How do you teach yoga to children? It’s a question that’s often on the mind of Michelle Kelsey Mitchell, who’s the founder and executive director of YoKid, a nonprofit in Alexandria that provides instruction in yoga for young people.
Same goes for Pleasance Silicki, founder of Lil Omm, a family yoga center in Tenleytown that offers classes for all ages. The duo figured other folks might be interested in the topic, too.
So last year, they came up with the idea to host an intimate gathering of kid yoga professionals. When they were flooded with presentation pitches, their plans evolved into the first National Kids Yoga Conference, which will be held Saturday at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health.
More than 40 presenters, including instructors, scientific researchers and musicians, will address a crowd of hundreds.
“Our target attendee is anybody who’s interested in the well-being of children, mentally and physically, through yoga,” Mitchell says. “For us, that looks like parents, educators, school administration, teachers, also mental health workers.”
Attendees can choose to follow one of the conference’s targeted “tracks” (tools, business, research, schools) or select sessions from the extensive schedule. Continue reading >>