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Lauren Maples

Director, Bija in Beacon United States

Back in 2005 while teaching yoga and dance in public and independent schools, Lauren became interested in why there was such disparity between successful and happy learning environments and those that struggled. Through inquiry and observation, she developed the Bija approach which strives to create a fulfilling and engaging educational experience that’s grounded both in the real world and with an eye towards the future.

Lauren found that open, minimal spaces that were intentionally curated and a progressive model of instruction set the framework for shaping students into aware, kind, and successful human beings. Her personal passions for food, art, sustainable living, social justice, and connection are interwoven in the daily experience at Bija.

Lauren has danced with internationally acclaimed ballet companies including San Francisco Ballet and New York City Ballet and holds a BA from New School University. She is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher and licensed as an Ayurvedic Therapist from the Ayurvedic Hospital in Coimbatore, India. Lauren is currently completing her Masters in Early Childhood Education at Bank Street College. Lauren writes and speaks about educational philosophy.

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What Does Success Mean to You?

BY LAUREN MAPLES
@ VOL 6 ON JUN 14, 2016

Lauren Maples, founder and director of bijakids, talks about her own journey of defining what succes is and how the lessons she learned along the way informs her daycare practice. 

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Educating with Food in the Hudson Valley

BY LAUREN MAPLES
@ VOL 16 ON SEP 01, 2016

"Teaching kids about food is a way to teach them about everything."

In Educating with Food in the Hudson Valley at PechaKucha Night New York Vol.16Lauren Maples walks us through the importance and strength of a sustainable, natural, and health-conscious education. While teaching yoga and dance in public schools, she developed the Bija approach - which strives to create a fulfilling and engaging educational experience. 

Lauren has danced with internationally acclaimed ballet companies including San Francisco Ballet and New York City Ballet, and holds a BA from New School. 

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PAST VOL 16

New York @ The Brooklyn Art Library
Sep 01, 2016