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Pretzel Kids Yoga Teacher Feature: Meet Dejah Morales

By Robyn Parets and Risheek Priyadarshi, Pretzel Kids content writers

Say hello to Pretzel Kids teacher Dejah Morales! 

Yoga has been part of Dejah’s life for almost 7 years, and practicing yoga has helped her grow more robust, flexible, and in tune – both on and off the mat. 

“Yoga inspires me to live with intention,” says Dejah.

Dejah completed her 200-hour vinyasa flow training at a Boston yoga studio and her children’s yoga certification with Pretzel Kids Yoga

“I will always be a student of the practice, and I am grateful to pass the teachings to others,” she says.

“In my classes, I love combining slow poses with a nice burn. In my younger groups, I aim for a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration. I seek to help others live in their bodies and be aware of the mind, body, and soul connection. I want to bring that level of awareness on and off the mat.”

Want to learn more about Dejah and her yoga journey? Read on to learn more!

Dejah Morales Shares Her Insight into How to Teach Yoga to Kids

Pretzel Kids: Hi there, Dejah! It is wonderful to get the opportunity to learn more about you. Let’s start with an easy question. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? A little birdie told me you are a student as well as a teacher. Can you explain?

Dejah: I am a student! I am currently enrolled in a grad school program. I’m also a yoga teacher and have been teaching for about one year now. But, I’ve been practicing yoga for almost 7 years.

Pretzel Kids: Can you tell us more about how you got into yoga to begin with?

Dejah: My yoga journey started when I was a sophomore in college. There was a free class on campus and I would attend weekly. I found myself wanting to continue to practice when I returned home but was unable to afford a membership. I continued to practice yoga using YouTube videos, and weekly free memberships at different studios. Later down the line, I became a work-study at a studio, and I was paid with yoga classes. That was where my practice really pivoted. It opened the door for me to get my yoga certification!

How Do You Hope to Make a Positive Impact with Pretzel Kids Yoga Classes?

Pretzel Kids: Where do you live now and where do you hope to make an impact teaching Pretzel Kids yoga classes?

Dejah: I live in Revere (a beach city just Northeast of Boston) and I am hoping to teach in more schools in the East Boston area. Pretzel Kids is already having a positive impact in schools. But spending more time teaching in schools is my intention.

Pretzel Kids: What is your favorite thing or two about teaching yoga to children?

Dejah: Being able to share the teachings of yoga to kids and know that they have this chance to connect with their bodies and learn about the breath. 

Pretzel Kids: We love this! What do you feel are the most beneficial aspects of the Pretzel Kids licensing and membership program? How is this helping you teach yoga to kids?

Dejah: I love the supportive community that Robyn has created. She is truly supporting the teachers, and in doing so, kids really enjoy practicing yoga and living in the flow.

Pretzel Kids: Along these same lines: Do you feel that being part of Pretzel Kids gives you more visibility and helps you fill classes that you couldn’t do on your own? How so?

Dejah: I would say so! Robyn has helped me get most of the teaching opportunities I have had.

(Editor’s note: Dejah teaches Pretzel Kids yoga classes at several schools around the Boston area, and she has co-taught the summer Pretzel Kids event at the Boston Common Frog Pond as part of The Highland Street Foundation’s TADpole 10 event/summer series).

Pretzel Kids: Would you recommend the program to friends, moms, childcare providers and yoga teachers? 

Dejah: Yes! I would recommend it to anybody that is interested in teaching yoga to youth!

Pretzel Kids: That’s fantastic! Now, let’s change gears and have some fun….Can you tell us one fun fact about yourself?

Dejah: Last year I climbed Mount Princeton in Colorado!

(Editors fun fact: according to AllTrails: Proceed cautiously on this 7.0-mile out-and-back trail near Nathrop, Colorado. Generally considered a highly challenging route, it should only be attempted by experienced adventurers. This is a very popular area for hiking and running, so you’ll likely encounter other people while exploring.)

Pretzel Kids: We love that you like to hike, and this trail looks quite challenging! Changing direction a bit: Is there anything else you like to do in your spare time?

Dejah: I have started knitting and using that as a mental break in-between reading. 

What’s Your Favorite Kids Yoga Pose?

Pretzel Kids: This is awesome! Now, for a bit of a speed round: What’s your favorite Pretzel Kids yoga pose?

Dejah: Horse pose!

Pretzel Kids: What’s your favorite Pretzel Kids yoga game?

Dejah: Salty Says (a variation of Simon Says).

Pretzel Kids: What’s your favorite Pretzel Kids lesson plan theme?

Dejah: A day at the beach. 

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Pretzel Kids: What’s your favorite food?

Dejah: French fries!

Thank you so much Dejah for talking to us. We are so excited to help you grow your kids yoga business with Pretzel Kids! 

Editor’s Note: Dejah’s story is the reason why we do what we do! If you want to share your passion for healthy living and children’s well-being, this is your sign! We can’t wait for you to join the Pretzel Kids yoga family! 

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