported, ignored, dismissed, asked to perform emotional labor for free, and otherwise not held in the ways we aspire to hold everyone. We appreciate those who continued to point out to us our blindspots, even when we failed to listen or honor the wisdom they were bringing. We apologize. We know it is not enough. We are committing to strengthening our anti-racist actions, to continue looking deeper into our structures and personal biases, and to make ongoing changes to embody the teachings of yoga.
This is a time to wake up, to speak up, to stand up. This is a time to fight for what is right and educate those who are still in the dark. Every Black life matters. We all recognize that these are not new issues, but this IS a new opportunity to be allies and agents of change, in large and small ways. Let us not hide from this challenge or wait for someone else to do the heavy lifting. We each have a voice and a responsibility to fight for a better, more just and peaceful world. Join us as we listen, as we learn, as we change, and as we do what we do best: share the ancient and powerful practice of yoga and meditation with children across the globe.
In addition to the ways in which KAY supports bringing yoga to all children, we specifically recognize and commit to the following:
► Our materials and content need to be reviewed and updated. Some existing content contains ideas or themes rooted in racist structures we are now becoming aware of. These have caused harm and discrimination, and we are committed to a thorough review and action steps. We will give updates as to our actions regarding these materials.
► We also recognize that we have not fully understood what cultural appropriation of yoga looks like. We understand that, in certain instances, we have used yoga in a way that has diminished its roots and caused harm to the culture from which it arises. We are undergoing a deep review of our materials and marketing, in this light, and will give updates as to our actions as a result of this review.
► We also recognize that asking our Black teachers to share what they are doing to guide themselves through these “trying times” was felt as insensitive by many teachers. It was not our intention to cause harm in this way, but we understand how this is emotional labor, and that teachers need to be compensated for this. We will compensate any teachers we call upon to support us in this process.
► We acknowledge the lack of Black leadership within KAY, and are actively expanding the leadership team to include and elevate Black wisdom and voices. This week, we are delighted to welcome Shawandra Ford and Camelia Brown onto the leadership team. We will continue to expand our team in the coming weeks.
► We are revamping our KAY4ALL training to include specific anti-racist training. We will make it mandatory and included for all trainees and trainers. Meanwhile, KAY Leadership is undergoing anti-racist trainings themselves, which will be ongoing.
► We are in the process of allocating resources to support scholarships for BIPOC trainees, to fund classes in underserved communities, and to offer financial support to organizations upholding anti-racism and helping make yoga accessible and available to BIPOC families.
In order to move forward and accomplish the mandates listed above, we have created a Justice Task Force. The JTF will identify and implement the changes needed within KAY. The JTF consists of seasoned and new team leaders committed to serving to create an anti-racist culture within our organization.
We will be adding tasks to the list, as we grow and evolve in our understanding of what needs to be done. We hope you will join us in doing this work in your own lives.
We are open to feedback, but we understand that it is no one’s job but ours to look, to learn, to digest, and to take action. We stand by our commitment to become an anti-racist organization whose work uplifts, supports and learns from Black wisdom and leadership.
Please email email@example.com if you wish to reach out to us in regard to this statement, whether it’s feedback, an offer to join our efforts, or you want to be kept up to date with these promises.
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