Yoga ‘n Play


Yoga ‘n Play with Julianne

This class listed below was completed in January 2014.

Mondays, ongoing (drop-in)      2:30 – 3:20 p.m.
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Luma Yoga and Family Center, Santa Cruz

These ongoing Monday afternoon drop in classes are for mothers/fathers and babies & toddlers ages 7 months to 17 months (or developmentally described as crawling to walking fast) We combine yoga, fitness, conscious play and community building. Class is offered in a child-proof room with the moms in a circle around the children and many different kinds of balls. Moms do a lot of exercising and singing while little ones play, socialize, and assimilate movements, sounds, and words naturally with the guidance of the teacher.

The class is choreographed and repeated almost the same each week, which provides a structured, repetitious background for the toddlers. They learn and absorb effectively this way and moms get to relax into the familiarity of it. Unfailingly, after some weeks, many of the toddlers begin copying the actions of the group. Children also are coached in developmentally appropriate behaviors such as gentle touch, rolling balls instead of throwing them, crawling over and under, crawling through a tunnel, and learning to stand and walk.

Julianne, a seasoned Hatha Yoga teacher and InterPlay facilitator, has a background in yoga, dance, music, theater and early childhood DSC00235development. She began teaching in the South Bay over 25 years ago. In 2002, she began teaching prenatal yoga at Blossom Birth in Menlo Park/Palo Alto. Soon after that she began teaching postpartum classes for moms and babies at Blossom and Harmony Birth in Campbell. These postpartum classes eventually transformed into Yoga ‘n Play – a group class that engages and uplifts both parent and child.
Leading up to the development of Yoga ‘n Play, Julianne designed and taught a course called, “Yoga and Creative Movement for Young Children” at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Ca. She taught the course there in 1998, in their graduate program of the Montessori Method of Early Childhood Education. In addition, her former position as senior teacher and manager of the Hatha yoga program at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment in San Jose for over 20 years contributes to her long-standing reputation as a gifted and dynamic yoga teacher.

In addition to specializing in the teaching of Yoga ‘n Play classes, Julianne currently teaches in the Bay Area and in Santa Cruz, a regular weekly schedule of Hatha yoga classes, InterPlay improv classes, individual yoga sessions and leads yoga retreats at the Land of Medicine Buddha in Soquel.