Join us for an hour of family yoga, followed by an hour of open drumming. We seek to create a safe, fun space for adults and children to experience breath, rhythm, and movement together. Deepen your family and community connections through inter-generational play, to the beat of the drum.
During the yoga class, we explore joyful movement as well as meditative stillness. We go on imaginative yoga and dance journeys accompanied by a drumbeat. Parents have the opportunity to express their own playfulness, as they follow the lead of their children. Children have the opportunity to be partners with their parents. This experience works best if children are able to move fluidly on their own, so the class is most appropriate for children ages 3 and up.
When we transition from the yoga class to drumming, we start with guided rhythm-making activities, designed for children and especially helpful for those not familiar with drumming. We then initiate an open drum circle, where all levels of experience can shine. We provide a variety of West African drums and shakers. Feel free to bring your own percussion instruments!
Once the open drumming starts, some young ones can become overwhelmed with the level of sound, so a supportive adult will be available to care for children who would rather play in a separate space.
Saturday May 7, 2-4pm
Cost: $15 per family, no registration necessary. Just arrive!
For more information, Contact Heather McRae-Woolf: 734-545-2864
About the facilitators:
- Heather McRae-Woolf studied ballet starting at age 3, followed by jazz and modern dance as a teenager. As an adult, she discovered yoga and has practiced a variety of styles over the past 20 years. In 2013, she trained as a Family Yoga Teacher with Rainbow Kids Yoga and began leading inter-generational yoga classes in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She and her partner Jeffree combine yoga and drumming, exploring the rhythm of breath with the rhythm of the hands and feet.
- Jeffree Clark became interested in drum circles 20 years ago and started practicing West African drumming 13 years ago. He has traveled to Guinea, West Africa, multiple times to study with master drummers. Jeffree introduced drumming to his (and Heather’s) daughter when she was a baby, and they have been drumming together ever since.