Youth Yogis

. September 27, 2012.

Kids and yoga? Barb Matheny will show you the combination is a perfect fit, and great way to bond with your little ones. The retired Findlay teacher is presenting "Big and Little" yoga classes for children ages six months to two years, and preschool yoga classes for those age 3 to 5. These simple lessons, offered in this area exclusively through Matheny, use basic poses, stories, games, books, music and breathing and relaxation techniques in a playful setting. The younger children experience special bonding time with their guardian, and the preschool kids get exercise but also lessons in focus, stress and anger reduction, relaxation, cooperation, social skills and creativity. “Kids are always so busy, and this is a way to introduce some calm into their lives,” Matheny says. “Yoga also helps them become learning-ready.” Certified in YogaEd through the international business’s Miami, Florida, branch, Matheny originally introduced her classes for children in January at Whittier Elementary School. They’re now held exclusively at Deviate Recording Studio in Findlay, although Barb says expansion is in the works, including the possibility of yoga-themed birthday parties.

Six classes over six weeks, $50. 106 Southwest St. October dates and times to be announced. Free parking. For information, or to sign up, call 419-306-6136 or email —DC