Activity is great for kids, but why yoga in particular?
There is a lot more to yoga than just the physical postures. In addition to stretching and strengthening the body, yoga works the brain as well. Learning how to focus on the breath while moving the body is extremely empowering and highly beneficial for everyone, but children in particular can really benefit from learning the tools of yoga at a young age. Not to mention, yoga is really fun!! Imagine crawling around on the floor making lion sounds with you kiddo - yep, that's actually yoga! One of the key components to yoga is bringing mindfulness to the way your body moves, and there are so many way to make it playful and fun for children.
There are countless benefits of practicing yoga...
This is a good place to start. If you're reading this, you're probably already a little curious about this thing called yoga. So what is it, exactly, and why is it good for me and my kid?
We'll start with a little history. Yoga has been around for a very, very long time, and there have been many incarnations of the ancient practice. There are some differing ideas about when exactly yoga came to be, but most historians agree that it originated in the Indus Valley Civilization in ancient India about five thousand years ago.
Yoga is a complex system, and it is important to understand that the physical practice of yoga as we know it is just one of eight limbs of yoga. It was never intended to be the physical “workout” that it has come to be in our we...
Last weekend I was blessed to host a group of seventeen amazing women taking part in a ChildLight Yoga training at our studio in Portland. I was reminded, at a time when I desperately needed to be reminded, that there is still so much good in the world, and that there is a heck of a lot to be grateful for.
We talked at length about the pressures and stressors that kids face these days, and how drastically things have changed in just the past 5 to 10 years. The lists of issues we came up with were LONG and it really drove home the fact that kids need yoga and mindfulness now more than ever. I am so grateful for the women I shared space with over the weekend, and for the amazing work they do e...
Candle Gazing Meditation is one of my personal favorite ways to meditate. It's simple and fun, and easily adaptable for kids. I always describe it as "a staring contest with a candle," and that's a pretty accurate description! If you and your kids love the calming sensation of staring into a campfire, you'll definitely want to give this a try.
Candle Gazing Meditation
What You'll Need:
A comfortable place to sit - I prefer sitting on a cushion or folded blanket on the floor, but you can practice this sitting in a chair or even while relaxing on a comfy couch.
A candle - This practice works best with a real flame, but if your little yogis are under the age of 7, I'd recommend using an electric light, as your eyes will be closed part of th...
It's bedtime. The kids are bouncing off the walls, the dishes are piled up in the sink, and there's about a million things left unchecked on your to-do list. You feel your pace quicken and your blood pressure rise as you prepare yourself for... dun dun dun... the Bedtime Battle. Sound familiar?
Bedtime can be a lovely, peaceful time spent connecting with your kiddos, but sometimes, let's be honest, it can be stressful as heck! The next time you feel a challenging bedtime coming, give this video a try. Or better yet, pick up a copy of Good Night Yoga and make it a part of your nightly ritual.
Want to learn more about how you can use yoga to promote better rest for both you and the little people in your life? Join us for our next workshop, Sl...
If you've been to one of our classes, chances are you've experienced Magic Mist. It's one of our secret weapons - a magical blend of essential oils and distilled water in a spray bottle. We use Magic Mist to help promote relaxation in a fun and playful way!
What are essential oils?
If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. Essential oils give plants their distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and th...
This week we're sharing one of our favorite activities: Bubble Toes!
We do this in almost every class we teach - and if we forget, the kids remind us! It's such a fun and simple way to let kiddos experience the benefits of a gentle inversion pose while strengthening important core muscles at the same time. And seriously, who doesn't love bubbles?!
Why is core strength important? As adults, we think about core strength meaning washboard abs and a flat belly. But for kids, core strength is essential for stabilization and posture, which in turns helps with gross and fine motor skill development. You can think about it as helping to build a strong foundation for the rest of your child's body.
Happy New Year to you and your family! We hope you had a fabulous holiday and that you are starting off 2017 in a happy way.
2016 was a big year for us at Maine Yoga Kids. We teamed up with A Barefoot Education to offer workshops for parents and teachers, collaborated with the Maine Forest Playgroup to launch a program providing free weekly classes for Maine families, shared yoga with hundreds of kiddos across the state, and opened our studio, Rosemont Studio Collective.
We are so very proud of our accomplishments, and we couldn't have done any of it without the love and support we receive from you, our Maine Yoga Families! Thank you so much for supporting our mission and for sharing the joy of yoga with the young people in your lives.
I have a great little calendar that offers a daily quote, giving me a little inspiration each morning. This is my second year using the calendar, and it's been fun to see how things have changed. Some of the things that resonated with me last year aren't quite so profound this time around, and some of them I don't even remember reading last time around. But today when I flipped the page, I was pleasantly surprised to see some familiar words:
"To know that I am nothing, that is wisdom; to know that I am everything, that is love and in between these two life moves."
I am nothing.
I am everything.
I am everything in between.
That's something to meditate on.
This has become a mantra for me. Knowing that I am simultaneously connected to EVERYTHIN...
Here in Maine we are enjoying our first snow day of the season. Your inner child may be rejoicing at the chance to stay home and play in the snow, but the adult in you may be freaking out to figure out all the logistics of how to make a day off actually work. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, I hope you are staying warm and cozy and can take a moment to relax as you watch the snow (and rain?) fall.
Want something fun to do with your kiddos today? Check out this ridiculously fun video from Cosmic Kids Yoga and take a snowy adventure with Pedro the Penguin! Get silly and see what happens.