My two greatest passions have come together, contributing to my life’s work in fostering connection and empathy in children. With over 12 years of experience working in education and mental health, as well as being a dedicated yoga practitioner, it has been a joy to bring these passions together by obtaining my Kidding Around Yoga certification in 2019. As a licensed School Counselor with a masters degree in Counseling, I am grounded in teaching mindfulness practices and calming strategies to help children more effectively cope with the everyday stressors that they may face today (i.e. busy schedules, academic pressures, conflict in relationships, social media, etc.). By learning to notice what is happening in their minds and bodies, children can gain a better understanding of their emotions and the perspectives of others. What started as teaching yoga to my two young children, and seeing how they benefit from it, led me to want to share the gift of yoga with little ones in my community and beyond.
Kidding Around Yoga with Jen Marie aims to grow each child’s empathy capacity and ability to shine their inner light by providing a safe space to slow down, connect, gain confidence and self-awareness, and tune in to their inner peace and joy, all while moving in ways that are healthy for our bodies. Guided by the mantra “Peace begins with me,” we will explore how we are connected to all beings and prepare to shine our light of love into the world.
June Session (2 weeks):
6/12 & 6/26
Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Norfolk MA
Ages 5-10 years (flexible), 5:30-6:30
Summer Session (4 weeks):
Nature Warriors Series at Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Norfolk
7/17, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14
(mixture of indoor and outdoor classes depending on weather!)
(Ages 5-10 years) 5:30-6:30
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In addition to regularly scheduled classes, Kidding Around Yoga with Jen Marie offers small group or private lessons in a space you provide. Please contact me to schedule your custom lesson or event!
Empathetic children use these 9 essential habits. Michele Borba, Ed.D has developed this list from the latest research in child development, neuroscience, and social psychology.
Kidding Around Yoga with Jen Marie uses this blueprint to create thematic lessons through each session.
Developing the fundamentals of empathy:
Practicing the habits of empathy:
Borba, M. (2016) Unselfie. New York, NY: Touchstone.