“Your Rockin’ Yoga assembly was a huge hit! Your upbeat music combined with yoga put everyone in a better frame of mind and body! Thank you!”
— Kim Stoddard, PTA President, Alpine Elementary School
Rockin’ Yoga School Assembly
“WOW! The best way I can describe it is: pure magic!”
— Khyber Oser, Athletic Director and PE Teacher, The Meadowbrook School
Rockin’ Yoga is a highly interactive music, yoga and mindfulness assembly ideal for pre-K to 2nd grade. Separate assemblies can be tailored to 3rd-5th grade. Kira and her musical friends will rock your school! This is not a sitting-down, stare-at-the-presenter type of assembly--every student (and the teachers!) will be up moving, dancing, and doing simple, fun yoga. Kira includes call and response and rhythm games, SEL-based, age-appropriate mindfulness exercises, and tons of movement and songs. This assembly can be a great kickoff to starting a yoga/mindfulness program in your school, and/or a fabulous celebratory event! Kira’s team sends complimentary CDs well ahead of time, so the children can learn some of the songs and participate fully when the day comes! For booking, start here.
“Thank you so much for a wonderful performance! Kira helps children to connect with music and movement in a meaningful way..it’s a mindful approach that brings a smile to everyone's face.”
— Robin Sobiech, School Counselor, Sussex Wantage Schools
Magic of Music Teacher Training
What improves kids’ focus and concentration, reduces stress, fully engages them, and can be calming as well as energizing? Music! Join Kira and learn how to use music, rhythm, and song to completely captivate children. You’ll have an absolute blast in this high-energy, experiential workshop as you learn how to incorporate rhythm and song into your work with kids, making your programs incredibly engaging and fun.
Kira will demonstrate her teaching methods using original music from her award-winning CDs of kids’ yoga songs, as well as playing live. She’ll guide you in creating your own rhythm games and songs--with a focus on combining music and movement--to facilitate transitions, re-focus children, and create structure in your programs; and will help you choose the perfect music for your teaching needs. You’ll practice teach, using what you've learned, and leave totally inspired, with tons of ideas to incorporate into your kids’ yoga programs, classroom, or counseling sessions right away! Come play, move, and sing with Kira!
Kira will share:
—How music affects the brain, and what it means for your lesson plans
—How to use music to calm and focus children
—Tips and techniques to easily incorporate rhythm and song into your classes
—How music and memory work together to help kids retain information
—How to use “hooks” and refrains to create memorable rhythm games and songs
—Opportunities, with Kira’s guidance, to create your own rhythm games and songs to suit your specific class/needs
—How to unify a group with music
—How to combine music and movement to completely engage children
—How music can aid in-class learning and improve at-home practice
—Useful resources and handouts
—LIVE music and singing throughout!
Who should attend:
—Preschool - grade 5 educators
—Physical education and health education teachers
—School or family counselors
—Anyone who regularly works with children
What people are saying about the Magic of Music training:
"So engaging and inspiring! I cannot wait to try all these new ideas with my class!” -Laurie S.
"This training is so rich—Kira is generous in every way: with her voice, presence, honesty, & feedback! Fabulous.” -Jenn E.
“Wonderful! This workshop gave me the confidence to create my own songs to use in my kindergarten!” -Lisa K.
"I almost skipped Kira’s class because I am so uncomfortable with music, but am so glad I came. Kira gave me the confidence and the resources to really enhance my classes with music. Thank you!! - Pat C.
“Such a gift! Filled my heart with so much love. I am so inspired and can't wait to bring what I learned to the kids I teach!”
“Kira’s workshop is presented beautifully...it’s dynamic, effective, helpful, and fun!”
— Marie S., Magic of Music trainee
Mindfulness in the Classroom Teacher Training
Learn an arsenal of practical, quick, and easy-to-use tips and techniques to calm your classroom (and yourself!), focus your students, and help them release anxiety. Kira teaches practical, use-it-now tools and methods such as kid-friendly breathing and focus exercises, chair yoga, simple songs which incorporate movement, and more. Learn how to help kids self-regulate and focus their energy on the task at hand, and explore how music, movement and mindfulness can be incredibly effective vehicles for SEL in the classroom. School counselors, administrators, teachers, and anyone interested in creating positive change in the culture of our schools will enjoy and benefit greatly from this session. We will have fun trying these techniques together (be ready to move!) and discuss practical applications and ways to incorporate mindfulness practices and movement into the school day. Handouts will be included.
Customized Professional Development for Teachers:
This is the way to really effect lasting, positive change on a school - get the teaching staff totally on board. The training can be tailored to the school's needs, but typically includes an overview of the most recent research in kids' yoga and mindfulness, and an explanation of the benefits; a demonstration of how music, movement and mindfulness are incredibly effective vehicles for SEL in the classroom, and training and practice in simple, quick methods to calm the classroom and focus the students, including chair yoga and mindfulness exercises. Kira is highly skilled at making these concepts simple, approachable and fun, with an emphasis on practical, immediate use. She understands that teachers don’t need “one more thing” to HAVE to do in the classroom, but rather focuses on very simple and highly engaging ways to help teachers do their jobs better. Kira can assist in implementing a daily mindfulness/yoga practice, such as Mindful Moments for Kids, into the school day, and help it become part of the school’s culture. Unlimited follow-up support via phone and email. Start here to set up a free consultation call with Kira.
Customized Mindfulness/Yoga Curricula for Schools
Kira has extensive experience working with schools to create custom, sustainable mindfulness and/or movement programs that fit the school’s needs. The process begins with Kira listening and learning--meeting the staff and students where they are--and working from there. The emphasis is always on totally practical, do-able steps that are simple to implement. Kira offers unlimited support via email or phone, and follows up regularly to make sure things are running smoothly. Start here to set up a free consultation call with Kira.
Breathe, mama, breathe
A shared mom and kids workshop for more calm, gratitude, and mindfulness with Kira Willey and author of "Breathe, Mama, Breathe" Shonda Moralis.
• Come with your children (ages 3-8) or come solo for some mommy me-time.
• Learn 5-minute meditations and mindful breaks that can be used any time of the day to reset and refocus.
• Enjoy live music, mindful movement, and calming meditations.
• Leave feeling peaceful and energized, with plenty of mindful mama tricks up your sleeve!
Moms and kids will begin and end the workshop together. Children will have fun with Kira during the middle portion of the workshop with music, movement and mindfulness games, as moms join Shonda for discussion, meditation, and practical mindful mothering tools.
Pop-Up Choir is a unique experience of community, musical celebration, and helping others.
SHOW UP: As a no-commitment, no-rehearsal choir, Pop-Up Choir is open to all. Truly no musical experience is necessary to join!
SING OUT: Nationally recognized performer and teacher Kira Willey leads singers of all skill levels in a joyful, judgment-free atmosphere. The Choir learns a simple and fun arrangement of a contemporary pop or folk song on the spot. By evening’s end, the voices of Pop-Up Choir ring out!
DO GOOD: There’s no admission fee to participate; however, attendees are asked to contribute in some way—food donations, or a coat drive, for example—to the event's chosen social cause.
To learn more visit: pop-upchoir.com
Yoga to the Beat Classes (with DJARM18)
With her musical partner-in-crime DJARM18, Kira teaches fully choreographed-to-the-beat, all-levels yoga classes. She weaves simple chants and songs, as well as elements of dance, into the yoga flow--and it’s all to the old-school hip-hop sounds spun by DJARM18. Kira also plays guitar and violin live. You’ve never taken a yoga class like this before! It’s an inspiring and uplifting yoga workout that feels like a party. Ask about hosting this class at your studio today! Ideal for special events and fundraisers!
Yoga & Singing Workshops (Can include a live DJ!)
The science of singing is in: research shows that singers experience an increase in the feel-good chemicals dopamine, oxytocin, and endorphins; and a decrease in the stress hormone cortisol. Vocalizing soothes the nerves and releases tension--and singing in a group bonds people together. Put simply, singing is a mood-boosting, stress-busting activity, much like, wait for it….yoga!! Combine the two and you have a celebratory, spirit-lifting workshop that’s a workout for body and mind.
Kira weaves simple and beautiful vocalizing into yogic movement to create an incredibly engaging, joyful experience. (Think you can’t sing? Kira doesn’t believe you, and she’s an expert at leading groups in song in an atmosphere of total joy and fun, without any judgment. You’ll be harmonizing and singing in rounds before you know it!)
Absolutely no singing or yoga experience necessary. You’ll leave exhilarated and inspired!
Moonshine & Millet
Kira plays fiddle and sings in the “bluegrass-with-attitude” band Moonshine & Millet. This talented foursome (banjo, guitar, fiddle, upright bass) met as fellow parents at River Valley Waldorf school in Upper Black Eddy, PA. All professional musicians in their own right, the four of them together tear up the stage! Moonshine & Millet is not a “kids” band, but is totally family-friendly! For bookings and more information, visit moonshineandmillet.com.