Mooka Classrooms are designed for children, educators, and families.
learn to read —
read to learn
In a school classroom, I would tell children “once you learn the tools of reading, then you can learn anything.” In a mooka classroom, I teach you how to read your body, mind, and heart - so you can learn yourself.
Young people get told: “calm down” “sit quietly” “focus” “stop over-reacting”
Have you taught the young person in your life how?
how to calm down
how to focus
how to be more aware of themselves
We explore our body, mind, and heart connections to practice regulation of our emotions and grow our personal emotional intelligence. As children learn to release stress, fear, or anxiety, they can begin to blossom their self-esteem, focus, relaxation, and inner-fulfillment. Mooka classrooms teach simple tools that when practiced over time can strengthen these skills.
The Mooka Curriculum pairs well with currently implemented SEL (social emotional learning) programs. SEL programs help children define emotions and explore strategies to regulate them. To regulate our emotions, we have to begin by becoming aware of how they feel in ourselves. Mooka Classrooms give individuals tools to connect their body, mind, and heart - to ultimately grow physical, mental, and emotional intelligence.
Lessons are built to be flexible and adaptable to varying needs. Here are samples of what you may see in our typical lessons by age:
baby to pre-k
mostly movement based
taking time to simply notice our breath
songs and stories
time to rest and be still
gross motor movement, more attention to body awareness
breath work with a focus on understanding how to use our breath as a tool
guided moments of stillness with basic mindfulness skills introduced
discussion centered around friendships, confidence, respect, love, and gratitude
movement with focus on alignment, safety, and modifications
breath work explored more deeply
build upon the guided moments of stillness and further exploration of mindfulness
discussions that involve leadership, introspection, self-care
I’ve worked with children in some capacity for the last decade, from gymnastic’s instructor, nanny, and educator. I have been in homes and seen parents depleted, exhausted, and overwhelmed by the role of parenthood. I’ve felt the frustration in the endless struggle it takes to get three children ready for school during a snowstorm. I have been in classrooms soaked in stress and gravely under resourced where everyone feels burned out and hopeless.
The Mooka Curriculum for adults is designed to serve individuals with these similar challenges. Learn how to handle and manage the load of being an educator or parent. You deserve to receive just as much as you give - learn how to give to yourself in a healthy way so you can better serve others.
Focus on …
alignment and modifications of familiar yoga postures
break down what the breath is all about, plus how and when to use it
what our thinking minds do, and how to gain back control
learning to love who we are today and the joy in the process
culminating lesson of gratitude
become fully aware of the present moment holistically through connection of physical, mental, and emotional awareness
This is a learning environment, so class is structured more like a ‘classroom experience’ where discussions are welcomed (and often prompted), and questions and mistakes are celebrated.
Your body, mind, and heart are always with you.
If the tools you learn in a Mooka Classroom help you connect in a yoga class, that's beautiful. If you find this connection swimming, running, cooking, gardening, spending time with loved ones, or any moment of your day: even more beautiful.