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Ahimsa craft

Exploring Ahimsa

This YogaKids lesson plan teaches about ahimsa, one of the yamas of yoga philosophy. Ahimsa is the first of the 10 yamas and is often translated as "non-violence" but also stands for living a life of kindness and compassion - for yourself, others, and the world around you. Explore this ...
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Elementary Students on School Bus

Learning to Unhurry

Wow! Where has the summer gone? Prior to my mommy years, I always thought I would look forward to my children returning to school. However, here I sit  — one week before school is to start — feeling sad, anxious, nervous and downright icky… as I have for the last ...
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Yellowstone National Park landscape

M is for Majestic

Enjoy a FREE YogaKids Lesson Plan about National Parks! Start by sharing a little about National Parks! Did you know... there are 60 National Parks in the United states? In 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park. California has the most parks with nine, followed by Alaska with eight. Have ...
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Back to School graphic

Back to School: Easing the Transition

It’s hard to think about ‘Back To School’ when we are in the middle of sunscreen, bathing suits, popsicles and cookouts. But before we know it, the fall will be upon us bringing a new school year. This is a big transition in the life of a child and we, ...
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Bringing Laughing Language Home

Bringing Laughing Language Home

What do you do if you come home and find your kids playing soccer/football in the house? Well, I came home and my girls were playing football in the house with a (don't laugh) bag of onions. The skins were EVERYWHERE! My kids are not toddlers, of which I could almost ...
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Kids Sitting on Bench

The Opposite of Mindfulness

When the Sandy Hook tragedy happened, I was more than a little distraught. At the time, my kids were 4 and 7 years old. My friend -- having seen all my Facebook posts on the matter -- called to ask if I really thought my kids were going to be ...
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Woman Meditating on Beach

Acceptance and Letting Go

"Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on." - Eckhart Tolle Life with bipolar disorder combined with ADHD is an interesting adventure—but teaching kids yoga has made it a much more bearable one. I realized that I have a knack for teaching ...
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Children Meditating in Park

The Art of Sequencing

My 5K cross-country outing began with the intention to mostly run, not walk the distance. But it didn’t start that way. (I’m slow -- and my walk is even slower.)The first 2 miles found me walking up the hills followed by a sluggish jog down the other side. Slow ,slow ...
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YogaKids in Roller Coaster Pose

What Makes Us Different

We often get the question, "What makes YogaKids different?" After all, there are a lot of kids yoga training programs out there -- so it makes sense to ask the question. One of the tenets of our YogaKids philosophy is We All Win. As such, we honor every individual working ...
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Certified YogaKids Teacher Karen Martin with her Daughter

The Gift that Keeps Giving

With ten minutes to go, I take a final glance at the soft blanket and pillow lying on the yoga mat in the uncluttered, “walkable” part of the room. This peaceful preparation is in each of my kids’ bedrooms, ready for their arrival off the school bus. Once home, my ...
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Happy Child in Spring Field

Bringing Meditation into Education

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” – Ram Dass Preparing fertile ground for learning can often get overlooked due to time constraints in reaching curriculum standards. But this preparation is a vital part of the process that can make reaching those standards much easier for students and ...
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YogaKid in Peanut Butter and Jelly Pose

‘Tis the Season of Patience

Sitting in a circle, legs stretched straight out in L-Sitting Pose, we raise our arms to sit up even taller. We then reach for our toes in Peanut Butter and Jelly Pose. Some of the kids groan or sigh as they discover the furthest they can touch is not much ...
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