On Sunday January 12th Kelly Wood, Kids' Yoga Expert, kicked off our Intimate Conversation Series for 2014.
Upon walking into the upstairs lounge at Chateau Marmont, you can't help but take in the ornate decor. Because it is, at all times dimly lit, you have to take your time to take in the carving details on the furniture, walls and coffee tables. As we sat waiting for our Intimate Conversation guest, Kelly Wood, we were able to marvel at the space and in the ambiance, which had already started to come alive early on a Sunday morning.
Kelly Wood, Kids’ yoga expert, joined us looking refreshed, adorned in an off-white shawl, fitting of a yoga instructor. She imparted her wisdom and beliefs about the importance of introducing kids to yoga early. She recommended 20 minutes of yoga, once per week, from the age of 2 years old. She added that it really starts with the parents learning about the benefits of yoga, since they have to be "motivated to do it". Kelly went on to say, 'once they learn about it, parents have to demonstrate it, because kids are visual learners'. It's a tall order for some, but once you start practicing with your children, and are able to see the results first hand, it's something that you'll be motivated to do.
Kelly described yoga as 'a means of engaging the whole child - physically, mentally and emotionally'. The benefits of yoga for children and adults have been widely reported, but Kelly has seen them first hand by teaching over 75,000 students over the period of ten years within LAUSD.
Kelly talked further about teaching children as young as two to engage themselves, by teaching them to self-direct and learning to reflect, which has powerful benefits for them as they grow and experience a wide range of emotions. Breathing is really important for kids as they work through their own frustrations, and teaching children how to breathe is a really important tool.a for children and adults have been widely reported, but Kelly has seen them first hand by teaching over 75,000 students over the period of ten years within LAUSD.
"Calm breaths’ and ‘Calm hearts" are constant themes that are woven throughout her teaching.
Two hours passed very quickly as we explored the ways in which we can engage our children and make yoga a playful practice for our young ones. Kelly has volunteered to teach a class for OMG members and their kids, which we will certainly get on the calendar for 2014!
Thanks Kelly, you were amazing!
For more information about Kelly Wood Yoga and S.C.H.O.O.L (Kelly's non-profit organization aimed at getting yoga into as many schools within LAUSD), please visit