Kidding Around Yoga With Kate

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


About Kidding Around Yoga


Every Kidding Around Yoga class offers a complete, age-appropriate Yoga practice including breathing instruction, relaxation techniques, stretching and strengthening poses, all using fun-filled music, games, and imagination. KAY’s secret is our playfulness, keeping your child motivated, excited, 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.

Kidding Around Yoga classes are a unique opportunity to give your child skills that will provide a sense of balance, calm, and power for years to come.

For further information, check out KAY Global or contact me at Kate@kiddingaroundyoga.com. I can’t wait to share KAY with you and the little Yogis in your life!



About Kate

Kate Sharkey has been teaching yoga since graduating from the 200-hour YogaWorks Teacher Training in Bali, Indonesia. She has a Bachelor’s of Communication from UC Santa Barbara and enjoys inspiring everyone she meets.

Her love for yoga came from overcoming physical pain. She was studying Communication at UC Santa Barbara when she started to feel pain in her hip. It got so bad, Kate ended up in the emergency room. From there it was in and out of doctors offices; X-rays, MRIs, bloodwork, nothing provided answers. Doctors would throw pain pills at her and send her out the door. It was not until after college graduation that she found a joint specialist who explained that she had hypermobile joints. This causes joints to destabilize and put pressure on nerves, which causes intense pain. The doctor prescribed yoga. So Kate started doing yoga every day and went from relying on pain medication to using the power of yoga to gain freedom and strength in her body. It was then she realized she had to share yoga with other people, to help others realize they do not have to be a victim of their mind, their body, or their circumstance. It may take one breath at a time, one moment at a time, but it will get better.

Kate saved up money and travelled to Bali to get her 200-hour Yoga Teaching Certification through YogaWorks Immersion Program in October 2016. She has been teaching ever since. A lover of growth and expanding her knowledge base, Kate took the Kidding Around Yoga training and fell in love with yoga all over again. She love teaching children this powerful way to enhance their lives as they navigate through obstacles and find their path to bliss. Not to mention, she is a kid at heart and loves to kid around with her students.

Kate is a San Francisco Bay Area native and lives in Walnut Creek, California with her fiancé and their dog, a big teddy bear of a Staffordshire Terrier named Coco.

Class Schedule

6/7th Grade Yoga & Mindfulness at Atma Yoga in Orinda, CA:
Mondays at 4PM-4:45PM
TK-1st Grade Yoga & Mindfulness at Atma Yoga in Orinda, CA:
Tuesdays 3:30PM-4:15PM
4/5th Grade Yoga & Mindfulness at Atma Yoga in Orinda, CA
Wednesdays at 3:30PM-4:15PM
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Birthday Parties

Want a fabulous birthday party experience for your child?

Contact me to go over location, pricing and all of the fun-filled details!

Girl Scouts

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 a private sessions as well.

I look forward to hearing from your organization to schedule a class soon.

Contact Me

Location

Orinda, Walnut Creek, Concord, Berkeley/Oakland, Martinez, Monterey/Salinas,, California
USA
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Kidding Around Yoga Justice Information

 Company Justice Statement

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 info@kiddingaroundyoga.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. 

Namaste,

Kidding Around Yoga