The place for all things kids yoga! Join Jessica Mougis (Founder of Jem Yoga NYC and kid's yoga teacher for over ten years) as she shares her knowledge of sharing yoga with children. She also interviews kid's yoga teachers, business owners and innovators leading the way in the kid's yoga field. Parents, teachers, yogis, non-yogis are all welcome here!
Full of Joy Yoga with Lani Rosen-Gallagher
Recognizing that children need balance and focus in their lives, Lani first incorporated yoga into her daily schedule while teaching first grade in Coney Island, Brooklyn, back in the late '90s. Wanting to deepen her own yoga practice, she received her 200-hour certification from the Nosara Yoga Institute in Nosara, Costa Rica. Then, building on her extensive experience with young children, she went on to be certified by Next Generation Yoga in NYC and in Kenya, the Radiant Child Yoga Program, Street Yoga, Circus Yoga, Baby Om, Mindful Schools Teacher Trainings, and United We Om, which focuses on training for under-resourced and trauma-impacted communities. In 2003, Lani headed cross-country to San Francisco, and a year later founded and created Full of Joy Yoga. Over the next four years, she taught yoga to children in preschools, yoga studios, homes, homeless shelters, and after-school programs all over the Bay Area. In 2007, she relocated to Connecticut, bringing her expertise to the East Coast. She discovered after having her own child, Zephyr (who is now 10), that family yoga was one of her favorite classes to teach. Training others to teach yoga to kids is one of Lani's passions, as she realizes she can reach many more children by sharing her skills and talents with other instructors. These last two years of the pandemic, Lani has been teaching outdoor yoga in preschools in all kinds of weather (think snow-ga!) and remotely in New Haven’s public schools – all of which feels like a gift during the uncertainty of these times. Most recently, Lani published a book called Yoga Games for Kids and will soon have videos to accompany the book’s games on her YouTube channel. Lani is always striving to improve the lives and futures of children, and to help them laugh, love, and grow. In this episode, Lani shares powerful insights from her over 20 years in the kids yoga industry. She shares what's kept her in this work over the years, her current passions, and some of her favorite stories. A wonderful and rich conversation, Lani has so much knowledge that we can all benefit and learn from- Listen in NOW!
Meditation for Children with Marneta Vieges
Marneta Viegas is the founder of Relax Kids Ltd - the UK's leading expert on children's relaxation. She set up her revolutionary relaxation program in 2000 and is the author of 13 books and has produced a range of over 25 relaxation CDs/MP3s. Marneta has over 40 years of experience in meditation and relaxation and runs a training program where she has trained over 5,000 franchisees from 50 countries in her unique award-winning method of relaxation. She lives in Oxford, UK, with her dog Ronnie Barker. In this episode Marneta shares what it was like being a meditating vegetarian way before it was trendy, why she shifted her focus from being on TV to performing for children, and what led her to teach meditation to children. Ahead of her time, Marneta is an amazing example of following your own inner voice even when those around you don't understand. An uplifting and fascinating conversation- Listen in NOW!
The Future of Kids Yoga with Kristi Fischer & Kelly Winkler
Kristi Fischer and Kelly Winkler are the hosts of the new podcast, Mindful Conversations with KAY. Both woman have extensive experience sharing yoga and mindfulness with children and families. In this conversation, they dive into their visions for the future of kids yoga, how we can realistically incorporate mindfulness into our parenting, how their relationships with their children have changed since they found yoga, and all about their new podcast with Kidding Around Yoga. Listen in NOW!
Yoga for Mental Health with Ashley Fontes
Ashley Fontes is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher with the National Association of Iyengar Yoga and a registered ERYT-500 Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. She is the creator of , the Kids' Read and Yoga podcast, and multiple kids yoga games. Ashley has been teaching children's yoga for 10 years and is a mother of 3 little yogis, and 2 yogi dogis. Ashley has her first yoga book coming out in the next couple of months. In this episode she shares how yoga has helped her on her mental health journey, and how she's presented the practice for her children. Such an important topic, listen in now!
(Re-Release) Showing Up As Yourself with Abigail Wilber
Originally aired in February 2021, this episode features Abigail Wilber. Abilgail is an educator, public speaker, and coach. She wants to make mindfulness inclusive, adaptive and relevant to all ages. Abigail loves teaching kids life skills like how to calm down, pay attention, and problem solve. She shares her experience teaching yoga to large groups of teenagers and how she approaches special needs classes. She also sheds light on some red flags to look for when it comes to navigating the business of kids yoga. A shining gem for kids yoga teachers. Listen now!
The Power of Music with Kira Willey
Kira Willey, author of Breathe Like a Bear, Peaceful Like a Panda and the Mindfulness Moments for Kids board book series, is also a children’s music artist, kids’ yoga and mindfulness expert, and creator of Rockin’ Yoga school programs. She has released five albums of kids’ yoga and mindfulness songs; her work has won Parents’ Choice Gold, Independent Music and International Songwriting Awards. Her hits include “Colors,” which was featured in a worldwide Dell ad campaign, and “Just Be,” which has been streamed more than 2.5 million times. Kira created and hosts several yoga-for-kids programs which air on PBS TV affiliates nationwide; and her TEDx talk, “Bite-Sized Mindfulness,” can be viewed online. Rockin’ Yoga, Kira’s membership, is a thriving community of open-hearted kids yoga educators bringing mindful practices to our next generation. In this episode Kira shares how and why she began sharing yoga for children, how her first kids yoga music album came to be, the inspiration behind her books, and her hopes and dreams for kids yoga and mindfulness in the next ten years. A powerful and inspirational conversation, the perfect listen for every kids yoga professional. Tune in NOW! Some FREE resources provided by Kira can be found for all KYP listeners here: Here is a page with some of Kira’s most loved yoga resources for your listeners.
A Kids Yoga Gem!
Jessica has created a gem of a podcast for anyone in the kids yoga business, those teaching kids yoga, and for those generally interested in kids yoga for their own kids at home, school, and beyond. Love the broad array of topics and guests sharing their unique experiences. If kids yoga is your jam, then this podcast will be too!
What a gift!
What a gift you have given our community with this podcast! Thank you for connecting us! Such a great listen, always!
I love listening to The Kids Yoga Podcast! It is wonderful to hear different people’s experiences and what led them to pursue a career in kids yoga. I learn something new or am reminded of something I want to add to my yoga classes each episode! I especially love the “leave a gem” segment at the end of each episode.
Thank you, Jessica! Keep them coming! You’re doing amazing!
Ps - Jessica has the best podcast voice. So soothing and calm. I feel her amazing energy through the podcast!