Why Should Children Do Yoga?
Yoga has been shown to help children improve classroom performance and behavior, and can help with:
* Anxiety * ADD/ADHD * Anti-bullying * Asperger's Syndrome * Autism * Body Awareness * Concentration * Depression * Down's Syndrome * Eating Disorders * Focus * Sports-related Needs * Stress Relief * and MUCH MORE!
Bring on the BLISS... for KIDS!
Children are natural yogis. With their pure hearts and energetic spirits, yoga and kids go together like peas and carrots.
That's why it's our priority to ensure that children have ready access to yoga - whether it's in our Samadhi Kids online classes, in our studios, via our school-based programs, or through our Indigo Project training programs that prepare parents, yoga teachers, educators, health care professionals, and others to offer yoga in a wide variety of community settings.
Explore and learn more about:
- Online Children's Yoga Classes and Courses
- Indigo Project 95-hour Children's Yoga Specialty Training, approved by Yoga Alliance for the RCYT Credential
- Yoga in the Classroom Training for Educators
- Yoga & School Performance
- Press Coverage about our programs
Upcoming Samadhi KIDS Programs & Locations
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Access online sessions for family and kids, request a private or group session with a live teacher, download training programs, curricula, meditations, and more! Available 24/7 365 days a year on demand - when you want, where you want. Visit the online studio now >
Samadhi KIDS Lead Trainers:
Kristi McDonald, E-RYT 200 & Registered Children's Yoga Specialist with Yoga Alliance, is the Director of Samadhi Kids and creator of the Indigo Project Children's Yoga Specialty Teacher Training Program.
Ms. McDonald holds a Master's Degree in Education, and is an elementary school coordinator, Reiki practitioner, and licensed Massage Therapist. She is a graduate from The University of Texas at Tyler, Corepower Yoga Teacher Training, and Collinson Massage School.
Ms. McDonald is passionate about helping children and families navigate today’s stressful and ever-changing environments by imparting evidence-based skills from her unique expertise in this wide variety of disciplines. She has also been involved in creating audio practices for children on two digital albums, “The Indigo Project: Meditations for Children” and “HappyThoughts: Positive Practices for Children." Her goal is to build and inspire community well-being by focusing on the health and happiness of the family and child, sharing the teachings of yoga, meditation, and other healing practices.
Ms. McDonald currently offers an array of continuing education and online programs via Samadhi Kids and The Indigo Project trainings and retreats, including convenient online courses and resources.
SAMADHI Donna Witters BANKS
"Samadhi" Donna Witters Banks, E-RYT 500, YACEP, IKYTA, is the founder of Studio Samadhi.
She has been dedicated to yoga and meditation for over 15 years, with well over 2000 hours of teaching experience, in addition to over 10 years teaching other forms of fitness and wellness in her earlier experience. Her personal practice and dynamic teaching style are rooted in her study of Kundalini and Ashtanga yoga, as well as the meditation techniques of Buddhism and the Raj Yoga tradition of Brahma Kumaris.
She is a Radiant Child (RCYP) Level III children’s Kundalini yoga teacher, and has worked with children from preschool to high school for many years in a variety of school and community settings. She applies energetic principles and chakra theory to this work, as a way to understand the pure state of spirit that children possess as they come into the world, and how to sustain that true nature through the earthly lifetime progression and childhood to adulthood maturation process. As a Reiki Master Teacher, she also teaches energy work and has a passion for our natural potential for health and well-being, regularly mentoring others.
Her integrated approach to energetic awareness and holistic wellness has been effective and inspiring for students in her group classes, Teacher Training, In-Depth Personal Yoga Studies program, and private sessions, and in her own recovery from colon cancer. She also uses her lifelong background as an artist and passion for decorating to co-create calming, serene interior spaces for her private clients.
Mrs. Banks embraces yoga as a lifetime journey of self-discovery, consciousness, and evolution.
Jace Maxwell, E-RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP, is the owner and Managing Partner of the Roanoke location of Studio Samadhi, and is well-loved there for her bright energy and compassionate spirit.
Throughout her childhood and teenage years, Jace struggled with her weight, depression, and body image issues. Jace was in college when she discovered yoga.
Her initial focus was on meditation and the more spiritual aspects of this tradition. Learning the history of yoga and the mythology that is deeply interwoven pushed her to dive deeper into all aspects of Yoga. In an effort to deepen her meditation practice, she started a daily asana (physical yoga) routine with a few girlfriends. After a few months of regular practice, she knew she had found the missing piece to finding her inner happiness.
As Jace continued a regular asana practice, she realized that she wasn’t just healing herself on the inside. Over time, she worked her way to a healthy weight. At that point, she realized by learning how to love herself, she had finally stopped worrying about her body image and found a healthy path to a healthy mind and body.
Jace is a Reiki Master and teacher, as well. She has her 200 and 300 hour certification in Hatha Yoga, is a certified specialty teacher of Children's Yoga (RCYT), and has taught over 2000 hours of yoga classes. She is continually inspired by yoga’s transformative power—both internally and externally, and finds it to be a source of love and strength. She strives to bring a sense of fun, freedom and kindness to her classes, and hopes to impart nuggets of yogic wisdom along the way.
How Can We Help?
We are happy to chat about any questions or considerations you may have, and can lend our experience to help guide you.