A Moment of Pause ~

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.

andrerestorativeWe stop.

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

Peace Begins With Me ~

powerpeaceToday 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


Spring Gratitude ~

“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?

Love, 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.”


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.)

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!


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!


:: 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 >>>


Namaste! Love, Beth


Summah Summah SummahTIME!

Oh dear friends some time has certainly passed since I’ve written to you. Thank you for your patience & continued support. The last year has been a time of transition, excitement, and an extreme practice of patience and trust. I’m so happy to say that we are settling in to our new home here in Encinitas, one with nourishing gardens, a more intimate space for my family, and surrounded by the sounds of a sweet rooster and chickens. I continue to give thanks daily for this life, and in doing so have found an even deeper connection to my practice. I am Home.

The summer kicked off with friends at our Summer Solstice Celebration at Mandala Daydreams in Leucadia! My inspired partner Steph Zito, of Ripple Effect Yoga & Wellness, and I are still soaking in the afterglow of such a beautiful morning with the families. We are now in planning stages for our Autumn Equinox Celebration in September….stay tuned!

Please enjoy photos of the Celebration by Mark Zito.

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Many Blessings to you & your family, always. Together we experience this life, let us move gracefully, with compassion, love, and deep connection. Namaste.

Yogi Playground in Encinitas!

Wow, my dear yogi friends. So much has been happening since my last post. The most exciting of news is that Yogi Playground is now living in Encinitas, California, very close to San Diego!

After we sold our home, my family enjoyed some very much needed rest and together time in Encinitas. The magic here pulled us in, literally and figuratively. And it became clear that we needed a quality of life change. And the time is Now!

The transition has been a bit of a challenge, but once again I am the Mother Bird and I’m happy to report that my nest is thriving and over the moon giddy in our new town.

We continue to hold a lot of Love for Los Angeles, and I’ll be travelling back once every month for work, and to visit with my dear tribe.

What does Encinitas hold for Yogi Playground? We will see! For now, I’m fully present for my boys, taking many yoga classes around town for myself, and meditating by the ocean.

I do hope this post finds you all thriving, giddy, and embracing all life’s transitions….listening to your inner guiding voice, your intuition.

Namaste Dear Friends….

Friday’s Blessings…

Today I am thankful for

:: Breakfast with my sons. After a challenging morning preparing for another open house, my oldest son did not want to go to school. I debated keeping him home, but I knew he would have more fun at school once he got there. So instead I surprised him with breakfast at Fix in Echo Park. A little sweetness and Mama Love goes a long way. He declared, “I’m ready for school now Mama.”

:: Our Daycation with friends in Laguna Beach! What a wonderful way to spend a Wednesday, swimming and playing with friends above the world.

:: My meditation practice.

:: Our collective health.

:: My new Hoberman Sphere which I found for $3 at The Awesome Playground in Highland Park! Not only have I been using it in my classes, but I’ve stumbled upon both my boys taking deep inhales/exhales throughout the day. What a wonderful visual for breath. Time In, indeed.

:: My 5 year old son…5! He just celebrated his birthday last week, and I’m in awe of how sensitive, inquisitive, creative, and full of heart he is. Shine on Sweet Boy.

:: My almost 2 year old son! Such an independent spirit indeed. Lately our favorite outing is taking walks around the block, well actually I walk and he “drives” his ride-on truck. I smile from the inside out as I listen to him sing and drive. We culminate our walks with swinging and kisses in the backyard. His Light radiates, my beautiful angel.

:: My foundation. Yes, the foundation that we just spent sooo much money to fix and firm. But more so, the foundation I have with my husband, my partner. Throughout this whole process of selling and fixing and spending….oh my….we’ve remained solid, strong, a team. No matter how stressful life gets, we always manage to spend the evenings cuddled together with a glass of wine and a good laugh.

:: My son’s preschool. Lately they’ve been snacking on their harvest of snap peas, lettuce, and grapes, washing it all down with homemade lemonade. I couldn’t be happier with the lessons learned.

:: Friends. True friends. Nothing sweeter.

So many more Blessings I have in this life. These are just a few on which I’m vibing at this moment. Please do share your Blessings here or in your own space. Perhaps just  a moment of reflection.



Checking In….

Hello Dear Yogi Playground Friends & Family,

Just taking a moment to check in and say Hello! My Yogi Playground school classes and privates have culminated, and I’m now taking time to be fully present for my 2 young boys. My days are spent playing Transformers, filling water buckets to “paint” the driveway, and basking in spontaneous dance parties and cuddles. Ahhh…Summer Lovin’.

My family is also in the midst of a major life transition as we are selling our Silver Lake home and moving westside to support my husband’s new, exciting partnership at a design house in Santa Monica. I’ve been an eastside gal for 8 years now, living in Echo Park and Silver Lake, but evolution is vital and a GOOD thing, as I keep reminding myself.

While we deal with the chaos of showing our home (read: Keep it tidy with 2 kids!), looking for a new dwelling, dreaming of a beach side life, signing paperwork upon paperwork, and discussing emotions attributed to such change, I’m reminding myself to remain grounded and true. I am the Mama Bird of this house and it’s my responsibility to tend to my nest. No matter what wild changes may come, it’s most important that my children know home is within the 4 of us. Our family is home.

It’s been most insightful and heartwarming to talk with my (gasp) almost 5 year old about the move. When the “For Sale” sign was erected in the front yard, he cried to me, as I cried inside, and he said, “What if people buy the house and we still live here? There’s no room for them!” Ah, these babes of ours. After it became clear that new people will not be moving in with us, we talked about the nature of the house. How we spent the last 3 years repairing the house, tending to the orchard, growing a garden, filling it with Love and Light as only we could. Now it is time to pass it on to another family, so they can fill it with their own dreams, grow their own life. He said he knew the house would keep smiling.

And now, as we revel in our potato and lime harvest, we play more in the backyard. We stir up more limeade, and we leave our silent wishes with the bees and butterflies.

As Yogi Playground moves west, I will be taking a short hiatus from teaching weekly classes as I focus on my family. In autumn, I plan to begin my Seasonal Celebrations for children and families. I’ll also keep you updated on new class developments and exciting projects underway! In the meantime, remember to Breathe, continue to Love, and Savor the Cuddles in all your homes…

Namaste Dear Friends….



Let’s Hear it for The EARTH!

We bring our hands to the sky

And then we touch the Earth below.

We say Hello to the Sun

And then we plank and lower slow.

We salute the tiny snakes

And all the great big dogs

And we end in crescent moon.

(Inspired by The Yogi Pokey by Mini Yogis!)

This week we celebrated our Home, Earth! We discussed all the small things we can do to make a big difference for our planet. Some of the ideas shared were….

Planting, gardening, picking up trash, recycling, sharing, and one yogini said “helping the government” (!)

My preschoolers enjoyed reading The Earth Book by Todd Parr. Following the book we practiced poses such as bicycle, tree, mountain, flower, and various animal poses.

We also sang the song above and learned about Half Moon pose, which connects the earth and the sky, and celebrates everything in between! Of course we also enjoyed a whole lot of dancing since Earth Day is kind of like The Earth’s birthday 🙂

My first graders further explored how to help our planet. We worked in small groups to develop our own poses for the statements

:: We walk and bike when we can.

:: We pick up trash and recycle.

:: We use both sides of our paper to help the trees.

:: We use less water when brushing our teeth, showering, and bathing.

:: We give away old toys and clothes rather than throwing them away.

It was a really wonderful experience to watch the groups work together and come up with some very clever poses to help us remember these ideas. I took photos of each group which will be posted in their classroom!

In all my classes we practiced our focus and balance in tree poses, playing Windy Trees, and using bean bags and drishtis. What an experience to witness these yogis, with whom I’ve been working since September, find they can balance a bit longer! Their sense of surprise and accomplishment just shines.

Next week we’ll continue exploring and connecting to all that surrounds us. Happy Earth Day everyone! Love one another.


Friday Class Reflections: Welcome Spring!

Spring has arrived, and brought a New Moon! What an ideal time for envisioning greatness, for setting our intentions out into the universe. And in our Yogi Playground classes this week, for celebrating all the gifts Spring has to offer, including fresh air and breath!

This has, however, been a challenging week for me. Germs took over our bodies and home, leaving both myself and my 17 month old son sick sick sick and sleepless. So much so that I had to cancel my Oak Tree class, a private group class in San Gabriel.

I was so bummed to have to miss the Spring Equinox with them this past Tuesday, but learned that The LA Arboretum offered it’s free day! The parents and yoginis gathered together to enjoy Mother Nature in all her glory. Yogi Playground field trip! I suggested that the yoginis share poses based on their observations….flower, lotus, tree, bird, the list goes on and on! And isn’t this what yoga is all about? Yoga as a way of life, on and off the mat….Namaste Oak Tree Ladies!

I’m happy to report that all are now well in my house, and I was able to celebrate spring with my dearest yogis, my 2 sons, at Descanso Gardens. Seriously, this place is so so wonderful! My 4 year old even found the opportunity to practice his Tree & Warrior Poses (note, without me asking!). I’m inspired to host a Yogi Playground “Off the Mat” series. Hmmmm……

In my school classes, we focused on breath. Using Pinwheels, straws, and cotton balls as props, we explored deep inhalations and exhalations and observed how these breaths made us feel. We also took an imaginary walk through the meadow where we encountered bugs, flowers, trees, birds, butterflies, among others! And of course, we practiced the corresponding poses.

My first graders and I told a Yoga Story about our Warrior’s Quest for The Magic Seeds. I love hearing their ideas. A lizard in the snow at the top of the mountain? Well sure!

Next week is a big culmination week! My first graders are preparing for Spring Break, and one of our classmates is moving to Bangladesh! It’s sure to be an exciting week. And my preschool classes are ending their 8 week sessions. How do we culminate? With a Yogic Celebration! An opportunity for all yogis to share their favorite poses through song and game.

Namaste to all my Yogi Playground families and supporters! May all be blessed with Love and Grace as we begin this new season of rebirth!


Yogi Beth