Dr. Beth Reese spent most of her early adult years acting like things were going just fine. Spending decades building a career as an art museum educator and professor, she looked pretty successful on the outside. Things shifted when her first daughter, Jordan, was diagnosed with sensory processing “opportunities,” a challenge that is sometimes considered a spectrum disorder. Beth already practicing yoga, all of a sudden started connecting that a lot of what she was learning on the mat—like awareness of breathing, body sensations, and focus—could help her daughter off the mat. This became increasingly important as she had to deal with her own stress and overwhelming life as a single mother of three kids, and coach Jordan to “grow into” the way her body works.
Beth started transforming what she learned in yoga into simple practices for Jordan. Jordan found these life-skills, like “Flower Power Breath,” so helpful that she shared them with classmates. Jordan’s teachers became curious and invited Beth to school to share with the whole class, where they experienced fun, mindful games and tools to learn to be calm, focused, and relaxed.
Beth saw the ripple effect. Clear there was something meaningful to create, she left her job as an art professor/university galleries director to follow her passion to build a program that would give kids, parents, and teachers OHMazing® tools for life. In 2008 she founded Yogiños: Yoga for Youth® and led her first Teacher Training soon after.
Jordan, now an award-winning filmmaker studying film and television at UCLA, encourages her “Mindful Mā” to take 25+ years in the education, art museum, yoga, business, and parenting worlds to expand Yogiños: Yoga for Youth® and The OHMazing® Way. Because Beth knows that when the home and classroom are calm and peaceful, success and love can grow to great heights, creating powerful futures for all.
More about Beth:
A teacher with over 25 years of experience with preK-12 grades in art, windsurfing, skiing, and yoga, she is also a researcher and published writer. Having authored numerous chapters in academic texts along with a four-year weekly newspaper column, Beth has a PhD in art museum education and has taught art history, art museum education and museum studies at the University-level.
With the universe whispering to start a kids yoga program, Beth finally acquiesced. In the fall of 2008 she “agreed” to teach her first kids yoga class, and a year later filmed the first bilingual, award-winning DVD, The Story of Ganesh. And the universe kept whispering…
You can follow Beth’s adventures on her facebook page, hanging out with her three kids (would you believe Jordan is now 18 and attends UCLA TV/Film School, Cole is 16, and Grace is 11!?!) or just chilling with friends around their hometown of Houston.
With self-proclaimed inner-geek in her system, Beth enjoys facilitating qualitative and quantitative research on her programs. With a colleague at National University in San Diego, they ran research exploring and examining implementing kids yoga in schools the MOSST way. Data from Year one revealed the intervention benefited students, teachers and families and actually pointed toward the need for The OHMazing® Way. Beth presents her research on yoga-based self-regulation and mindfulness-based art museum education at several conferences, including the National Kids Yoga Conference and National Art Education Association Conference.