The best way to start the day is with movement! In this class, Aleks will guide you through a 90-minute flow-based class to welcome you into the first day of the festival. We will start with a short centering practice, followed by a gentle warm-up, standing postures, low-key backbends, feel-good twists, and a nice long savasana to end class. We will work a little, breathe a lot, and prepare our bodies, minds, and hearts for a weekend of learning and connection.
Although the focus of this class will be for beginners, learning to embody proper alignment and form in the postures through a flow sequence, all levels are invited to attend as a wake-up to the weekend.
PRESENTER: Aleks Kitchens
ABOUT OUR PRESENTER: Aleks is an Oklahoma native, born and raised in Stillwater. Aleks first found yoga in 9th grade to relieve her stress and anxiety before science tests. She picked the practice back up in college as cross training for the many hours she spent in the studio, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from St. Olaf College in Minnesota.
After graduation, Aleks completed her 230-hour yoga teacher training program through the Yoga Center of Minneapolis. She eventually moved back to Oklahoma and taught dance and yoga before transitioning to the field of education. For 3 years, Aleks developed and taught health and wellness curriculum in schools across the Tulsa area, creating curriculum that integrated yoga, creative movement, breath work, nutrition, anatomy, mindfulness, and social-emotional learning into fun and engaging lessons for students in grades PreK-6.
Currently, Aleks serves as the School & Community Programs Manager at ahha Tulsa, working with area schools and organizations to bring arts education into the community. Outside of yoga, she mostly spends time walking, playing with, training, and snuggling her 3 dogs, but she also loves to drink coffee, read and/or watch Harry Potter, clean her house, and spend time with family.
Aleks has attended trainings by Yoga Warriors International, Street Yoga, YogaKids, and I AM Kids Tulsa, learning how to inform her yoga teaching with trauma-sensitive language and sequencing as well as learning practices specifically designed to bring the benefits of yoga to children in developmentally appropriate ways. She occasionally teaches children's yoga classes around town and has been a part of the I AM Yoga teaching team since August 2017.