Experiential Course
December 26 — 31, 2023

Family Yoga Holiday Program

For Children Ages 4–12

Gauri Devi (Marta Shedletsky)
Registration is closed for this course.
Tuition: $75

While you enjoy free time to practice yoga and relax, your children can experience the Yoga Retreat through a wide range of activities and classes designed specifically for them.

Led by beloved and creative teachers, children will be introduced to yoga through short asana classes, chanting, crafts, storytelling, lots of games and fun, and Karma Yoga (service/pitching in to the ashram community). We will share stories of Hanukkah, Christmas, and the life of Swami Vishnudevananda.

Come make new friends, celebrate Swami Vishnu’s birthday, and ring in the New Year with us. This program is offered during the adult Asana & Pranayama classes.

  • The morning session meets from 7:55 am – 9:55a m
  • The afternoon session meets from 3:55 pm – 5:55 pm.
  • Drop-off and pick-up at the Annapurna Devi House.

This program is for children ages 4-12. Parents/adults register separately for our Yoga Vacation Program. Children under 4 are most welcome and must be accompanied by a parent. Children 13+ are welcome to assist with Karma Yoga and crafts and will be encouraged to participate in at least one adult class per day.

Please note: The $75 tuition is a one-time fee for each child participating in the program. Children may attend any or all sessions of the program for this fee.

What to bring, special needs & other planning: Please have children bring at least one pair of closed-toe shoes and a great book to read to replace media play. See the Guest Information tab below for additional information.

Why should you child participate in the program?

  • Learn the pillars of yoga philosophy and lifestyle, picking up healthy habits around food, physical activity, creativity, and more.
  • Make new friends!
  • Channel creativity through fun, hands-on arts and crafts activities that also teach useful mindfulness skills. These diverse activities range from singing and story time to making beaded necklaces, breathing sticks, clay candle holders, and more.
  • Meal time with friends and exposure to healthy, vegetarian food.
  • An opportunity to learn about karma yoga, the act of selfless service, and to practice it daily with their new friends, by helping out in the cleaning up after meal time.
  • Have fun!
Gauri Devi (Marta Shedletsky), C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, is an experienced Sivananda Yoga teacher, Certified Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT), and a Yoga Therapist. Trained by Tara Rachel Jones (Omkari), she’s been leading and co-leading children, youth, and family programs in Sivananda ashrams in The Bahamas and Woodbourne, NY since 2016. Being a mother of two, and working with youth and children in her daily life, Gauri Devi is able to connect with her young students with playfulness, creativity, and ease.
Marta is also a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT), Marta specializes in bone health and osteoporosis prevention. Based in Westchester County, NY, she offers private yoga therapy sessions and conducts bone health classes at Westchester Community College, local nursing homes, and community centers. As the Founder of Mushika Wellness Solutions, LLC, Marta’s deep commitment to promoting bone health and osteoporosis prevention is unwavering. She’s been trained by Dr. Loren Fishman in his Yoga vs. Osteoporosis method. She is dedicated to educating people on natural ways to reverse and prevent osteoporosis while improving bone health.

This children’s program takes place during the adult pranyama/asana classes.
Meet daily at the Annapurna Devi House.

Morning Sessions – begin at 7:55 am – 9:55 am
Morning Snack
Karma Yoga
Children’s Satsang
Asana Class

Afternoon Sessions – begin at 3:55 pm – 5:55pm
Afternoon Snack
Karma Yoga
Arts and Crafts/Games/Beach Walk

For children up to age 7 parents bring their child to the session and come meet their child at the end of the session. Older children will be released at the end of the session to meet their parents for the meal.

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