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The first time a pregnant woman walked into one of my public yoga classes, I was terrified! I didn’t know what to tell her outside of the standard, “You know your body best and if something hurts, don’t do it. Avoid compressing the belly. Take it slow and listen to your instincts.” And then I worried about her for the rest of class! All these years later, after attending a few teacher trainings, practicing yoga through my own pregnancy, and maintaining a weekly prenatal yoga class for over five years, I feel that my initial advice holds up. A pregnant... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Kids Yoga Resource
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Ever wondered about the concentric designs your children bring home from camp and occasionally class? “The word “mandala” is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean “circle,” a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness..." Without fail, our students of all ages love coloring mandalas. The activity is relaxing and focusing, and provides a great opportunity for opening up meaningful discussions with older children (they tend to be less self conscious about participating in a discussion while coloring).... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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Ask any parent around the holidays if they are stressed and you most likely will hear them answer, “Yes!” There are cards to be sent, presents to be bought, wrapped, hidden, or delivered; food to be purchased, meals to be prepared, and don’t forget about decorating! Did I just raise your stress level? If so, I apologize! Take a moment to take some slow, deep breaths. Have you ever wondered if the holiday season makes kids feel anxious or stressed? The answer for some kids is yes, although the reasons for their anxiety might be different. They may be wondering... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2017 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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Cultures around the globe have traditions that celebrate family, connection, and renewal. This kids’ yoga class focuses on those themes as well the beauty of the natural world during winter. OPENING Open with a discussion of the four seasons, winter solstice marking the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere as well as the first day of winter, and favorite holiday traditions. Integrate science by observing the changing weather and noting winter as a natural time for mindful reflection before the growth and expansion of spring renewal. Have students noticed animals busy at work? Animals in nature respond... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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Consistently expressing gratitude helps children learn how to cultivate positivity and happiness from within. The following sequence is a great go-to for Thanksgiving-themed yoga classes, however, I use it all year round! OPENING: Read several definitions of the word “contentment”. Discuss the difference between contentment and happiness. “What if we made the choice to be content all the time, no matter what is happening to us? What would that look like in your mood and in the way you interact with others throughout the day?” If time allows, invite students to journal or draw about their responses. CENTERING: Connect as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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1. Why are you drawn to teaching yoga to children with special needs? I’ve always felt that yoga was less about the practice and more about the individual…that our practice should meet the needs of the student on the mat (or in the chair). Initially, I was drawn to yoga and teaching with this in mind. I never intended to teach yoga to children with special needs. When a child with Down Syndrome came into my life and I began to share yoga with her, other opportunities naturally came up as I shared yoga with her peers/at events etc. This... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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When you hear the phrase “kids’ yoga,” you probably picture children joyfully creating animal yoga poses with their bodies, singing songs, building partner postures, playing games and easily socializing with classmates. These are all typical aspects of yoga and mindfulness classes for children. But of course the intention of sharing yoga with children extends far beyond that. In addition to the poses, breathing, songs and games, yoga for children is also about the relationship we form with our students and the space we hold for them to grow, develop and learn. With some children and teens this come easily, but... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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Children’s yoga has many benefits for kids including, better concentration, increased physical activity, improved relationships with peers and stress management. However, all of the things we know about teaching yoga have been focused on those with natural hearing. What about children with hearing loss? Here are three things you need to know about hearing loss: Hearing loss is different for everyone. There are many types and degrees of hearing loss, making abilities and interventions different for each individual affected by hearing loss. Hearing aids and implants do not restore hearing loss. Hearing aids and implants serve as a way to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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A relaxing yoga routine before your child's bedtime could be the answer to the "bedtime blues," providing the perfect sleep solution by helping your child shift from having a busy, distracted mind to focusing their attention and calming the nervous system through gentle movement, relaxation techniques and breath work. An additional benefit of practicing yoga with your child is creating space in the day for special one-on-one bonding time with you, which will help you both relax! Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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I have read many books on the subject of mindfulness and in particular with regards to teens. Since becoming a yoga teacher, the one I return to time and time again for guidance is Buddha's Brain, by Rick Hanson, with Richard Mendius. Yes, there is discussion of Buddhism and its principles, but the message I took away was that when we change our brain we can positively change our life. I find this concept particularly helpful when working with teens, helping them to develop strategies for positive thinking and stress reduction. There are countless books that tell us by altering... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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Yoga class provides a safe space for babies, toddlers and their caregivers to explore movement milestones, social-emotional development, and connect with each other and other parents and children. Taking class with your tot or toddler can offer some of the following benefits you might not have thought about: 1. Language development – Tot yoga classes expose babies and toddlers to language through words with actions, songs, and attention to body awareness. By connecting movement with language, yoga supports the way language development is already happening in your child’s brain. “University of Washington research in 7- and 11-month-old infants shows that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Jane Costello, a recent graduate from the ChildLight Yoga 95 Hour Certification. We have found Jane's story of why she teaches, and how that has changed along the way, incredibly inspiring. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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As I became more involved teaching yoga to adolescents, I craved more training resources specific to teens, their unique stressors and developmental considerations. The ChildLight Yoga for Teens Teacher Training brought me to a level of understanding that has strengthened my skills and supported me in numerous ways when teaching teens. I learned how to best support youth as they navigate through the tween and teen years by providing opportunities to build self-esteem and promote healthy body image while teaching tools for coping with stress and peer pressure in a fun, non-competitive, non-judgmental environment. The training went into great depth on topics including: Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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We are thrilled to be partnering with US Sports Camps to bring Nike Yoga Camps for kids and teens to the New Hampshire seacoast region this summer! Introducing young athletes to yoga and other aspects of mind/body wellness such as nutrition and stress management, supports and enhances athletic performance while providing a foundation for a healthy lifestyle. With Nike’s support, the ChildLight Yoga staff is gearing up to present an active, educational and FUN experience for all campers this summer... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at The Kids Yoga Resource
Glad to hear it! I had forgotten about this FUN game - your comment popped up and reminded me to share it again. Thank you! Here's to healthy eating in 2016!
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During this holiday time families usually spend more time together with some vacation time and visiting with extended families. These times are usually filled with sweets and gifts but they can also be filled with unrealistic expectations and stressful situations. Mindful activities can reduce the feeling of being “stressed out”. Mindful activities can create a more creative, relaxed, centered, and fun atmosphere during this holiday time. Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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Like yoga, gratitude is a practice. Here are 5 simple ways to share gratitude practices with your teens. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2015 at The Kids Yoga Resource
You are so welcome! Feel free to share this post with others. All my best, Lisa Flynn
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When you are trying to create a safe space for tweens, it isn’t as simple as covering the outlets, moving the candles, tying up the curtains, or listing some safety rules. Tweens need to feel emotionally safe so they can trust the teacher and the other students and let their guard down. So how do you create a safe space for a tween to be a kid? Here are 5 tips to get you started... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2015 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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Yoga class for pre-crawling or newly mobile infants and toddlers is a great way to bond with your child while instilling healthy life habits. Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2015 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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With school starting around the country, students may be experiencing emotions ranging from joy and excitement, to anxiety or even dread. Keeping evenings low key or employing wind-down yoga may go a long way toward preventing end-of-day meltdowns and frayed nerves. Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2015 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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The most important element of a My OmAbilities Yoga class is the connection made between yoga teacher and student and, in group settings, between the students in the class. The yoga circle becomes a place where students are challenged, while feeling perfectly safe to be themselves. I'll never forget the day one of my students, exclaimed at the end of class, "I love my yoga friends!" As students begin to make internal connections in their own body and mind, they become more able to connect with others, whether it be the yoga teacher or other students in the group. This ability to connect with others can help reduce the sense of isolation that many children with special needs encounter. Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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Mindfulness, the practice of developing focused awareness of the present moment without any judgement, has been shown to provide a number of postive benefits to children including improved focus, resilience, and prosocial behavior. Summer's remaining days provide the ideal setting to teach children simple mindfulness practices including child-friendly meditation (focusing) practices, breathing exercises and yoga postures. The ability to turn to these healthy practices as needed helps children ultimately do better at home, at school and in life. Janine Bibeau, a kindergarten teacher at Portsmouth’s Little Harbour School who is a certified ChildLight Yoga instructor and Yoga 4 Classrooms trainer,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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Christopher Theodore, a physical education teacher and certified ChildLight Yoga instructor, has been teaching yoga to children in Philadelphia public schools for the past 14 years. Recently, he was awarded both the Teacher of the Year and Trailblazer award for the Cardiyogalicious Physical Education (P.E.) class curriculum he created. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at The Kids Yoga Resource