“Imagine the world I will design, when I am inspired to trust that I have everything inside me to be my best…and I learn to believe it.” This is why we practice. This is Just Breathe for Kids.
Just Breathe for Kids was born when my, then, four-year-old son left his first kids yoga class and said, “So, in yoga, you just breathe.” Since that time, I have been on a mission to lead a kid’s mindfulness movement born in the South. As the company is appropriately named, we seek to equip children with the tools and practices of tuning into their own breath. From there, the hope is that they discover they have everything they need to succeed when they pause and “just breathe.”
My “why” is the child who repeats a mantra before a baseball game to help him calm his nerves.
My “why” is the teen who cries in class because he didn’t realize how much he missed his brother.
My “why” is the child who stands at the door, petrified to meet new friends and try something new, then smiles when she balances on one foot.
My “why” is the comment from a mom who swears her son has never been as happy as he was after his first Just Breathe for Kids class.
My “why” is the shy student who doesn’t speak for weeks, then leads the class in a yoga flow.
My “why” is the teen who “now feels confident to show up as myself.”
My “why” is my daughter sitting nervously at a doctor’s office repeating a mantra to herself to calm her nerves before she enters.
What makes Just Breathe for Kids unique is the combination of my background in social work and extensive work in schools, with the training, practice, and traditions of mindfulness and yoga. We have grown into a team of three, each sharing our lights through the mission of Just Breathe for Kids. Our Brand Manager, Tara Victoria, putting our mission to print from Canada, and Christie Bell, our other lead teacher, inspire our kids both in after-school programs and studio classes.
After years of conducting Just Breathe for Kids classes throughout the region in such amazing venues as Riverflow Yoga and Wellness, The Columbus Botanical Gardens, area schools and parks, online, and beyond, we opened the first, kids only, mindfulness yoga studio in August 2021. Created for our kids, by our kids in Columbus, GA. The Just Breathe for Kids studio is a safe space for our children to come be…themselves! There are so many places our children are asked to conform to a one-size-fits-all box. At Just Breathe for Kids, our children are inspired to know that their way is the right way and that they already have everything they need within themselves to be their best. The Just Breathe for Kids studio is a space where our children can practice slowing down their thinking minds, tuning within, and showing up in the world from this place of mindfulness. A consistent space where our children come exactly as they are and grow into the best version of themselves. And a space where they are seen, where they feel connected, accepted, included, and special.
At Just Breathe for Kids, we practice:
Being ourselves…self-confidence (leading a yoga flow, creating poses)
Trying new things…reducing anxiety (poses, song, mantra, dance)
Sitting still…stabilizing energy (mindful minutes)
Slowing down our thinking minds…encouraging focus (balancing on one foot)
Pausing…creating impulse control (using our breath to move our bodies)
Noticing…creating emotional balance (pausing)
Connecting…tuning into our inner knowing (partner poses, stillness, quiet)
We create this opportunity by introducing the practice and traditions of yoga, creative movement, and mindfulness to children ages 4+, one breath at a time. Our Just Breathe for Kids classes focus on one thing: being the best version of yourself. There is no right or wrong, no perfection, no one size fits all. It is a path of discovery for our children to understand and practice how to pause, breathe, and look within. Everybody and every body is different (and welcome) and that is exactly how it should be. Each class has a theme that is relevant and translates to real-life skills. We use the ancient tools and traditions of yoga and mindfulness to practice these skills.
Where can you find us? At our “kids only” mindful yoga studio in Columbus, GA on Warren Williams Road. Every week we offer classes where all kids, ages 4+, are invited to join us to practice being themselves. We also continue to lead classes in schools, after-school programs, Professional Development training programs for schools, birthday parties, and in private venues throughout Columbus and surrounding areas. Our online presence is growing with YouTube videos and private Zoom classes for kids to get exactly what they need in a 1:1 class. You can also subscribe to our email newsletter where we share all the ways you can practice the things we teach and learn at Just Breathe for Kids, wherever you are.
Imagine the world our children will design when they are taught at a young age that they have everything they need within them…and they learn to trust and believe in themselves. This is why we practice. This is Just Breathe for Kids.