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Growth of yoga for children being offered in school has paralleled the explosive growth of yoga for adults being practiced in studios, gyms, and community centers around the country. Even elementary school kids deal with a lot of stress these days. As I let my 3rd-5th grade after-school yoga class into the room this past ... [Read more]

If you’ve never taken your 2-year-old to an Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Tykes or preschool yoga class, you might have trouble imagining what we do there. If you just don’t think your active toddler will stay on a yoga mat for 45 minutes, you are totally right and it’s totally ok! In Tykes yoga, we ... [Read more]

Original Post, August 27, 2011: Have I told you about my new job? A couple weeks ago, I gave notice at The Nature Conservancy.  While I've enjoyed the last two years writing newsletter articles about their global conservation programs, I'm finding myself more and more drawn to teaching yoga, specifically to kids. So starting this ... [Read more]

Last Wednesday morning, ten three-year-olds and I went on a trip. We packed our bags, took an airplane ride, went swimming on the beach, and went dancing in New York City, all without leaving their colorfully decorated classroom in Northwest DC. Partial class plan for Planes, Trains and other Mobiles: pack our bags wash our ... [Read more]

This post was originally published as Capitol Hill Yoga's February 2011 Asana of the Month. Lizard pose is one of my very favorite asana, but it hasn't always been so. The pose is an intense hip opener that, as a runner with tight hamstrings and IT bands, I used to find excruciating. It was not, ... [Read more]

 “I ride the metro with God.” That was the thought that struck me at the end of chapter 7 of Donna Farhi’s Bringing Yoga to Life. The thought drove home the magnitude of creation, the sheer magnitude of Grace manifested into the diversity of this reality and its potential for constant rediscovery of the Self. ... [Read more]

We sleep (3) Originally uploaded by Studiojmm. My solution to the challenge of accomplishing anything while looking after a three-year-old and juggling work and household tasks is to get up very early. My alarm goes off well before the crack of dawn and I stumble out of bed, leaving Mac and Maya to sleep while ... [Read more]

In her #reverb10 prompt this morning, Gwen Bell asked participants to define 2010 in one word. Mine is "transition." While 2009 was actually the year in which I left my full time job, it was in 2010 that I really attempted to figure out what that meant. I began a yoga teacher training program and ... [Read more]

Among the first things I did when I got up this morning to proofread my paper on The
Bhagavad Gita

for yoga teacher training  was check Facebook (don't we all now?), which lead me to a book
review on Green
LA Girl
on Yoga
for a World Out of Balance
. It's nice when this
particular tamasic act
actually directs me back to my task.

Excerpts:

In the weeks leading up to yoga teacher
training, I read Donna Farhi’s Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living, as assigned. Enormous portions of the book
resonated with me and I found myself enthusiastically underlining passages and
writing in the margins, until I got to this paragraph:

“When we slow down, we
create a conductive environment for kindness and thoughtfulness to flourish. We
find that it isn’t necessary to join our local peace demonstration. We can
demonstrate for peace by being peaceful.” [p. 54]

My immediate reaction is, “Um, no.
That doesn’t work.”

Babies, toddlers, and preschool-age children derive many of the same benefits from yoga that adults do: increased strength and flexibility, improved body awareness, and relaxation. In addition, a kids yoga class encourages children to move creatively in a non-competitive environment while honoring each child's unique expression of the poses and having fun. Willow Street Yoga's ... [Read more]

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