Kid’s Yoga & Meditation

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While some people think kids wouldn’t like yoga or meditation…

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Beginning of Kids meditation

I like to believe otherwise…

I find the best way to get kids into things like this, is to make it fun… How do we do we accomplish this?

We make fun yoga poses out of animals. Here are a few of the animals and poses we use and do:

Dog- we do downward dog, hold the pose & then lift one leg straight out at a time, this helps with our balance

Gorilla-we bend over, make silly noises and lean from side to side

Snake- we lay on our bellies, come up on our hands, arching our backs and make fun hissing noises.

Ladybug- Mommy curls up on her belly, kinda like in baby pose, then the kiddo gets on top of mom, laying on her back and lays still and quite feeling like a little ladybug.

Monkey- Mommy bends over, crosses arms together, holds hands out for kiddo. Kiddo puts legs through arms (like he would on the monkey bars outside), grabs mom’s hands and then mom lifts kiddo off the ground and we swing back and forth making silly monkey noises.

Tree & mycelium- standard tree pose but this time half way through kiddo curls up under mom and acts like mycelium and tries to wrap himself all throughout moms feet or “roots” this allows us to work together to help the tree grow.

We then use the wall as a prop to work on our strengthening and toning. 

Strengthening and toning exercises

Strengthening and toning exercises

And we do acro yoga poses… this allows us to connect, work together and have fun!

Us connecting

Us connecting

As for the meditation…

We close our eyes and focus on what’s around us, we feel the air on our skin from the fan above, hear the music coming from above and we focus on our body parts (this usually makes us laugh) …

Beginning og meditation

Beginning og meditation

next thing I know it’s been minutes and those little eyes are still closed and the face is finally relaxed… So yeah, it isn’t hopeless to get children to join in on your routine as long as you make it fun for them…

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So the next time you want to connect with or do some fun activity with your kiddo, maybe you could try one or all of these methods…

Let me know what you think by commenting below, if you have used any of these or what you do to help your kiddo participate in these activities. 

Until next Time… Peace be with you

The Journey Continues… Jesse James Float-1

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Hey guys by now I sure hope you have pampered yourself with a float, if not come on it’s about time that you treat yourself to some, “You-Time”. I have been floating at Jesse James Body Wellness center & I want to share with you that Jesse sure knows how to make you feel Welcome, safe & relaxed… Jesse & his team have set up a beautiful cozy little spa. The spa is complete with a Float Tank, a Naturalpathic Doctor, a massage therapists, a smoothie bar & essential oils.The Wellness Center is Centrally located in Phoenix Az on Bethany Home Rd & 16th St, right across the street from Lucy’s. Here is a link to the map.

Upon arriving at The Spa Jesse has a little sign right out front that Welcomes the “Scheduled floater”, seeing this sign sure brightened up my day…Reserved for Rose

As usual before any float I like to find some time to sit, write & reflect on my intentions for the float that day… As a re-cap my float-time is a Special time & I dedicate to myself to unwind, focus, meditate, cleanse & Just Be… Here is a short video on my thoughts & Intentions before the float this day…

For many addicts we find ourselves Quick to React to situations, questions, defending ourselves or engaging in activities that may not be good for us in the long run. This has a lot to do with our Cognitive thought process and processing the entire situation before we “React”. I find that addicts share a similar trait, we want things “Now”, we want things when we want them & there is no holding back. When at times this maybe a good trait to have it can & does get us into trouble plenty of times.

During the float I was not able to find any magic answers to my Intention that was set for the day, but what i did find was that I was able to get more intimate with myself on a Spiritual level (simply by mediating for a longer period of time) than I have in a while. In everyday life we all like to tell ourselves, I will make myself a better or more “enlightened” person by mediating on a daily basis. I will do Yoga & learn a new position today. I will not eat junk foods or sweets today. Whatever we tell ourselves may not be what actually happens even if we have true intentions to see it through. For instance I like to meditate several times a week but I do not make the time on a regular basis or for the amount of time I like to meditate (a minimum of 45 minutes). So my float time allows the time for my meditation. And Never have I regretted floating as with each float I gain something out of the experience. Here are my thoughts from right after the float…

We should never set our expectations too high, for expectations are not healthy. What will happen will happen one way or another no matter how much we may wish for a desired result or affect. The tough part is allowing ourselves to be okay with whatever the out come… For me I find it easier to accept the outcome if I can find something in the situation that is either serving me for the highest good (that way I can acknowledge it) or realizing something is not serving me in one way or another. As for the later that is not always easy to accept but when we can accept it than it is ou duty to correct the issue & do what serves us best even if it kills us emotionally, in the end letting things go that are not lifting your spirits is better than hanging onto those things that bring us down… in the end the choice is ours…

“Lower you expectation of Earth. This is not heaven, so don’t expect it to be.”

=Max Lucada=

Until Next time… Peace be with You