Good Morning Sequence

This sequence is designed to help energize and invigorate. It is a great practice to start the day, or for use any time you need a boost! This is a great tool for parents, educators, and caregivers!

morning yoga sequence

Moon Salutations for the Harvest Moon!

There is something so majestic and mysterious, so beautiful and captivating about the sight of a Full Moon! The Harvest Moon tonight is sure to be a lovely sight. If you are looking for a way to celebrate the Full Moon with the little ones in your life consider practicing a Moon Salutation together. There are many varieties of moon salute, but the one below is a great place to start with kids.

Before practicing, consider sitting in a comfortable position and asking your child to think of something they are excited to do in the coming fall season. Ask them to think about the changes that occur in nature through the cooler months.  Encourage them to explore any emotions or feelings that come with the impending changes. Call to mind scents, sounds, and sights that they enjoy and expect through the month of October.

Read more about the moon’s meaning here.

Kids moon salute

Looking for more evening meditations? Check out this short evening meditation for families.

 

Namaste!

The Importance of Yoga for Children

Life is busy. As adults this is quite obvious. We spend our days rushing from destination to destination. The work/life balance is a tough one to maintain. Adults however are not the only ones who feel the stress and strain of a packed schedule. Children are just as susceptible to the negative effects of being stretched too thin.

It is is imperative that children be given the time and tools they need to decompress and refresh their minds and bodies.

My favorite thing about being a yoga teacher is the ability to connect with children. I am very much a child at heart and I love the exuberance and innocence often displayed by young minds. They are receptive, eager, inquisitive, creative and oh so funny! This photo is one that will be featured in my upcoming children’s book. My yoga kids light up my soul and bring such amazing energy to my studio space.

kids yoga
I recently read this excerpt in an article in yoga journal I thought it was so fitting and a beautiful way of describing the creative aspect of children’s yoga. “When yogis developed the asanas many thousands of years ago, they still lived close to the natural world and used animals and plants for inspiration—the sting of a scorpion, the grace of a swan, the grounded stature of a tree. When children imitate the movements and sounds of nature, they have a chance to get inside another being and imagine taking on its qualities. When they assume the pose of the lion (Simhasana) for example, they experience not only the power and behavior of the lion, but also their own sense of power: when to be aggressive, when to retreat. The physical movements introduce kids to yoga’s true meaning: union, expression, and honor for oneself and one’s part in the delicate web of life.”

If there are kids classes near you, I encourage you to check them out. If not, just get creative at home or use our Youtube videos for inspiration!

Happy Posing!

Don’t get Mad … Just ROAR!

Children get angry… but then again so do adults. The difference between children and adults (well most adults anyway) is that most of us have acquired ways of dealing with our anger that are more socially appropriate than yelling, screaming, and directing our anger towards others.

Anger is not bad, no emotions should be seen in a negative manner. All emotions are valid and part of what make us human. Our emotions are how we process the world around us. They help us to express ourselves. Emotions are a vital part of our human existence and all emotions should be valued and respected, especially during childhood.

That being said, it is important for us as adults to help the children in our care to not only identify and process the emotions they are feeling, but also guide them towards appropriate ways of managing theses emotions.

Let children feel what they feel and guide them gently when necessary.

Here is a fun activity for helping children work through feelings of anger.

Design a lion mask. We made ours with a paper plate, strips of paper, markers, and a wooden craft stick.

lion mask

How to Practice Lion’s Breath

Whenever harsh emotions arise, offer lion’s breath to your child. Explain that this type of breath can help push out the overwhelming emotions of anger, fear, anxiety, or frustration.

Have your child sit up on their knees. Sitting back on the heels.

Invite them to think about what they are feeling and why they are feeling that way.

Offer them the opportunity to place their hands on their thighs, close their eyes, and take a big breath in.

As they breath out, invite them to bring their hands up by their face making lion claws and let out a large ROAR!!!!!!! As they roar show them how to stick out their tongue at the same time they breathe out their big fierce lion roar.

Explain that this helps to get rid of those overwhelming emotions and after a few tries, I’m sure they will have a smile on their face. A little bit of silly goes a really long way.

Kids Matter has some exceptional advice for how to guide children through emotional learning. “Parents and caregivers have an important role to play in supporting children’s emotional development. They do this through responding effectively to children’s emotions, through providing examples of how they manage feelings, and through talking with children about feelings and how to manage them.”

 

Happy Roaring!

Conquer the Day with a Morning Meditation

Getting up and getting moving can be the most difficult part of our day. Especially for those of us with young children. A little bit of mindful movement and a bit of positive thinking can help get you going and set the path for a successful and fulfilling day.

Enjoy this short 6 minute moving meditation. Perfect for families and kids or anyone who just needs a little morning boost!

Wishing you a beautiful day!

-Jillian