ABOUT KIDS HEART YOGA
We believe that when children learn calming techniques for self regulation and concentration they can navigate life's challenges with a little more ease. Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that’s noncompetitive. It fosters cooperation and compassion and builds community.
THAT’S WHY WE FOUNDED KIDS HEART YOGA.
Created with kids unique-needs-in-mind, Kids HeArt Yoga combines the power of imagination, playfulness, movement and fun. Each class introduces a new theme that is explored through yoga games and poses, dramatic play, art and music, all while incorporating teamwork, empathy, self confidence and gratitude.
Kids HeArt Yoga provides programming at schools, play centers, community centers and fitness studios for kids of all ages, as well as birthday party services, summer camps and workshops.
Aimee has a background in performing arts and started working in fitness in 2003. In 2014, Aimee became a certified 200 hour Yoga Instructor which led to a teaching opportunity at a local gym teaching kids yoga. This experience sparked a passion to share yoga with more kids in her community and she received her kids yoga certification from Rainbow Kids Yoga in 2015 and co-founded Kids HeArt Yoga. Aimee hopes that her love for yoga and the arts can provide kids with a foundation for a growing practice and the ability to self express themselves so they can be the very best version of themselves. When Aimee is not teaching, she is usually hanging out with her husband and 2 daughters singing and dancing to the latest and greatest pop song. Sometimes, you may find her in a sound booth, as a Voice Over Talent or doing a headstand - her favorite yoga pose. She is also on the board of The Voices and Faces Project, an award winning nonprofit storytelling initiative in the hopes of making our world a better place for our children.
Marissa is a certified kids yoga teacher and holds a Master’s degree in Counseling. She began her career as a therapist in NYC working with teens and adults who struggled with anxiety and self confidence issues. She continued her career as a therapist after moving to Madison, Wisconsin and working at UW with their student population. After one final move to Evanston,IL. she decided she wanted to make a change and use much of what she learned and practiced as a therapist and blend it with yoga and the arts for kids. She received her kids yoga certification from Rainbow Kids Yoga in 2015 and co-founded Kids HeArt Yoga. Movement, breath, and letting go are all key components of yoga and much of what she worked on with clients when she was a therapist. Marissa now practices yoga multiple times a week which she feels helps her stay calm and present. Her favorite pose is tree pose because it makes her feel grounded and strong. When she’s not teaching and practicing yoga, she is often with her family and dogs enjoying the outdoors whenever possible. Marissa looks at life through another lens as well. She can sometimes be found photographing kids and families doing the things they love!
Davida Capra has been engaging in yoga for over 20 years and teaching for 7 years. With an emphasis on restorative yoga for all ages, she also loves to teach vinyasa and gentle yoga to children and teens! With the intention in each class to provide a welcoming and safe space where the student can let go of all judgement, stress and let the body and mind focus on their true, authentic self. Davida has been teaching with Kids HeArt Yoga at schools in Evanston for over 3 years and also has a studio in downtown Evanston for private and small group classes. She lives in Wilmette.
Emily Meredith is a professional actress residing in New York City. When not performing, Emily teaches performing arts classes and is a yoga instructor! She is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Union and has performed in productions all across the US. An experienced theater and dance teacher, Emily has worked with all grade and skill levels, but specializes in early childhood arts education. Emily is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where she earned a BFA in musical theater and is a proud alum of the Walnut Hill School for the arts, a performing arts high school in Natick, Massachusetts. Emily values creating a fun and relaxed learning environment above all else. She seeks to develop her students confidence and help them find a true passion for the arts and movement. In her spare time, you can catch Emily performing as a “Princess” at children’s birthday parties, dancing around her living room and running through Central Park to a show tunes playlist. She can’t wait to meet you!