Little Yoganites


This class is taught by:

Gwendolyn D'Amico

FAVORITE QUOTE: "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt.

FUN FACT: "I love amusement parks and I've ridden almost every roller coaster east of Texas. We've visited 27 amusement parks in the last 8 years."

YOGA STYLE AND BACKGROUND: "I earned my 200-hour yoga teacher certification from the Pranotthan Yoga School and studied under Devarshi Steven Hartman and Jovinna Chan, among other fantastic teachers at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. Through this training I found my passion for helping others awaken their awareness of their basic life force, their breath, and guiding gentle, mindful yoga to individuals in a non-intimidating atmosphere.

Christa Lapinig

FAVORITE QUOTE: "Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

FUN FACT: "Chatarangas used to be my greatest enemy. Or maybe when I was 19 and in college and told I was getting deployed to Iraq but was totally ecstatic about it because I was flunking out of NJIT anyway. But when I got back home I no longer took school for granted and rocked it by graduating cum laude."
 
MOST EMBARASSING YOGA MOMENT: "Probably during my yoga teacher training when I shared that I used to call the middle part my chest my scrotum instead of my sternum. And probably all the times I slur my words while teaching class and pretend I make perfect sense. Or maybe that one time I farted. Who knows, I lost count."

DESCRIBE YOUR YOGA STYLE AND TEACHING BACKGROUND: "Power vinyasa all the way with a touch of calm and ease, a dash of Army, a spritz of zen, a shower of empowerment, and a dollop of tea tree oil. I graduated with my 200hour certification from the awesome HYRTT in Garwood in 2014 - a Baptiste-style hot vinyasa methodology. In 2015, certified with Kidding Around Yoga in NYC to teach those good ole youngins, prenatal certified in 2016, and Reiki Master 2017. And lastly, I'm a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) through Yoga Alliance and continuing my studies with Yoga Journal Business of Yoga, and continuous self-study to keep things hot and fresh."
 
Teaching and enjoying all the benefits of yoga to kids ages 5-9! Little Yoganites is designed to help kids build confidence, social skills, relaxation, mindfulness, and an avenue for helping this age group discover how they can begin to integrate their minds and bodies through yoga. They'll experience yoga in a way suited for their age that is fun, engaging, and beneficial to their well-being.
 
Classes are 1 hour long and are immersed in yoga concepts through energetic play, social interaction, and winding down to relaxation for the busy body and mind. When our little ones are stressed out or in flux, they'll learn yoga techniques that they can apply everyday while learning mindfulness and coping skills. They can take this practice with them for life.