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This year found many of us moving from interactive, overscheduled days to living in virtual isolation. Though there can be some sense of relief to step off the fast-moving-train contemplating life choices and cleaning out closets, it can be easy to slip into the mode of not caring. “I am not going anywhere so why bother?” In my family, when feeling gloomy, we head to the closet and put on dressy items, cologne or essential oils, jewelry and sometimes don funny/fancy hairstyles. It is an instant pick-me-up! Here are a few additional tips to lift you and others up when... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2020 at The Kids Yoga Resource
Sally Quadruple Dog Dared me to put my phone away for four days while on vacation. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at The Kids Yoga Resource
I was never keen on at-home pampering until COVID-19 hit. Suddenly, professional pedicures, floating and massages were no longer available. This is clearly a first world problem and I realize how privileged I am that these services were ever a part of my regular life pre-pandemic. But without built-in self-care routines already in place at home, I found that as the weeks and months of quarantine passed, I was really starting to miss my typical self-care dates. I started out by making a list. I thought of all the things I liked to do outside of my home that made... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2020 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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Ridge is co-owner, Megan Morris’, four year old son and has been a big fan of Star Wars for years! After spending a long night “battling” air travel challenges, Megan mindfully chose to spend the day with her kids. Leisure time is clearly how creativity is born! 1. Medical Droid Pose: 2. Anakin Becomes Darth Vader Pose: 3. Trash Compactor Pose: 4. Death Star Pose [VIDEO]: Enjoy! Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2020 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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As we close out a decade and move into the 2020’s, many people are taking inventory of their last 10 years. What were you were doing in January of 2010? Take a couple of minutes to ponder these questions: ~ What was I celebrating 10 years ago? ~ What were some of the big, stand-out milestones of the decade? ~ What awards or accolades come to mind? ~ What felt like failure? Consider, that as a society, we are prone to assess ourselves based on goals met and achievements acknowledged. It’s easier for our brains to think about our lives... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2019 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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Now through December 15th! *Cannot be combined with other promos Upcoming Trainings: Yoga & Mindfulness for Children Jan 25-26: Dover, NH Feb 21-23: Torrington, CT Mar 6-8: Burlington, VT Mar 14-15: Harrisburg, PA Mar 21-22: Sarasota, FL Mar 27-29: Washington, DC Jun 22-23: Bethlehem, PA Jul 16-17: Dover, NH Jul 20-21: Dover, NH Jul 24-26: Washington, DC Oct 24-25: Bethlehem, PA Advanced Teaching Concepts Jun 24-25: Bethlehem, PA Jul 30-31: Dover, NH Nov 6-8: Washington, DC Yoga & Mindfulness in Schools Feb 8-9: Dover, NH Jul 23-24: Dover, NH Jul 27-28: Washington, DC Yoga for Babies & Toddlers Jan 10-12:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2019 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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How did you find your way to ChildLight? I had been looking for a while and someone I don't know had randomly mentioned Childlight in a conversation. I checked it out and made my to Dover one icy January weekend to take my first training with Meg! Why are you interested in yoga & mindfulness for children? As an educator of elementary school children and yoga practitioner, I had been working on developing ways to increase opportunities to merge both these passions. I see the living proof of the benefits of yoga in children and find joy in supporting children... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2019 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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1. How did you find your way to ChildLight? I found ChildLight after using the internet to research available trainings. I realized that a lot of the trainings were local to me and other ones that I had to travel to were actually places that I would love to visit. 2. Why are you interested in yoga & mindfulness for children? I always knew that I wanted to get certified to teach yoga to children. I found yoga at about 18 years old and it truly changed my life. I know that if I had learned the skills that I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2019 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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Who can ever forget the Staples commercial where the mom is joyfully tossing school supplies into the air and catching them in the shopping cart, while the kids drag their feet behind her. All the while the classic Christmas song, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” is playing in the background. It’s a running joke among mothers of school aged children that the summer is so long, in fact some would say, too long and many can’t wait for school to start again. There is some truth to the peace that a consistent schedule provides, for mama and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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Teens are famous for scrolling through their phone before bed, which can negatively impact their sleep. Many other factors can also contribute to the lack of sleep among teens. According to a University of Michigan study, 43% of parents say their teens struggle to fall asleep or wake up and can’t get back to sleep. Studies further suggest teenagers need between 9-10 hours of sleep, yet teens average about seven hours or less especially if they are active in after-school activities. Yoga can help! A recent study showed young adults who regularly practice yoga woke up fewer times in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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More and more I feel like we, as a society, are collectively failing at adulting. After getting back from an amazing vacation a few months ago, I realized that my day to day was sometimes completely void of any of the true joys of adulting (RE: Doing whatever we want because we can!). The only time I was really letting myself explore that part of adulting was on an extended breaks from all work related responsibilities. That’s not the way life should be!!! I watch my son struggle with the limitations of being a kid and I am reminded of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2019 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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How did you find your way to ChildLight Yoga? I was presented with the opportunity to volunteer my teaching time at a summer camp for children with specific needs. The head of the foundation that offered the opportunity spoke about a trauma informed training that may be helpful but wasn’t coming to the area for many months. I started researching online and stumbled upon some trainings being offered by ChildLight Yoga locally and signed up on the spot! Why are you interested in yoga and mindfulness for children? The idea that yoga can empower children as it help them understand... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2019 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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How did you find your way to ChildLight Yoga? In 2016 I was contacted by a friend looking for yoga classes for her daughter, age 9. I told her I would do some research and recommend a location for children’s classes. I spent an hour on my computer searching local yoga studios and YMCAs for children’s yoga classes. My search came up empty. I was aware of Childlight Yoga from advertisements in Yoga Living. I was baffled. How is it possible NO ONE was offering yoga for children? I immediately found ChildLight’s website and signed up for my first training.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2019 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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We may be halfway through summer but there is still plenty of time to read a good book! Take a look at these recommendations from ChildLight Yoga Trainers and Certified Instructors! "Bee Calm: The Buzz on Yoga," by Frank Sileo - “This book is at the top of my recommendation list for parents, teachers, counselors, kids’ yoga and mindfulness teachers and others seeking an accessible, relatable way to introduce yoga to children! Perfect for the classroom, bedtime, playtime, or for children to ‘read’ and practice on their own, the simple rhymes and adorable characters in Bee Calmengagingly guide the reader... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2019 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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There’s something about sitting on a chair at the park, pool, beach or wherever your summer plans take you with a good book in your hands. Reading can feed the mind, soothe the soul, and transport you into different worlds. Whether its mindfulness, non-fiction, self-help, parenting, philosophy or even a children’s book, you are bound to find a book to grab this summer from the list below. Happy Summer Reading! Daring Greatly by Brene Brown - If you have ever struggled with the feeling of being “not enough,” then you will want to read this book. Daring Greatlyis a smart,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2019 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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This blog was originally published by https://honeybee4me.com/ Written by Amy Kirk: I cut open this gorgeous pepper today for my lunch and was gifted with this little baby pepper inside. I immediately had to show Michele, and we whispered to each other (as if we were going to wake a sleeping baby) how cute it was. I don’t believe in coincidences and I fully believe the universe has a sense of humor. As my 45th birthday is quickly approaching, thoughts of family and my parents and how fast time has gone by have been on my mind. It also seemed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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My six-month-old baby is a dream. If it takes any longer than 10-minutes to put her down for a nap, it starts to feel like an eternity. I know, I’m lucky. While I was rocking her, I could feel my anxiety kicking up. I’m worried about my family’s health. I’m worried about my workload. I’m worried about how all of this is going to affect my children. I want to control so much that is truly out of my control, and while I know this is pointless, it’s a trap I fall into often. When I am trying to control... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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This is a personal perspective of an individual service experience of a Certified ChildLight Yoga Instructor. Articles, interviews and other communications shared by ChildLight Yoga, LLC are intended to demonstrate the reach and impact of yoga and mindfulness practices for children and in no way reflect any particular political views. Q: How did you find your way to ChildLight Yoga? A: On a reporting trip to Palestine, I witnessed how traumatized the children were after regular house raids. I was practicing yoga to keep myself centered and wanted to share the tools of yoga I was using to help them... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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1. How did you find your way to ChildLight Yoga? I have long known the benefits of yoga for myself, but after the birth of my first child and a difficult postpartum experience, I found that attending a mommy and me class with my new baby really helped me find a stronger connection to her. When I went back to work after three months, I was sad that I couldn't find many opportunities for us to go to classes together except during weekday mornings. I finally found a wonderful family yoga class in my town that I went to for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2019 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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What is considered “cool” for tweens and teens these days? Too often it's related to the latest phone or social media event. Other times it’s cool to have a special talent or know how, or to be a good athlete. On a recent trip, I had the opportunity to bond with some teens who told me that they often did yoga, and like many teens, felt the need to give time to their schools or community. This was refreshing and reminded me of my yoga teens at home, who get excited about volunteering and participating in their community. As adult... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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My second child, Grace, is officially three months old this week. When she was born, at the hospital, I remember a variety of nurses saying to me, “You’ll want to make sure she has at least two poops each day and be sure to record it on this chart.” The chart had us checking off wet diapers and bowel movements for the first week of her life. We quickly realized that this girl was a good eater. From the very first day, every three hours we were changing a wet diaper. And she had all of the regular sort of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2019 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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Sometimes all I look forward to all day is my shower— All alone. No one asking me for anything for an entire ten minutes. Heaven. Today, I really needed that time. My two month old was being especially needy all day, so as soon as my husband walked through the door, I promptly handed her off and headed upstairs. No sooner did I hop in the shower did my three year old waltz into the bathroom to take a poop that more closely resembled something a 40 year old man would produce the morning after a plate of hot wings... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2019 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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In 1996, at six months old, my oldest son picked up his first baseball bat and hasn’t put it down since. Just as I fell in love with yoga, he fell in love with baseball. Fast forward to the summer of 2010. As I sat there observing the closing remarks pep talk at a local university youth baseball clinic, I bravely decided to email the head baseball coach to discuss offering yoga to the team. Typically, that would have me shaking in my boots! But not this time. I knew baseball from spending years at the field with my son... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2018 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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Hopefully, many of you are hitting the beach this month to disconnect from work and reconnect with nature, family and most importantly, yourself. If you are looking for a few books to inspire your children’s yoga teaching journey, as well as texts to nourish your whole self – body, mind and spirit, check out what our teacher trainer team has been reading below. Ann Biese: When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanthi. Talk about life becoming precious in matter of moments. Paul Kalanthi, a 36-year-old neurosurgeon doctor, is diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. He becomes the patient, now struggling... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at The Kids Yoga Resource
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It’s 9 o’clock on a weekday morning. Windows are open wide, allowing a warm breeze to move through the room. Outside, birds are singing. Inside, a group of children are gathered in a circle. One child is leading the others through a sun salutation . . . all of them breathing and moving together through lunge and plank, up dog and down dog. A new day of yoga & mindfulness camp has just begun. While summer camps have been the norm for many generations, you don't often run into yoga camp- which might beg the question, "What is yoga &... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at The Kids Yoga Resource