by Samantha Knies Gray
12:30 pm Eastern Upper lawn from main stage
With the incorporation of a fun story, Samantha Knies Gray, RYT, will teach gentle, fun stretches that children can do every day. She will also focus on breathing and meditation techniques to help calm the body and mind. Children should dress comfortably. Blankets and a stuffed animal friend or doll for Savasana (resting pose) are welcomed. Samantha, a native of Bretzville and graduate of Forest Park and Purdue University, is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. In addition to teaching regular yoga classes at Fire Horse Yoga and the YMCA, she attends regular classes and training and maintains a daily practice at home, believing in taking time out of our busy lives to rest and restore our bodies and minds. Samantha strives to bring a deep level of peace and an awareness of body and breath to every student she teaches. A mother to two daughters—ages 3 and 7—she has been incorporating yoga and meditation techniques into their lives since they were born. The power of a regular yoga practice for children protects them from injury and helps them manage their reactions and emotions.