Meg Durkin is the founder of Yoga Magic 4 Kids, which offers yoga classes for children in a variety of settings, including in schools, yoga studios, community centers, for girl scout troops, at private trainings, and at birthday parties.
Meg completed the Radiant Child Certification and the Finding Inner Peace Children’s Yoga Certification in 2008. In 2009, she completed a 200 hour yoga training program with Daniel Orlansky, recognized by the Yoga Alliance, at Yoga of Energy Flow. In 2011, she completed the Brain Gym 170 course, about brain and movement integration for children with special needs, and Craig Hanauer’s Every Kid’s Yoga: Teaching Yoga to Children with Special Needs. Meg has also trained with YogaKids’ Marsha Wenig and participated in YogaEd trainings. In 2012, Meg took college courses to help her better serve her students. Those courses included Child Development, Abnormal Psychology, and Anatomy & Physiology I & II. In 2013, Meg attended Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) week-long retreat, became a certified ChildLight Yoga instructor and a national Yoga 4 Classrooms trainer. In 2014, Meg received a certificate in Yoga for the Special Child, became a ChildLight Yoga Trainer and a certified ChildLight Baby & Toddler instructor. In 2016 Meg attended the Social Emotional Learning for Massachusetts Alliance conference and the Mindfulness in Higher Education Conference at Middlesex School. In 2017 Meg presented at three different conferences. She presented at the National Kids Yoga Conference in Washington DC about “Proven Strategies for Gaining Support for Yoga in Schools.” She presented yoga and mindfulness movement breaks for 250 participants at the New Hampshire School Counselors Conference and a workshop at the New Hampshire Library Association Conference about “How to Bring Yoga into Story Hour and Other Youth Programming.”
Meg now teaches weekday classes at the South Shore Conservatory, Inly School, Old Colony Montessori School and the Quincy YMCA. On the weekends she travels the nation teaching adults how to be children’s yoga instructors through ChildLight’s Yoga and Mindfulness for Children training. She also teaches educators the Yoga 4 Classroom curriculum nation-wide for elementary school teachers to learn how to integrating yoga and mindfulness into their schools for self-regulation, learning readiness and classroom climate. The six hour workshop includes learning about breathing, standing yoga poses, at-the-desk seated yoga poses, imagination vacations, be-well topics, and mindful games. Furthermore, she offers a 10-week residency program in elementary classrooms to help teachers integrate into the curriculum what they’ve learned, including movement breaks, transitions, focus, calm, awakening creativity, and more.
Meg is also an Institute of Integrative Nutrition-certified health coach, assisting moms and families with topics like healthy snacks; food sensitivities and allergies; healthy school lunches; gluten and dairy-free diets; reading food labels; and wholesome “family time” dinners. Within the framework of a six-month program, clients work on making lifestyle changes in order to reach their bio-individual goals.
She has a B.A. in American Studies from Middlebury College and a M.S. in Library & Information Studies from Simmons College. Meg has worked with children for more than twenty-five years, and in a variety of capacities. Meg is dedicated to assisting and creating a safe and loving experience for children and families to explore and reach their potential in a caring and supportive environment.
She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.