Happy Spring Families! Spring break in my home reminds me that it’s time to plan summer break & camps. This year our Yogi Playground Summer Camps will be held at a gorgeous studio, as well as a quick walk to Fletcher Cove by the beach in Solana Beach. And we’re offering 2 sessions! Details are below. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions and/or registration information. And visit The Movement Lab website to see the great space. All Love, Beth.
It’s December! Can you feel it ~ the decorations, shopping, baking, planning, traveling? Our children can feel it too. They may be feeling it differently (cue: how many more days until….?), but as they feel our joy for the season they too may feel our stress. During this month of celebration, crafting, and gifting I try to take a moment of pause with my kiddos.
We check in.
This is also a great time for restorative yoga for the family. One way we can practice and pause is with a gentle savasana. Here are some suggestions to set the space.
~ Introduce this ritual with a brief explanation of what you’re going to do. “Let’s take a moment before we __________ to rest our bodies and minds together. Let’s check in.” Incorporate a breath if you wish by blowing up an imaginary balloon over your head (raise your arms) and slowly let out the air with your exhale (hands come to heart).
~ Lay some mats on the floor (or towels, blankets) and pillows for our heads. If you have an eye pillow or soft beanie stuffed animal you can lay this down on your eyes. Also, slide a pillow under your knees if this feels OK on your lower back.
~ Perhaps infuse an essential oil, light a candle, or spray a pleasant scent in the air. Lavender is wonderful.
~ Lay a blanket gently over your yogi.
~ Play a mantra or soft soothing music. My family loves “Ra Ma Da Sa” by Snatam Kaur, Grace.
~ Now, before you settle in for your savasana, take a moment with some lotion to gently massage your yogi’s toes, feet, ankles.
~ Gently lay down next to your family. Perhaps it’s just 2 of you. For a larger family lay in a circle. Hold hands. Snuggle. Whatever feels right.
~ Spend as much time as you wish here. If your children are younger and their flow is to move around, be OK with that. Ground yourself and your children will take notice, feel your energy, and maybe return to you or their mats.
~ When you’re ready to come back, do so with grace and ease. Gaze into each other’s eyes. Check in. How do you feel? You are ready to continue on with your day, week, month, season. Mmmmm….can you feel the shift?
We’ll be incorporating more restorative yoga in all our Yogi Playground classes this winter. Next Generation Yoga is also offering a wonderful lesson plan for your home or classes which can be purchased here.
Wishing you all a peaceful, loving holiday season!
Namaste ~ Miss Beth
Today was an uplifting day where I taught 2 yoga classes back to back at our local library. I love Mondays at the library, and this week in particular is full of light as we prepare to gather and give gratitude for all we have. Yay for Gratitude Yoga! In addition to sharing for what we are thankful (our bodies, families, yoga, dancing, and treats, to name a few), we included the powerful meditation of “Peace Begins With Me.”
This mantra is magic on so many levels! Following our high energy practice and Monday morning dance party, we found our way to the floor in either “criss cross applesauce,” aka easy seated pose, or in Hero Pose on our knees. Tapping each finger to our thumbs, one at a time, we repeat “Peace Begins with Me” ~ Peace (pointer finger) Begins (middle) With (ring) Me (pinky). As we chant we grow louder and louder, raising our voices in unison. Then we begin to grow quieter, quieter still, until we are saying it on the inside. It is in this moment where we close our eyes, move inward, feel the peace we’ve created within us. As we open our eyes, we smile and look around the circle. The room is still, silent, at peace, with only our smiles and our eyes to share our light. And yes, these are 2, 3, 4 year olds! And we are meditating!! Feeling the power of meditation, the magic of looking within.
We followed this practice with Resting Pose or savasana. Today we imagined we were floating on a cloud high above our town, over the ocean, across the world. Just as rain gently falls from a cloud, we showered the world in Peace. My heart is full.
I give gratitude every day for sharing this practice with our children. I feel grounded and optimistic. Our future with these kiddos is truly bright.
Let’s try this meditation at home! And please do let me know how it feels for you and your family.
Happy Holiday Season to all, and to all ~ Namaste & Peace.
Love, Miss Beth
Mmmm…can you feel it? The subtle, sweet transition of summer to autumn in North County San Diego ~ Join us as we celebrate Yogi Playground style! We’ll enjoy yoga under the mighty trees of Oakcrest Park, followed by dancing, hooping, autumn crafting, and more! The entire family is welcome and encouraged to join in the FUN!
This event is donation based, suggested $10-$20. All are welcome & no one is turned away! RSVP at email@example.com.
Summer Camp is back! Last year’s fun left me so inspired & I’m thrilled to bring a true summer experience to our kiddos. This year we’ll be practicing yoga in the shade under the beautiful trees at Oakcrest Park in Encinitas. Then we’ll take a short “hike” on the nature trail leading to my backyard where we’ll enjoy a week of crafting (Including T-shirt design, peace stones, painting, and more), cooking, and gardening. Each child will create and bring home their own fairy/elf garden at the end of the week! Space is limited. Please register early to secure your spot!
How can we not celebrate the Solstice here in San Diego?! Join us for an afternoon at Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach where we’ll enjoy summer yoga, hooping, dancing, and treats. Email firstname.lastname@example.org so we know to expect you. All ages, All Fun!
Happy Summer Friends! Axe Axe!!!
“If you have a garden & a library, you have everything you need.”
Today I am grateful for my the gifts of my garden, and for the recipe for fermenting rosemary which I found in the latest issue of Taproot Magazine. Oh and as Taproot is all about “Song” this season, I am grateful for Ani Difranco & Utah Phillips streaming this Sunday morning on Spotify.
For what are you grateful today?
Oh the month of March! As a child growing up on the east coast, I remember this being the longest month, right in between the excitement of the winter holidays and the promise of a bright spring season ahead. As a teenager, I would dye my hair during this month to offset the teen boredom I was facing (remember Manic Panic!!). Now, as an adult & Mama, the month feels like it’s already flying by. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by children who remind me to be present, to enjoy this moment, and that yes, March has 31 long, beautiful days! This month also reminds me of the phrase, “March rolls in like a lion, and out like a lamb.”
In like a lion and out like a lamb…sounds like our yoga practice! For children, we jump, sing, sometimes cartwheel to our mat. I’m overjoyed to hear tales of the day, exciting family & school news, and songs that get stuck in our brains (what does the fox say?!). As adults, we often come to our mats with our To-Do lists, our anxieties, our hunger (I can’t wait for a giant sandwich after savasana!), or whatever is on our minds. And Out like a lamb…children transition from “silly” to “calm.” Adults connect within. Sweet, sweet savasana…ready and centered for the rest of our day.
Yogi Playground is so excited this month as I continue to TRUST the universe, MOVE with the ebb & flow, EXPRESS GRATITUDE for my life, and ENJOY the ride. Here’s what’s happening in our YP world, friends…
:: You may have noticed a lil’ name transition here…I’m still and always will be me! With extreme gratitude for my community, friends, & business relations over the past year, I come back to my foundation…Yogi Playground…my highest self. I’m excited to grow and share with you the journey and the offerings YP will be bringing this year! Stay tuned ~
:: New Classes! Our March Schedule is below…Please let me know if you are interested in trying or registering for any of our classes…Yoga is better when we do it together!
Tuesdays 1:00-1:45pm Beach Yoga in Solana Beach (this is a small outdoor group class, but open to children ages 4-7 who are interested…we practice on the grass & on the beach.)
Thursdays 10:15-11am SoulShine Yoga in San Elijo Hills…4-5 years. Holy shmoly this is a fantastic new studio! And your first week of unlimited classes is only $10. Class is limited to 12 students, it’s recommended you sign up in advance on the site.
Thursdays 11-11:45am SoulShine Yoga in San Elijo Hills…ages 1.5-3 years caregiver & me.
Fridays 10-10:30am The Learning Tree Preschool in Cardiff (beginning in April).
:: Spring Themes! Oh how I love spring, such a time of renewal & cleansing. As Yogi Playground flows with the seasons we tap into how the earth is changing around us. How are our senses telling us that the season is changing? We’re also approaching Earth Day! Stay tuned for fun Earth Day events with Yogi Playground.
:: Girl Scouts! Did you know one of my favorite things to do is bring yoga to Girl Scout & Daisy troops? Seriously. I LOVE the opportunity to connect with so many strong, intuitive young ladies. Themes from past events include The True Meaning of Friendship, Self-Respect, Self-Care, Healthy Lifestyle Choices. Let me know what you are thinking for your troop!
Happy MARCH dear friends of Yogi Playground! Thank you for the opportunity to practice yoga with your children. Wishing you and your families sweet moments of quiet connection and peace. Sending you deep gratitude and light always >>>
Namaste! Love, Beth