The Storm & The Calm Inside Us

“Fate whispers to the Warrior, ‘You cannot withstand the storm.’ The Warrior whispers back, ‘I am The Storm.'”

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Have you felt that storm inside of you lately? Whether it be a firey surge, rainy tears of joy, pain, sadness, surprise, windy rushes of emotion, or the tumultuous hurricane of the day to day. We feel so  much! As adults we’ve learned over our years how to harness our emotions, our “feels”, and how to manage them and conduct ourselves in a way in which we’re heard and respected ~ for the most part that is! Don’t get me wrong I’ve been known to let go, scream, cry, and be wild with emotion and That.Is.OK.

Our children are a storm of emotions as well! However, they are less “edited,” more “no filter” when it comes to how they are feeling. Screaming, tantrums, floods of tears, or ridiculous bursts of happiness, whimsy ~ surely we are no stranger to our children in these states. Our kiddos don’t always have the words for these feelings. They may not articulate, “I’m hungry and don’t want that apple. I want string cheese please.” Or, “You see, it hurt my feelings when you raised your voice and asked me to stop building Legos. I was so close to finishing my knight’s castle.” Right? Instead we hear their pure, unfiltered, raw emotion. This, my friends, is our storm. And it’s inside us all.

“You were wild once. Don’t let them tame you.” ~ Isadora Duncan.

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It is so important that we do not suppress our emotions, children or adults. We are wild creatures! Butttt…..we also need to go to work, not yell at our co-workers or cry. We need to get through a shopping trip at Target with our kiddos in tow. We need to just have Peace, amiright? And so, we work to learn how to manage our emotional states, how to identify what’s really going on (“I’m noticing you may not be hungry for that apple.” “I see that I’ve interrupted you while you’re building Legos & you may need 5 more minutes.”). All of this affirms that our emotions are real and that we recognize them and have words for them ~ angry, happy, sad, confused, frustrated, etc. And that these emotions matter.

When I sit with children in our yoga circles, I call these emotions “our storm.” Now here in Southern California we’ve all been experiencing rare storms all around us ~ intense wind, rain, hail ~ and it’s been wild! I connect the storm we experience outdoors with the storm inside us all, cultivating our understanding and recognition of the world around us.

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By making a storm with our bodies (see below), we are able to get wild, to yell, to move, to chant….and then, quite magically, to find the calm after the storm, to gradually slow down, find our breath, close our eyes. Be still as the earth after a rainfall, as puddles shelter the rain drops and slowly dissolve.

Just as our emotions create wind and thunder within us, we have the tools, the breath, to recognize the storm and return to a state of peace.

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There are many ways to build storms with our bodies. Below are some examples to try with your lil’ yogis. And from personal experience, these work for adult yogis as well ~

Wind ~ Sit in criss cross applesauce and allow the “wind” to blow you from side to side, in a circle, forward and back, to bounce. Let the wind begin to subside as you return to seated position.

Rain ~ Gently begin tapping the floor with your fingertips. Then move on to your hands. The rain will get stronger and louder. Let it go on your mat! And then gradually the rain will slow down (back to fingertips), and grow quieter until there is peace (leave your hands resting on your mat or in your lap).

Thunder & Lightening ~ From a standing position, open and close your legs & arms (as in jumping or yoga jacks). Clap your hands together to form the sound of thunder. Pause with arms overhead and hands together as though you are a bolt of lightening.

Rainbow ~ Often after a storm we see a rainbow, reminding us of the light and the magic after the storm. Let your fingers rain down to your toes from a standing position. The reach for the sun, bring your hands into your belly with a “HOT” breath, firing up your center. Repeat as often as needed, gently softening with each HOT breath. Settle into a downward dog rainbow. Relax back into child’s pose, allowing the colors of the rainbow and it’s bright light to fill you with magic, color, and light.

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Please do share below how these work for you and your family! All blessings, love, and gratitude,

Miss Beth

 

March Rolls in Like a Lion…

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.”

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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.

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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…

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:: 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.)

Wednesdays 9:15-10am Platypus Kids in Encinitas…ages 1.5-4 years caregiver & me, monthly registration. Register in advance (you can still sign up for March and be prorated) here!

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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).

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:: 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!

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:: Please do follow me on facebook & instagram as dancrb!

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 >>>

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Namaste! Love, Beth

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Family Summer Solstice Celebration!

 

summersolsticeI’m so excited to announce that I’m partnering with Steph Zito and Leucadia’s new inspired space mandala daydreams to bring you a Family Summer Solstice & Super Moon Celebration! Details are below….

Family Summer Solstice & Super Moon Celebration!

Sunday, June 23 10am-noon at mandala daydreams

815 North Vulcan Ave, Leucadia 92024

Join us at mandala daydreams in Leucadia as we celebrate the summer solstice! We’ll enjoy Family Yoga together with Next Generation Yoga’s Beth Guerrette, followed by summer crafting & explorations with the kids. Parents will join Steph Zito in the quiet cottage as we manifest intentions for the new season. Let’s culminate with a family dance party, a la bubbles, hoops, and more! Light seasonal snacks will be provided.

$20 suggested family donation, no one will be turned away.

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Check out our morning schedule of events…

~ Family Yoga Class with NGY with Beth Guerrette

~ Children’s summer crafting and affirmations with Beth

~ Parents gather in the quiet cottage with Steph Zito for manifesting intentions & meditation

~ Family dance party with bubbles, hoops, and more

~ Closing Circle *

Light seasonal snacks will be provided.

* Following the celebration, mandala daydreams will remain open with their weekly community seva sundays. Also, the Leucadia Farmer’s Market will be rockin’ down the street for lunch!

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For more information, and to let us know you are coming please leave a comment or email Beth at bethguerrette@gmail.com.

All Love >>>>

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Yogi Playground is Growing Up!

This past weekend I had the honor of participating in Next Generation Yoga‘s 8-13 year old teacher training. And the training was led by the one and only Jodi Komitor! Jodi is THE children’s yoga instructor. Her book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Yoga with Kids was the first book I purchased after my training with MiniYogis in Santa Monica about 6 years ago. Even more, Jodi opened the first children’s yoga studio IN THE WORLD in 1998. Needless to say I was more than excited to meet Jodi and train under her profound experience and expertise.

The weekend was so full of Light and Love and information. Over three days, ten trainees, including myself, practiced yoga classes, took part in practice teaching sessions, observed classes, journaled, and shared more than I could have ever expected. Jodi was accompanied by her beautiful and inspired business partner, Nicole Koleshis. We were so fortunate to soak up both their energies and wisdom, and to witness their lovely, true friendship on top of being business partners!

Below are some photos from the weekend (all photos courtesy of Next Generation Yoga). Yogi Playground is happy, inspired, and ready to bring all this Light into our spring classes here in Encinitas. What a beautiful community….