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Child yoga classes

By Staff | Mar 28, 2014

The joy of yoga soon will extend to children ages 3 to 8 as veteran yoga teacher Diana Brubaker begins a series of classes at Harmony Healing Arts Center, 211 E. New Street, in Shepherdstown.

Ms. Brubaker, a health and wellness practitioner for more than 20 years, currently specializes in child yoga and is a certified Radiant Child Yoga instructor. The program offers a light-hearted and playful approach toward enhancing a child’s focus, concentration, body awareness, and physical strength and coordination. Storytelling and songs weave the yoga poses together while yoga games provide an opportunity to practice breath and meditation/mindfulness skills. These activities can build self-confidence and create a “tool box” for children to use in and out of the classroom, Ms. Brubaker explains.

Two classes will be offered each Sunday for a six-weeks series, beginning April 27. The first class is for ages 3 to 5 and will be from 2:50 to 3:20 p.m. The registration fee is $45 per child. The second class, for ages 5-8, will be longer, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. It costs $55 per child. To register, please mail payment, along with child’s name, class choice, and parent contact information to: Diana Brubaker, 390 Ashley Dr., Shepherdstown, WV 25443.

For more information about the program, call 203-596-1280 or visit Ms. Brubaker’s website (www.cook2mantras.vpweb.com).

Ms. Brubaker began working with children as a babysitter and full-time nanny prior to college. During her college years, Diana also spent two summers as a camp counselor for children ages 5-15.

After college, she led an environmental education program for children as part of Americorps. Diana also has volunteered with High Rocks Of West Virginia and the Big Brother Big Sister Program in Kentucky.

Her passion for working with children continued to grow when she trained as a birth doula and specialized in massage therapy and cranial sacral therapy for pediatrics. She taught parents infant massage for 4 years at the Greenbrier Birthing Center in West Virginia.

Over the last 5 years, Diana has been focusing her love toward caring for her son. She enjoys being a homeschool mom and incorporating child yoga in their daily routine. The benefits of doing child yoga with her son motivated her to train with Shakta Kaur Khalsa, founder of Radiant Child.