If I Could Be: Celebrate Diversity, Individuality, and YES.

If I Could Be: Celebrate Diversity, Individuality, and YES.

Children have the best ideas! Sometimes the role of the teacher or parent is to provide some scaffolding so a child can get to work putting in place a more elaborate structure. 

“If I Could Be Any Animal In The Jungle” (or the less wordy, “If I Could Be…”) is a great example of how to encourage creativity and say YES.

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Calming to Quiet: Top 3 Ways to Transition Children to Relaxation

Calming to Quiet: Top 3 Ways to Transition Children to Relaxation

Kids and grownups that enjoy city-living often spend most of their day in crowded, loud and overstimulating environments. Just try a rush-hour commute on the subway or visit a school cafeteria at lunch time and notice what happens to your nervous system. Read on to learn our top three methods for transitioning to relaxation.

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Planting My Feet: Mindful Walking

Planting My Feet: Mindful Walking

We all understand and appreciate the energy we receive from the sun and the vital role it plays in our health. But what about the energy we receive from the earth?

Our bodies are designed for walking and evolved to support our hunter-gatherer ancestors traveling several miles a day in search of food and shelter.

But as technology and modern lifestyle invite us to become more sedentary, our health is suffering. It is more beneficial to incorporate movement throughout the day than to exercise for 30 minutes at the gym. Additionally, our connection to the earth allows us to feel secure and grounded while reducing stress.

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Wave Relaxation with Ocean Breathing

Wave Relaxation with Ocean Breathing

What is it about water that makes us feel calm? Since ancient times, people have associated water with healing and transformation. Watching it ripple and move, listening to the sounds of the ocean or a running river, or submerging our bodies in water can create peace of mind, body and spirit.

"I need the sea because it teaches me" - Pablo Neruda

One of yoga's most common breathing tools, Ocean Breathing (also known as Ujjayi or Victorious Breath) combines deep breathing with the sound of the ocean to create calm, focus, clarity and overall well-being.

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Floating Raft Relaxation

Floating Raft Relaxation

We can use visualizations as part of our yoga and mindfulness practice to still and calm the mind. They are especially effective for young children as they can help us achieve deep relaxation while allowing the mind to focus on calming and restful images.

Travel visualizations are great for young children because it is tangible and familiar. You can float on a river, fly through the sky in a hot air balloon, or float on a cloud or in space. Keep it short and simple - about 3-5 minutes. With practice, you can add more details and time.

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