Wednesdays, 4-5 pm for 7-9 year olds – starting June 14th
Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 pm 9-11 year olds – starting June 15th
Drop-in rates at $17 online or $20 in person.
Circus Club members delight in learning acro-yoga and juggling skills in a light-hearted, no-pressure environment. They approach every activity from an imaginative, playful image – such as going to the zoo, the playground or outer space! Unbeknownst to themselves, the children develop their ability to focus, integrate the right and left hemispheres of their brains and increase their eye/hand coordination. They also hone their proprioception (knowing where they are in space), heighten their sense of balance, and directly relate to other children in a fun, non-competitive context.
These no-fail activities keep children in their parasympathetic nervous system, rather than in the sympathetic nervous system. That means they don’t need to go into the adrenaline pumping, fight-or-flight primitive brain. Children flourish and do their best when they stay in what could be called their ‘Buddha mind’, without any fear of failure. Here no one has to be perfect. Everyone can be successful.
Developed in the Waldorf Schools, this program is designed to clear and strengthen neurological pathways. Juggling has been shown to increase the growth of synapses in the speech area of the brain. Concentration naturally increases. In acro-yoga children work as partners, learning social skills, self-confidence and trust. This is an age-appropriate activity for body-mind-spirit integration.
Regina Lumsden hails from Sao Paulo state in Brazil (hence her charming accent!) where she took her Physical Education degree. In England, she trained in the Eurythmy and Spatial Dynamics, which she likens to soul gymnastics. She has shared this work with children in Waldorf school, also incorporating in Remedial Sensory Integration for children with learning differences, which deals with stages of neurological development. Regina feels blessed to have given birth to her own beautiful daughter and son, now moving toward adulthood.