All posts tagged: Mindfulness

New Year, New You

2016 has kicked off with a burst of energy! I see changes happening all around me- friends rethinking their work goals, family going through big changes, and others working to reset old habits to make room for new ones. I am excited for this year. I have some goals (probably too many, but that’s a whole different story), and I feel very motivated to get sh*t done! What I usually struggle with is maintaining that energy over a long period of time. But this year feels different. I will say that much. I am excited to be offering a bunch of new yoga classes for children AND adults… and I’ve been working with a good friend to put together new ideas for workshops for both children and adults, too. It’s a really creative time right now. One of my BIGGEST challenges is managing my business in a “business” way. I really want to learn more about running a small business, steps to take to gain a larger audience and proper ways to network successfully… on top …

Spring has Sprung!

Wow! Spring is finally here! For those of you who also live in the Northeast of the United States, you probably understand how EXCITING this is! It has been a fun, but very cold winter here for us… and as much fun as it was to build countless snowmen and learn to ski again with my son… it feels great to have the air be warm and the sun shining on our faces as we venture off on bike rides together again! As the days warm up, I still find myself wanting to live at a slower pace. That is one of my favorite things about winter… going slower. We are almost forced to because the snow makes us drive slower, and the days get darker much earlier, so we hibernate. But now the days are getting lighter again, and it’s hard not to think of EVERYTHING we can do again: swim, grill outside, go camping, ride bikes, play outside, go on adventures, go to the ocean, listen to live music, etc. And it will be great to do …

What’s with the Children’s Yoga hype?

  Now that I am currently teaching some new yoga classes (which have been so much fun!) I thought it would be helpful to write about WHY people are choosing to sign their children up for yoga classes, and WHAT they are getting out of it. There’s definitely been a surge in popularity with yoga; there’s probably more types of yoga than there are flavors of ice cream now! And on top of it, now there’s infant, toddler, children’s, and teen yoga. Whew! Seriously though, people ask me all the time if kids yoga classes are similar to adult classes. “How do you get kids to sit still for so long?” I explain that depending on the ages of the kids, there is A LOT of movement, music, and games within each class to get kids interested in focusing on their bodies and their BREATH. As kids get older (even Pre-K ages) shorter stints of quiet focus can be added for them to establish peace and awareness within their bodies and minds. However, many children struggle …

Why Meditation for Children?

It’s taken me many years to come to realize the power of meditation. I remember growing up, my mother would tell me to take deep breaths to help me calm down, but it wasn’t until high school when I actually put her advice into practice. It was before an exam, and I was nervous- I remember walking into the girls bathroom, looking in the mirror and telling myself to take 10 deep breaths. Focusing on my breath has been one of the surest ways for me to realize how I am actually feeling… anytime, day or night. Anytime I feel frustrated, taking deep breaths has been one of the best go-to tools for helping calm myself down (and I’m sure has prevented me from saying things I would later regret). As a mother, there are many moments when part of me would like to just blurt out “HURRY UP!”… but we all know that that never really helps any situation with a child (other than an emergency perhaps). I remember a few months ago my son …

1st Published Article…

I recently had an article that I wrote published in Mandala Magazine’s online edition. Mandala Publications is the official publication of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), an international charitable organization founded by two Tibetan Buddhist masters, Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-1984) and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche. FPMT is a vibrant international community, with a network of 160 affiliate centers, projects and services, and members in more than 30 countries. The name of the article I wrote is called Parenting Unplugged: Self Care. I wanted to share about ways to cultivate self-care into your daily routine, and about how I helped my son create a peace space at home. Click HERE for a direct link to the article. I reached out to Mandala this past summer to ask about an idea I had for writing (I will share this idea another time once it develops further). They asked if I would be interested in writing something about parenting, which I was so psyched to do! I’m finding this new passion for writing …

Parents… You rock!

How many of you out there are single parents? How many of you are married, but feel like a single parent some, or most of the time? How many of you are parenting equally with the other parent- meaning, you each take on about 50% of the “parenting” duties? Well…. I honor ALL of you. Yes. All of you. Parenting is not an easy job. Whether you are sharing the responsibilities as a parent with someone equally, or taking on most of them yourself- it can feel overwhelming some days. Babies staying awake all night, or toddlers waking up every few hours when they are sick. Children fighting you about bedtime and not wanting to brush their teeth. The mornings when you’ve literally been awake for 60 minutes and already you want everyone to go back to sleep. Yep. We have ALL been there. We all know that instead of yelling, you are quietly talking to yourself, taking deep breaths, and reminding yourself that it is most important to stay calm. We all know how hard …

Let’s Get Real With Parenting…

From a Buddhist point of view, everything is temporary. There is nothing that does not change. This can either induce extreme anxiety or contentment. Or a bit of both. Your child will never be the same as they are in this very moment… their mind, and body are constantly changing and developing. It really is wild to think about! Even though these thoughts may bring on sadness because our children are growing up so fast, the reality of things being temporary can really help with many life situations while parenting. I don’t know about you, but life with a 3-year-old can be pretty interesting. My son is a relatively easy-going child, however, he can fall apart just like anyone else. When this happens, it is a true test to what my threshold of patience is. And this varies day-to-day. When I am able to stay calm and centered, he definitely benefits in so many ways. If I can remain somewhat neutral to whatever it is that is happening, his overall mood can shift somewhat easily. But honestly, how is this possible every single time? Maybe …

Is MY child normal?

As a parent, there are so many circumstances that arise that make me wonder “Is this normal? Is my child the only one that acts this way or talks this way?” Sometimes parenting can feel like the greatest thing since sliced bread, and at other times can feel like the most lonely job in the world. What often makes me see clearly again (and laugh!) is remembering that when you become a parent, you basically join a “club”. Walking down the grocery aisle, witnessing a toddler scream and cry about not getting the food they want doesn’t make me judge the parent- it softens my heart. It allows me to remember that no one should ever have to feel alone because we have all been there. I remember before becoming a mother having SO many ideas for parents to try and wondering “why can’t they just do this, it will help their child!”  This makes me wince now, ever thinking that I had the idea that I knew exactly what to do… I guess that …

It’s Yoga Time!

I’m so thrilled to be writing my very FIRST blog post… and even more thrilled that someone may be reading this out there! In all honestly though, I have been dreaming of creating a blog for the better part of two years now… however, time can be limited while raising a child, especially a very active one! Even now, I am sitting here watching my son get himself dressed, laughing to myself about how time truly changes everything. I remember the days when him getting his socks on was such an accomplishment, and how now, at 3.5 years old, he can get himself completely dressed. And also how at the time of him learning to get his socks on, I couldn’t imagine having enough energy to write a blog… and just a few years later, here I am! The purpose of this blog will be MANY things. I am a dreamer and my mind is full of ideas… I am also a Children’s Yoga Teacher, Montessori Preschool Teacher, Single Mother and am wildly passionate about cooking healthy, whole foods for …