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16 | April 12, 2018 | The glenview lantern news glenviewlantern.com GBS grad brings kids yoga studio to Winnetka Jacqueline Glosniak Contributing Editor As a mother of four, Glencoe resident Jocelyn Snower knows today’s kids have schedules inundated with sports practices, after-school tutoring, music lessons and other demanding obligations. So, after 15 years practicing yoga and enjoying its positive impact on her mind and body, Snower knew she wanted to help children experience the same benefits and joy. Snower, a Glenbrook South graduate, who began her career as an early childhood education teacher for at-risk youth in Chicago Public Schools, originally began practicing yoga when she started having children. “I fell in love with yoga and how it made me feel, and I feel like it kind of changed my life,” she said. “It gave me a community and I met a lot of friends through yoga. How my body felt and everything was all good when it came to yoga.” Eventually, Snower decided she wanted to become a trained yoga instructor, so she began training at Yogaview in Wilmette, where she practiced three times a week. While at Yogaview, Snower learned the various types of yoga, and after being introduced to yoga for children and for children with special needs, Snower knew she had found her new calling. “Something struck a chord with me, and I thought I could take my love for yoga and my love for kids and bring it all together,” she said. Aside from having a connection with children Glencoe resident Jocelyn Snower (far left) trains young children from across the North Shore in holistic yoga practices at her new Winnetka studio, Child’s Pose. PHOTOS SUBMITTED from her time spent as a teacher, Snower — who has been legally blind since high school — says her disability also gives her a connection of sorts to children with special needs. Thus, she began yoga training certification through programs led by Sonia Sumar, a worldrenowned yoga instructor who has pioneered methods of yoga therapy for children with special needs as a way to provide them confidence, build strength and overall improve their quality of life. And, after gaining experience teaching children’s yoga at South School in Glencoe and REACH Yoga in Glencoe, Snower felt the time was right to open her own children’s yoga studio in the North Shore. Since opening last fall, Child’s Pose, nestled in Winnetka’s Hubbard Woods district, has offered both small classes and individualized yoga sessions for children of all ages and children both with a variety of special needs and those who are just looking for an outlet for relaxation. Snower says Child’s Pose is not like a normal yoga studio; rather, she and the studio’s two other instructors aim to meet children’s needs totally holistically, through various breathing techniques, singing, chanting, deep relaxation and meditation methods. At $30 a class, children from 2-18 come through Child’s Pose’s doors, where Snower and her coinstructors meet with each student once or twice a week for an individualized yoga session. “There’s no pressure [and] nothing is necessarily a quick fix, but I can tell parents everything will improve when they start yoga 100 percent,” Snower said about how yoga helps children from all backgrounds live healthier lives. Mainly, Snower said yoga is a good way to help make children more aware — of their bodies, their minds and their spirits. “Kids don’t realize all the potential they have until someone is sitting with them and saying, ‘I know its hard,” ... so you have to explain and [have] the willingness to be patient,” she said. “I think they seem healthier, they eat better. We always bring up nutrition and that your body is a temple. We talk about kindness and being nice to yourself. I’m really trying to bring the whole life of yoga not just on the mat, but off the mat.” Since practicing with children from across the North Shore, Snower said Capik Hartwig, 7, of Winnetka, practices his balance at Snower’s studio. parents have overwhelmingly remarked that their children, no matter whether they are trying to manage stress and illness or working through a special need, leave yoga happy and relaxed. “Usually, [people] say ‘My child loves it and they have really learned how to calm themselves down quicker,’” she said about the changes parents see in their yoga kids. And, for Snower, she said one of her favorite parts about bringing yoga to local children has been not just what the children have come away with, but what each of her students eventually teaches her. “Patience is probably one of the biggest things [I have learned from them] and having no fear — different people are going to come into here with different challenges,” she said. “And, loving them for who they are is the biggest thing.” Child’s Pose, 896 Green Bay Road #3, Winnetka, has yoga appointments available for children at various times Monday- Saturday. For more information, call Snower at (847) 494-4977 or visit the business’ Facebook page, Facebook.com/yogasnower.
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