During my 200 hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) Training, I remember the looks I received when the words "I never want to teach adults" came out of my mouth. My peers and teachers let me know with their eyes that I was not being very open-minded. But somehow it was okay for these same teachers to have zero interest in teaching yoga to children. Double standard? Regardless, I had no desire to teach adults and was sticking to it...I was dedicated (and still am...duh) to sharing yoga with as many children as possible.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
At some point last year we began following Meddy Teddy on Instagram. We marveled at how this bear was always in the top #kidsyoga posts and became highly intrigued with the company and the photogenic stuffed bear.
The bear was ordered as a gift for my daughter in early September 2016. We were already having dialogue with the owner Mike about an event possibility and received a quick casual message from him that the bear would be more of a "holiday thing" because they were having some manufacturing delays. I was disappointed but understanding..and was happy to know Meddy Teddy could be counted on as a Christmas gift for my daughter. A few months passed...still no Meddy Teddy.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!
Although we have a blog, an online store, social media accounts and a YouTube channel, we firmly believe that people need to learn to unplug, and we strive to model that behavior. It is a strange space to occupy. The desire to spread yoga love to kids and parents means reaching them where they are, which is often on a device. But once we reach them, a big part of our message is the hope that they will disconnect with their devices and connect with the people around them.Read More