YAM Sessions are classes that focus on the social and emotional benefits of yoga, art, and music.

WHAT

WHO

Classes are geared toward children, ages 5 - 10.

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WHEN

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WHERE

YOGA

Students explore the basics of yoga - the body, the breath, and the mind - and discover that all three parts are connected. They observe their bodies in different poses, noticing when they're big or small, building strength or gaining flexibility. They also learn how the various poses make them feel, recognizing that some poses are energizing and empowering while others are calming and grounding. They use deep breathing to help them calm down, think clearly, and solve problems. They even practice mindfulness by setting an intention at the start of each class and revisiting it throughout. Some favorite intentions include kindness, compassion, and gratitude.

ART

Students begin class by coloring mandalas with traditional mediums such as crayons, markers, and colored pencils. At the end of class, they have the opportunity to create with a wide variety of art supplies such as clay, yarn, beads, paint, tissue paper, and fabric. They discuss how different colors and textures make them feel and discover that art can tell a story or send a message. The students also are encouraged to create art together which provides a visual representation of the YAM Sessions community. When a group project is finished, all the students involved can take pride in their teamwork and bond over a shared experience. 

MUSIC

Students play interactive song and dance games as they learn about rhythm and rhyme, dynamics and tempo. They talk about the feelings that different genres evoke and how music can help to manage their emotions. They also sing plenty of oldies like “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers and “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King. After learning the lyrics, they discuss the message behind them, breaking down any metaphors or imagery. Gathered around the keyboard, singing their hearts out, that warm sense of community is most evident in the music portion of YAM Sessions.

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