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The Magic of Mindfulness During the Holiday Season

Ep. 40 | The Magic of Mindfulness During the Holiday Season Show Notes It's the most wonderful time of the year... or at least it can be, with a sprinkle of mindfulness...

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Dec 01 2022

The Magic of Mindfulness During the Holiday Season

Ep. 40 | The Magic of Mindfulness During the Holiday Season Show Notes It's the most wonderful time of the year... or at least it can be, with a sprinkle of mindfulness...

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Chitta-Chat Time

Once upon a time, there was a collection of ideas, rules, or ways to live called the Yoga Sutras. The Yoga Sutras were collected in a land far away, a long time ago, and was made into a book. Although the book is super old, the ideas (once dissected) can easily be...

Yoga Class Theme: Transportation

Are your little yogis fans of Thomas the Tank Engine? How about the movie Cars? Do they dream of flying planes or exploring the ocean in a submarine? Capture their imaginations and attention with a whole yoga class based on transportation! Feet: Our basic mode of...

Why Should Children Practice Yoga?

“For real change to take place, the body needs to learn that the danger has passed and to live in the reality of the present.” -Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D. from The Body Keeps the Score The basic elements of a yoga practice (movement, breath work, and meditation) help...

Yoga Class Theme: Sports!

Looking for a way to get some of the "too cool" kids interested in yoga? You know the ones - they think yoga is easy or just for hippies. Challenge them to try yoga by grabbing their interest - and sports may just be the ticket! First, you aren't just going to sit...

Mudras: How and Why?

Mudras, the elaborate hand and finger gestures used in many Yoga and Ayurvedic traditions, are effective and simple tools to employ for self-soothing, energizing, settling emotions, and focusing. Like little yoga poses for your hands, mudras make use of the energy,...

Explaining the Yamas and Niyamas

As Kids Yoga teachers, we have the amazing responsibility to introduce children to the ideas in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. About 1600 years ago in India, Patanjali condensed two different traditions (Ashtanga Yoga and Karma Yoga) to compose the Yoga Sutras, the...

How to Assess Your Yoga Class

We all know that yoga works. Here’s your chance to prove it! It’s helpful to have research from other yoga programs. It’s even more beneficial if you have your own research from your teaching. Program evaluation is vital to convincing schools, parents, teachers, and...

My Public School Yoga Classroom

What does yoga class look like in my public school? Before Class The children walk in two straight lines giggling and smiling, trying to keep in their excitement. We stop right in front of the “yoga room” and I ask them, “What do we do when we walk into the yoga...

Savasana – Floating on a Cloud

At the end of each of my yoga classes (both kids and adults), I invite my students to tune out the noise from the rest of the world, to pull the energy they’ve scattered to everyone else back to themselves, find a comfortable lying position, and just rest. This sacred...

Yoga and the Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system only makes up 1% of your total body, but it is the powerhouse behind your immune system. Think of it as your immune system’s bodyguard. It is a system similar to the circulatory system where it circulates fluid throughout the body. However, unlike...

10 Breathing Practices for Kids

Swami Vidyananda said breath control is "your most portable form of stress management." In a yoga practice, the art of controlling your breath is known as pranayama. "Prana" is your energy and life force. "Ayama" simply means control. So Prana +Ayama = controlling our...

Ice Breakers to Build a Supportive Class

Many adults tend to think of yoga as a solitary practice. However, with kids it tends to be very much a social event, so ice-breakers are a very important element. For classes where kids don’t already know each other, we can bring in fun ways to help them learn names;...

Burn Off Some Energy!

Admit it – there are days when your kids are wild with energy. Maybe they’ve been stuck inside, hiding from nasty weather. Or, they spent their entire school day having to sit still. And all you want them to do is calm down before they destroy your house! Tap into...

Connecting with Teens through Yoga

Teaching teenagers can be difficult but extremely rewarding! The traditional “How was school?” question often results in the typical “fine” answer. How can we connect with teenagers? Utilizing yoga techniques in a fun and engaging way can be a great solution....

Love is an Ocean. And Cotton Candy.

What is love? Don’t worry, no one can see you dancing to the familiar tune (now playing in your head) “What is Love” from the 1998 film Night at the Roxbury. In February the world’s attention turns to hearts, cupids, flowers, and gifts or ways to show our love for...

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