Kids Yoga

Yoga Friends (ages 3-5 years old) 6 week series

Dates: Mondays, January 7 - February 11 Time: 1:15 - 2:15 PM Who: Kids ages 3 - 5 years old

Yoga Friends will focus on engaging children in yoga-based games and activities geared at developing social skills, including building peer relationships, verbal and nonverbal communication skills, reciprocity, and cooperative play.

Instructor: Janine Standish, Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Children / Teen Yoga Instructor

Janine has an extensive background in the wellness world & brings with her a multitude of skills to this new venture. It is the culmination of her intense love of fitness, her firm belief in overall wellness and the many years she spent as a Clinical Supervisor in a community mental health center- developing and running group programming, providing psychoeducation via presentations and workshops both locally and nationally. This combined with her knowledge of the brain and the impact of stress, make her the perfect candidate for promoting wellness. For nearly 20 years, she has been teaching clients mindfulness and relaxation strategies - working with individuals, families and couples contending with a variety of challenges including developmental/behavioral issues, trauma, family/relational conflict, parenting, separation/divorce, adoption, anxiety and depression. As a clinician who specializes in working with those that have experienced a trauma or suffered a significant loss, she is trained in Psychological First Aid and has served on the Traumatic Loss Coalition. As a mom of two, Janine balances her time between enjoying motherhood and her expanding private practice located in Hackensack, NJ. Janine truly welcomes the incredible opportunity to bridge her professional background with her passion for yoga, which she believes has been instrumental in growing and shaping her both personally and professionally.

Cost: $100 per child for a 6 week session, or $20 for a drop-in - Click here to enroll

YogaKids (1st - 4th graders) 6 week series

Dates: Mondays, January 7 - February 11 Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM Who: Kids in 1st - 4th grade

The YogaKids program isn’t just about teaching kids yoga. These classes will empower your children -- to learn, to cope, to be healthy and happy. We will explore yoga poses while integrating math, language and reading, ecology, teamwork, communication and much more. Yogakids’ educational and fun lesson plans will have long-lasting benefits for kids both in and out of the yoga studio.

Lessons are geared towards 1st-3rd graders and will focus on healthy living, understanding feelings, current and seasonal events. Children will leave class feeling physically and mentally strong and empowered.

Instructor: Shannon McGuire, YogaKids Instructor

Shannon, a Cranford native, began practicing yoga in 2009 after experiencing a life changing event. She was encouraged to try yoga and meditation to help her achieve balance, both physically and mentally. After her first class, she was hooked. Yoga helps her strengthen her brain and body during times of challenge and change. Shannon wanted her children to experience the same enlightenment and introduced it to her oldest daughter at the age of two. After the birth of her third child in 2017, she decided to become a certified YogaKids instructor. She is THRILLED to share her purpose and passion with the YogaKids program at HOME, a space filled with love, compassion, and acceptance.

Cost: $100 per child for a 6 week session, or $20 for a drop-in - Click here to enroll

Acro-Hop Yoga (ages 6 - 10 years old) 6 week series

Dates: Fridays, January 11 - February 15 Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM Who: Kids ages 6 - 10 years old

Children will explore movement and breath through an energetic combination of acrobatics, hip-hop dance, and yoga poses designed to promote strength and confidence. Each class will begin with a discussion on an age-relevant topic and end with a guided meditation. Breathing exercises and self-regulation skills will be incorporated throughout to help children effectively manage “big” feelings.

Instructor: Katie Tierney, LCSW, E-RYT

Katie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, certified Elementary Education Teacher, and Yoga Instructor.

Cost: $100 for a 6 week session, or $20 for a drop-in - Click here to enroll

HOME Tween / Teen Yoga 6 week series

Dates: Sundays, January 6 - February 10 Time: 4:45 - 5:45 PM Who: Teens and Tweens, 11 and older

Tweens and teens now have a HOME where they can rest their busy minds and build physical and mental strength and confidence! Each class will incorporate breathing techniques, yoga poses, and tools to help our tween and teens manage their ever-evolving thoughts and feelings. This class will be empowering and a ton of fun!!

Instructor: Jessica Bruder, Certified Childrens Yoga Instructor

Jessica lives in Westfield and has two daughters, a tween and teen! After experiencing the endless positives of yoga as an adult, Jessica wished that she had discovered yoga at a much earlier age. From strengthening both mind and body, as well as discovering the power of breathing, Jessica finds that yoga is an imperative tool with great benefits for children and young adults. Jessica received her yoga certification in 2016 and since that time has taught yoga to young children in pre-schools and to tweens/ teens in yoga studios and camps. Jessica has been so fulfilled and is thrilled to continue her journey at HOME!

Cost: $105 per child for a 6 week session, or $22 for a drop-in - Click here to enroll