Educator sees yoga as way to help kids

May. 11, 2014 @ 08:34 PM

A Durham educator is using a holistic approach to education.

“Yoga deals with the mind, body and the spirit,” Ingrid Saddler-Walker said. “It’s not a religious type of practice.”

Saddler-Walker, a counselor at Eastway Elementary School, said yoga is very beneficial.

“Yoga helps with self-regulation,” because it helps people calm down and allows them to focus and concentrate on themselves, she said.

That goes for adults and kids alike, Saddler-Walker said.

“It just makes a child feel good about who they are," Saddler-Walker said.

Saddler-Walker owns WythaBalance Yoga, for which there will be an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at its new location, 5117 Highgate Road, Suite 200.

The open house will provide an opportunity for those interested in learning more about summer sessions at WythaBalance Yoga Creative Camp.

Rashonn Albritton said her daughter, DeeAysia, 10, has participated in the camp for two summers.

“She just took to it immediately," Albritton said.

“It’s just relaxation techniques,” she added.

Campers also learn conflict-resolution skills, and Sadler-Walker engages parents through yoga and other components such as Zumba workouts and by providing parenting resources, Albritton said.

Saddler-Walker said she’s been practicing yoga since 2009. She said she specializes in working with differently disabled children, including those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism.

WythaBalance Yoga Creative Summer camp works in collaboration with A Parenting Touch and the Partnership Efforts for the Advancement of Children's Health (PEACH).

The first session is June 16 to July 3. The second session is July 14 to Aug. 1. The camp is for children ages 6 to 12 and offers classes in drama, dance, music and arts, and there is an academic-enrichment component, too, Sadler-Walker said.

Those interested in either learning more about the camp or registering campers may contact Saddler-Walker at 919-429-9642 or visit  www.wythabalance.com.