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Starting the Day with Awareness

The medical field has consistently identified self awareness as a hallmark of life long health. The growing social and emotional learning movement has also highlighted the benefits of developing awareness of states of being as a first step toward cultivating higher emotional intelligence. Try this simple exercise, either in the home or classroom, to boost self awareness […]

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Pose of the Week: Butterfly

Type of Pose: Seated Hip Opener Level: Beginner-Intermediate Appropriate for: All The literal translation of Baddha Konasana is Bound Angle Pose, sometimes referred to as Cobbler’s Pose. When teaching this pose the kids and youth, I like to use a more playful and familiar moniker; Butterfly Pose. For Youth 1. Sit on floor or mat […]

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Early Childhood Yoga Experiences: Jellyfish-Mountain Play

  This post is part of an on-going series sharing time-tested and true Early Childhood Yoga Experiences. Respected educational theorists, including Lev Vygotsky, Maria Montessori and Rudolph Steiner,  teach the importance of play in a child’s development. The same holds true in yoga education for early childhood. Imagine asking a group of 3-4 year olds […]

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Pose of the Week: Cobra Pose

Cobra Pose: Bhujangasana (Sanskrit) Type of Pose: Backbend Level: Beginner-Intermediate Appropriate for Ages: 4 & up Cobra Pose is a completely natural posture for the body. Think about the pictures you’ve seen of infants pushing themselves up from laying on the belly. There are multiple ways of practicing Cobra, depending on age and physical condition. […]

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Meeting Amma, The Hugging Saint

In 1998, while studying and traveling in India, I had one of those chance meetings that changed the way I saw the world. After an intensive course study in Yoga and Vedanta in Kerala, one of my dorm mates invited me to join her on a journey to Cochin to visit a woman she knew […]

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A Bowl Full of Yoga

This article is reprinted from the Kids on the Mat section May 2006 issue of  Yogi Times. Over the next week, I’ll be posting additional columns I wrote for the magazine. A Bowl Full of Yoga Sometimes when sharing with people that I teach yoga to kids, the response is: “That’s cool. Can kids really […]

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