Anaiah’s Keynote at the Kids National Yoga Conference

Hello, my name is Anaiah Roberts. I’m a “Georgian”; (I was born in Georgia) and recently moved here to Washington D.C. I love it here so far. I’m a student of Cheryl Crawford, who changed my life with yoga, and without her I wouldn’t be here today, so Thank you. Today I’m going to be speaking about how the elements and chakras combined help me with my yoga.

First, red and earth combined help me to be stronger and bolder. I’ve learned to use anger and disgust as energy and power. Instead of putting anger and disgust onto other people and feeling stuck, now I know how to use anger and disgust in a better way. I use it for energy for good things, like helping me speak up for what I think is right.

Second, when orange and water combine, they help me with my yoga. I used to think that I did not have the right to feel the emotion that I was feeling, which mad me kind of lonely and sad on the inside. (Especially when my little brother was just born). But when I started doing yoga I learned that it was okay to express these feelings, and that has helped me lose some fire and become a better friend and sister.

Third, when yellow and fire connect they help me with my yoga, because I didn’t always act the right way or the way I was feeling. So, basically, when I was sad, I would act grumpy toward my friends and/or family. In the first, I would usually get into a fight or get into trouble. (you can guess which one is which, right?) But when yoga entered my life, I started acting like the emotion I was feeling. Yoga somehow really changed me with that. The downside of that was I became a type of “drama queen”, but that’s okay.


Fourth, when green and air connect they help me with my yoga because I know I sound pretty silly- but I was serious. I needed so much air, because if someone came up to me and said, “Do you want to play in the dirt with me?” I would say, “Eww, no I would mess up my clothes!” or “That’s disgusting!” etc. The more green poses I did, though, the sillier and calmer I got. Actually, this summer, I found myself pouring water on the sand in the sandpit (at my summer camp) making “peanut butter”. As soon as I got home my mom goes, “Shower, now!” since I was covered in mud. You can tell  got calmer and sillier and “freer”. I am getting sillier, but I’m still working on it.

Fifth, when blue and water combine they help me with my yoga because I used to be very emotional in the second grade, and I loved to talk. So even though water is bringing emotion, I was still working a little bit on which ones were worth showing. I mastered how to show my feeling, but not choosing the ones that were worth showing. When I started focusing more and more on the water element I got better so that’s how water helped me. I also used to talk lots (like I said earlier). But the more I did blue poses, the more I could “tame my tongue” and show the emotions that were worth showing, and not being a drama queen (as much).

Sixth, when indigo and air combine, they help me with my yoga because I used to not be as imaginative, and more in reality. But the more I did indigo poses, the more I imagined and read, which brought me to my hopeful future career of musical theatre. Of course, I still want to teach yoga in my spare time and do yoga myself every day. Air has helped me be more playful with my imagination, which I’m grateful for.

Lastly, purple and space connected help me with my yoga because it helps me interact more with the people around me, be nicer to my friends, not be as bossy, and develop my social skills. I’m still working on it though; (you can ask my friends).

To conclude, yoga has brought all the chakras into my life, and that has helped me be a better person. Kids might be capable of more power and emotion than you think.

Anaiah Roberts

Anaiah Roberts

Anaiah E. M. Roberts is a compassionate, imaginative fourth grader at Shepherd Elementary School in Washington D.C. Anaiah’s first love is musical theater. She fell in love with acting, singing and dancing as a toddler in her birthplace of Atlanta, Georgia, and has since been featured in over a dozen live musicals, including: Scrooge, Seussical (Sour Kangaroo; Young Kangaroo), The Aristocats (Marie), and numerous cabarets, church performances, and school productions. Anaiah also enjoys yoga, running, drawing, reading, writing stories and plays, and – most of all – spending time with her family and friends. She excels academically and is an award-winning artist and film producer (Georgia PTA Reflections statewide competition). Anaiah began practicing yoga in first grade, as part of Fernbank Elementary School’s Go Grounded yoga club with Cheryl Crawford. Anaiah has appeared on several seasons of Yippee Ki-yay Namaste, an Atlanta kids’ yoga cable TV show (Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting). Anaiah is a member of the historic Nineteeth Street Baptist Church in Washington D.C.

Comments (5)

  • You are quite an inspiration Aniah! Thank you for sharing your story….I am sure your love of life spills over to all who are around you 💜

  • Brenda Lightening-Tolbert

    Wow!! Anaiah’s keynote left me speechless. How proud you must be having such a smart, talented, and beautifully blessed young lady as Daughter. She sparked my interest in pursuing yoga for my Granddaughter. Better yet, it maybe something that I should look into for myself. Thanks Anaiah for your inspiring words.

  • Congratulations Anaiah for this beautiful keynote presentation and explanation of how yoga has been important for you to learn and grow and develop you talents. I enjoyed reading your excellent story very much!

  • Dellareesa M. Banks

    Anaiah that was amazing! I knew you would be a wonderful new lil-BFF and a phenomenal 1st daughter. I am so thankful to your parents for being so obedient to God’s word. Without that the keynote may have been someone else but, praise God it was you! I am so proud of you and I will be among the first to sign up for your yoga classes. Thank you mom, dad and Anaiah don’t stop inspiring us with your amazing words!!!

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