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Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Kids' Holy Yoga

At Kids' Holy Yoga, we love to celebrate the story of Jesus' birth with yoga poses.  We thought you and your family might like to try, too!

An angel told Mary that she was going to have a baby from God.
Angel Pose: Stand tall on your knees, spread your arms out wide, and lift your arms up like wings as you breathe in.  As you breathe out, softly lower your arms back down to your side.

When it was time for Mary to have her baby, she rode on a donkey to Bethlehem.
Donkey Kicks: Start in Table pose with your hands and knees on the floor.  Gently lift one heel up toward the sky, then the other.  Say "hee-haw!" like a donkey. Be careful of your brothers and sisters or Mom or Dad as you do this pose!

Out in the fields near Bethlehem were shepherds, watching their sheep in the night.  Angels came to them and told them the Savior baby had been born.
Stand in Warrior 2 pose with your front knee bent and your arms straight out from your shoulders.  Pretend you are watching your sheep out over the hills of Bethlehem.  What do you see and hear in that dark night sky?

Back in town, in a dirty stable, Jesus was born.  He was full of God's perfect love.
This pose is called Happy Baby. Lie down on your back.  Bring your knees to your chest. With your hands, either grab the back of your legs or the bottoms of your feet.  Gently rock from side to side and smile as you think about God's love for you!

With baby Jesus in that stable were a lot of animals.
This is Cat/Cow pose.  Start in Table. As you breathe in, lift your eyes up and lift your tail up.  Let your belly hang down like a cow and say "Moo!" Then drop your chin to your chest, arch your back like a cat, and soften your tail down. Say "Meow!"

The Christmas Star guided the wise men (or the Magi) to find Jesus.
Stand with your feet apart.  Bring your arms out wide.  Stand tall.  Twinkle your fingers, maybe twinkle your toes, and smile like the Christmas Star!

The wise men traveled a long, long way to meet Jesus.  We think they traveled on camels!
Camel pose: Stand tall on your knees. Get long through your back. Gently bring one hand to your ankle, then the other hand to your other ankle. Gently lift your heart toward heaven.  (If this pose doesn't feel good, try interlacing your fingers behind your back instead of taking them to your ankles, then lift your heart up).  Wiggle your nose like a camel.

Together, Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and the wise men gathered and worshiped the baby king.  We can worship Him, too.
This is Kneeling Prayer pose.  Sit on your knees.  Bring your hands together in prayer position.  Close your eyes softly.  Say a prayer to Jesus for whatever you are thankful for today.

Merry Christmas, Holy Yoga Kiddos!
Much love from your friends Rachel, Christina & Sarah

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Our Hearts and Prayers are with you, Sandy Hook and America

We can only imagine the heart-break and grief that has struck the parents, teachers and children who were in the building that scary Friday.  As parents and teachers, we are sick to our stomachs as we cry out in shock, fear, and anger. We scream out, “No” and utter, “Why?”  The dictionary defines cry as “to utter inarticulate sounds, especially of lamentation, grief, or suffering, usually with tears.” We cry with you in your grief, we cry for our own fears, we cry for the safety of all children in our nation to go to school in peace. We hang on to hope in the midst of darkness and believe that the Lord hears our cries and weeps with us. “Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4.

If you are looking for ways to calm your children and ease your fears, read the article "Practicing Peace Breath to Help Children Cope with Tragic News and Ease Emotional Distress," written by Lisa Flynn, founder of ChildLight Yoga.

Peace, Health, and Hope in HIM-
Kids’ Holy Yoga

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Advent: Peace

 I give you peace, the kind of peace that only I can give. It isn’t like the peace that this world can give. So don’t be worried or afraid.--John 14:27 CEV

The theme for the second week of Advent is PEACE.

Merriam-Webster for kids defines peace asa state of quiet; freedom from upsetting thoughts or feelings; harmony in personal relations.

Sometimes having peace is hard for kids.  They fight with their siblings or classmates.  They feel pressure to perform at school or in sports.  They may witness difficult relationships between their parents or other adults.  Kids may worry about the things they hear on the news. Or sometimes kids are hard on themselves and think that they aren't good enough or smart enough.

The good news that comes with Christmas and Advent is that Jesus is The Prince of Peace, the Bible tells us in Isaiah 9:6.  That means that He knows what peace is all about and wants to share that with us.  Our verse above tells us that He gives us a special kind of peace that only He can give.  That's one of our true Christmas presents!

Here's a Kids' Holy Yoga pose you can practice to remember Jesus' gift of peace.  We call it Easy Seated Pose, but you can call it Peace Pose, if you want!

Take a seat on the floor and cross your legs.  Sit up tall and feel like your back is as straight as an arrow! Now, either bring your hands to your knees with your palms up and open, ready to receive God's gift of peace OR bring your hands together at your heart in prayer position.

Take five long, slow breaths, in and out through your nose.  Think about Jesus as the Prince of Peace and how He wants to give YOU the gift of peace.  When you slowly open your eyes, pause a moment. Do you feel more peaceful?

Monday, December 3, 2012

Advent: Hope

O Lord, you alone are my hope.
I’ve trusted you, O Lord, from childhood.--Psalm 71:5 NLT

This week is the beginning of Advent, the time of the year when we reflect and remember as we anticipate the celebration of Christmas. Many traditions refer to the first week of Advent as HOPE week and focus on the prophecies that came before Jesus' birth.

Hope is important for us as Christians because it is the foundation of our faith. The dictionary defines hope as "to expect with confidence."

Before Jesus was born, God had said through His prophets that He would send a rescuer for His people. God's people had to have hope--or a confident expectation--that the rescuer God promised would come.

The rescuer did the form of a tiny baby boy. Many were surprised He came this way. Some didn't believe it. But the hope of the world was found in that little baby.

This week, talk with your kids about the Old Testament prophecies that foretold Jesus' coming. Share how we have hope that He will come again some day to make everything right.

Enjoy this yoga pose to celebrate our HOPE in Jesus. Stand with your feet as wide as your hips. Feel strong in your legs and hug your muscles to your bones. Bring your arms next to your ears and open your fingers wide. Feel yourself reaching up to God.

Like a little child reaches for her Mama, we can trust that God is always there for us to give us HOPE.

PS-At Kids' Holy Yoga, we love the Jesus StoryBook Bible.  Here's a great link to an Advent reading schedule to use with the JSSB, found at

Wonderfully Made

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
--Psalm 139:14

At Kids' Holy Yoga, we want every kid to know about how special they are in God's eyes. It's why we developed Kids' Holy Yoga--to spread the good news that Jesus loves every single kid out there!  

And it's why we've recently launched our Wonderfully Made clothing and accessory line.

We partnered with our sister ministry, Baby Holy Yoga, to make t-shirts, bibs, baby hats, onesies, and headbands with the message that the kid wearing it is Wonderfully Made. Our hope is that kids enjoy wearing these items as they learn how much God loves them.

You can find items from the Wonderfully Made line in the Holy Yoga Shop by clicking here. You can also find our Kids' Holy Yoga DVD and Scripture Cards there--perfect for stocking stuffers and helping kids remember what Christmas is all about--Jesus' love for us all!

Thanks for your support of the ministry of Kids' Holy Yoga and Baby Holy Yoga!