Week 3…Already!

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Thank you all for showing up, trying different classes on the schedule and being patient and supportive as we make our way through this first month!

Email List

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Events

Take a peek at the brand-new Events page. The studio space is being rented on some Saturday and Sunday afternoons for special events that may or may not be yoga classes but will definitely help you cultivate your practice off the mat (lectures, workshops, etc.)

Family Yoga Saturday, January 21 @ 11 a.m.

Fun, playful time to discover the joys of sharing yoga with your little one. Ages 1 through 6 are welcome with caregiver. $14 for 1 child + caregiver. $3 per additional child. Sign up for all 3 classes (1/21, 2/18, 3/18) for $36 and $1 per additional child. Songs, games, partner poses and obstacle courses are all on deck. Wear comfortable clothing and be ready to MOVE! Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Please email valleyglowyoga(at)gmail(dot)com to register or sign up in the studio.

Candlelit Restorative Yoga w/ Meredith

February 2 @ 7 p.m. Meredith’s regular class will end at 6:30 p.m. that evening to allow time to set up for this luxuriously relaxing candlelit restorative class. Meredith has trained with the Judith Hanson Lasater, yoga queen of restorative yoga, and candles always make everything more magical.

There are only 12 spots for this class. Please reserve your spot early. There is a sign-up sheet at the studio or you can email valleyglowyoga(at)gmail(dot)com to register. $14 for everyone. Unfortunately, class cards cannot be used for these special classes.

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Om, shanti.

 

 

 

 

Family Yoga

It’s Here!

Saturday, January 21, 2017 @ 11:00 a.m.

Misa will be leading Valley Glow’s first Family Yoga session Saturday, January 21, 2017, from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. This is a playful session of songs, games and movement that allows both caregiver and child to experience the joy of sharing yoga. Ideal for children age 1~6. No yoga experience required! No ability to sit still required!

Pre-registration by 9:00 a.m. Friday, January 20, is necessary for Misa to be able to appropriately plan activities. Please register by email (valleyglowyoga(at)gmail(dot)com) and include Caregiver’s Name/Child’s Name/Child’s Age.

Cost is $14 for caregiver/child. Additional children are $3.

$36 to register for all 3 sessions (January 21/February 18/March 18), additional children only $1.

Studio class cards/unlimited passes may not be used for Family Yoga, special classes or workshops.

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Family Yoga–Fun for Parents & Kids

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July’s Family Yoga class at IndyYoga was for parents and children, so that parents could learn some simple songs, games, and postures for practicing yoga at home with their kids. I promised parents that I’d post some pictures and some reminders about how to take it all home with you. So here it is!

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Keep It Playful

Sing, dance, laugh, fall over, have fun, move like no one’s watching you, put your whole heart and soul into. The more energy you put in, the more your kids will be enthused to practice with you. In your yoga pose, you can become an animal, a plant, an object…anything really!

Keep It Consistent

Kids thrive with routine. Begin with the same signal each time, maybe a chime, maybe by taking out a yoga book, or maybe sitting on some fun pillows and saying OM together. I suggest doing a few postures consistently for a few days so your children can feel like they really know it. That’s when your children will be able to whip out a warrior or settle into butterfly pose on their own and say, “Look, Mommy/Daddy! I’m a butterfly!”

Keep It Spontaneous

Sometimes, though, you just have to let the routine go and be spontaneous. If you are taking a walk and something you see reminds you or your child of a yoga pose, bust it out! If you thought maybe you’d do some partner poses today, but your children seem like they really want to be independent with their bodies, go with the flow and do something else.

Keep It Balanced

Just like with everything else, kids do best with balance. Try some really energetic poses (buzzing around like a bee, stomping your elephant feet and waving your elephant truck), then follow them with calming, relaxing poses (child’s pose, relaxation).

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How Did You Celebrate World Yoga Day?

The United Nations declared June 21, 2015, the first International Day of Yoga, or World Yoga Day, in recognition of “the important role healthy living plays in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals,” which were adopted last year by the UN Member States.

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On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, people all around the world practiced yoga in special ways to celebrate this. If you haven’t seen the Huffington Post’s collection of beautiful group yoga photos, check it out and smile.

I lead four classes on Tuesday. Two were free special events in honor of World Yoga Day. I was so please that lots of new faces showed up to my two classes at Sugarbush. Maybe we should have more yoga holidays! We held class outside by the pool and were able to salute the sun in full and bake our bones in its warmth during savasana.

Kids yoga was also outdoors on World Yoga Day. We OMed long and deep, one breath for each sound A-U-M (kids love this) and made a 9-body snake in honor of the spread of yoga (followed by an extra-long hiss of course).

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By the end of the day, I was a tanned crisp and ready to be inside for class at the Bridges with my loyal Tuesday night group.

That night before I went to bed, I thought about how diverse the group of students I taught had been. Some were practicing for the first time, others were just renewing a practice put on hold for years due to various reasons. And 3-year-olds were chanting OM, something I hadn’t even heard about until I was a teenager!

The word “yoga” means “union” and usually this refers to body and mind, or also individual self and universal consciousness. But I think yoga has the power to unite communities. In just one day the practice brought employees together to release stress in a healthy way, reunited poolside summer friendships, and gathered kids around a shared goal of working together with their bodies and voices. I’m in awe.

Tell me how you celebrated!

 

Family Yoga

The 2- to 4-year-old kids yoga session is underway at IndyYoga. We have a full class, which means lots of opportunities for partner play, group poses, and, of course, new friends!

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Down dog tunnel (and crawling puppies)

Kids Winter Yoga Starting Soon

After some difficulty with registration and getting the word out due to the holidays, we have decided to push back the start date for the 4- to 6-year-old yoga class. The 4-week session will now run from 1/13/2015 to 2/3/2015 on Wednesdays @ 3:30 p.m. The fee is $45 for each series. Please see the KidsYoga flyer for more information and register at www.indyyoga.net.

 

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The Kids Yoga bookshelf at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier

 

 

Kids Yoga Winter Schedule

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Thanks to everyone’s feedback and enthusiasm, we have set the schedule for Kids Yoga at IndyYoga for winter 2016. Bringing these classes to the valley is a real treat for me. Pre-registration for each four-week session ($45) is required at indyyoga.net. I’m looking forward to all the smiles, giggles, and hugs!

2~4 year olds (w/ caregiver)

Saturday 10:45-11:30 a.m.

Session I: January 9, 16, 23, 30

Session II: March 5, 12, 19, 26

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4~6 year olds

Wednesday 3:30-4:15 p.m.

Session I: January 6, 13, 20, 27

 

So Many Thanks

I am so grateful to all the families who brought their child(ren) to the free kids yoga classes offered at IndyYoga in October. Each class was inspiring in its own way, and I learned something new from every child who attended. Most importantly, everyone seemed to have lots of fun. Namaste (or “I honor you,” as was taught to the kids).

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The beauties in the four- to six-year-old class opening their hearts–or maybe just looking at the ceiling.