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Alicia Rossman, a yoga teacher at Exeter’s newest studio Zev Yoga, teaches children the fundamentals as part of the Let’s Get Movin’ program.Courtesy photo
December 09, 2011 2:00 AM
EXETER — Yoga has been used for exercise, relaxation and to hone one’s spiritual side. While yoga is practiced by adults, instructor Alicia Rossman has created a program called Let’s Get Movin’ to expose children to the art form. Residents can learn more about the program offered at Zev Yoga during an open house on Saturday.
“Basically it’s a yoga program designed for kids,” said Rossman. “It’s a little different from adult yoga so the kids can have fun while learning the basics of yoga. We’ll have themes like ‘let’s go on a safari’ and lessons that the kids can relate to and learn from.”
Go & Do
When: 2 to 3:45 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10
Where: Zev Yoga, 175 Water St., Exeter
Let’s Get Movin’
Zev Yoga’s “Let’s Get Movin'” kids program starts Jan. 14 at its Water Street studio. Open to kids ages 4 to 13. Sign up before Jan. 14 and pay only $ 25 a month. Otherwise costs are $ 150 for six months, $ 120 for three months, $ 50 for one month, and $ 15 for drop-in.
Before the program kicks off enjoy one of the following free sessions:
Wednesday, Dec. 14: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Newmarket Public Library, 1 Elm St.
Friday, Jan. 6: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Nichols Memorial Library, 169 Main St., Kingston
Wednesday, Jan. 11: 4 to 4:45 p.m., Mary E. Bartlett Library, 22 Dalton Road, Brentwood
Friday, Jan. 13: 3:15 to 4 p.m., Kensington Library, 126 Amesbury Road
Wednesday, Jan. 18: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Wiggin Memorial Library, 10 Bunker Hill Ave., Stratham
Wednesday, Feb. 8: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Paul Memorial Library, 76 Main St., Newfields
Rossman added that a lot of animal titled poses are utilized in the program.
Rossman began practicing yoga in high school. As a UNH student studying nutritional sciences, Rossman took advantage of free yoga classes at the Durham school.
During her last three yoga classes at UNH, Rossman approached the instructor to ask about becoming a certified teacher herself. After a year and a half of training, she received her certification to teach children through Child Light Yoga in Dover.
Rossman loves yoga because of its ability to help her relax and focus on her own stress.
Rossman then began taking classes at Zev Yoga. According to Rossman, the teachers at Zev were welcoming and presented a calming atmosphere. Towards the end of September she asked owner Jonas Zev Amberger if he would be interested in starting kid’s yoga. From there she was allowed to launch the kid’s program.
The Saturday open house is meant to be a way for parents and kids to get to know Rossman.
“I want the kids to feel comfortable and excited and welcome,” Rossman said.
It will primarily be a meet-and-greet, but Rossman said she will also incorporate a few yoga poses to get the kids excited. There will also be a raffle for one free month of yoga classes and a kid’s mat.
“Let’s Get Movin'” at Zev Yoga will officially start on Jan. 14. If you sign up before classes start, pay only $ 25 a month. There is a full six months of the program for $ 150, but kids are not expected to go to each class. It costs $ 120 for three months, $ 50 for one month, and $ 15 for a drop-in. The Zev yoga program is open to kids age 4 to 13.
Rossman began teaching kids this past summer at the Brentwood Recreation Center. Before that she taught adults for two years, and has practiced herself for eight. She enjoyed teaching kids over the summer and received feedback, which led to the “Let’s Get Movin'” program. The program is also offered for free at seven different libraries across the Seacoast.
Rossman plans to incorporate her nutritional science background by discussing healthy lifestyle options, like choosing oatmeal for breakfast over a Poptart.
According to Rossman, the kids in her classes provide a variety of reasons for enjoying yoga. It helps them stay healthy, focused, and they can use the breathing techniques incorporated in yoga to calm down when having a bad day or feeling mad. It also helps to create a community for kids who don’t play other sports.
For more information on Rossman’s yoga offerings visit www.seacoastyoga.blogspot.com/.
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