Desmond Tutu, a South African advocate for social rights, said “Do your little bit of good where you are. It’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” This is the way I try to live life every day. I deeply believe that when someone teaches us about having the choice and power to create our own life and the world we want, miracles happen!
Yoga and Meditation didn’t come into my life early, but they came into my life when I was ready, and both have provided me with tools that have empowered my family and I to live life in a more meaningful and positive way. I started practicing Yoga when I was pregnant with my first daughter. When she was 3 months old, I signed up for Mom & Me Yoga classes, but by the time she was 9 months old, she was so active and deeply curious about the world that it was quite a challenge to continue the class. Around the same time, my husband and I moved to Seattle and, since both of our families lived in Mexico, my life became entirely centered on being a Mom, and Yoga was left behind.
While this time was difficult because of our routine and lack of support, it gave me the opportunity to dive deeper into understanding the developmental stages of my daughter. Thanks to her, I became more aware of the way I respond to situations in life. I became more aware of my own wounds and how those were playing a big role in how I mothered (sometimes getting in my way too!). When my daughter turned two, I realized she was also experiencing strong emotions, and I wanted to be able to help her navigate them. I started with positive parenting classes and studying child development, and also went back to Yoga for both of our sakes.
I found Next Generation Yoga at the perfect time in my life and did my certification for 2-7 yr olds. With time, I found that breathing, meditating and practicing Yoga at home was more than just a fitness routine or even a game. It helped my daughters and I to calm ourselves during strong emotional flares. It greatly reduced stress in our lives and even helped my oldest daughter to relax and fall asleep faster (which was a big struggle back then!). Simply put, Yoga and Mindfulness helped us deal with difficult situations in life.
I felt so inspired by this that last summer I pursued my 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) Certification and just recently completed my NGY training for 8-13 yr. olds. I know deep in my heart that my mission does not stop here as I have this strong call to share the gift of Yoga and Mindfulness with kids and families.
Stress and anxiety levels have drastically increased in children and teenagers over the last few years, and, this is a topic of real concern for me. Knowing that Yoga and Mindfulness have shown to improve both physical and mental health in school-age children, it’s become my goal to share Yoga through a combination of fun, knowledge-driven classes that incorporate social-emotional learning in an open environment where kids and parents alike can benefit. For every class that I teach, I am planting seeds for the world – a world where kids are living a happier life and becoming responsible for creating an even better world where love, kindness, and compassion prevail.
Next Generation Yoga Teacher for 2-13 yr. olds
Maylen Arroyo is originally from Mexico City. She relocated to the U.S. 14 years ago, and has lived in Seattle over the last 7 years. She enjoyed a career in Human Resources before becoming a mom of two girls. When her first daughter turned 2, she decided to shift her career towards working with kids through Yoga. She discovered Next Generation Yoga (NGY) and is now a licensed NGY teacher for kids between 2-13 years old. She completed her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RCYT) training last summer through Breathe for Change, which was a transformational experience for her and her family. She is now doing what she loves the most: sharing Yoga and Mindfulness with kids and families. Maylen brings a natural, nurturing, and playful environment to her classes. She hopes that through her classes kids and families find a space where they can be themselves, connect with others through play, feel empowered, and practice love, kindness, and compassion while improving their level of happiness and promote emotional healing. Maylen feels that teaching Yoga is truly fulfilling as she is combining her passion and gifts to make a better world for everyone.