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Kids Aerial Yoga Takes Flight

Erika Prafder by Erika Prafder | June 15th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: aerial yoga, deepen-your-yoga-practice, kids, personal practice, practice, yoga for kids, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy, yogi

photo by Ashley Goldberg, Born Yoga

Does your child need to unwind his mind?

Aerial yoga is not only safe, but offers unique benefits for child yogis, says Ashley Goldberg, owner of Born Yoga in Birmingham, Michigan.

“Unlike aerial yoga for adults, upside down and challenging poses are done with children in a bucket seat, which prevents them from sliding out,” says Goldberg.

3 Ways to Integrate an At-Home Family Yoga Practice

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | June 7th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Yoga | tags: activities for kids, benefits of yoga, deepen-your-yoga-practice, dvd, family, family exercise, family life, family time, fun, healthy home, home, kid's yoga, kids, wellness-dvds, Yoga, yoga at home, yoga class, yoga DVDs, yoga-practice

Family yoga is a wonderful way to spend time together as a family, incorporating the breathing, mindfulness, and physical benefits of yoga with the fun, creative spirit of your family.

Give Props! 4 Kids Yoga Aids for Practice Support

Erika Prafder by Erika Prafder | April 25th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: blankets, block, kid's yoga, kids, props, sandbag, strap, tips, Yoga, yoga blankets, yoga block, yoga props, yoga strap, yoga tips, yoga-techniques

At times, we all need someone or something to lean on. Reaching out for and accepting support—in its many forms—is a great life skill to impart to children.

Kids’ yoga offers an opportunity to introduce this concept, particularly through the use of props.

Kid-Friendly Yoga Practice for Spring

Erika Prafder by Erika Prafder | March 9th, 2016 | 1 Comment
topic: Family Health, Yoga | tags: book review, books, kid's yoga, kids, Yoga, yoga for kids, yoga poses, yoga-practice, yoga_positions

As spring arrives and bathes us in a gorgeous display of floral colors, pack a picnic lunch, some yoga mats, and head outside for an inspiring stretch, courtesy of Mother Nature. Practicing in the open air with your kids is a great way to foster a love, connection, and partnership with our earthly blessings.

Interview with Jodi Komitor

by guest | April 1st, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Inspirational Media, Yoga | tags: interview, kids, Yoga, yoga teacher

What is your job title?
Jodi Komitor MA, E-RYT 500, RCYT

Founder, Next Generation Yoga
Master, Kids Yoga Teacher & Trainer
Coach, The Biz of Kids Yoga
Author, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Yoga with Kids

Where is your studio located?  How long has it been open?

5-Minute-a-Day Yoga Routine for Kids

Teresa Anne Power by Teresa Anne Power | May 13th, 2014 | 5 Comments
topic: Family Health, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: ADD, ADHD, anxiety, children, Kathleen Riet, kids, relaxation, Teresa Anne Power, The ABCs of Yoga for Kids, Yoga, yoga for children, yoga for everyone

Candle PoseAlthough people realize the numerous health benefits of yoga for adults, they may not realize that kids can reap the same benefits from practicing yoga. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Yoga can be a gentle method for your child to get more physical activity and enhance his or her well-being.”

Yoga can allow kids to learn discipline, enhance athletic performance, heighten body awareness and self-control, build both strength and flexibility, and increase concentration and focus. It can also help kids feel empowered, and helps them stay calm (even kids with ADD or ADHD). This translates into healthier minds and bodies, not to mention better performance at school.

Teaching children about the merits and health benefits of exercising can be challenging for any parent. While some kids are entirely receptive to different exercises that you might present, others may be resistant. The good news is that the following this 5-minute-a-day yoga routine for kids is not only fun, but can also enthrall your child and instill effective health benefits at the same time.

Celebrate a S-L-O-W Holiday

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | December 10th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: activities, baking cookies, board games, children, christmas, family time, Hanukkah, holiday season, kids, movies, parenting, slow down, snowman, volunteering, winter

Mother and daughter playing in the snowSlow, in our culture, is a four-letter word. Slow is lazy. It’s unmotivated. It’s got an attitude problem.

Fast is where it’s at. Fast-track your career. Fast-burn your fat. Get results … fast!

I like fast as much as the next mom. I badger my children to tie their shoelaces faster, eat their dinner faster, make their beds faster. We run for the school bus, race to piano lessons, zip to the grocery store.

How Much Yoga Is Enough?

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | June 10th, 2013 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: at home yoga, breathing, child's pose, down dog, gym, kids, meditation, mind-body, mother, stress, Yoga, yoga studios, yoga teacher training

I’ve been practicing yoga for close to two decades. The awareness and grounding it offers has steadied me through cross-country moves, crazy deadlines, tragic breakups, getting married and becoming a mother. Yet when I had the second of my two kids in just over two years, I gave up all forms of mind-body practice cold turkey. I just couldn’t take on anything that wasn’t directly related to keeping those kids alive and cared for.

“Green Lemonade! Fifty Cents!”

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | May 30th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: artificial flavors, children, compost, compostable, environment, green kids, Green Living, high fructose corn syrup, kids, lemonade, lemonade stand, organic, paper, parenting, plastic, recyclable, recycle, recycling, reusable, sugar, summer

Green Lemonade Stand

When my daughter held her first lemonade stand this past week, I was so caught up in the “milestone” aspect of it all that I totally missed out on an opportunity to add an environmental lesson to the mathematical/economical one.

Idle Worship

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | March 4th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: AIDS orphans, anxious, apple, at-risk girls, baby building, barriers to productive, bike, bike trailers, books, burn-out, busy, busy people, busyness, climate change, concerts, creation, dinners with friends, down and up, education, eureka, exciting lives, father, get-ahead friends, goof around, google, growth, home, idleness, incubation, inspiration, kids, lazy days, marathon, not enough, not enough time, parents, parties, pet owner, play, popular, puritans, strength, the busy trap, tim kreider, time in demand, tired, toddlers, travel, wife, work commitments, work ethic, writers, yin and yang, youth

“Busy” has become the anthem of the anxious. And yet, when asked, most are hard-pressed to say what, exactly, they’re so busy doing. They shrug and say, “you know, with kids,” or an even more vague, “Not enough hours in the day.”

There was a time I envied those “busy” people. Thanks to a youth spent largely ignored by my more-popular peers, I equated “busy” with “popular.” At home with my books, I imagined “busy” meant parties and concerts, dinners with friends, and interesting work commitments. The lives of “busy” people struck me as exciting. Their time was in demand, and their busyness seemed an indictment of my own busy-less life.