02 Aug

SC 2019 Week 6 Yoga Update

Yoga

 A systematic practice of physical exercise, breath control, relaxation and positive thinking and meditation aimed at developing harmony in the body, mind, and environment.

Dear families,

It has been a pleasure to have spent the summer with your children. We have learned about Yoga and how it benefits everyone!  Have a great summer and remember to…

Just Breathe

Ms. Madison

26 Jul

SC 2019 Week 5 Yoga Update

This week in Yoga we focused on… Stretching and lengthening your Muscles.

It’s great for kids to be strong, but a body that’s only based on strength has no way to yield under pressure. Strong muscles without accompanying flexibility can’t move quickly, pulling on bones and joints. Yoga poses stretch muscles and through integrating breathing and movement, muscles become warm and become more flexible. They can yield when they need to, and support tender joints in a more functional way.
The children enjoyed various yoga poses based on our space theme for the week. They even had the opportunity to make up their own cosmic yoga poses.

Namaste – The light in me sees the light in you☺

19 Jul

SC 2019 Week 4 Yoga Update

This week in Yoga we focused on teaching breathing calming techniques.

Just Breath

Young kids deal with frustration very differently than adults. However, when they learn proper, healthy breathing techniques and tools to focus the mind, they begin to learn how to apply those tools in their everyday lives and to react appropriately to any situation.

Yoga blends physical activity with breathwork and guided mindful activities to help children separate themselves from feeling stressed or anxious. Deep breathing exercises send signals to the brain telling it to relax. Yoga focuses on the present moment and encourages children to leave their thoughts and worries behind. With a relaxed body and mind children are better able to cope with their emotions, i.e. frustration, patience, sad, angry, excited.

Namaste – The light in me sees the light in you

Ms. Madison

12 Jul

SC 2019 Week 3 Yoga Update

Flowing, connecting and integrating. When we string poses together, we give kids a taste of what it means to move with ease. It also helps them build the awareness that all our movements are a series of coordinated efforts between muscles, bones, joints and nerves. Older kids are more able to isolate different muscle groups and get more sophisticated about movements; things like keeping the arms lifted in Warrior 1, while at the same time, dropping the shoulders to relax them. All these things together increase a child’s sense feeling integrated.

Namaste – The light in me sees the light in you☺

Ms. Madison

 

03 Jul

SC 2019 Week 2 Yoga Update

Hello families! This week in Yoga we worked on relaxation Yoga is meditative by nature. So whether a child is holding a balancing posture, sitting in meditation or moving through a series of poses, there’s going to be a calming, soothing quality. In class this week, I tried giving younger kids something to do as they rested on their mats to help with their attention, such as suggesting they think of a favorite place, color or toy. Older kids sometimes found it easier to rest with less structure. Namaste – The light in me sees the light in you☺ Ms. Madison

28 Jun

SC 2019 Week 1 Yoga Update

Yoga is non-competitive.

In today’s world, we hear so much about being the best and achieving the most. Yoga teaches kids that their bodies are different; different bodies do different things and all of them are okay. There is no one better or worse at yoga than anyone else; we are all just exploring our bodies and learning from them in our own way. Yoga is truly for everybody.

Welcome to Yoga week 1 – “Our World Today! ” ( Transportation & Structures)  During week 1, the children explored a variety of poses representing different modes of transportation. Here are some of the poses we learned this week. Have fun at home with your kids.

03 Aug

Yoga

This week we focused on reviewing all that we know about Yoga and how it is a wonderful life long tool.

I truly enjoyed watching the children as they moved through a series of poses and learning Yoga vocabulary.

Here are some of the many benefits of teaching yoga to kids.

Yoga helps kids to:

  • -Develop body awareness
  • -Learn how to use their bodies in a healthy way
  • -Manage stress through breathing, awareness, meditation and healthy movement
  • -Build concentration
  • -Have an alternative to tuning out through constant attachment to electronic devices
  • -Have a healthy and safe rest of your summer!

Namaste – The light in me sees the light in you!

Ms. Madison

27 Jul

Yoga

Namaste Yoga  – Week 5 – Meditation and relaxation

Hello families! This week in Yoga we worked on relaxation

Yoga is meditative by nature. So whether a child is holding a balancing posture, sitting in meditation or moving through a series of poses, there’s going to be a calming, soothing quality. In class this week, I tried giving younger kids something to do as they rested on their mats to help with their attention, such as suggesting they think of a favorite place, color or toy. Older kids sometimes found it easier to rest with less structure.

Namaste – The light in me sees the light in you

Ms. Madison

13 Jul

Yoga

Raising Awareness of Our Connection with Nature. And The Power of Imagination.

Hello Families! Welcome to week 3 in Yoga.

This week we had fun using our imagination to create a sense of peace, joy, safety and gratitude for our bodies and nature!

We did fun activities and breathing techniques to foster a sense of connection between us and Nature.
This gives children an outlet for creativity while learning to self-regulate and conjure positive emotions and thoughts.

My hope is to teach children at an early age to develop their own harmonious innerworld so that going into adolescence and beyond they have the tools to co-create an overall happier, kinder, more productive life.

Namaste…Love and Light
Ms. Jodi

06 Jul

Yoga

Namaste & Hello Families! Welcome to Week 2 in Yoga. This week we worked on body awareness. Yoga helps create awareness in the body through deep breathing and movement.  It gives kids a way to express themselves, build a strong connection between what they hear and what they do. When we string a series of age appropriate yoga poses together, we give kids a taste of what it means to move with ease.

Namaste – The light in me sees the light in you☺

29 Jun

Yoga

Namaste Yoga – Week 1

Hello families! I really enjoyed meeting all of our campers this week. It was awesome to see some familiar faces. Regular Yoga promotes a healthy body through poses that strengthen and build coordination. This week in Yoga we focused on our breathing… Pranayama. When we teach breathing exercises to children, we give them lifelong tools to help them develop techniques to soothe them and self-regulate their energy. Ask your child about… Bunny Breath – “ I breathe in quick – sniff, sniff, sniff, sniff – I breathe out ocean breath slow! There we go!

Namaste – The light in me sees the light in you

Ms. Madison

05 Aug

Adventures: Yoga

by Ms. Nicole Henry

Mandalas and Mantras!

  • During the week of August 8, Adventures campers will explore some show tunes to open the voice and create a fun and active yoga class! The high energy songs will then be in contrast to our end-of-class, relaxing songs where the body learns to slow itself down . We will exaggerate the slowness to teach the body how to rejuvenate the nervous system and discuss other calming methods to bring the body into a relaxation state / mind control method.
  • Adventurers will also learn the difference between mandalas and mantras. Campers will make their own mantras to make room for some new and expansive thoughts of how they see themselves!
28 Jul

Adventures: Yoga

by Ms. Nicole Henry

Expressing our Souls!

  • In Yoga during the week of August 1, our Adventures campers will listen for the chime and then “strike a pose” with yoga! Our campers will go with the flow as they see what their body wants to say.
  • Adventures campers will also be exploring their emotions with poses and body language, through the sharing of stories!
21 Jul

Adventures: Yoga

by Ms. Nicole Henry 

Time for a Yoga Story!

  • During the week of July 25, Adventures campers can look forward to acting out several short cultural stories that will help us to express ourselves, and teach us to work together!
  • Campers will also create some of their own original yoga stories and act them out during class. It’s time to put on your yoga thinking hats and acting skills, and get ready to have fun!

 

14 Jul

Adventures: Yoga

by Ms. Nicole Henry

Learning About our Rhythm in Life!

  • During the week of July 18 our Adventures campers in Yoga will focus on games, both slow-moving and fast, and we will learn how to slow down our ‘clocks’ in our bodies, and our rhythm in life  — through breathing, calming, and imaginative exercises.
  • We also look forward to a fun feather game, in which our campers will learn how to use feathers and the mind to calm their senses, and how to use their intuition to make guesses.
30 Jun

Adventures: Yoga

by Ms. Nicole Henry: 

Finding joy and power!

Next week we look forward to the following:

  • Children will learn rainforest and jungle animals poses that will teach how each animals have special abilities that help them survive.
  • Students will choose an animal to identify with and learn the innate abilities of that animal through meditation and intuition exercises. Songs from the jungle will help inspire our individual powers and our power animals to come through in class and throughout our lives at school, home, and elsewhere.
  • Affirmations like We are brave: We are bold: I am will help us be stronger in who we are as individuals.