Yoga Cat: Free Download

Looking for a little in-home inspiration?

The quarantine cycles are real and I find myself drifting between extreme bursts of creativity and heavy lethargy. The past week has been a bit brighter and I want to share some of its fruits with you all.

Meet Yoga Cat —  your guide through a 20-30 min at home yoga practice for 3 to 10 year-olds. This little printable yoga book was created for those at home looking to incorporate some playful movement with their children.

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Using a visual aid for yoga is especially helpful with children under the age of seven or for those who are trying yoga for the first time. Try printing it in color, cutting each page in half and binding for a little yoga break in your child’s day. You can also print the book in black and white and let them color it in and add their own personal details.

With repetition, you may find your little one sharing poses with you throughout the day.

❤ It’s FREE, fun and filled with love for you and yours.

Download it now: 

Yoga Cat Color &  Play Book

Papaya Salad Recipe

It’s as good a time as any to get your little’s active in the kitchen. Papaya Salad is an easy, healthy and versatile option for little hands and fingers.  Practice cutting different textures and preparing raw food the whole family will enjoy!

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Ingredients: 

Salad: 

  • 1 unripe green papaya
  • 1 large carrot
  • 2 long strings of green beans cut into 1 in. pieces
  • 2-4 medium sized tomatoes
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • Handful of unsalted roasted peanuts (opt.)

Sauce: 

  • 3-5 limes
  • 2 tbs. palm or coconut sugar
  • 1 tbs. fish sauce (leave out for vegans / vegetarians and the faint of heart)
  • Salt to taste

Process:

1.) Remove skin from the carrot and papaya, then use a serrated peeler to cut them into long strips. Quarter tomatoes, cut green beans and set aside.

2.) Mash garlic in a wooden mortar (referred to in Thai as the Pok-Pok) until it is broken into small pieces. Add green beans and mash until slightly broken open. (Alternatively, if you do not have a mortar and pistil, chop garlic and mix with green beans).

3.) Add papaya and carrots, mash gently. Add tomatoes and toss together.

4.) Squeeze limes and combine juice with palm sugar, fish sauce and salt. Taste to ensure the balance of sweet, salty, sour and fishy is to your liking. Take time with this step and don’t be afraid to play with your proportions, every traditional Som Tam maker will have their own distinct blend of flavors.

5.) Add sauce to salad so that it is slightly dressed and well combined. Sprinkle in peanuts and serve with your favorite kind of rice.

** This dish is traditionally made with chili and is so spicy that it is eaten with rice to cool the palette. For adults who like spicy food add 2-4 Thai red or green chilies with the garlic in step 2. 

** There are many variations of this dish so if you don’t have all the ingredients, experiment with what you have. Thai eggplant, corn and fried sardines all make tasty compliments to this famous dish.


 

Papaya Salad or Som Tam is traditionally paired with sticky rice, a plate of green herbs and veggies, and a protein like a bbq grilled chicken, pork or fish. We also love it with fried chicken or a plain omelette.

papaya salad

Upcoming Break Camps

March & April Break Camps (1)

Plenty of active and creative fun awaits kiddos at Kids Yoga Garden Break Camps. We will start off with super hero and rainbow themes explored through science, art, yoga, zumba, cooking, science and more.

Ages: 3-10

Cost: 4,000 thb / 1 week, 7,500 thb / 2 weeks

*Returning families receive a special 500 thb discount when they register by March 15th!

Yoga for Mamas-to-be

This June we have lots of special offerings in the garden, one that we are just bursting about is our new Prenatal course offering. For 3 consecutive weeks we will host workshop styled classes specially designed for Moms-to-be! Prenatal Yoga Course (1) offering. For 3 consecutive weeks we will host workshop styled classes specially designed for Moms-to-be!

Each class will last 2 hours and will include elements of hypno birthing, pranayama (breathwork), dynamic yet gentle yoga sequences, restorative yoga poses and deep relaxation. Spaces are limited to 10 participants to ensure a safe and spacious environment and drop-ins will not be available.

During pregnancy your body goes through many changes creating stress mentally and physically. Prenatal yoga helps to maintain a healthy mind and body with many benefits including

+ Improved sleep
+ Reduces stress
+ Increased strength, flexibility and endurance
+ Decreased lower back pain
+ Calm nausea
+ Reduce the incident of headaches

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Robots and Chess in the Garden

We’ve opened up our garden to IWICA, Thailand’s premier Chess and Robotics school for a fun filled week of Tech camp April 23-27.

We believe in hands-on multifaceted approaches to learning and know that not every child is the same. So, while arts and yoga may be right up your child’s alley, chess and robotics offers another approach to the interest based activities we love sharing with our community. IWICA provides unique opportunities for youngsters to develop math and science skills while gleaning programming experience that is timely and fun.

kids yoga camp

 

Trial classes

To give you a little taste of what’s in store we are opening up our doors for 2 FREE CHESS AND ROBOTICS TRIAL CLASSES. These will take place Thursday April 26 and Saturday April 28th from 5-7 pm. Members have priority in our registration but each class has a limit of 10 students. Please RSVP to this email with the preferred date, name of student, and their age to secure their place in these classes.

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Yoga off the mat

One of our very first students at Kids Yoga Garden was a fantastic creator by the name of Rada Volodina. Back when she was at the Yoga Garden, she taught her fellow students how to sketch and shade, the basics of human anatomy and even completed some amazing sketches of her teachers.

Well, Rada has moved back to Bangkok and now is starting her very own Youtube channel where she shares her love for the art world. We love the first two episodes and are so excited to see her sharing her passion with an ever growing audience.

Thanks Rada for continuing to teach us even from a distance, we can’t wait to see what you do next!

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Yoga on the Road!

We are bringing our imaginative kids yoga practice to the hills of Samoeng this weekend for a unique event hosted by some of Chaing Mai’s finest.

“East Meets West is all about bringing the diverse, artistic Chiang Mai community together with a day in nature, appreciating each other’s talents and cultures!” – East Meets West #4

This will be a family friendly event featuring musicians from around the world, delicious food, handicrafts and some workshops.

Our workshop begins at 3 pm and is open to all ages, cost included in admission ticket (100 thb camping spot included).

East meets west