Last Spring, I was having a bit of a professional dilemma. I wanted to reach more children but didn't necessarily want to add to their after-school and weekend schedules on a regular basis. As much as I loved teaching my students I was yearning to teach children to practice in a better way. That, to me, meant a little bit every single day rather than an occasional yoga session. I contacted three schools (I have strong connections at all of them and love them all) and pitched ideas to them that had been stirring in my head. The school that bit first happens to beRead More
This month's Fox 4 segment topic was "Yoga for Student Athletes" so I borrowed a Sporting KC Academy player to go on air with me. Leading up to that morning, I spent a lot of time trying to narrow down which poses were the MOST important for young athletes. I know how quickly 3-4 minutes of live TV can go so I was set on choosing three poses. The night before the segment, I discussed my selections with my husband and he agreed with the importance of them. Then I told him I really felt like it would be most important to include a breathing exercise even though poses are easier to demo on air. I fully expected him to tell me to stop worrying and stick with my plan...because A. I worry a lot and B. he was busy cutting video for his players. WRONG!Read More
I could not get this pic that a friend posted of her teenager and their friends ON VACATION out of my head. I'm sure it evokes a lot of thoughts for you guys, but my mind immediately goes to those poor little necks!! Not going to debate screen time in this post. Just not going there because it is a reality whether I like it or not that children as young as ten years old are frequently on their devices. So....Read More
Happy new year! If you live in KC, maybe you caught me on the Fox 4 morning show last week while checking the weather and school closings. My 6 year old friend, Chloe, and I discussed simple ways to incorporate a daily yoga practice at home. If you ever make it to a yoga class, chances are that teachers will talk about "taking your practice off the mat" and "developing a home practice"...since our children are taking yoga classes at a younger age now (yay!) we want to encourage at-home practice FOR ALL AGES.
Chloe and I demonstrated the following on air:
In the morning, stretch out your spine by alternating Cat/Cow pose. If you forget to drop to all fours and do it in the ground you can do it while seated at the breakfast table/bar by using the table/bar as your floor as you stretch and meow/moo!
Keep essential oils (I love a lemon and lavender blend in the morning!) and/or scratch and sniff stickers (Chloe and I used chocolate on air) next to the kitchen sink for some morning deep inhalations. Great way to start the day!
In the evening, get on your back and put your legs up the wall (bed, sofa, etc). Chloe used my legs on air as her "wall." We've talked about the benefits of inversions before here. Better sleep is priceless. Just think of the impact these habits will have on little yogis all over the world!
Benefits: Builds focus and confidence, Strengthens arms and core
Variations: Attempt to jump (softly) to plank pose from crow pose. If you can straighten your arms, teenagers, you are doing the more advanced version called crane.
How to: FOR AGES 5 AND UP! Grab some imaginary "yoga glue" and cover your hands, inside of thighs and triceps with the glue. Get down in a frog pose with your arms inside your squatted legs. Bend your arms and glue your thighs to your triceps (outside of triceps will likely be easier) and arch your back like a cat as you engage your belly muscles. Gaze forward as you slowly bring one foot off the ground and then the other. FLY!