I am Certified in Kidding Around Yoga, an internationally known and registered through Yoga Alliance (regulatory agency for yoga) Yoga program designed specifically with children 0-13 in mind. I started and ran a successful large FCCH in Vallejo for 8 years during which time I led an average of 10 children 0-5 in a daily yoga practice. Before I opened my FCCH I taught State Preschool in Vallejo for 13 years for the Vallejo City Unified School District. My Associates Degree is in Child Development from Solano Community College. I was born and raised in Vallejo and have worked in the Early Childhood field in Solano County for 23+ years. During my work as a Child Care Professional and State Preschool teacher I worked closely with families to help them understand their children’s needs and development. I teach Baby Signs classes in Vallejo and at our local Resource and Referral Agency, SFCS. One of the topics that always comes up is dealing with challenging behavior. I have many years of experience helping families and caregivers communicate and understand each other’s needs.
In the last several years, I have been fortunate to attend Trauma Informed Practice trainings and learn about new views on Brain Development. One of the practices that all of the trainings I am attending say can support positive brain development and resiliency is Meditation and Mindfulness. Parents and Caregivers do not have the opportunities to attend such trainings. I see this project as an opportunity to bring the latest human development findings to those that are raising children. I am very excited that I have found a way through Kidding Around Yoga to teach these practices directly to children. Building children’s resiliency and giving them positive proven tools to deal with stress. Through their active engagement we will increase the chances of these practices becoming a part of their daily life.
I am very active in my community and serve on several boards. I am excited to share that I host Kidding Around Yoga in Solano County Libraries. As the co-chair on Solano County’s Library Advisory Council, I know many of the great resources libraries have to offer. Connecting with families, I will share all I know about community resources.
Go to www.care4em.com to RSVP for classes and to see more of what CARE4EM offers.
Community Presbyterian Church
2800 Georgia St, Vallejo, CA
March 24, 31 and April 7
check www.facebook.com/CARE4EM for dates and details
I specialize in school/classroom events. From preschools to Middle schools report students using the strategies they learn from my KAY classes throughout their day, even after only 3 classes. I am insured and listed as a vendor for Vallejo, Fairfield-Susuin and Vacaville Unified school districts. Please contact me for school rates and availability.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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