is a kid, at heart.
And that's why she's the perfect yoga teacher for kids.
After a long stint in prestigious universities, she
returned home to follow her
Not a professional educator, Shana knows about teaching kids, by applying the sound principles of her
own yoga practice to the mental, emotional and physical issues that kids have to deal with: stress, self acceptance, peer pressure, a need to express themselves creatively in a world that fosters conformity, to name a few.
Learning that it's ok not to be perfect is another concept she
hopes to impart to children.
It was a lesson she
had to learn herself.
always thought the opposite and was a super high achiever in everything she
herself did as a kid (and young adult) from being the only girl to play on a softball team to settling for nothing less than stellar marks in school.
first learned it was ok to fail, she
says, in a yoga class with Bryan Kest.
was in her
mid-twenties, had an injury, so thought she'd try yoga.
believes if you touch one life, see the transformation of one person, it is all worth it.
An 11 year-old girl was brought to Shana's class for the first time, hiding behind her
"That's not normal for that age," says Shana
Clinging to her
first sat on her
sat alone but crouched over.
Shana's intuition told her she
had self-acceptance and gender issues.
With Shana's easy-going approach, 15 minutes later the girl was smiling.
The next class the girl walked in alone and took her
place sitting straight and tall as she
Success with kids, according to Shana
, is largely dependent on being able to act like them.
"If you're teaching a five year old, then you have to be a five year old.
If you can't, then all the excitement goes away.
"And, if you want to teach kids you must love both children and yoga.
You can't just love yoga and not kids."
Shana Meyerson is the Founder and Director of mini yogis yoga for kids.
She also teaches power yoga for adults at Bryan Kest's studios.
Reach Shana at www.miniyogis.com.