YoKid Offers Low and No-Cost Yoga for Kids

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Aug 24, 2011

Mind-Body-Spirit News

More and more children of all ages are participating in the current yoga boom. One organization serving this demand is YoKid, a nonprofit that offers low- and no-cost yoga and meditation classes for children in kindergarten through high school in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. Founded in 2007 by Ellie Gompert Burke, MEd, and Michelle Kelsey Mitchell, MS, YoKid is based on their belief “that all children should have access to the benefits of yoga by highly qualified instructors.”

YoKid has partnered with 50 schools and community centers and has worked with thousands of children, according to the Washington Post (May 10, 2011). Parents and teachers offer a variety of reasons why children love yoga. Mitchell told Vicky Hallett of the Washington Post, “Yoga is one of those things you can take with you anywhere you go. You’re not good at it or bad at it. You’re just doing it.”

Are you interested in contributing? YoKid offers teacher training, apprenticeships, mentorship programs and staff development workshops. To learn more about YoKid, go to http://yokid.org.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at www.shirleyarcher.com.