A note from Joanie
I started Breathe & Learn to support students social-emotional journeys at school and home. As an elementary school teacher, I observed so many children carrying burdens and stress throughout the day which impacted their ability to learn and fully engage in academic work. While I did my best to incorporate mindfulness practices during the day to help ease some of these feelings, I yearned to have the time and space to offer more.
After deepening my own yoga practice through a 200 hour teacher training, I was inspired to create a workshop for kids that offered a full yoga experience paired with thoughtful discussions and self-reflection. Children love moving their bodies into silly poses and are intrigued by breathing exercises and visualizations that help them relax and feel a sense of calmness.
Yoga has brought so much joy to my life. It is much more than the fancy handstands (although I do love practicing them). It is my therapy, an outlet - physically and emotionally, a community, a safe space, a challenge and a commitment to my health and wellness. I am my best self when I am practicing and teaching. I wake up excited to practice yoga every day and love that I get to share it with kids.
My hope is that students walk away from Breathe & Learn workshops with a positive outlook on life, a deeper understanding of themselves, and tools to continue nourishing their minds and bodies in healthy ways.