Janis King started teaching yoga in the Fall of 2016, and was impressed with the health benefits she experienced and witnessed in her students. A former marketing executive and mother of three young children, she imagined bringing this powerful healing art into high-poverty schools where the impact of her work could be even greater.
When the executive director at Academy for Integrated Arts heard her idea, she urged Janis to begin a pilot program immediately at the school. With the help of AFIA librarian, Laurie Bomba, and one of Janis' first yoga teachers, Isaac Collins, Superhero Yoga was born.
Kansas City native and business owner Isaac Collins had been looking for a way to give back to the Kansas City community by sharing his passion for mindfulness with young people. Isaac had begun a practice of transcendental meditation in 2012 to heal from a traumatic experience, and had extended his practice to teaching yoga in 2016. When Janis approached Isaac to join Superhero Yoga, he needed no convincing.
Superhero Yoga provided the first trauma-informed yoga class to the students at Academy for Integrated Arts in March of 2017. The need for trauma-informed yoga in Kansas City schools is great, and growing. Superhero Yoga is assembling and training a team of qualified yoga instructors to address this need.
Janis King, Founder & Chief Executive Officer (left)
Isaac Collins, President (right)
Laurie Bomba, Advisor (center)
Strengthening young minds through focused breath and movement.