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Self-Care for Busy People

Self-Care for Busy People

"Self-care" is perhaps as big of a buzzword as "mindfulness" these days, and for a good reason: we need it! As yoga teachers, we often get into the business of teaching because we care about other people, sometimes to the point of forgetting about our own needs. I...

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This is Your Brain on Meditation

This is Your Brain on Meditation

Today's blog article was written by all-grown-up KAY kid, Whitney James, currently a Freshman at Elon University in North Carolina. If you are anything like me, meditation seems a little bit like “voodoo”. Sitting completely still and quiet? Clearing your brain of...

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Moving Beyond “Me” with Meditation

Moving Beyond “Me” with Meditation

Kids are naturally egocentric, and I say this as an educator without judgement and malice. The revolutionary child psychologist Jean Piaget described "Egocentrism" in 1951 as a natural part of a child's development. He said that until the age of about 7, children are...

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Mini-Meditations for the Whole Family

Mini-Meditations for the Whole Family

Meditation is an ancient practice that provides many benefits for our modern brains. A 2010 study found that meditators' cognitive skills (sustain attention, visuospatial processing, working memory, executive function) improved after meditating just 20 minutes a day...

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Teaching Mindfulness

Teaching Mindfulness

"Mindfulness- A state of active, open, intentional attention on the present." Psychology Today "Mindfulness" seems to be a popular buzzword going around lately, but really it’s something that ancient civilizations knew and practiced. Our “monkey mind” (as Buddhists...

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Witnessing the Power of a Child’s Mindfulness Practice

Witnessing the Power of a Child’s Mindfulness Practice

If there is one thing to be said about teaching children, it is that it’s one of the most rewarding things you can do with your time. Teaching mindfulness, meditation, and yoga to children is no exception. There are endless benefits of teaching children tools they can...

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What’s So Great About A Mindfulness Practice?

What’s So Great About A Mindfulness Practice?

Back in the 90’s before I had even heard the term ‘mindfulness,’ my older brother came back from a trip abroad, full of stories. One of the things he found funny was a sign that read “Mind your head.” As a practitioner of Buddhism, he automatically interpreted it as...

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Using Mindfulness Practices to Redirect Behavior

Using Mindfulness Practices to Redirect Behavior

Disciplining our children or even simply redirecting undesired behaviors has been a hot button topic that spans generations and cultures. Our schools are no exception. Mindfulness and yoga are being adopted in schools as contemporary ways to meet the social and...

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The Art of Mindfulness

The Art of Mindfulness

Pay attention! You need to focus! Can't you just concentrate? Sound familiar? Have you heard or said these things before? Yeah, me too. We probably all have. It seems we all need help once in a while being mindful. Mindfulness is simply paying attention to what is...

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