Mindful Kids Virginia

Mindful Kids Virginia is an initiative that is bringing the arts and mindfulness together. Teaching the children how to connect with their bodies and minds to help balance the ups and downs of life. We are committed to offering more programs including yoga, dance (ballet and breakdancing), art and more!

STARTING APRIL 20th – Mindful Kids Virginia Presents…

Join Andrea Clark for a 6 week series of an Introduction to Ballet
Saturdays: 10:30am April 20th -May 25th
Location: 319 Edwin Dr. Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
Ages: 3-8 years old
(Level 1 will follow June- August which will break the ages into 2 classes)
Cost: $45 for 6 weeks

Andrea Clark began her dance training at On Your Toes Dance Studio in Denton, MD. At OYT, she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern/lyrical, and hip hop styles of dance and was an assistant dance teacher for three years. Andrea then trained in modern dance at the Salisbury Dance Academy and studied pointe at Dancenter Salisbury. She is a graduate of Salisbury University where she minored in dance.

To register for your school or community center to offer these programs contact us today mindfulkidsvirginia@gmail.com.

Mindful Kids classes will bring balance to the minds and bodies of children by teaching with the 8 types of intelligences instilled into every class:

1.       Verbal/Linguistic (Word Smart): Reading, writing, speaking and listening.

2.       Logical/Mathematical (Logic Smart): Mathematical; working with numbers and abstract patterns.

3.       Visual/Spatial (Picture Smart): Spatial; working with images, drawing, sculpting, and building.

4.       Musical (Music Smart): Rhythm, melody, patterned song and dances.

5.       Kinesthetic/Bodily (Body Smart): Body awareness; processing information through touch, movement, dramatics, dance and yoga.

6.       Interpersonal (People smart): Ability to relate to others; sharing, cooperating, social skills and interdepended.

7.       Intrapersonal (Self Smart): Introspection, individualized projects, meditation, inner-connection, self-directed instruction.

8.       Naturalistic (Nature Smart): Connection, appreciation, understanding and awe of ecology, the natural world and our part in the web of life.

Here is how we make the two levels different:

Ages 3-5-

Kids at this age love to role-play, pretend, and love constant activity.

 Here is what we work with at this age in YogaKids:

o   Emerging language- math and memory skills

o   Development of large motor skills (walking, running, jumping, etc…)

o   Development of small motor skills (drawing)

o   Ability to engage in make-believe play

o   Beginning socialization (rules, standards, and values of society)

o   Greater self-reliance and boundless curiosity

o   Development of empathy, altruism

o   Learning skillful ways to deal with emotions like anger, sadness, love, fear, happiness, etc…

Ages 6-11-

Kids at this age encouragement is the best way to lead the children to continue with yoga on their own throughout their lives.

o   Intellectual and Emotional Growth

o   Growth in “meta-cognition” (ability to plan effective problem solving strategies)

o   Organize and classify information in new ways

o   A positive self-image with many dimensions

o   Friendships with emphasis on fairness, equity and reciprocity

o   Learning skillful ways to deal with emotions like anger, sadness, love, fear, happiness, etc…

What to expect:

·         45 min sessions- 30 minutes of movement & brain balancing , 10-15 minutes of reading, writing, music, arts & crafts.

·         1-2 Coaches per class depending on class size

·         All supplies are provided for participation in the exercises & fun