Oh, West Coast...how I love thee...your lush greenery, your soaring mountains, your clever urban planning, your...ugh...stuffy nose...glands like golf balls...again???
There is no need to discuss this, really. Greta says that action is what matters.
This is when people usually start talking about hope-solar panels, wind power, circular economy and so on. But I’m not going to do that. We’ve had 30 years of pep-talking and selling positive ideas. And I’m sorry, but it doesn’t work. Because if it would have, the emissions would have gone down by now. They haven’t. And yes, we do need hope. Of course we do. But the one thing we need more than hope is action. Once we start to act, hope is everywhere. So instead of looking for hope, look for action. Then, and only then, hope will come.
Here are some pro tips that we would like to share with you about kids’ yoga classes. We hope these instructions help you to feel as supported as you help us to feel.
Sumi Loundon Kim is a pioneer in the field of teaching mindfulness to kids. Originally brought up in a Zen community in the 70s, Sumi has been a lifelong student of meditation.
When it comes to Kids' Yoga, a question parents and school administrators have is whether Yoga is religion. Since many of these exercises were originally inspired by the wisdom traditions of India and Asia, one might wonder if kids take part in chanting or rituals that conflict with family beliefs or school policies.
I liked getting sat on when I was a kid. True story! The pressure felt safe and...relieving somehow. Although my son hasn't asked to be sat on, he does like hugging contests, which can get pretty smooshy too.
What are the three rules of Yoga? The teacher asks her wiggly students at the beginning of the yoga class. The teacher feels pretty aversive to rules, really. Freedom is the best, right?
Little people have a lot to learn. How to read, how to count, the difficult task of putting on socks…. The biggest challenge we all face as we grow up, though, may be how to run this whole “body and mind” thing we find ourselves in.
The Yoga Buggy kids have been so excited to make up new poses lately. When I say excited, I mean, nearly jumping out of their skin to demo a new version of Flamingo, Elephant, or Rat pose. It’s a special yoga teacher challenge to keep the class a balance of calm and engaged.
Inspired by a couple of my own students, I’ve decided to set some time aside to explore the benefits of yoga for children with autism.