Written by Jessica Kerckhoff, InspireHer Guest Author
Give a brief overview of your organization.
Kids Yoga United is an organization I founded recently in St. Louis. Our mission is to spread yoga to children throughout the St. Louis area regardless of their ability to pay. We have a Foundations program which is a 6 week program for the schools. Throughout the sessions, we teach themed yoga classes with lessons on mindfulness, self-confidence, kindness, and tolerance.
At the end of the school year, we plan to bring all the children together who have participated in the program for a BIG yoga class. I am also the yoga director at Trufusion, a yoga and fitness studio that recently opened in Clayton. At Trufusion, I get to teach adults and children! As for my role at Plancorp, I am married to Chris Kerckhoff and hold the title of Chris's biggest fan!
What is your favorite part of your job?
I love everything about my jobs! The kids are eager, creative, and full of life! Watching the adults leave a yoga class relaxed and happy is so fulfilling as well. Most importantly I love sharing my passion for yoga and wellness with others.
What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
When I am not at work, I spend most of my free time with Chris and our three children, Danny (10), Maddie (8) and Freddy (7). They are active kiddos, so we watch a lot of sporting events of theirs. Recently, we have enjoyed taking long family bike rides.
What is your favorite food/restaurant?
Hands down, Lebanese food is my favorite cuisine. I am third generation Lebanese American, so I grew up enjoying the food with my Dad's family. About once a year we will spend a long weekend day making Meat Pies, Spinach Pies and Kibbee Ross. Either my parent's kitchen or my own kitchen is my favorite on these days!
What is a fun fact most people don’t know about you?
I lived in Spain for a summer semester in college. It is my happy place!