Social Emotional Learning from Inside an Ashram

This photo from Guru Ram Das Ashram around 2001 (I'm 2nd from the right)

If you’ve read my bio, you saw that I once lived in an Ashram for six years. The Guru Ram Das Ashram in Toronto to be exact.  It had 16-18 seekers living in one very large house/yoga centre, with more seekers visiting for classes and events every day. The Ashram was an environment where social and emotional learning opportunities were everywhere, some very beautiful and some not easy. Living with that many people in a spiritual setting, you aspire to

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Conscious Intention Setting for Teaching Yoga – Free Workbook

Yoga teachers look at time management to help follow through on their goals for 2017

Welcome to the first newsletter of 2017.  Today I have a free downloadable workbook that I’ll explain more about below. I also want to make sure you know about the Early Registration Special that runs to the end of the weekend on the next module of Kids Yoga Teacher Training.  The upcoming Themes and Dreams Certificate is a favourite because of all the songs, stories, meditations and philosophy for Kids.  If you are planning to get Certified as a Kids

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6 Strategies to Protect Children From Troubling Times

Protect Children Through Troubling Times Children are like sponges, absorbing the energy around them. Once they’ve internalized their environment they begin to reflect it back outward. They may not know why they feel afraid or even that what they are feeling is fear. It’s up to us adults to protect kids by creating a healthy emotional environment for them. In times of emotional distress, how can we make ourselves and the children around us feel safe and grounded? The key

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Olympic-Themed Kids Yoga

Olympic Themed Kids Yoga

Olympics as a Theme for Kids Yoga Lessons With the Rio Summer Olympics well underway, we’ve updated old blog posts to help you incorporate the games as a theme in your classes. We hope you find these resources helpful when considering lesson plans, poses, and intentions for kids yoga.   One World, One Dream: Olympic Yoga While yoga is not (yet) an Olympic sport, there are ways to tap into the excitement of the Olympics to enhance your kids yoga classes.

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Easy Breathing Activities for Kids Yoga

Picture a classroom full of young students, some eager to move and learn while others remain nervous or disinterested. A kids yoga teacher asks the kids to sit still and close their eyes, and when they are ready, the teacher reveals a bubble wand and soap. While this simple prop introduction may sound insignificant, it promotes a safe and engaging environment while teaching incredibly relevant lessons.

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Insights from a Kids Yoga Teacher in India

Christmas Day with the entire wedding party of 30 people posing with Santa Hats in Pune Indian

I have a new love in my life.  I found her far away on a trip-of-a-lifetime during 8 weeks of travel. Her name is India and Wow! I’m head over heels! Going to India was easier than I ever imagined. Everything, even the public washrooms, were not the scary mess I was warned about. India has shifted into modern times with all the deliciousness of a great thali meal. My husband and I planned our trip for 3 years. Now

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