Saturday, June 16, 2018

Superhero Themed Kids' Yoga - Camp 2018

Week one of Kids' Yoga Camp is in the books! Our superhero theme helped us focus on Warrior poses, and we did games inspired by superheroes working together.


I taught the kids that breathing in a mindful way is like having our very own super power. It can change how you feel, and it can change how others feel. They loved the laughing breath exercise because they had a chance to be super silly while still actually, physically noticing how someone else's breathing/mood affected them.

My 4 year old is just old enough to be involved in the games and sequences I'm teaching this year, but sometimes (pictured above) he just needed a break. And that's the wonderful thing about yoga! You can practice whatever you need to on your own mat.

Yoga camp is never complete without partner poses, and the art project is often the kids' most favorite part. Each year I have a couple of yogis who ask, throughout the entire first hour, when we're doing the art project. I'm glad I didn't disappoint with this weeks' crafts- we made dream catchers and warrior puppets.



I've worked on fine-tuning the curriculum to give the kids a good mix of physical activity, mindfulness activity, and creative space to do whatever they want. My 7 year old complained that camp on Friday wasn't long enough, which I'm going to take as a huge compliment!

I got a few testimonials from yoga campers this week, in case you want to hear straight from the horses' mouths what the best part of Superhero Yoga Camp was:

A, age 7: I love being with my friends and doing art projects.
L, age 4: My favorite part is superhero games. I like being a helper.
L, age 6: I like the art.
R, age 8: My favorite part is how you can relax.

Harry Potter-inspired week is now closed for registration, but I have more spots available in July! Get all the info HERE.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

2018 Summer YOGA Camp for Kids - Murray and Sandy

Kids' Yoga Camp is an opportunity for your young yogis to experience yoga, breath work, and art, and to see how they all work together. There is an emphasis on yoga not only as exercise, but as a way of developing self-confidence. Yoga will be experienced in a playful setting, incorporating animal/plant inspiration for poses, as well as doing poses with a partner. The breathing exercises will encourage personal awareness (how do we feel when we breathe in a certain way?), and will give children power over their own emotions.

Art will be used to give children an opportunity to incorporate some of the yoga skills they're learning, and to express themselves in a positive way. Art projects may include: making "calm down jars", making lavender-scented eye pillows, painting with the breath, making stress balls, creating mandalas, making dream catchers, "Warrior" puppets, and other projects that will reflect the focus for the yoga practice.

Mondays and Fridays, 1:30p-3p at The Park Center in Murray (no membership required)
$10 one-time registration fee
$10 per day, or $15 for both Monday and Friday (more discounts available; see registration)
10 kid limit per class, ages 4+
REGISTER HERE for MURRAY

(REGISTRATION CLOSED) Week of June 11: Superhero Theme
(REGISTRATION CLOSED) Week of June 18: Harry Potter Inspired Theme
Week of July 9: Land Animals Theme
Week of July 16: Air/Wind Theme
Week of July 23: Summer Theme
Week of July 30: Ocean Theme (only 2 spots left!)



Wednesdays and Thursdays 1:30p-3p at Yin Health & Wellness in Sandy
$25 drop-in (single class)
$80 4-class pass
$145 8-class pass
Ages 3+ (children MUST be toilet-trained to attend)


    Week of June 11: Superhero Theme
    Week of June 18: Harry Potter Inspired Theme
    Week of June 25: Space Theme*
    Week of July 2: Shapes Theme
    Week of July 9: Land Animals Theme
    Week of July 16: Air/Wind Theme
    Week of July 23: Summer Theme
    Week of July 30: Ocean Theme

    You can access the registration form HERE. Please print, fill out, and return either to me or Yin Health and Wellness. To sign up online, use the Yin website and register via the schedule HERE. You can manually enter in the dates that work for you and see what's available for camp on Wednesdays and Thursdays, beginning June 13.


    *There will be a sub for one week at Yin, as I'll be out of town. Murray camp dates also reflect my absence.

    Wednesday, February 7, 2018

    Kids' Yoga Camp

    Can you believe it's already time to start planning summer yoga camp?! I'm so excited to be working with a couple of locations to host camp again this year for your young yogis, ages 4+.

    Take a peek at some photos from last year's camp, and consider signing your little ones up for camp with me this year! I may have locations in both Murray and Sandy for summer 2018, so hopefully one will work for you!





    Painting with the breath

    Gratitude rocks




    Yoga camp will offer kids a chance to learn more about yoga as exercise, how to calm themselves with art and breathing techniques, and can also help them develop body/self-confidence, strength, and flexibility. I look forward to having your kids learn and grow with me! I'll let you know when and where registration is available.

    Saturday, October 14, 2017

    Harry Potter Inspired Yoga 2017

    Harry Potter inspired yoga has come and gone, but maybe you can catch the train at Platform 9 and 3/4 next year!

    This practice was designed for ages 7 and up, and use of wands was encouraged! I drew inspiration from the books, movies and screenplays, and created sequences with a playful approach. I tried to make it fun and challenging for both children and adults. We did a Moon Salutation to warm up (inspired by Luna Lovegood), some transfiguration magic to do animal poses, and we both dueled and flew like wizards.

    The turnout was extremely modest, but I'm grateful for those who came! We had a little fun with a homemade photobooth prop after our practice, which was inspired by Sirius Black's infamous escape from Azkaban.

    Besides the wizards and muggles in attendance, we also had a guest owl. She was very well-behaved during the practice and didn't try to deliver any mail while we were on our mats, using our wands.

    I hope to see you next year!

    Saturday, August 26, 2017

    Harry Potter Inspired Yoga for Families

    This October, I'll be offering Harry Potter inspired yoga for families in Salt Lake City! I'm excited to bring the magic of the books and the magic of yoga together for a fun event.

    Open to children ages 7+, as well as adults, the class will incorporate readings from the books, poses with wizard-inspired names, and wands for all! It will be for all skill-levels, and will be the perfect activity to usher in the Halloween season.

    Pricing is not yet set, but expect around $15/person, with discounts for parent+child admission, couples (adult+adult) admission, and for families/groups of 3+ admission. Class will be one hour long, and wands will be included in the cost of admission.

    More details will be forthcoming for this class, which will most-likely be held on a Friday evening in October.

    To keep track of interest, please fill out the following Google form HERE.

    Monday, May 1, 2017

    Kids' Yoga Summer Camp


    I'm so happy I can offer kids' yoga camp summer 2017! Registration is now open, and I'm only accepting 10 kids per class, ages 4+. I won't be able to host a class unless there are at least 5 participates, so recruit friends! Here's a run down of how it'll work:

    There are four sessions in June, and signing up for all three classes in a session gives a discount compared to signing up for an individual class. Classes will be hosted at localYOGA at 6357 S Redwood Road in Taylorsville, UT.

    This yoga camp will offer kids a chance to learn more about yoga as exercise, how to calm themselves with art and breathing techniques, and can also help them develop body/self-confidence, strength, and flexibility. I look forward to having your kids learn and grow with me!

    10% discount on total cost for siblings who attend together, and you can earn a 10% discount if you refer another camper! If someone you refer signs up, there's a place on the registration form for them to put YOUR name, which will let me know to deduct 10% from your enrollment cost.

    Session 1 June 6-8 1:30-3p (REGISTRATION CLOSED)

    Session 2 June 13-15 1:30-3p (REGISTRATION CLOSED)

    Session 3 June 20-22 1:30-3p (REGISTRATION CLOSED )

    Session 4 June 27-29 1:30-3p (REGISTRATION CLOSED)

    Session 5 July 5 AND 6 1:30-3p (REGISTRATION CLOSED)

    Session 6 July 11-13 1:30-3p (REGISTRATION CLOSED)

    $54/child for all three classes
    $20/child for one class
    -Each 1.5 hour class will include yoga education, yoga practice, yoga games, and an art project related to yoga. Approximately 40 minutes of active yoga practice, 30 minutes for the art, and 20 minutes for education.

    I'm 200 hour certified in yoga instruction, as well as CPR and First Aid certified. I've worked in day care since 2013, plus have had prior years of experience in childcare. Please email livnamasteyoga at gmail dot com if you have any questions. Registration can be found by clicking HERE.

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Self-Practice Journal, Week 15

    For one of my RYT classes this semester, I'm required to keep a weekly self-practice journal. This is for yoga practices I do on my own, not guided in a studio, gym, or via video. Each week I'll have a post that details at least three of my self-practices.

    Week 15
    Practice 1
    Date: April 21, 7:30-8:00p
    Intention: Non-stealing (use props)
    Content: Tadasana, swan dives, chair with bow and arrow (5x), Surya Namaskar (3x)
    Downward dog, lunge over right, Virabhadrasana II, Trikonasana, Wide-Legged Forward Fold, Fold at the top of the mat, Tadasana, Standing Pigeon/Figure-four Standing balance, Malasana, Navasana, Roll to fold at the top of the mat, Tadasana (repeat opposite side).
    Tree pose (both sides)
    Forward fold, Downward Dog, lower to Pigeon, Lizard
    Supine spinal rolls, supine hand-to-big-toe pose, Supta Baddha Konasana, Figure-four/supine pigeon legs for spinal twist, happy baby.
    Savasana
    Reflection: Lots of release in the hips from this practice. Also fun to use props in poses when I usually neglect to (like Trikonasana, Malasana, Navasana). My alignment improves when I don't force a pose simply because I'm flexible.

    Practice 2
    Date: April 24, 3-4p
    Intention: Arm Balance
    Content: Seated warm up, neck rolls, shoulder rolls, wrist rolls, hip rolls, seated forward fold, cat/cow/child's post, cat/cow/downward facing dog. Plank, curl left knee under torso to left, then middle, the right. Plank, curl right knee under torso to right, then middle, then left.
    Surya Namaska A (3x)
    Goddess, Warrior II, Plank, Chaturanga, Updog, Downdog (repeat on other side)
    Malasana on block
    Navasana with variations (twists, leg extensions)
    Baddha Konasana
    Firelog
    Half-lotus legs for Tolasana, with blocks under hands
    Janu Shirsasana (both sides)
    Gomukhasana (both sides), Lizard, prone arm stretch, Supta Baddha Konasana (on pillows), Ananda Balasana, Supine pigeon.
    Savasana
    Reflection: The studio where I'm teaching sets a monthly area of focus. April was arm balances and inversions. This gives me an opportunity to be extremely thoughtful with my lesson planning, and this is what I came up with for a class this month. I like the accessibility of Tolasana when done with different leg positions, and with blocks for elevation. Usually when I think of arm balances I think of inversions as well, so doing a little study before preparing this lesson brought me to Tolasana, a pose I don't usually incorporate in my practice. It was a great reminder of what else is out there.

    Practice 3
    Date: April 25, 7:30-8:30p
    Intention: Arm Balance
    Content: Seated warm up, neck rolls, shoulder rolls, wrist rolls, hip rolls, seated forward fold, cat/cow/child's post, cat/cow/downward facing dog. Plank, curl left knee under torso to left, then middle, the right. Plank, curl right knee under torso to right, then middle, then left.
    Surya Namaska A (3x)
    Goddess, Warrior II, Plank, Chaturanga, Updog, Downdog (repeat on other side)
    Malasana on block
    Navasana with variations (twists, leg extensions)
    Baddha Konasana
    Firelog
    Half-lotus legs for Tolasana, with blocks under hands
    Janu Shirsasana (both sides)
    Gomukhasana (both sides), Lizard, prone arm stretch, Supta Baddha Konasana (on pillows), Ananda Balasana, Supine pigeon.
    Savasana
    Reflection: This time I was able to enjoy this practice without using it as prep for teaching. I enjoyed the overall theme of balancing (did tip toes in Goddess, balanced in Navasana, etc...) that led up to the arm balance.