Sunshine Yoga for Schools

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Bring Sunshine yoga and mindfulness into your child care center, preschool or elementary school!  The classroom age focus is kiddos 2-7 years old.  This can be a one time offering, monthly or weekly for a duration of time.  Yoga play tailored for age, development and classroom space.  Teachers may request a theme to enhance their lesson plan, etc.  Classroom teachers are encouraged to participate with the children.  By having teachers present, they receive the benefits of yoga for themselves, and gain ideas of ways to continue yoga in their classrooms.  Each yoga offering is 35-45 minutes, per age of students. 

Where space allows, younger siblings may enjoy Itsy Bity Yoga® fun with their caregiver, while the older kiddos are in school.  The age focus for this offering is 4 weeks to pre-crawling, active crawling to 24 months, 2-4 years.  A carpeted area is preferred. Date, time, and class is set up per interest of families.

Sheryl Haynes is a mother of 4,  Grammy of 3, and the creator of Sunshine Family Yoga.  She has been supporting childbearing families since 1990, including 13 years as a Parent Educator with Parents as Teachers.  Sheryl has been sharing yoga with pregnant and early childhood families since 2007.  She certified as an Itsy Bitsy Yoga® Facilitator and Next Generations Yoga 2-7 InstructorItsy Bitsy Yoga® is about building community during the early stages of parenting, 4 weeks to 4 years, and supporting development.  We promote attachment and well-being through Sing and Do Method®.  The philosophy of Next Generation Yoga is that optimal learning occurs when multiple learning styles are incorporated into teaching methods. Next Generation Yoga offers an interdisciplinary approach that combines movement, creative arts, visual and auditory stimulus and social interactions with Yoga and education as the foundation.

Connect with Sheryl about your interest.   

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Benefits of Yoga in Schools

Significant Outcomes:

  • Concentration and focus

  • Body awareness

  • Relaxation and renewal

  • Social and emotional intelligence

  • Greater learning

  • Physical health

Enhanced Skills:

  • Stress management

  • Critical thinking

  • Creativity

  • Interpersonal and intrapersonal

  • Receptive and expressive language

In a school setting, yoga can also benefit teachers by:

  • Giving them an alternate way to handle challenges in the classroom

  • Giving them a healthy activity to integrate with lesson plans

  • Give them a way to blend movement and stretching into their classes


Yoga for Schools Testimonies

Sunshine Family Yoga came to our childcare center and our children LOVED it! Our teachers were excited as well to try yoga with the children. So happy to make this part of our annual summer program for the children. Would highly recommend and the experience was wonderful!
— Lisa Schmidt Berstin, Elf Children's Center
Thank you so much for coming to our classroom this morning! You made yoga so much fun for our little ones!
— Ashley Osborne, Discover Place Preschool