Yoga at Home: warm-up song

Today we’re sharing our favorite song for creating the space for our yoga classes, “Rub your Hands” by Karma Kids Yoga.

* Ask your kiddos to find their yoga seats and settle into a comfortable seated position with lots of room around their bodies. They can sit on the floor, a yoga mat or a pillow for a bit more support. Offer them variations of their yoga seat like cross-legged pose (Sukhasana), Hero’s Pose (Virasana) or Half Lotus (Padmasana).

* Talk with them about practicing yoga, what it means and create some safety agreements before you begin.

* Start the song and do a motion for each part of the song: you don’t need to explain the motions, just demonstrate and your little yogis should be able to follow along.

“Rub your hands”Rub hands together creating friction and warmth.

“Sit up tall”Lightly press hands into knees, lengthen the spine and roll shoulders down.

“Take a deep breath”Bring hands to prayer pose, close eyes and inhale to allow chest to expand and shoulders to rise.

“Om”Exhale by chanting the sound “Om” bring hands back to knees.

 

* After a few times, you can vary motions to include side bends, forward folds, any poses you like. This works especially well with older kids who may tire of the repetition of sitting in cross-legged pose for an extended amount of time.

 

Benefits:

Chanting helps develop concentration, calm the nervous system, and helps bring balance to the body.

Rhythmic breathing alleviates stress, oxygenates the brain, strengthen lung capacity and build respiratory endurance.

Yoga poses help build good posture habits, stretch the knee joints and build flexibility and strength.

Try it out and let us know what you think!

,
Kru Rosie

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.

kidsyoga workshop

 

Jai Thep

Chiang Mai is a melting pot for creativity that has earned itself the reputation of the cultural and arts center of Thailand. So, it seems fitting that Chiang Mai now also boasts a 3 day music and arts festival in the green mountainous jungle of Samoeng (about 45 min from the Old City). Along with international music acts and art installations there was also a stacked lineup of wellness workshops hosted by some of Chiang Mai’s prominent healing artists. There were acro yoga workshops, dance mandala, reiki, healing sound bowls, hip hop wellness and of course a little dash of kid’s yoga.

We loved leading our yoga classes under a fabulous bamboo circus big top and sharing partner poses, meditation and laughter.

Thanks for having us Jai Thep, we can’t wait to be a part of your next grand celebration of imaginative living.

Photos by: Ori Latter

 

 

Children’s Day in Thailand

Children's Day

 

“Children are the future of the nation, if the children are intelligent, the country will be prosperous.”

-Thai saying

 

If you live in Thailand, you probably already know that this is a wonderful place to be a kid. Ample sun for expanding energy and growth, abundant agriculture of tropical fruits and veggies, not to mention the world renowned nature of the “Land of Smiles.”

But even further, Thailand nurtures children and acknowledges their importance as the future of their country.  In 1955 the country established National Children’s Day to celebrate the significant role of their children. From Northern Thailand to the Southern Peninsula, the second Saturday of the month is saved for activities that fill their youth with joy.

At Kids Yoga Garden, we are committed to expanding the physical, mental and emotional intelligence of children through awareness and sensory-based creative activities. We love serving the mind, body and souls of our community by creating a nurturing environment to grow.

This year we will join the festivities with a FREE Children’s Day BBQ Potluck in our garden this Saturday, January 13th from 11 am – 2 pm. We will be joined by some of our favorite teachers, facilitators and families to welcome you to our space and some super special activities.

 

Workshops will include:

+ Arts and Crafts

+ Yoga Games

+ Tepee construction

+ Chess and Robotics

+ Circus skills

 

All Day enjoy:

+ BBQ (w/ veggie and vegetarian options)

+ s’more roasting

+ face painting

+ community

 

 

 

Grand Opening BBQ

bbqinviteWe will have a collaborative art project underway at our grand opening and we would love you to be a part of it. Join us for a night of yummy food, games, photo booths and friendship at our BBQ. There will be options for vegans, vegetarians and the carnivores among us. We can’t wait to celebrate with you.