Meet Our Founder, Sarah
Sarah Wolfe has been working with early childhood and elementary school children for over 20 years. Her yoga journey began in 2006 when she studied yoga at West Chester University while earning her bachelor’s degree in education. In 2009 she had the opportunity to further explore children’s yoga and the benefits to children. As she traveled different paths, she realized she wanted to dedicate her life to sharing the joy of yoga with children. In 2014 she started further education with childlight yoga and began Treehouse Yoga for Children. Her life’s mission “To teach children the skills she wishes she had growing up.”
Meet Our Yoga Instructors
We love what we do—and it shows!
Practicing yoga and working with children are both two things that bring Catie the most joy in life. With about eight years of yoga practice and four years of childcare experience in daycares and schools, becoming a children’s yoga instructor felt like a perfect fit. In the past, Catie has coached middle school girls field hockey and cheerleading. Also growing up with yoga, Catie has seen how it has helped her during her pre-teen years as an athlete and even now into her adulthood. She now wants to share the benefits of yoga with the children she teaches. She started as an intern the summer of 2016 and received her Children’s Yoga Certification December 2016. Catie has completed her RYT 200. Catie will be graduating from West Chester University in 2019 and is studying to be an English teacher.
Stephanie started working with children in 2006 in a preschool and then helping individual families help care for their children. She been practicing yoga for 12 years and has always engaged her children she works with in the practice of yoga. Stephanie loves nature and grow her love for the outdoors, hiking, exploring . She loves to incorporate nature into creative crafts and yoga with children.
Started working with children in 2006 in a preschool and then helping individual families help care for their children. She been practicing yoga for 12 years and has always engaged her children she works with in the practice of yoga. Stephanie loves nature and grow her love for the outdoors, hiking, exploring . She loves to incorporate nature into creative crafts and yoga with children.
Mahri has been working with young children all over the world as a nanny, AuPair, and early childhood teacher since 2012 and it is one of her biggest passions. Her other passion is teaching and practicing yoga! Mahri did her yoga teacher training in London, UK, where she earned her 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification. Mahri loves introducing yoga and mindfulness to young children and knows what a positive difference it makes for children and adults!
Anna has been working with early childhood and elementary aged children for over 10 years, about the same amount of time she has been practicing yoga. She was first introduced to yoga in 2007, when her dance teacher taught a vinyasa flow instead of her typical class. She loved the way it centered her body and mind together and knew she needed to continue her practice. In 2015, Anna began working with Treehouse Yoga for Children at Summer camp. Teaching children yoga and dance is Anna’s passion and she loves watching her students learn and grow.
My 2 year old asks every day if it’s “yoga” day. He lives for this class. He has grown so much and learned so much from Treehouse Yoga. He almost has his handstand and knows how to vinyasa. We do it together several nights a week because he likes to show off! It’s worth every cent. I wish it was more than once a week.
Benefits of Yoga for Children
Refine Flexibility and Balance
Yoga poses have been shown to build muscle, increase flexibility, and develop balance. Poses are done sitting, standing, or lying down and each pose is designed to focus on strengthening the body in various ways. Variations on yoga poses have been adapted for use in many other physical activities and can be seen anywhere from warm-ups before a sports game to ballet choreography.
Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Yoga blends physical activity with breathwork and guided mindful activities to help children separate themselves from feeling stressed or anxious. Deep breathing exercises send signals to the brain telling it to relax. Yoga focuses on the present moment and encourages children to leave their thoughts and worries behind. With a relaxed body and mind children are better able to cope with their emotions, i.e. frustration, patience, sad, angry, excited.
Develop Concentration and Focus
When practicing poses in yoga children must clear their minds and focus on moving their bodies into the pose or through a sequence of poses. Children’s yoga classes often incorporate mindful games which allows them to build on their focus in a fun and entertaining way. A regular yoga practice will help translate focus from the movements in yoga practice to schoolwork and other activities the child is involved in. Sessions scaffold from the first to the last class, building repetition, patterns, and memory.
Create Mind-Body Connection
In yoga, kids are encouraged to tune in to their bodies and notice how they really feel in each present moment. They build this connection through simple movements like wiggling their toes. They will learn how their body, mind, and breath all work together to make them feel like their best self both on and off the yoga mat.
Encourage Sense of Self and Community
Kids yoga activities can be done as individuals or as group exercises. Through yoga they are taught to focus on themselves personally as well as how they contribute the the success of a group or community through partner poses and group poses. Through these activities they build confidence with their practice and who they are as a person. Each child is taught to have an “I can” attitude with poses, and are taught to not give up even if a pose does not come to them easily.