Meet Our November YoYo in the Spotlight
Introducing November’s YoYo in the Spotlight, Summer Beasley. A professional dancer (Karlovsky & Company), preschool to 12th grade dance and movement teacher, and registered yoga teacher, Summer completed YoYo Yoga School’s RCYT program in 2016.
Initially recognizing the importance of yoga through her personal practice and enjoying benefits such as a calm mind, strong core, and flexible mind and body – Summer observed that yoga also improved her dance technique, allowing her to be fully present and connected to each movement, resulting in a more authentic performance and stronger connection with dance partners.
As a mom of two young daughters, and teacher for kids aged 4-18, she was keen to learn how to share this amazing tool with her own children as well as her students.
Here’s what Summer had to say about kids yoga when we recently caught up with her:
YoYo: What do you like best about sharing yoga with kids?
Summer: I love the feeling (and will never tire of it) when a student comes up after class and comments about how great they feel or how much they needed to practice yoga that day.
I also love educating kids about their bodies through yoga. Anatomy and kinesiology are important elements in my classes – we often stop class to discuss the movement of the hip joint, the importance of lengthening through the lumbar spine when folding forward, or simply talking about which muscles are engaged or lengthening in a pose.
YoYo: Why do you think children’s yoga is important?
Summer: Yoga is important for all the same reasons as adults – to enjoy being alive and present in each moment!
In our fast-paced, overly scheduled world, yoga provides children and teens the opportunity and experience of doing NOTHING except focus on the breath and being alive. The simple techniques learned practicing yoga are actually valuable tools to navigate school and life. Beyond self-regulation, body control, and a focused mind – all significant benefits for children – yoga helps kids to sleep better, which is extremely important for healthy brain development and, ultimately, success in the classroom.
YoYo: What did you like best about your YoYo training?
Summer: I loved the creativity! The training opened my mind to what yoga is and how it can be adjusted to fit every lifestyle. I loved (and so do my students) the ideas I learned for breathing techniques and guided relaxations.
Most importantly, I received excellent training, and because of my YoYo training, I am able to comfortably teach students of all ages and abilities. I feel confident that I could walk into any situation (small space, chairs, beds, no mats) and would be able to teach a quality yoga class.
YoYo: What does being a YoYo mean to you?
Summer: Being a YoYo means I am a part of a caring and supportive community. The support from lead trainer Lisa Roberts was (and still is) amazing… but what I didn’t expect, was the support I would receive from my fellow YoYo’s. We all keep in touch sharing thoughts and ideas as we grow as teachers. It’s really a very special community to be a part of.
We are so PROUD of our YoYo, Summer Beasley sharing yoga with kids of all ages – Making a Difference, One Child, One Breath at a Time.
Photo Credit: Gerry Love