Expanding Access to the Movement Arts of Yoga, Dance and Gymnastics

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E Komo Mai! Welcome!

Our MISSION is to expand access to the Movement Arts of Yoga, Dance and Gymnastics by providing classes and performance opportunities to individuals of ALL ages, abilities and means.

Our VISION is a world in which strengthened bodies, peaceful minds, compassionate hearts and joyous spirits work together to benefit all of earth’s inhabitants.

Keoni Movement Arts (KMA) is a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. KMA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national and ethnic origin, disability or any other legally protected status.

The pictures above represent the vast array of teaching from around the world by our
Founder and President, Paul Keoni Chun.

About: Paul Keoni Chun, KMA’s Founder, was a competitive gymnast at Stanford University (B.A. in Human Biology with emphasis in Aspects of Youth Socialization). From 1997 – 2002, he developed a recreational gymnastics program, which offered classes for children, teens, and adults, at the McBurney YMCA Chelsea Center. He had a 20-year professional dance/acting career working with New York City based choreographers and performing in Off-Broadway (including Pan Asian Rep) and regional theaters and on television. He is designated as an “Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher” with Yoga Alliance. Currently, he teaches yoga professionally in the leading NYC Health Clubs, including Reebok and Equinox. He has over 17 years of experience teaching yoga, dance and gymnastics to individuals from 2 – 80+, and in particular, over 10 years of experience adapting yoga to individuals with special needs. As a result of the benefits that KMA’s work has provided for the community, NY1 News recognized him as a “New Yorker of the Week.”

The blog posts below highlight our recent classes, recitals and news events.

Please click here to see our current class offerings and our upcoming FREE EVENTS.

Introducing KMA from David Buffam on Vimeo.

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We are so honored that NY1 News recognized us as its “New Yorker of the Week” on February 7, 2014!

You may view a video of the segment on Keoni Movement Arts Youtube channel.

You may read the transcript of the segment on NY1 News website.

Hartley House field trip, 4/14/14

On April 14th, KMA treated a group of children from Hartley House, a neighborhood nonprofit settlement house, to a free Yo-Dan-Nastics™ field trip. The children enjoyed jumping, stretching and “Om-ing.” Fun was had by all! MAHALO (thank you!) to all our donors who made this experience possible. Without such support, KMA could not continue to be a valuable resource for our community!

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NY1 News “New Yorker of the Week” recognition! (Feb., 2014)

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We are so honored that NY1 News recognized us as its “New Yorker of the Week” on February 7, 2014!

You may view a video of the segment on Keoni Movement Arts Youtube channel.

You may read the transcript of the segment on NY1 News website.

Yo-Dan-Nastics™ for Adults/Teens (Jan., 2014)

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Here is what two of adult participants had to say:

Dear Paul,

I must say, thank you so much for the class last Friday. … although it has been so many years since I [first] began practicing with you, I consider those practices [14 years ago and again now] as having such a strong impact on my life.

The classes you offered and continue to offer to youth is what I see as a wonderful opportunity for those who would’ve otherwise not have practiced yoga, dance, and gymnastics in their lifetime, such as myself, and a powerful way in bettering people and making the world a better place. For this, please accept my sincerest gratitude for being such a positive influence on mine and the life of so many others.

From the excerpts, quotations, and thoughts recited, the meditation poses, warm ups, and active movements on the mat and trampoline, I felt so reinvigorated. As an adult now, it was just as empowering as it was 14 years ago to go through these experiences and inspiring to feel that sense of accomplishment again. It sure was a lovely evening. Blessings to you — someone who has been a blessing to so many others.

Andrew Wong

Paul,
Thank you so much again for last Friday’s Yo-Danastics class!!
You are so inspiring and the class brought out the child in me again!!
It was amazing to dig deep inside to get out of my comfort zone and lift up into the air. Through your encouragement and support we are able to find the strength within ourselves.
Thank you!
Namaste.
All the Best,
Yee

Yoga and Meditation for a Kind World (Dec., 2013)

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Our yoginis practiced yoga and meditation with a dedication towards the goal of being kind to themselves. Surely, the world was a better place afterwards because of their efforts.

Featured on the Huffington Post! (Aug., 2013)

Yvonna Russell, a friend to Keoni Movement Arts, blogged this endorsement of our organization on the Huff Post: “Ohana: Keoni Movement Arts

Yo-Dan-Nastics™ for 6 – 9 year olds (Aug., 2013)

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Enjoy watching these children from the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation at P.S. 111 doing Yo-Dan-Nastics™!