Yoga offers a variety of benefits for children. As a form of physical fitness, it improves flexibility, coordination and strength. Yoga teaches students to use self-calming techniques such as breathing and visualization. Yoga also enhances children’s self-awareness, focus, concentration, discipline and self-esteem.
During each class, the students practice deep yoga breathing and are urged to breathe this way whenever they are sad, angry or scared. The students are then led through various yoga poses. At the end of each class, the students do a short guided meditation on a nature topic. Meditation is very calming and can especially help at naptime or bedtime.
Meet Ms. Stephani
Stephani Jungmeyer is a Registered Yoga Instructor with the Yoga Alliance. She received her certification through training at the Arkansas Yoga Center. Stephani has been teaching yoga since 2008. She currently teaches children at Montessori and Washington Elementary and adults at the Arkansas Yoga Center and the Fayetteville Athletic Club.
Stephani teaches an Iyengar style of hatha yoga, with an emphasis on alignment and flow. She also teaches hot yoga to adults. She recently traveled to India to study yoga, meditation and the health benefits of living a yoga lifestyle. Stephani is married to Shawn Jungmeyer and has two daughters, Ryan (9) and Brady (7), who both attended Montessori School.