Little Om Yoga, Sonoma

Lesley Giovannelli has been teaching yoga for over 11 years and her passion for teaching children and teens has blossomed with the expansion of her business, Little Om Yoga. Based out of Sonoma, California, Lesley teaches yoga classes to people of all ages. However, her true passion is working with children. Kids' lives are jam packed with activities these days, some of which can be stressful and anxiety-inducing. Between the added pressure of school, competitive sports, and other extracurricular activities, a lot of kids don't have much time in their schedule to be still, relax, and decompress. Although yoga is technically another activity to add the schedule, Lesley believes that it can give children the tools to de-stress and be more present in all the other areas of their lives.

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Lesley offers a wide range of classes through Little Om Yoga, stressing that yoga can be for everyone! This fall, she is offering a class series for children ages 5-9, ages 10-13, and family yoga for parents and children to take together. Click here to check out the dates and details, and here to sign up for classes

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In addition to her class series, Lesley also offers private classes for wedding parties or bachelorette parties, and even birthday parties for kids! She also works with youth baseball and volleyball teams, as well as some after school programs and high school clubs. Yoga is proven to increase flexibility, balance, and strength- and in turn, helps to prevent sports related injuries in children and teens. Additionally, Lesley teaches yoga classes locally at Sonoma Fit.

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Lesley's hope is to bring yoga into the curriculum of local schools here in Sonoma Valley. She thinks that it should be made available to all young children and teens regardless of their lives outside of school. There have been many school districts across the country adapting the 'yoga instead of detention' policy and have seen a large shift in children's behavior because of it. The practice of yoga can help children to curb their anxiety, be present, and create healthy habits. All of these things contribute to better success in school, sports, and life moving forward. 

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Little Om Yoga has grown slowly but surely in our little town of Sonoma, but Lesley hopes that it's effects will reach far beyond! Allowing children to practice meditation, mindfulness, and self-care during yoga are all things that have a ripple effect out into the rest of their lives. We have included a few articles for additional reading below about the benefits yoga can have on children's lives. We hope you will support Little Om Yoga and Lesley's mission to benefit children across wine country!

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Sonoma Valley Events: October 2017

Sonoma Valley is hustling and bustling with the events surrounding harvest this October. It is without a doubt one of the busiest months here in wine country, but it is jam packed with events of all shapes and sizes, so to speak. Between harvest parties and Oktoberfest celebrations, there is no shortage of things to do and see in Sonoma this October.


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Oktoberfest Celebrations

There are several Oktoberfest celebrations across Sonoma county in the month of October.

  • October 1: Brewsters Beer Garden
  • October 14: Cotati Oktoberfest
  • October 21: Funkendank Oktoberfest, Rohnert Park

 


Sonoma County Harvest Fair, October 6-8

A community tradition since 1975, this event showcases locally grown agricultural products, celebrates the region's culinary arts, and provides an opportunity for patrons to taste premium wines and microbrews from the region.

Sonoma County Harvest Fair will feature three full days of wine tasting with 100+ wineries, wine sales, food pairing, craft beer and cider tasting, marketplace, chef demonstrations, workshops and seminars, and the World Championship Grape Stomp.

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Hands on Cheesemaking Class, October 8

Award winning cheesemaker Sheana Davis breaks down the barriers to cheesemaking, making it accessible, easy and fun with energetic, hands-on classes that teach participants how to craft a fresh, warm ricotta cheese that is ready to serve and enjoy within 90 minutes.

Upon arrival, guests are welcomed with locally crafted wine and an artisanal cheese tasting, allowing them to explore different types of handcrafted cheeses prior to creating their own.

Next, Davis leads participants in the interactive process of making a fresh ricotta cheese. All ingredients used are readily available in any local grocery and the cooking supplies used reside in most home cooks’ kitchens.


Pig Roast at Sonoma Broadway Farms, October 9

Sonoma Broadway Farms is welcoming the fall season with a pig roast! Admission is just the cost of a pick-your-own pumpkin and it is sure to be a day full of fun for the entire family. 12PM-5PM!

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Bohemian Creamery & Beer Tasting, October 20

Join Murphy's Irish Pub in the SNUG for a Beer & Cheese Tasting. With Special Guest Lisa Gottreich from Bohemian Creamery in Sebastopol with her delicious, small production cheeses. Murphy's will be pairing beers to go with cheese from the Bohemian Creamery!


Let us know which of these Sonoma events you will be at this October! If you have an event coming up and would like it listed on our calendar, send us a message with the details!

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