Second Star is proud to host Kid’s Yoga every Saturday morning! If you and your child have attended yoga class with us, you already know that Miss Maxine is the best kid yoga teacher in the world! We thought we’d take a moment to ask Maxine a few questions about herself and her Kid’s Yoga classes!
Hi! My name is Maxine aka Mighty Max. I am currently a graduate student at the University of Colorado,
Denver, in the Human Development and Education Program. You can find me student teaching, every Wednesday and Thursday, at Edison Elementary in a 5th grade classroom. My journey to my yoga mat started in the summer after I graduated from University. I was looking for something to help me de-stress from adult life. After graduation, I found CorePower and completed their 200 hour Power Yoga Teacher Training. I have been teaching adults and kids ever since. Now that I have learned to appreciate yoga as a way of life it has become much more about the journey off the mat. I aim to create an environment which fosters connection, growth, and most of all FUN!
Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself?:
I am obsessed with rino’s and butterflies. I am named after my great grandfather Max. My favorite element is water and my favorite color is blue. I completed an intuitive reading workshop and MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress reduction) training last summer. On the weekends you can find me exploring nature or melting into the couch with my boyfriend Josh (also yoga instructor) and rescue pup Franklin.
What is the difference between kids yoga and yoga for adults?
Ultimately, connectedness is what yoga is all about. “yoga time” is an opportunity for bonding and connection. But most importantly it is about having fun. If you are breathing it’s yoga. 🙂 Yoga Mantra: Come as you are.
What do you enjoy about teaching kids yoga?
That is an easy question…THE KIDS. The kids are my gurus, my teachers, and my inspiration. They teach me what it is like to be fearless and free. I am grateful for every yogi who enters the rumpus room.
Are there benefits to beginning yoga at an early age? What are they?
Yes! So many! For example, literacy. Kids need strong neck muscles to read, to hold up their head and follow the words from side to side on the page. Yoga strengthens neck muscles and in turn helps with the beginning stages of literacy. Also, yoga helps to reset the mind/body system to a calm, focused connected state. Yogi’s can take what they learn on their mat into everyday life.
How can kids use what they learn in yoga outside of class?
Kids can use “peace breath” any where. It is a fun way to learn how to focus your mind and it promotes a sense of relaxation. We do it throughout the day in our 5th grade classroom. (Stand tall, Inhale, sweep your hands slowly overhead and together to touch, exhale, gently lower your hands down through heart center).
Do you use any tools or techniques in your classes that one may not find in an adult yoga class?
I use children’s books in class. Reading a story and doing postures is a great way to keep kids engaged in the learning and doing process. Also, animal noises are encouraged in class! You can find lots of community building and breathing techniques in class as well.
What is your favorite yoga pose? Why?
I love this question. My favorite posture is FISH POSE. Fish pose is a back-bending yoga posture that opens the chest, throat, and abdomen. It neutralizes pressure on the neck and spine, but it is also a deep stretch with many benefits in its own right! Regularly practicing fish pose will energize the body, and reduce fatigue and anxiety. Fish pose helps to keep the throat chakra open and supports you in speaking your unique truth.
If you’re interested in attending a Kid’s Yoga class with Mighty Max, register at Second Star every Saturday morning at 9:45 for 10:00 Kid’s Yoga! These classes are designed for little ones age 2+. Feel free to bring your own yoga mat if you have one, but if not, we have a few extra!
Yoga is $8.00 per child, and an additional $4.00 for every added child in the same group or family. (Parents and caretakers are welcome to participate alongside the kids!) Feel free to give us a call with any additional questions or concerns! We can’t wait to greet the weekend with you, yoga style!