I received the following press release this week (take note future yoginis and yogis!)...
BIJA KIDS EXPANDING INTO MORE SCHOOLS AND YOGA STUDIOS
Popular children’s yoga program a hit in Brooklyn
BROOKLYN, NY – In its sixth year, Bija Kids, the highly acclaimed Brooklyn-based children’s yoga company, is adding several new programs to meet exceptional demand from area schools, parents, and children.
This fall, Bija Kids will expand to five Brooklyn yoga studios open to the public. Plus, it will enter more classrooms than ever before – 12 schools will have its yoga classes as part of their school-day curriculum or after-school programs. In addition, Bija Kids still offers free or sometimes paid special events throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan.
On Sept. 12, Bija Kids will host a free day of classes at its new Clinton Hill location. All ages are welcome.
Since Bija Kids’ founding in 2005, about 500 kids have participated in its classes at yoga studios, schools, special events, or birthday parties. Levels range from those who can crawl up to nine years old. Its philosophy is based on the idea that all seeds – or bija in Sanskrit – have the ability to flourish with proper care and nurturing.
"I am incredibly pleased by the response that we've had from kids, parents and school directors alike to the benefits of our yoga program,” says Bija Kids founder Lauren Maples. “I started planting these seeds five years ago and the response has been amazing. We are growing rapidly to meet the demand of all those interested in the tools we have to offer."
As it grows, Bija Kids is looking for more teachers. It currently has eight, and an additional 25 people have gone through its teacher training program. Maples says this is a segment of the yoga teaching market that is not oversaturated, unlike the adult side. The opportunities for new Bija instructors are many and rewarding. The next Teacher Training takes place October 2 and 3 with mentorship opportunities available with Maples scheduled based on trainee availability.
Bija Kids is unveiling a variety of new classes this fall. One such class, Yoga Playgroup, provides preschool children, with their parents present, a way into yoga in a classroom setting. Also, for the first time, Bija Kids will offer a number of school-year workshops on holidays when school is not in session.
Through Bija’s yoga classes, Maples says, children learn discipline, focus, strength, and techniques for dealing with stress. They also build the foundation for a healthy, peaceful and happy life.
“In this day and age when kids are generally over scheduled, over programmed and plain overwhelmed, offering them the powerful benefits of a yoga practice just seems natural to me,” Maples says.
For more information on Bija Kids’ classes, teacher training, and history, please visit www.bijakids.com.