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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Advent: Joy

That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Luke 2:8-12 NLT

The third week of Advent celebrates JOY. 

Do you think that there is a difference between happiness and joy? Happiness is what we feel when something good happens to us or we have something we want.

Joy is a little bit different. Joy lives deeper in our hearts than happiness. It's a feeling that doesn't depend on all the right things happening. Joy understands that, no matter what, God is good all the time and that God loves us all the time.

Did you know that you can grow joy in your heart? Imagine that you plant a little joy seed in your heart. Instead of water and sunshine, this seed needs you to practice thankfulness and to give love. 

Think about the things for which you are grateful. Imagine each thing you are grateful for like a drop of water that nourishes your joy plant. 

Now think about something loving that you can do for someone else, maybe your dad or mom, or brother or sister, or a friend or a teacher. Imagine that your loving acts toward others are like the warmth of the sun that causes your joy plant to bloom.

Gratitude and loving others help us become more joy-filled people. This is one of the gifts that Jesus brought when He came as a little baby.

This week's pose is called Happy Baby. But, let's call it Joyful Baby instead, ok?

 Lie on your back. Feel how long your spine is! Bring your knees into your chest. Take each hand to the bottom of your feet. Keep your knees bent and move your knees toward your armpits. Rock gently from side to side like a happy little baby. While you rock, let your mind tell God about the things and people for which you are thankful. Feel your heart fill with joy.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

We are Peace Makers

Last night at dinner, we were discussing the life of Nelson Mandela, the recently deceased former president of South Africa. We were talking about how President Mandela worked many years for justice and peace in his country. You can learn more about Nelson Mandela here.

We then shifted the discussion to this coming week's advent theme of PEACE. We talked about the ways in which Jesus was a peace maker. And we talked about this verse that Paul wrote: "do your best to live at peace with everyone." Romans 12:18

We talked about what it means to live at peace with others...and the things that sometimes make peace hard. We discussed the difference between being a peace maker and being a push-over. Like Jesus did, sometimes being a peace maker means standing up for what is right and true!

So, as we celebrate another week of Advent, let's look for ways to be peace makers like Jesus!

Try this pose to remind yourself about being a peace maker. It's called Big Toe pose.

Take your two peace fingers.
 

 Wrap those fingers around your big toe. Begin to stretch your leg out long. Root into your standing leg to stay balanced!

Or try this variation in seated. It works with one leg or both legs.

Are you a peace making kid? Tell us about it in the comments-we'd love to hear from you!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

A Kindness Meditation for Thanksgiving

Did you know that yoga isn't just fun poses? Yoga is also about joining our hearts and minds with God through Jesus! Today's blog post teaches us a reflective meditation...a way of thinking about God's ways with our hearts.

Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! --Hebrews 13:2

At Thanksgiving we celebrate the friendship showed to the Pilgrims by the Native Americans when the Pilgrims first came to North America. Have you heard that story?


The Bible teaches us that it is important to show kindness and hospitality to people who are different than we are. Sometimes we do this through a friendly smile, sometimes by serving those in our community, or raising money for a good cause. There are so many ways to show kindness to those who are different than us.

And you know what is so good about God? Sometimes, when we reach out to someone who is different than us, we find out that we have more about us that is the same than is different...and we become FRIENDS.

So talk with your mom or dad or grandma or grandpa or teacher. What are some ways that you together can make this Bible verse come to life by showing kindness to someone different? How can you show the love of God in your community today?

Do you already serve God by loving others, kids? Do you have a story about a stranger becoming a friend? We'd love to hear your stories! Tell us about it in the comments.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Give THANKS to the Lord

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His love endures forever. -Psalm 107:1

Several times in the Bible we are told to give thanks to God. God takes care of us by meeting all our needs and He blesses us by giving us even more than we need sometimes!

At Thanksgiving, we practice gratitude, or appreciating all the blessings we have been given. This is what our verse says: give thanks to the Lord for He is good!

At our house we talked about what yoga pose might be a good pose to help us remember our practice of gratitude. We decided on chair pose with wide arms to help us remember that God has given us more blessings than we could ever hold.


Bring your feet close together. Begin to bend your knees and sit back like you are sitting on a stool. Lift your arms up and hold them wide, like you are carrying all the ways that God is good to you. Say out loud to God a few things you are thankful for.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Warrior Week VBS in Washaba, Minnesota


Last week, I was able to make a dream a reality by hosting my first faith and fitness Vacation Bible School program (VBS). It was three days long and included components of two amazing ministries—Kids' Holy Yoga & Revelation Wellness. Our VBS program was called “Warrior Week: Building Warriors of Truth” and our focus was training up the children physically, mentally, and spiritually to be warriors of God. Our verse for the week was: “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” Ephesians 6:22.



Each day we discussed a different tool of a warrior, such as the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the shoes of peace, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. 


We included a 30-minute Kids’ Revelation Wellness class to our line-up of activities. This class included games and activities that got kids moving and was a great way to add a little movement while learning about how physically strong a warrior needs to be. We also practiced 30 minutes of Kids’ Holy Yoga as well. Each day ended with stretching, breathing, and meditating on what it means to be a warrior of God.

This was a great way to fuse faith and fitness together in a fun and exciting way for young children.

Christina Mroz
Kids’ Holy Yoga Instructor + Revelation Wellness Instructor

Click on these links if you would like more info on becoming a Kids' Holy Yoga Instructor or Revelation Wellness Instructor. Both trainings begin SOON!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Kids' Holy Yoga Instructor Danielle's Story

Children young and old have been my passion for all of my life. Growing up in an in-home licensed daycare, I learned early on how much I loved being around little people. My life has evolved around raising my children and teaching sunday school, children’s church, working as a paraprofessional to a sweet special needs child, and teaching adult Holy Yoga classes.  


My Kids’ Holy Yoga training came at just the right time; isn’t it amazing how God can do that? I mean, I knew something was missing from my children’s ministry work in my church, but I still hadn’t quite figured out just what I could or should be doing. I printed out the overview of the course work, and immediately set up a meeting with my Pastor. Our training was very hands on and full of fun ways to prayerfully and playfully practice yoga with our students during a Kids’ HY class.


Fast forward a year and I have the honor to teach Kids’ Holy Yoga in my church’s summer camp. Each day, 23 kids and I move and praise the Lord from our yoga mats. This is a motley crewed mixture of boys and girls ranging from 5-11 years old. Some children have a foundation in faith and others do not, but all of them want to have fun. Teaching a mixed group like this presents challenges daily but also creates fun surprises. I love having to stay on my toes and switch up lesson plans. Like most children, my students are not afraid to give me feedback, whether it be positive or negative.



Each morning we spend a few minutes in a devotional and then lead into our practice. Thus far, their favorites seem to be the days that we work on partner poses and our candlelight gentle classes. Amazingly, I found that my students absolutely love having a slow paced class.


One day my group seemed just absolutely worn out from their summer schedules and the craziness of life as children. Taking that into consideration, I did what I knew would ease my muscles and give rest to my weary body...I grabbed my candles, turned down the lights, and turned up the music. I positioned my students around the sanctuary and prompted them into legs up the wall pose and we proceeded to work through our gentle class. Who would have thought that this group would enjoy something so slow paced? Not me! Now they beg for “candle Holy Yoga.” And we have made it a part of our weekly class schedule.


One devotional a few weeks ago was on Paul being shipwrecked (Acts 27). After reading through the story and having discussion, I passed out crayons, markers, and paper and asked them to draw their favorite part of the story. The kids had such a great time laying on their mats and free drawing their favorite scene. My favorite part was when we presented the pictures to our Pastor. In doing so, we asked him to determine what the Bible story was. Hearing my students explain, in their own words, what the Bible story was was very important and inspiring. Such a fun way to incorporate a great Bible story about complete trust in God and make it hands on enough that the kids could really grasp the point.


Some of my biggest takeaways from this summer long Kids’ Holy Yoga program are the pure joy of hearing small voices ask the name of a Christian song playing on my ipod playlist, reading a scripture verse, and praying. At the end of every class, I ask for a volunteer to pray us out of yoga, and multiple hands fly into the air. There is something so sweet to hear their sometimes shy and timid voices thanking God for their bodies, movement, and friends.


Friends, if  you have a heart for Jesus and a passion for working with kids and yoga, this program is for you! I have loved every moment of my ministry and I cannot wait to see what new and exciting plans the Lord has for me for next year. 

The next Kids' Holy Yoga Instructor training begins September 9th. For more info about the training, click here.




Monday, July 22, 2013

Back to School Sale on Kids' Holy Yoga Gear



Get ready for school this fall with some fun and faith-filled wear. Holy Yoga has its kids' "Wonderfully Made" line on sale now! Check out the shop!

While you're there, pick up a Kids' Holy Yoga DVD or set of Scripture cards. Perfect for a rainy day!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

All Things Bright and Beautiful--A Kids' Holy Yoga trip to the ZOO

Join these Kids' Holy Yoga kids for a ZOO adventure! Get ready to see some fun yoga animals while we celebrate the amazing creatures God has made!
 

We also talk about the hymn "All Things Bright and Beautiful." You can learn more about the hymn here.

What other animals have you seen at the zoo? What yoga pose would you do for those animals?

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) about the Kids’ Holy Yoga Instructor Training Program

What is the Kids’ Holy Yoga Instructor Training Program? 

The Kids’ Holy Yoga Instructor Training Program is a comprehensive training program designed to help you bring the Holy Yoga experience to kids. Combining prayerful and playful elements, Kids’ Holy Yoga is a worship-centered yoga practice that helps kids to fully experience God’s love. The Kids’ Holy Yoga Instructor Training Program equips teachers to plan and facilitate Kids’ Holy Yoga classes and events.

How does the Kids’ Holy Yoga Instructor Training Program work?

In the Fall of 2013 (September-October), Kids’ Holy Yoga is launching its first entirely virtual training program. There will be six 2-hour webinar sessions held on Monday evenings (7:30-9:30 pm Eastern). These webinars will be interactive between students and the teaching team. Each week will have a balance between scripture study to equip you to teach the Word of God to kids, information about the practice of kids’ yoga, and additional information to help you have a great experience working with children.

What if I cannot attend the classes on Monday nights?

The webinars will be recorded and available to be listened to within the weeks of the training course. We prefer you listen live so that you are able to contribute; however, we understand this is not always possible and we are pleased to be able to offer this course via recording.

Do I have to be a Holy Yoga Instructor or Registered Yoga Teacher to take this training?

No! This training is open to any adult who is interested in learning to teach Kids’ Holy Yoga and wants to bring Jesus’ love to children through this practice. Students are also asked to agree to the Holy Yoga Statements of Faith.

How much does the Kids’ Holy Yoga Program cost?

Tuition for the Kids’ Holy Yoga Training program is $475. You can pay all at once or you can pay in four monthly installments, if that is better for you.

Does Kids’ Holy Yoga offer scholarships?

At this point, Kids’ Holy Yoga is not able to offer scholarships, but we will pray with you and brainstorm with you about ways that you might be able to raise the funds needed. We believe that if God is calling you to this ministry, He will provide for you. We will join you in taking steps of faith for your training.

Is there a travel requirement for this Kids’ Holy Yoga Training?

For this session of Kids’ Holy Yoga Training, there is NO travel requirement. The entire training course will be conducted virtually.

Can I take this specialty training while I am taking the 225-hour or 95-hour Holy Yoga Instructor training?

No. Because of the intense nature of the Holy Yoga Instructor training, it is advised that students do not take additional Holy Yoga specialty trainings at the same time.

Can I take the Kids’ Holy Yoga course while taking another Holy Yoga Specialty course (i.e. Holy Yoga Therapy, etc)?

Yes. You will, however, be responsible for meeting the requirements for each course within the allotted time frames (i.e., listening to recordings, homework, reading requirements).

How many hours a week can I expect to spend on Kids’ Holy Yoga Training?

You will be required to attend (or listen to) the 2-hour webinar each week, as well as complete required readings, scripture study/interaction, yoga practice, and additional homework. You can expect to spend approximately 5-8 hours each week on your training.

I’m already a Registered Holy Yoga Instructor/Master Holy Yoga Instructor. Why should I take the Kids’ Holy Yoga Training?

If you have a heart to teach little people, this training will enrich your skills to bring prayerful, playful, story-enriched yoga to the little ones God places in your path. You will learn about the unique aspects of yoga for little bodies and how to weave the Word especially for kids. You will also experience an in-depth study of what it means to be a child of God yourself. And one more thing: only those certified in Kids’ Holy Yoga are credentialed to teach “Kids’ Holy Yoga” classes.

I did a Kids’ Yoga training with another agency. Do I have to do this whole program to be certified in Kids’ Holy Yoga?

Yes. Because Kids’ Holy Yoga is so much more than the physical aspect of yoga, we believe this training is greatly different than many other Kids’ Yoga trainings. We spend a good deal of time teaching you to connect with God and your inner heart to bring this aspect forward in your teachings with kids in addition to the physical elements of yoga for children.

Will there be another offering of the Kids' Holy Yoga Instructor Training program in 2013?

No, this is the only offering of this specialty in 2013. 

How do I register for the Kids’ Holy Yoga Instructor Training program?

Click here to register. For questions, email kids@holyyoga.net.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July & Eagle Pose



In America, on July 4th, we observe Independence Day, which celebrates freedom and liberty for our country.

Freedom is a theme of our faith, too. The apostle Paul tells us that it is for freedom that Jesus has set us free (Galatians 5:1). Because of the freedom Jesus gives us, we don’t have to worry about our mistakes or bad choices—Jesus wants us to be free of guilt and shame!

The symbol of American freedom is the bald eagle, a large bird who flies free in the open skies.

For this 4th of July, you can practice Eagle Pose to help remember how Jesus has set us free and to practice thankfulness for the freedoms we have in our country.

Stand with your feet together. Bring your right elbow underneath your left elbow, then bring your palms together. Bend your knees deeply. Cross your right leg over your left, then use your toes on your right foot like a kickstand to stay stable. Bring your elbows toward your knees. Use your eagle eyes and imagine what you see below as you fly the skies. Stand up tall, and as you release your arms, spread them wide like wings. Return to standing in Mountain Pose. Repeat on the other side.

Happy 4th of July, Kids’ Holy Yoga kids! Fly free in Jesus' love!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Become a Kids' Holy Yoga Instructor!

Hey Moms & Dads, Grandmas & Grandpas, Kids' Pastors, Teachers and Friends-

Kids' Holy Yoga is going to be offering an all-virtual Instructor Training Program in September-October 2013!

From your own home, you can learn how to bring Bible stories to life using play, prayer and yoga! Join the Kids' Holy Yoga teaching team for this 6-week course that will teach you what you need to know to host your own Kids' Holy Yoga classes, sharing the love of Jesus with little ones through movement, music, creativity and worship.

For more information or to register, click HERE.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Holy Yoga Heart Opener Challenge

During the month of April, Holy Yoga is hosting a Heart Opener Challenge. The idea is to explore different ways that we can allow God to open our hearts to His love for us. This week's video link features Kids' Holy Yoga. Join Kids' Holy Yoga Director Rachel and her friends in this partner practice to explore what it means to love the Lord with your heart, mind, soul, and strength!

(Find out more about the Holy Yoga Heart Opener Challenge on the Holy Yoga Facebook page).



Monday, March 25, 2013

Palm Sunday Celebration

Click HERE to celebrate Holy Week with Kids' Holy Yoga in this short video to engage the story of Palm Sunday from Matthew 21.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Virtual Kids' Holy Yoga Training

Kids' Holy Yoga Graduates, 2012






Would you like to be a part of this fun and wacky group of people who love Jesus, Kids, and Yoga?

Kids' Holy Yoga will offer its' first ever VIRTUAL training in September-October 2013! Six 2-hour webinars will equip you to begin teaching kids about God's love and truth through play, prayer, and Holy Yoga.

Join us. It's going to be a lot of fun. Find more information here: https://holyyoga.net/workshops-1/54/. Email us at kids@holyyoga.net with any questions!