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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

a time for everything--a meditation for fall

An interpretation of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 for kids

For everything there is a season, and a time for everything under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to grow old;
a time to plant, and a time to pick what you planted;
3 a time for hurting, and a time to heal;
a time to knock things down and a time to put them back together again;
4 a time to cry, and a time to laugh;
a time to be sad, and a time to dance;
5 a time to finish a project, and a time to start something new;
a time to hug, and a time to keep your hands to yourself;
6 a time to win, and a time to let somebody else have a turn to win;
a time to hold on, and a time to let things go;
7 a time to tear apart, and a time to sew together;
a time to be quiet, and a time to speak up;
8 a time to love, and a time to say “that’s enough”;
a time to argue your point, and a time for peace.

No matter what happens in life, God loves you and is in control.  He will take care of you in every season!

Practice TREE POSE and celebrate the season of FALL.

Look at these Holy Yoga Kids practicing Tree Pose in the Park!

  • Stand rooted on one foot.  
  • Bring your other foot to your ankle, calf, or inner thigh. Be careful to not put it on your knee--that might hurt you!
  • Pull your belly in. Feel as strong as a tree trunk!
  • Let your arms float up like tree branches. Is that a bird sitting on your pinky?
  • Wiggle your fingers like leaves falling to the ground.
  • Now, practice TREE on the other side!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Babies: Crying & Yoga

by Christina Mroz

As the Director of the Baby Holy Yoga program, I read lots of books on yoga and babies.  Most, if not all, books tell you to not practice yoga with your baby when they are crying.  I understand the concept behind not forcing a baby to practice yoga when they aren’t ready, but I’ve also found that some moments of crying are the best time for yoga.  I think it all comes down to the type of crying--crying due to hunger, crying due to falling, crying due to injury, crying due to fussiness, crying due to not getting their way, crying during a tantrum.

I typically only try yoga with my crying baby if she is fussy or throwing a tantrum.  One yoga technique that works well is "drops".  Drops mean that you hold your baby as you stand up, you then quickly “drop” your arms down, which causes the baby to “drop”.  Please note, you are always holding your child securely!  I have found that these movements can take a child out of the constant cycle of crying into experiencing something new.  Many times they forget about why they were even crying.

This is not always fool proof.  There have been times I have tried drops or swinging my baby and it only makes her cry louder. When this occurs, I use cuddling instead of redirection to bring her comfort.

Every baby and body is different.  Some babies may welcome certain yoga postures when they are crying and others may not.  Baby yoga has given me the skills and confidence to recognize what my child needs and when.