The Human Body

CircusYoga blends the practice of yoga with the skills of circus. Through this two-week interdisciplinary residency K-8 students will explore kinesiology, creativity and connection. Yoga is an ancient science that teaches us how to be aware of our bodies in action. Circus is a culture of inclusion and celebration that teaches us how remarkable we can be in our bodies. We will begin by exploring our anatomy and physiology as it relates to a particular skill. We will learn how the whole body and the focus of the mind contribute to our movement, choices, and abilities in any activity. CircusYoga offers a cooperative learning environment. Students are met where they are, and are encouraged to lead with their curiosity. Through this exploration each class will co-create a performance act. Some schools opt to offer a full-circle learning experience where kids teach their parents what they’ve learned in a family workshop. And some parents even choose to join us in the classroom everyday as life-long learners. The culminating experience is an hour-long CircusYoga Celebration open to the whole school community!

CircusYoga Studies: Yoga Flow, Partner Acrobatics, Equilibristics (Balancing on objects…), Partner Yoga, Juggling, Manipulations (Diabolo, Plates, Poi…), and Human Pyramids

Anatomy Studies: The Respiratory System, The Muscular System, The Fluid System, The Digestive System, The Nervous System, The Sensory System, and The Skeletal System

“Erin was able to teach, motivate, and excite kids, teachers and parents. Every child walked away learning about anatomy, yoga, their body, the advantages of cooperation, and some circus skills as well! As a parent, it is nice to see someone have such a positive impact on children, teachers, and parents!” –Margaret Nilson, HSA Cultural Arts Chair, Morristown, NJ

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Life Sciences

CircusYoga blends the practice of yoga with the skills of circus. Through this two-week interdisciplinary residency K-4 students will explore life sciences, creativity and connection. Yoga is an ancient science that teaches us how to be aware of our bodies in action. Circus is a culture of inclusion and celebration that teaches us how remarkable we can be in our bodies. We will begin by exploring habitats and the living structures and creatures in that environment. We will learn how to move our bodies like the animals, birds, insects and water dwellers we study. Students create masks and collaborate on a mural backdrop of their chosen habitat. CircusYoga offers a cooperative learning environment. Some schools opt to offer a full-circle learning experience where kids teach their parents what they’ve learned in a family workshop. Students are met where they are, and are encouraged to lead with their curiosity. Through this exploration each class will co-create a performing act. The culminating experience will be an hour-long CircusYoga Celebration open to the whole school community.

CircusYoga Studies: Yoga Flow, Partner Acrobatics, Balance on a pipe or wire, Partner Yoga, Juggling, Diabolo, Flower Sticks, Plates, Poi,
and Human Pyramids

Life Science Studies: Animals, Birds, Insects, Fish, Animal Movements & Behaviors, Habitats including Arctic, Desert, Oceans, Rain Forests, and Mask & Mural Making

“I saw the performance and it was awesome, breathtaking, etc. I can’t say enough good things about your program and my daughter’s interest in it.”  –Ilene Rindfleish, parent, Morristown, NJ

“CircusYoga is Magic!! Erin Maile O’Keefe is a gifted teacher and our students, teachers and parents all fell in love with her! Not only did the children learn about animals and the world around them, they also learned about themselves. From the bottom of our hearts–thank you Erin!” –Mary Jane Turnbull, Vice President, Harding Township Educational Foundation, NJ

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