This glitter bottle represents how our minds can settle. It is an activity that your kids can use as a mindfulness practice. Why the glitter bottle? We are always looking for tools to calm our kids. This one in particular is extremely calming – they are mesmerizing AND give us a window inside our brain. But first we must explain why we use this glitter bottle. Kids tend to act out when they are struggling and sometimes have difficulty sharing what is going on. When they can’t find the words to explain how they are feeling, we need to be able to demonstrate the connection between our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. This glitter bottle is one of the most powerful visual metaphors for what is going on in our brain and the connection between our feelings, thoughts and behaviors. It allows us to practice mindfulness– the practice of being still… Read More »
How Your Presence is the Best Present Ever!
It’s that time of year when when it’s all about buy buy buy and getting more stuff. Here’s are some great ideas for less stuff and being more present with your kids and loved ones. My partner in crime Jen of YoPlay Yoga 4 Kids & I created this list together based on what we have done with our families in the past. We know that kids begin to expect lots of toys during the holidays and sometimes it really gets to be STUFF OVERLOAD. Opening presents is a lot of fun, but sometimes we can replace THINGS with EXPERIENCES or something that requires you do things together to experience the actual gift. In the end, these are going to end up being your kids favorites as they get older- they will forget the 100th transformer but will always remember that awesome date you guys went on together. Some of… Read More »
Breathe Your Power
When you think of holidays you think of joyous times, happy memories, family, friends, food & gift giving. But along with it, there is the hustle and bustle and STRESS that comes with all that good stuff. What better way to enter this holiday season then with LESS stress and more JOY? You can achieve that by learning to BREATHE YOUR POWER. Mindful Yoga Breaks is the collaboration of Lani from Full of Joy Yoga and Jen from YoPlay Yoga for Kids®. We created the Superhero Breath card deck and dice game as a fun way for kids to find their inner strength & power by fighting stress, releasing tension, and helping them let go of big emotions. We all know we can use a little of that anytime but especially during this chaotic time of year. The Superhero Deck Each deck has 6 Superheroes including Batman, Wonder Woman, Incredible… Read More »