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The New Year, Chaos & Beauty

Update of post originally published January 12, 2009   As 2009 winds down, we look to the beginning of 2010. As with all transitions, the end of a cycle presents an interesting challenge. It’s a rich time for reflection but also a potential trap for...

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School-Based Yoga & the Religion Issue

We recently ran across an interesting blog post by a mother who grew concerned when her daughter told of her class doing yoga at school - "not because I was opposed to the movement," she writes, but because the particular practice involved activities that she...

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Money, Kids & Stress

Money, Kids & Stress

Since the 2008 economic crisis, much has been discussed and written about how its effects are not just financial but psychological, as well. And as a recent New York Times article reminds us, they affect children just as much as adults. Children, especially, have...

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Focusing that Wild Halloween Energy

Originally published October 31, 2008   Halloween can be a wonderful time for children to explore their imaginations. Or, as many teachers and parents can attest, it can be a nightmare of sugar-fueled over-excitement and big emotions. There's nothing wrong with...

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Guided Relaxation with Yoga Jim

Guided Relaxation with Yoga Jim

We've been talking a bit about stress lately and the need for quality sleep and other habits to counter it and make ourselves more stress-resilient. Yet another means of letting go of the tension is the kind of deep relaxation that ends every yoga practice. As B.K.S....

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10 Tips for Better Sleep

10 Tips for Better Sleep

  sean dreilinger/Flickr In our book Yoga Calm for Children we write: When we rest, the body heals and the mind and body integrate experiences. Rest allows us to reflect on the day and notice the effects of our activities on our emotions, mind, and body. In rest,...

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Bucking Back to School Stress

Bucking Back to School Stress

Children are so perceptive, so often aware of things that we "grownups" may not be tuned into. They know when something is wrong. They may not be able to say what it is or why it is, but they pick up on our attitudes, feelings and values. It’s one of the ways they...

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Back-to-School Time Is Great Yoga Time

Back-to-School Time Is Great Yoga Time

Summertime is important to teachers with nearly three months off to recover from the school year and renew yourself. Some pursue personal and professional enrichment activities. Others take up summer teaching, whether by choice or necessity. Many will travel or just...

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The Art of Living: Mindfulness

The Art of Living: Mindfulness

  Italy and food: two words that are synonymous for anyone who has been here. The Italians love their food - not just the act of eating but food as a metaphor for life. We see it everywhere here in Casperia, where we are conducting our first international Yoga...

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