With May being Mental Health Awareness Month – and cases of children’s mental health emergencies skyrocketing over the past year – Fort Worth’s first and only children’s yoga studio, Nanda Yoga, will be offering discounted services/classes, hosting mental health-focused programming, and donating a portion of sales to children’s mental health nonprofit, Lena Pope, throughout the month of May (2021).

Located at 2408 Montgomery Street in Fort Worth’s Cultural District, Nanda Yoga is owned and operated by Kate Murphy, who is also a child life specialist in the Emergency Department at Cook Children’s Medical Center. Because of her first-hand experience in working with youth suffering from mental health disorders, she is passionate and dedicated to helping children and families struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, and other mental health disorders.

Throughout the month of May, Nanda Yoga is expanding its offerings to specifically support and/or address mental health, including:

  • Providing 10% off to new “yogis” (students) who suffer or struggle with mental health. Discount is valid for all classes, workshops, nights out, and events (discount code: MHA10)
  • Offering “Music + Mindfulness + Movement” yoga classes designed specifically to support children’s psychosocial needs and improve emotional and mental well being
  • Donating 5% of May sales to Fort Worth-based nonprofit, Lena Pope, which uses evidence-based, research-tested programs – focused on prevention and early intervention – to support child development and improve the behavioral and mental health of Tarrant County children
  • Hosting free weekly Instagram Live video chats (@NandaYogaFW) with local licensed children’s mental health professionals, including:
      • Kristen Pyrc, M.D., medical director of Psychiatry Outpatient Services at Cook Children’s
      • Kate Jennings, LPC specializing in child, adolescent and teen chronic illness and anxiety
      • Laura Wright, LPC specializing in child and family therapy
      • Lynette Kile, certified life coach

“Children who practice yoga learn to slow down and take inventory of their personal well-being on a regular basis,” said Kate Murphy, owner/founder of Nanda Yoga. “It seems simple, but these grounding techniques become a part of a coping toolkit that children can use to navigate challenges throughout their lives.”

“Our work with children at Nanda is about so much more than stretching and balancing poses,” added Murphy. “It’s about meeting children where they are and providing them with a safe and therapeutic space to express and process their big emotions. Through mindfulness and movement, we aim to support children’s psychosocial needs by creating a culture of empathy, kindness and connection.”

Founded by Fort Worth-native and child life specialist Kate Murphy, Nanda Yoga is the first and only children’s yoga studio in Fort Worth. Its mission is to encourage children to embrace yoga and provide a serene, safe and welcoming space that embraces the child’s full potential and nurture a life filled with joy. Located at 2408 Montgomery Street in the city’s Cultural District, Nanda Yoga offers yoga classes, workshops, and more for children ages 6-weeks to 12-years old, as well as families, expecting and postpartum mothers. For more information, call (817) 752-4044 or visit Nanda Yoga:

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