Yoga to the kids
by Lisa A. Fraser
May 24, 2011 | 19221 views | 0 0 comments | 466 466 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Nicole Levin teaches 10-year-old Rachel and 5-year-old Laura basic yoga poses and stretches at Usha Veda Yoga.
Pass by Usha Veda Yoga on a Saturday afternoon and inside the glass windows, you'll see an off-white curtained pulled together, informing you that a yoga session is going on. But between 3:15 and 4:00 p.m. on a Saturday, it will not be any yoga class. It will be a children's yoga class.

Taught by Nicole Levin, the by-donation class aims to give children a healthy exercise while having fun.

“It not only stimulates your body, it is good for children's brain development and social skills,” Levin said. The cross-lateral movement that yoga provides for children helps them tremendously with learning skills needed to grow and adapt.

The class is open to children between the ages of five to 10 years old and the exercises are catered to each age group. Levin, who has been practicing yoga for eight years and loves working with kids, taught of the idea two years ago.

“I went to visit my sister's twins and they were looking through a yoga book. It just kind of clicked, why don't I teach yoga to kids?" she said "I love yoga, I love kids."

She didn't get serious about the idea until last fall, when she went for children's certification in teaching yoga.

The class, which currently has about five children, is just one of the many more taught by various teachers with different backgrounds and experience in yoga at Usha Veda Yoga.

“I always wanted to do children's yoga,” said Christine Mattus, the founder of Usha Veda Yoga.

She opened Usha Veda Yoga last June after working in fashion for several years. The studio's aim is to bring together the Greenpoint neighborhood in a comfortable atmosphere and an intimate setting.

Through a few donation-based classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Mattus wants the community to know that yoga can be accessible.

“That adds to the sense of community because there's no reason not to come,” she said.

The studio also offers private classes for children and toddlers. To find out more information, visit Usha Veda Yoga is located at 1104 Manhattan Avenue.
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