Surfside Kids’ Yoga With Kemila Velan, RYT

Who: Moms, dads and their kids
When: 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays for 1 hour
Cost: $65 per class
Instructor: Kemila Velan, RYT

About the Class
Kemila makes yoga fun and playful for children as they bond with their parents in an hour-long class based on the YogaKids program, which treats yoga as a medium for learning. Anatomy, music, visual art, ecology, math and language become practical, useful subjects to children as they apply them through 50 different yoga poses.

From “S is for Snake” pose to “Talking Turtle” pose, children and parents will learn creative techniques on how to calm down when they’re hyper, or boost energy when they’re tired.

In a society that places titanic emphasis on appearance, the greatest benefit of yoga for kids is body confidence. Studies have shown that athletes and dancers tend to have higher self-esteem, however, not all of us are blessed with the coordination to dunk a hoop through a basket or stand on the tip of our tippy big toe.

Yoga cleans the slate for all kids, no matter their weight, shape, color, coordination skills, or talent.

About Kemila Velan
Kemila has been studying and practicing yoga since 1997. She has taught kids’ yoga at the Children’s Museum and privately to a mother of two children, ages 2 and 4, in North Coconut Grove.

She is also a beginners’ yoga instructor for golfers at La Gorce Country Club, partner yoga instructor at The Standard Hotel in Miami Beach, and spiritual sport yoga instructor at Azucar para el espiritu in Little Havana and the Yoga Den in North Miami.

Kemila’s styles integrate Ashtanga, power, Iyengar, Bikram and sport yoga. She is a 2005 graduate of the Miami Yoga Shala Teacher Training program in South Beach, studied Iyengar Yoga in India in 2006, and received her certification in Thai Massage at the Institute of Thai Massage in Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2004.