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Mastering the art of fun: Dreams KC offers yoga class for preschoolers

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Dreams KC founder and executive director Catina Taylor says she wanted to take a holistic approach to education, and she believes yoga is one of the building blocks for that. (KCTV5) Dreams KC founder and executive director Catina Taylor says she wanted to take a holistic approach to education, and she believes yoga is one of the building blocks for that. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

For some children enrolled in a pre-kindergarten pilot-program in Kansas City, yoga is a regular part of the day.

Dreams KC founder and executive director Catina Taylor says she wanted to take a holistic approach to education, and she believes yoga is one of the building blocks for that.

From the downward dog to the cat pose, one thing is certain, the 4- and 5-year-olds at DreamsKC have mastered the art having fun.

"So yoga helps them with self-regulation. It helps them calm themselves down," Taylor said.

The yoga class is part of a five-week pilot program. Taylor said after being an educator for 17 years, she wanted to start her own school focusing on academics but also meditation, behavior, self-care and yoga with hopes the skills will serve these little kids their entire lives.

"Tools that they’ll use when they get angry, when they’re sad, when they’re facing a difficult challenge or situation, learning how to breathe, how to meditate, to be cool, calm and collected," Taylor said.

The instructors say they’re also mindful of the art of flexibility.

"I don’t focus on them sort of being stringent in the poses. It’s really about them being on their mat and then in time they learn to become more calm and in time they learn to you know take acknowledgment of their breath," Dreams KC yoga instructor Shanell Petersen said.

If all goes as planned, Dreams KC will add a new grade level each year until they reach the 12th grade.

Taylor says she hopes to officially launch the school in 2019. The location hasn’t been determined yet. It will either be a charter school or a public school.

If you’d like more information on Dreams KC, click here.

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