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KIDS YOGA WITH POOJA - Live, Learn & Grow Fearless

Yoga With Pooja takes immense pride to be one of the first few kids focused yoga studio in Cincinnati area. Pooja started her journey of yoga as a child and has been teaching yoga for 17 years. She believes that when children learn techniques for self-health, relaxation, and inner fulfillment, they can navigate life's challenges with a little more ease. Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that's noncompetitive. It lays the foundation of lifelong discipline.

Attention regulation, listening skills, self-direction, self-soothing, and the value of being calm and health are all the skills that we nurture in our kids yoga classes at Yoga With Pooja


Our Philosophy

At Yoga With Pooja we follow the “whole child” approach where each class is designed to work on physical, psychological & social development of a child. Yoga poses can really help reduce anxiety and recondition the nervous system, allow children to form their own inner connections and self-empowerment. Scientifically, the mental benefits of kids yoga results from calming the heart rate, which signals the brain to activate the parasympathetic nervous system response. It also helps in circulation, glandular balance, digestion, and immunity. We welcome kids of all ages & fitness levels.
Some of the key areas we work on are:

Proper Posture
Flexibility
Strength
Balance & Coordination
Gross & Fine Motor Skills
Reduce Anxiety & Stress
Self Esteem
Self Respect
Compassion
Calm Mind
Mental Clarity
Mindfulness
Social Interaction
Self Expression
Awareness of behavioral pattern
Recognizing Feelings & Emotions


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Yoga Class Descriptions


Mommy & Baby  (3 months – 18 months)

Mommy stretches with the babies, smiles, laughs and even sings with them. The class gets both mama & baby moving. There’s a little yoga for baby, a little yoga for mama and lots of yoga to be shared by both, leaving both mama and baby peaceful and happy.

Yoga helps babies develop motor skills, muscular control and stimulates their minds. Mamas get the opportunity to socialize and bond with other moms while rebuilding their postnatal bodies.


Mommy & Tots  (18 months – 3 yr old)

Capture your tots’ curiosity as he or she learns yoga through social interaction and play. Our Yoga Tots class combines yoga poses with songs and games to promote parent-child connection and overall well-being. Tots also improve motor skills while increasing their attention span. For parent and child.


Little Yogis (3 yr – 5 yr old)

A fun-filled Little Yogis class for our yogis 3 -6 years old that blends yoga, play, dance, music and drama! Class includes variations on traditional yoga postures that help children develop physical strength, flexibility, emotional calm, and self-expression while increasing their concentration, self-esteem, and creativity.

Children naturally imitate things around them, and the yoga exercises & games practiced in this class will stimulate their imagination (imitating animals & objects); along with enhancing physical and neurological skills. The poses & breathing exercises will teach children to stretch & strengthen every part of their body, increasing body awareness and learning techniques for settling down.


YogAmazing (5 yr – 10 yr old)

YogAmazing is an innovative class geared towards our Amazing Yogis 6- 10 years old. Sequence will include both dynamic and slower paced yoga postures, breathing exercises and will end with a guided final relaxation. This class is for active children who love to use their bodies, be silly and try new things. And for the child who may not be that active or athletic, but will find success in yoga and exercise while making new friends.
The focus of this class is improved concentration, posture, flexibility, strength, and coordination while learning the techniques to calm their mind.


Tweens & Teens Yoga (11 yr – 14 yr old)

In this class tweens & teens will learn techniques to navigate the stresses of daily life, honor their body and calm their mind. The physical postures, voluntary regulation of breathing, visual focus exercises, and games will improve kids ability to control their body & mind. It provides them tools to deal with situations such as exams, spelling tests, being bullied, tension, headaches and anger, and of course performing or presenting to their peers and parents in a positive way. We will learn classical yoga postures and combine them into sequences. Interactive games and challenges are included each week. Class ends with a "guided relaxation" allowing us to feel refreshed afterward.


Smiling Hearts Yoga (6 yr & up Special Needs))

A unique program designed to enhance emotional calm, social skills, muscle tone & flexibility. In this structured class kids will be learning about yoga poses, breathing exercises, visual imagery and relaxation techniques while conveying lessons in self-confidence, self-esteem, social skills and positive thinking. They will learn to tune their mind with awareness and compassion to develop physical, emotional and social intelligence. Perfect for kids with anxiety, over-sensitivity to environmental stimulation, hyperactive, impulsive behavior, learning & eating disorders.

Benefits

  • Small Teacher: Student Ratio
  • Improves sensory processing
  • Enhances one’s sense of personal space
  • Improves gross motor skills
  • Improves Focus
  • Improves ability to transition from one activity to another
  • Develops self-esteem
  • Improves communication & relationship skills
  • Help calms anxiety

Yoga for Young Athletes - YOGA ACCELERATED TRAINING (9 yr olds & up)

A yoga-conditioning program for young athletes/youth teams to boost performance and prevent injuries. Whether you play soccer, baseball, basketball, swimming, tennis or football, all sports demand a lot from your body. Each sport has certain muscles and parts of the body that are used more often than others, which creates imbalance in the body. Cheerleaders, Dancers and Gymnasts tend to be flexible but they can often have muscle weakness. This can lead to joint injuries, as well as tendon, ligament and muscle tears.  Yoga works to improve strength, balance, flexibility, mental control and much more, all of which can help contribute to an athlete’s overall skill. By balancing your training with yoga to open tight hips, hamstrings, glutes and quads, many athletes find that they can train harder and perform better.


Benefits:

  • Improves Flexibility
  • Improves Balance
  • Improves Strength
  • Improves Focus
  • Boosts Stamina
  • Prevents Injury
  • Increases Body Awareness
  • Provides Stress Management Tools

Family Yoga (All Ages)

An hour full of yoga poses, games, stories, partner poses and relaxation. Family yoga is a fun, creative way of getting children and parents to interact in a positive, safe environment while building strength, flexibility & self – confidence. Price includes 2 kids & 2 adults.


Testimonials

I'm really impressed with the class! You do a great job of making the class fun! I love that I can see improvements in Liam's coordination in the few weeks we have been in class. I think it's really good for him to be able to take direction from you without needing me. I think you do a great job keeping him focused and being firm and loving at the same time. And I also like the physical adjustments you do to his poses so he can feel what he's working towards. I love the relaxation and the end of class and the breathing exercises. I think it is great for him to start learning how to be still and use visualization to calm down. He really likes the games you play the the stickers at the end of class. Thank You! Oh! I also like how you ask for the favorite pose at the end of class. I really think it helps him remember the pose better.
- JG 03/27/2014

My 3yr old son really thrived in Ms. Pooja's yoga class. The class description said it would help develop attention regulation, listening skills, self-direction and self-soothing- all of which my active son needed- and it delivered! I was really impressed with the way she made every moment of the class fun and engaging, right at my son's level. He felt like he was playing while unbeknownst to him he was also learning and applying valuable skills like focus, control, and relaxation. Those skills transferred to home and gave us new ways of dealing with old challenges. For example, when my son gets angry and impatient we stop and do deep abdominal breathing together to calm ourselves down, such as was practiced at the end of each class; and when he gets distracted in an important moment, we talk about getting focused again as he learned about in yoga. He takes pride in showing friends and family the yoga poses he learned along the way. In fact, he took pride in every aspect of the class because Ms. Pooja is an excellent teacher who really knows how to encourage growth and ownership in her students. 
Thanks so much!!
- LTroyer

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