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Pretzel Kids Yoga Teacher Feature: Meet Kim Howard

By Risheek Priyadarshi, Pretzel Kids content writer

Let’s welcome Kim Howard, our June 2022 featured Pretzel Kids yoga teacher!

It is never too late to change your life and career. Just ask Kim, this month’s featured Pretzel Kids yoga teacher!! Kim worked in corporate HR and law before she switched careers to become a yoga teacher (and much more). 

She’s from Hanover, Massachusetts and a single mom to both her son, Dylan, and rescue pup, Susana! Additionally, Kim is an avid hiker and actually does guided tours up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. 

Kim began her yoga journey about 10 years ago and started teaching three years ago. She was drawn to yoga after sustaining a running injury. It helped keep her active while injured and she fell in love (with yoga!)

“In addition to the changes in my body, I was hooked on the mental and spiritual shift in my life,” she says.

We are excited to share Kim’s yoga journey, as well as how she got started as a kids yoga teacher. Keep on reading to learn more about how this mom and hiker extraordinaire transformed her life through yoga. Without further ado, here is her story!

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Pretzel Kids: Hi Kim! It is so nice to finally have this chance to get to know you. Can you tell us a bit more about yourself?

Kim: I left a career in corporate HR and Law to focus on bringing more balance into my life. After practicing yoga regularly for over five years, I took a leap to the other side of the mat to better align my livelihood with my passion for teaching, fitness and mindfulness. I first turned to yoga to recover and stay in shape when an injury derailed my running. In addition to the changes in my body, I was hooked on the mental and spiritual shift in my life. 

Along with running and yoga, I am an avid hiker and love the great outdoors! I’ve completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training through Open Doors Yoga Studios and my 500 training with Sacred Seeds Yoga School. I also hold additional certifications in Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga, Pretzel Kids Yoga (of course!) and Clinically Informed Restorative Yoga (CLIR). I am a Level I Balanced Athlete Coach. Finally, I teach graduate school and still do some consulting. 

Pretzel Kids: You have got quite the resume! Speaking of which, what else would you like to discuss about your life?

Kim: I live in Hanover, Massachusetts with my son, Dylan, who is a hockey player, and our dog, Susana. In keeping with my love of the great outdoors, I lead guided hikes up in the White Mountains!

Pretzel Kids: You live quite the healthy lifestyle. Could you share another fun fact about yourself?

Kim: Absolutely! I have hiked all 48 of the New Hampshire 4000 foot mountains.

Pretzel Kids: That is incredible! With all the work that you do, what do you like to do in your spare time, besides yoga and hiking?

Kim: Even for this, I have quite the list! In my spare time, I like to hike mountains (had to repeat that), listen to live music, explore new places either locally or abroad, and cook.

Tell Us About Your Yoga Journey….

Pretzel Kids: Love all of this! Now….let’s move onto yoga. What got you into yoga? How did you start this amazing journey?

Kim: I first did yoga via DVDs when I was going through my divorce and had a young child. I had very little time for myself or anything remotely related to self-care. A co-worker recommended it and gave me the DVD to borrow. I really struggled to find the time even for a 20-minute video so there was no consistency. A few years later, a friend dragged me to a hot yoga class when I was recovering from a running injury and I was hooked. After five plus years of practicing, I decided to go for it by doing my 200-hour training. I have not looked back.

Pretzel Kids: We are so glad that you chose to stick with yoga. Moving on from your personal yoga experience, what is your favorite thing or two about being a kids yoga teacher?

Kim: How to choose! I love the enthusiasm the kids have for learning a new pose, and I love when I ask them questions to help them learn something. Not only that, but they also end up teaching me a couple of things about myself and about yoga.

How Do You Hope to Make a Difference with Yoga for Kids?

Pretzel Kids: Since we’re talking about teaching yoga to kids, how do you hope to make a positive impact with Pretzel Kids?

Kim: I love watching children breathe, and move, and laugh, and smile while doing poses and playing games. Their enthusiasm is contagious and it’s a reminder not to take life so seriously. Last summer, I had the opportunity to teach classes at a summer camp. I can’t wait to get back there this summer, as well as back on the water teaching kids paddleboard yoga/clinics. I think that any opportunity to get kids moving – while providing them with tools to help them deal with whatever life may throw their way – is a step in the right direction.

Pretzel Kids: That is so nice to hear! We love your philosophy around teaching youth yoga. In terms of Pretzel Kids, how did you hear about us? Would you recommend the program to friends, moms, childcare providers, and yoga teachers?

Kim: I had the good fortune of knowing Pretzel Kids founder, Robyn, pretty much since I was born! We were childhood friends through our moms but had lost touch for many years. Enter social media and our yoga paths crossed—children’s yoga was always part of my plan and this was a sign that there really are no coincidences. Robyn has combined her passion for yoga and teaching with her marketing prowess to build a brand that supports kids, parents and communities. I would  highly recommend it, and I have!

Pretzel Kids: We 100% agree with that answer. In the meantime, what do you feel are the most beneficial aspects of the Pretzel Kids Teacher Association membership and licensing program?

Kim: I absolutely love the brand! Not only that, but Robyn has built such a nice community here that I feel like I belong in.

Pretzel Kids: We truly appreciate your support, thank you! Do you feel that being part of Pretzel Kids gives you more visibility and helps you fill your classes?

Kim: I do—the website and platform Pretzel Kids has created makes it easy to list your classes and Pretzel Kids social media presence helps promote our classes. They also give us templates, tools, and tricks to promote our programs on our own.

Pretzel Kids: We love that our web platform has so many benefits for you! Now, onto our most serious questions so far. What’s your favorite Pretzel Kids yoga pose?

Kim: This is a hard one, but last summer the very favorite pose at camp was Bucking Bull and the joy on the kids’ faces each time they did that pose was so contagious!

Pretzel Kids: Jumping off of poses, what’s your favorite Pretzel Kids game? What’s your favorite Pretzel Kids theme?

Kim: I love Salty Says! And obviously, with my love of nature, hiking, and the mountains, the Forest and Hike themes are my favorite themes.

Pretzel Kids: Last but certainly by no means the least, what is your favorite food?

Kim: I love sushi!

Pretzel Kids: Well, Kim, it has been such a fun time interviewing you. It’s wonderful to have you on board here at Pretzel Kids!

Kim: Thank you! I’m so glad to be here and part of the Pretzel Kids team. 

Editor’s Note: Kim’s story is the reason why we do what we do!

If you want to enjoy sharing your passion for healthy living and children’s well-being then this is your sign. We can’t wait for you to join us!

About Risheek

Risheek Priyadarshi is a contributing writer for Pretzel Kids. He recently graduated from Santa Clara University after studying economics, math, and computer science. His hobbies include a rekindled passion for yoga, running, boxing, and reading!

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