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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

by Heather Bergan, Kids' Holy Yoga Teacher

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to go on a Halloween Yoga Adventure with a great group of kids. On our adventure we exercised our minds and our bodies. We started our adventure off with Boo breath (extending our exhale and making a boo sound). We then played shake and freeze (we pretended to get our Halloween costumes on very quickly while using body control to freeze when freeze was called). After we were dressed we went on an imaginary walk around our neighborhood trick or treating, doing yoga poses on what we had seen and done on our walk (stars...trees...cat...bridge...pumpkin...bobbing for apples etc.). After we completed our trick or treating, we relaxed by taking a few moments to notice our breath and what we seen, heard, smelled or tasted on our magical adventure.





In the second part of our class, we read the book "The Pumpkin Patch Parable" by Liz Curtis Higgs. The Pumpkin Patch Parable is a story about a loving farmer who turns a simple pumpkin into a glorious sight. The story weaves a beautiful parable as the farmer picks out a special pumpkin from his garden and scoops out all of the messy "goo" to make room for the pumpkin to shine from the inside. We talked about in the same way the farmer cared for his pumpkins, God cares for us and takes the yucky stuff away so our light can shine all night and day! We then did an art project to go along with the story.





Saturday, October 6, 2012

Blank Slates?

by Christina Mroz, Director of Baby Holy Yoga


Babies are said to be born as blank slates.  I have identical twin girls who are 15 months old.  Their little lives have just started. They are virtually free of trauma, negative influences, or hurt in their lives, though one may argue that by just being a twin, they have some level of trauma.  Their precious hearts, minds, and bodies have had little impact by society at this stage.

So because my girls are identical and “new,” you would think they would respond similarly when practicing yoga.  As I practiced yoga with them today, I paid particular attention to their physical responses to our practice.

As I was noticing how their bodies responded, I also thought about their different personality traits.  I was amazed to see direct similarities to their bodies and their personalities already—remember they have a “clean slate,” they are “brand new.”

This is what I observed:

Elsa
Physical Observations:
  • Spent most of the time sucking her fingers
  • Her spine was less flexible than Ellianna’s
  • Her hips were less open then Ellianna’s
  • She had to be holding her blanket
Elsa’s Personality:
  • Needs physical comforts of her blanket and sucking her fingers
  • Needs moments of cuddling and physical contact
  • Determined
  • Reserved
  • Seems to be more like her big sister Hannah
  • High strung (not that I want to label her as such but I can’t think of a better word to describe her)
Ellianna
Physical Observations:
  • Floppy
  • Flexible
  • Free movement of body
Ellianna’s Personality:
  • Free spirit
  • Sociable
  • Out going
  • Adventurous
  • Knows how to push her mom’s buttons in regards to sleep and naps
  • Needs less sleep
At 15 months of age, my daughters are not only different in their personalities, but in how they carry their bodies.  Their bodies and personalities seem to be a direct reflection of each already.  Lastly, it seems as though they really aren’t “blank slates” as some would proclaim—before my girls are even two years of age, they are distinctly unique.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Kids' Holy Yoga Teacher Training 2013


Are you interested in becoming a Kids' Holy Yoga Teacher?


Join us next February for a week-long intensive retreat in beautiful Hendersonville, North Carolina, where you will learn how to play, pray and bring Bible stories alive through movement.  In our week together, we will learn about yoga postures, child development and anatomy, teaching methods, and games, healthy snacks, and arts and crafts projects to enhance your teaching themes.

But that's not all.  This training is also an opportunity to reconnect with the child inside of you and learn anew how to come to Jesus like a little child (Matthew 19:14).  Daily Bible study and Holy Yoga practice will grow your faith so that you can then reach out to others.

Open to all interested adults.  No prior yoga training necessary.

For questions, email Rachel, Kids' Holy Yoga Director, at rachelg@holyyoga.net.  To register, click here.