by Andrew Alonzo | email@example.com
At Tracy Brennan’s new Claremont Yoga Studio on 300 West Foothill Boulevard, parents and children have turned up for the past six weeks not only to brave the summer heat, but also to participate in fun and refreshing yoga activities in their new space.
And on the last three Wednesdays – starting on June 23rd and ending on July 7th – the owner and teacher Ms. Brennan, with the help of some of her closest friends, organized a new summer series called Kids Yoga and Art. The Youth Series is one of the first classroom courses the studio has introduced since reopening in May.
“It’s more of a fun exercise course to build and develop coordination and give the children confidence and strength. And above all to have fun, ”said Ms. Brennan. “And after the moving part we do a focused art project.”
Although it is evident that Ms. Brennan, having owned Claremont Yoga for the past 11 years, is no stranger to teaching yoga classes, and she has been hosting yoga classes for children for seven years. But art activities? According to Ms. Brennan, she started this event so that children can have fun and freedom in their yoga movements in the first lesson and let their creative imagination run wild in the second.
“It’s five to ten years old, so it’s a diverse group of children,” said Ms. Brennan. “We all struggled with the Zoom classes, although that has kept us connected for the past year and a half. I think children love the energy to be together, to laugh and see each other and to be with teachers who can see them up close. “
Around 1:15 p.m., a handful of parents showed up to drop off their children who had taken the hybrid yoga and art class. Elizabeth Webb, a teacher at Claremont Yoga, moderated the yoga portion of the session, while Jac Tardie, a new teacher at Carden Arbor View School in Upland, led the arts activities.
For an hour, six children circled around Ms. Webb in the quaint yoga studio while she read them the children’s book “Every Little Thing”. The book is based on the Bob Marley song “Three Little Birds”. As she read, she incorporated various exercises for the children to participate in, including lion breath, sun dance, warrior pose, flamingo, and other typical poses. She also taught students how to use the wall to balance themselves on their shoulders before ending the session with a dance party.
“I entered numbers there [the lesson] and different languages or [I] Just teach them parts of their body, ”said Ms. Webb. “I just try to incorporate everything we learn into the poses, the story or the topic of the day.”
When asked about the importance of yoga, Ms. Webb replied, “It’s a way of coming home to yourself and seeing how you are doing.”
After an hour of yoga, the kids moved to Ms. Tardie’s art class on the other side of the studio. Spices such as cinnamon and turmeric, flour and petroleum jelly were poured out onto the artificial mat. Ms. Tardie showed the students that if they covered their fingers with petroleum jelly and then used them to draw on the construction paper, they would leave a sticky mark on the paper.
After students had drawn or written their names, students covered the petroleum jelly-covered paper with the spices before quickly shaking it off. The goal is to get the colored powder to adhere to the petroleum jelly, which mimics the cavemen’s drawing technique.
Knowing that children have a tendency to get dirty, especially during an activity like cave painting, Ms. Tardie came with paper towels and handkerchiefs prepared. She brought markers with her instead, in case some kids, like five-year-old Izzy Friedman, didn’t want to get dirty.
When she talked about how different this art class was from one of her own classes, Ms. Tardie replied, “It really isn’t. I would say it’s really similar. I like [that] that the kids can move around and have fun, I think that’s part of it. ”She added that art is a great way for children and adults to express themselves non-verbally. She said, it [art] is a very introspective process in which you learn a lot about yourself. “
After Ms. Brennan struggled financially due to COVID-19 and was forced to close the doors of her old studio in March 2020, she showed her resilience and began saving for a comeback shortly afterwards. She continued her Claremont yoga business online by hosting Zoom classes and accepting donations from the community so she could open a new studio. In addition to her own money, donations and a loan from the Paycheck Protection Program, she was able to afford a new building on Foothill Boulevard in early 2021.
“We have a new location and it’s even nicer and quieter [than the last location]”Said Ms. Brennan. “People are just so happy to see each other and smile and hug – with permission, of course, until everyone is comfortable.”
The COURIER attended the final course in July and Ms. Brennan said the series will return in August. For more information about Claremont Yoga and its events, please visit their website at www.claremontyoga.com. You can also email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ms. Brennan at (909) 563-0714.