Circus Yoga for the Whole Family

Organization Sponsor: Circus Minimus

Organization Partner: Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health


Program Description

CircusYoga is an imaginative, fun-filled experience for the whole family designed to strengthen self-confidence, focus, trust, and teamwork. CircusYoga combines the consciousness of yoga with the communal ceremony of circus. Together we create a tribe that embraces balance, joy, courage, agelessness, appropriate risk, and transformation.

Parents and kids learn, grow, and experience together as life-long learners, opening new realms of vocabulary for play and communication through:

Hatha Yoga
Partner Acrobatics
Juggling, Diablo, Devil Sticks, Spinning Plate
Parent-Kid Clowning & Physical Comedy
Flying Partner Yoga
Group Story-Creation
Parent-Kid Thai Massage
Creative Movement & Dance
Join us if you are a kid ages 7 and up. We invite parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents to participate with their kids. We also encourage adults without kids to come their own. Classroom teachers, yoga instructors, circus educators, family social workers, and occupational therapists can explore new techniques applicable to their own work and play.

What is CircusYoga? CircusYoga combines the consciousness of yoga with the communal ceremony of circus for a deeply transformative experience. In CircusYoga, we foster a spirit of play and provide a level playing field for people of all ages and abilities. CircusYoga strengthens self-confidence, focus, trust, expression, and teamwork.

Developed out of our work with families and kids, CircusYoga offers a safe, supportive environment for transformation within groups of all ages. CircusYoga celebrates the whole community, the whole family, the whole person. Most of all, CircusYoga models the principles of inclusion, partnering, and community cooperation, embracing each individual’s gifts in our circle. CircusYoga says “yes” to life.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

The circus yoga is just one program offered by this organization. Kevin and Erin Maile O'Keefe created this concept by combinding their yoga and circus workshops. They now offer it in a number of ways. Weekly classes, public worshops and family vacation retreats..

Impact Of Program: 

Circus Yoga has spread around the world and been very sucessful as part of the Cirque du Monde social circus program.Teachers are now trained from around the world.

Evaluation Tools: 

Feedback from participants and community response to the program.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Combinding these 2 popular ideas have created a very sucessful movement. The program is very much offered in a wide variety of ways to make is easy for families to choose what works best for them.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Erin and Kevin they have led Flying Partner Yoga workshops for 6 years and continue to study Yoga, circus arts, Thai massage, and meditation. Their studies have also taken them to Chennai, India, to study with TKV Desikachar at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram. Erin and Kevin's teaching style is playful and dynamic. Over the past 6 years they have developed CircusYoga for the Whole Family workshops and teacher trainings at Kripalu Center for Yoga and presented them around the world. Together they continue to discover CircusYoga by exploring deep questions in themselves and in the CircusYoga community.

Length and Stage of Project: 

This program began in 2000 and has since expanded around the world.

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