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Erin Maile O'Keefe

Erin Maile O'Keefe

Erin Maile O'Keefe is an international educator and trainer who has develped kinesthetic, multigenerational curriculums focusing on group inclusion, connection, empathy and co-authorship. She has worked with diverse cultural groups and communities from India to the Middle East, bringing them together through skillfully facilitated play. In 1997, Erin Co-created the practices of CircusYoga and Flying Partner Yoga with her husband Kevin O'Keefe out of their love for the unique synthesis of yoga, circus, connection, and play. since then, she has led CircusYoga Teacher Trainings and mentored a community of teachers teaching worldwide. Erin's lifelong passion for exploring embodied movement led her to in depth studies in Yoga, Embodied Anatomy & Developmental Movement, Thai Massage, Dance and Meditation. The first in a series of parent-kid activity books, "Flying Kids!" will be released very soon.

Play, Connection and Resilience

Posted on December 29, 2011

“Play is training for the unexpected…”
—Marc Bekoff, Evolutionary Biologist

Kinesthetic Learning

I grew up dyslexic and learned at an early age that if I could build, move, act, dance or in some way experience the learning process in my body, the information would then penetrate my brain. If I engaged in body play, I retained the learning. Today I identify and am identified as as a kinesthetic learner. Of course, we were all kinesthetic learners in our early development and tons of research now supports the connection between brain function and physical movement. Over the past decade, play has become an emergent topic in neuroscience research.

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