Welcome Back Parents! Today's episode introduces us to the benefits of becoming a mindful parent and getting ourselves prepared to respond to our kid's big emotions. My special guest Kelly Winkler shares how her inspiration to become a yoga instructor for children and parents came from watching her preteen daughter fall in love with yoga and use it as a tool to deal with anxiety.
Kelly received a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University. She has an extensive background working with children. She started her career as a child life specialist in the hospital setting. She then obtained her elementary teacher certification and has taught children ranging in age preschool through fifth grade. She is also a mother of four children.
Kelly began her journey with yoga 16 years ago when she was pregnant with her first child. As a former educator and child life specialist Kelly became inspired to bring yoga to children. Over the years the environment in which she worked with children changed, however, one thing remained constant, her belief that the most important things she could bring a child were self-confidence, strength, and the power to create their own inner peace.
Kelly earned her children's yoga certification through Kidding Around Yoga and is a Kidding Around Yoga Trainer. She gives professional development for educators to incorporate mindfulness and yoga into their classroom.
Kelly believes the benefits of mindfulness are so powerful she has created a podcast for parents and teachers Mindful Moments for Families and Schools where she shares these tools. She strives to educate and engage children and their families in these practices. She is now offering a parent coaching to help families have a more calm and connected home.
To learn more about how you can help your child with anxiety and/or BIG emotions you can reach out to Kelly via the links below: