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The incredible Hala Khouri is our guest in this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast.Hala brings her extensive expertise in somatic experiencing, psychology, social justice, movement, and mindfulness as we discuss trauma informed parenting. Discover parenting with curiosity and awareness of our own conditioning so we can be more sensitive to the complex reality of raising another human being.Highlights include1:10 Who is Hala Khouri?4:45 Theory vs Reality of Parenting7:08 Parenting in Community8:28 Trauma Informed Parenting12:40 Recognizing and handling triggers15:40 Impact of trauma on parenting21:28 Embodied parenting25:08 Mirroring: What is it and how to use it?Connect with HalaFacebook Instagram Read her bookPeace from Anxiety: Get Grounded, Build Resilience, & Stay Connect Amidst the ChaosConnect with Donna/Yoga In My SchoolWeb Instagram Facebook Twitter PinterestTrain to be Trauma InformedTrauma Informed Yoga and Mindfulness Online CourseStudy with Donna and become a Registered Children's Yoga Teacher (RCYT) with Yoga Alliance from the comfort of your own home. Suggestions for the show - email donna@yogainmyschool.comSUBSCRIBE to Yoga In My School podcastfind us on your fave podcast provider - subscribe, rate, comment and shareSupport the show
Lately there has been a huge increase in interest regarding breath work and exercises for kids and teens. In this episode Donna Freeman, founder of Yoga In My School, shares some amazing information about the benefits of breath work/ pranayama for calming emotions, balancing the brain, stimulating energy, improving focus, and much more.Find Pranayama for Kids and Teens booklet hereWatch Pranayama for Kids Playlist on YouTubeStudy with Donna and become a Registered Children's Yoga Teacher (RCYT) with Yoga Alliance from the comfort of your own home.Connect with Donna/Yoga In My SchoolWebInstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestSuggestions for the show - email donna@yogainmyschool.comSUBSCRIBE to Yoga In My School podcastfind us on your fave podcast provider - subscribe, rate, comment and shareSupport the show
In this episode Donna chats with Ashley Fontes, founder of Read and Yoga, a Mom, author, and yogi who combines her loves to share the joy and benefits of yoga with children. Ashley's neurodivergent children have inspired her to combine beloved children's books with movement to provide them with life skills of literacy and self regulation. She is real, raw, and an amazing example of doing your best and exceling amidst the busyness of life.Highlights:3:01 Hello Ashley Fontes4:11 Importance of Literacy and Movement6:59 Read and Yoga Podcast10:27 Yoga Fables: teaching yamas and niyamas to children18:05 How yoga helps busy Moms 21:18 Inviting kids to fall in love with yoga23:40 Advice for starting with yoga and kids books25:57 Finding Ashley onlineSTUDY WITH DONNA THIS SUMMERTeaching Kids Yoga Level 1 online course PLUS one day workshop August 20, 2022 (in person/via Zoom) - includes personal coachingConnect with AshleyWebsite Facebook Instagram Connect with Donna/Yoga In My SchoolWeb Instagram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Suggestions for the show - email donna@yogainmyschool.comSUBSCRIBE to Yoga In My School podcastfind us on your fave podcast provider - subscribe, rate, comment and shareSupport the show
Sarah Henderson is an expert on yoga for everyone, especially yoga for those outside the norm. Come along in this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast to explore yoga for individuals with developmental delays and disabilities. Discover the beauty of accessible yoga and see the many ways to adapt and expand the practice of yoga to empower and enable all people.Highlights1:32 Welcome Sarah Henderson6:42 Overriding Principles when teaching individuals w disabilities and delays12:50 Presence is Participation18:22 Yoga is more than poses22:15 Examples of accessible yoga: boat pose24:40 Exploring emotions26:12 Go to yoga props/activities to use during class31:17 Consistency and routine35:05 Disabilities and Differences in the ClassroomConnect with SarahFacebook InstagramWebsiteTraining w Sarah and Om SchooledCONNECT with Yoga In My SchoolWebInstagramFacebookTrain w Yoga In My School/Donna FreemanSUBSCRIBE to Yoga In My School podcastfind us on your fave podcast provider - subscribe, rate, comment and shareSupport the show (https://yogainmyschool.com/?p=13405)
In honor of Autism Awareness Month we are diving into neurodiversity.In this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast guest McAlister Grenier Huynh, otherwise known as The Neurodivergent Teacher, explains neurodiversity, why it's an essential consideration in the classroom, top tips for teaching SEL so that self-regulations becomes a natural skills, and so much more. You will especially appreciate Autism Acceptance Spirit Week including a FREE handout in the show notes.Please forgive the hiccups in the audio as we had two interruptions in wifi service during the recording of this episode. Definitely upped the challenge and allowed us to practice being mindful. Thank you.Highlights1:58 Intro to McAlister Grenier Huynh2:57 Explaining neurodiversity5:18 Why is it vital to consider neurodiversity7:02 Neurodivergent processes and procedures12:25 Quiet & compliant vs calm & well regulated16:16 Top tips for teaching SEL23:30 Autism Acceptance Spirit Week32:45 Where to find The Neurodivergent TeacherConnect with McAlisterInstagramFacebookAutism Acceptance Spirit Week Flyer Free DownloadCONNECT with Yoga In My SchoolWeb InstagramFacebookSUBSCRIBE to Yoga In My School podcastfind us on your fave podcast provider - subscribe, rate, comment and shareSupport the show (https://yogainmyschool.com/?p=13405)Support the show
Have you ever not seen yourself in the yoga community? Wondered where were others like you? SonJoria Sydnor's story begins with not being able to find black kids doing yoga as an example to her family. She set out to change that. The resulting book Our Family's Doing Yoga and Social Media presence @BlackKidsDoYoga represents black families practicing yoga. Its real, its genuine, and your are going to LOVE it.Highlights1:04 Meet SonJoria Sydnor6:35 Benefits of family yoga8:21 Challenges to a family yoga practice12:45 Remembering your individual yoga practice15:16 Hopes and dreams for family yoga16:04 Tips for teaching family yoga classes19:46 The importance of representing Black families21:42 How yoga can foster wellness for all27:13 Addressing inequalities and inviting diversity in yoga community31:52 Connect with SonJoriaConnect with SonJoriaFacebook Instagram Youtube Website Podcast Connect with Donna/Yoga In My SchoolWeb Instagram Facebook Youtube Pinterest Suggestions for the show - email donna@yogainmyschool.comSUBSCRIBE to Yoga In My School podcastfind us on your fave podcast provider - subscribe, rate, comment and shareSupport the show (https://yogainmyschool.com/?p=13405)
Do you include books in your kids yoga classes? Are you interested in writing your own kids yoga book? If yes, you're are going to love this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast. Donna Freeman, host, chats with Robyn Snow of Glow Yoga Kids to discuss her journey from kids yoga teacher to kids yoga book author. Plus we'll explore her creative way of sharing literature with kids using yoga and mindfulness.Highlights2:05 Hello Robyn6:14 Read Along with Robyn8:54 How to pick books for Read Along with Robyn11:30 The process of becoming an author16:40 Yoga as an educational tool19:21 Yoga book buddies24:91 Connect with RobynConnect with RobynYoutube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiDJ...Instagram Facebook Connect with Donna/Yoga In My SchoolWeb https://yogainmyschool.comInstagram https://www.instagram.com/yogainmysch...Facebook https://www.facebook.com/YogaInMyScho...Twitter https://twitter.com/DonnaKFreeman​Pinterest https://www.pinterest.ca/yogainmyscho...Suggestions for the show - email donna@yogainmyschool.comSHOW LESSSupport the show
Join Donna Freeman, host of the Yoga In My School podcast, and Chanel Tsang, host of the Peace Out podcast, as they chat about mindfulness for kids, podcasting, science and mindfulness, live events, and building community.Highlights1:38 Who is Chanel Tsang 5:30 The power of mindfulness for young children7:16 The learning curve in starting your own podcast9:45 Hurdles and rewards of podcasting13:30 Mindfulness + Science = Peace Out Podcast17:19 Ocean Code Word Challenge19:50 Saturday June 22 Special Live Event21:52 What's next for the Peace Out Podcast24:15 Where to find the Peace Out PodcastConnect with Peace Out podcastFacebookInstagramConnect with Donna/Yoga In My SchoolWeb Instagram Facebook TwitterPinterest Suggestions for the show - email donna@yogainmyschool.comSUBSCRIBE to Yoga In My School podcastfind us on your fave podcast provider - subscribe, rate, comment and shareSupport the show
Host Donna Freeman chats with Drew, Executive Chair of the National Kids Yoga Conference. We discuss the past, present and future of the conference, the value of community, and the importance of self-compassion and inward observation.Highlights1:20 What has kept the YIMS podcast going6:01 Intro to Drew, his background19:35 Busyness and Self Compassion25:29 Drew's involvement with the Kids Yoga Conference30:39 Changes and conversations33:50 NKYC Offerings - Fostering professional and personal growth36:44 Invitation to get involved41:42 Take pride in your work and share itConnect withNational Kids Yoga ConferenceFacebook Instagram Connect with Donna/Yoga In My SchoolWeb Instagram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Suggestions for the show - email donna@yogainmyschool.com Support the show
This past year has been interesting. Filled with struggles, continually navigating Covid 19 protocols, investing in self-exploration and care, questioning the patterns of the past, and empowering one another to find our voice. In this mini-episode of the Yoga In My School podcast host Donna Freeman looks back over the past 12 months. Themes of trauma informed practices, empowerment, and celebrating our passions/pet projects were clear but not without some controversy thrown in.Then she looks toward 2022 and how themes of literacy, accessibility, social justice, school yoga across the curriculum, and more passion projects are waiting to be explored. It's going to be an amazing year. May you walk forward with hope.Thanks for listening/watching. Support the show (https://yogainmyschool.com/?p=13405)
Hanukkah, often called the festival of lights, is an annual Jewish celebration of the of the re-dedication of the temple in Jerusalem and the miraculous burning of sacred oil for eight days. Andrea Creel of Shining Kids Yoga shares insight, tools, and resources to foster mindfulness during this festival. Listen for tips on how to be nourished by love and light in your family, kids yoga classes, adult yoga classes, and personal devotion.There are a ton of resources from this conversation. See below for the links.HIGHLIGHTS:0:04 Welcome to the Yoga In My School podcast2:15 Intro to Andrea Cree4:39 Combining kids yoga and Jewish holidays6:20 What is Hanukkah10:39 Inviting mindfulness to Hanukkah13:22 The Hanukkah kids yoga game17:06 Bringing Hanukkah into kids yoga class19:06 Celebrating the Light themes in adult yoga class23:32 Yoga and Jewish faith29:00 Respecting Jewish holidays34:10 Final thoughts on mindful Hanukkah35:44 How to connect with Andrea/Shining Kids YogaRESOURCES:Zen Guide to the HolidaysBlog post on Hanukkah yoga activities for children Online Dreidel SpinnerYoga/Sanskrit Mantra to chant during Hanukkah:Om Asatoma mantraAnother mantra that can be practiced is using a mala to chant the Hebrew word "Shalom" 108 times (shalom means peace or welcome)Rabbi Yael Levy A Way In Jewish MindfulnessAlef-Bet Yoga Book for KidsDouble the Fun Yoga CardsYoga Pose or Dare Card GameMystery Pose: A Yoga Guessing Game BookConnect with Andreawww.shiningkidsyoga.comConnect with Donna/Yoga In My SchoolWeb Instagram Facebook Twitter ​Pinterest Suggestions for the show - email donna@yogainmyschool.comSUBSCRIBE to Yoga In My School podcastfind us on your fave podcast provider - subscribe, rate, comment and shareSupport the show
Learning to express your voice authentically is a journey of self discovery. If you are striving to align your offerings with your true self, or navigate changes in your voice/offerings over time, then this episode is for you. Betty Larrea, of Be Yoga Be Love, shares her experiences as she has moved from the corporate world, to the kids yoga world, to being an author, mother, and book doula. Highlights include:0:04 Intro to episode2:24 Betty's background7:06 What does it mean to find your voice10:50 Hurdles that Betty experiences when finding her voice18:05 Tools that help clarify your voice22:30 How to face the fear of what others think/judgements28:18 Calming your inner critic33:59 Advice for finding your voiceConnect with BettyInstagramConnect with Donna/Yoga In My SchoolWeb Instagram Facebook ​Twitter Pinterest Suggestions for the show - email donna@yogainmyschool.comSUBSCRIBE to Yoga In My School podcastfind us on your fave podcast provider - subscribe, rate, comment and shareSupport the show (https://yogainmyschool.com/?p=13405)
This episode of the Yoga In My School podcast challenges the restrictions placed on teaching yoga in schools in Alabama in the newly passed (May 2021) bill. Guest Crunch Ranjani explores questions raised by the bill that all yoga teachers, school administrators, and legislators need to ponder and discuss. Have a listen, spend some time considering all points of view, and let me know your thoughts. Highlights:1:45 Background of school yoga in Alabama3:35 NOTE: Alabama Senate HAS PASSED THE BILL (May 21, 2021) see show notes below for reference4:40 Initial reaction to lifting ban of yoga in Alabama schools5:58 Less positive reaction to the new Alabama school yoga bill6:55 What is cultural appropriation of yoga?10:45 Why are people worried about Sanskrit?16:25 Is some yoga better than no yoga?21:31 Guidelines vs Illegal28:20 Questions raised by the Alabama school yoga bill33:30 Invitation to have the conversationRead Crunch's article - Teaching Yoga in Schools: Examining the Questions Raised by the Alabama BillMarch 11, 2021 AP Article re passing of bill in the Alabama House of RepresentativesMay 21, 2021 NPR article re passing of bill in Alabama SenateConnect with CrunchCONNECT with Yoga In My SchoolWebInstagramFacebookTwitter ​Pinterest SUBSCRIBE to Yoga In My School podcastfind us on your fave podcast provider - subscribe, rate, comment and shareSupport the show
Discover the wonderful world of phonics and how to use yoga to teach emergent readers essential language decoding skills.This episode of the Yoga In My School podcast hosts Hilary Grierson of Bear Foot Yogis based in London, UK. Hilary is passionate about teaching children through play and has developed a kids yoga phonics card deck to do just that. Wondering how phonics cards are different from alphabet cards? Why kinaestetic learning is so effective? or how to create and publish your own set of yoga cards? Have a listen for all this and more.Highlights:0:40 Trauma Informed Yoga and Mindfulness1:59 Introduction to Hilary Grierson7:05 What are phonics?10:55 Challenges to learning phonics15:22 Kinaestetic learning18:37 Combining yoga and phonics26:00 Kids Yoga Activity: Sound bag29:14 Breath work with sound31:15 Creating, publishing, and marketing kids yoga productsFIND BEAR FOOT YOGI's phonics cardsTrauma Informed Yoga and Mindfulness Coursebit.ly/traumainformedyogatrainingCONNECT with Yoga In My SchoolWeb Instagram Facebook Twitter ​Pinterest SUBSCRIBE to Yoga In My School podcastfind us on your fave podcast provider - subscribe, rate, comment and shareSupport the show (https://yogainmyschool.com/?p=13405)
The Saskachewan Indigenous Yoga Association (SIYA) is changing lives as they invite healing and growth through movement and meditation.In this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast we chat with Dawn Deguire, co-founder of the Saskatchewan Indigenous Yoga Association. Discover the amazing work happening throughout the province through their yoga teacher training scholarship program and grass roots approach to bringing the healing benefits of yoga to indigenous populations and underserved communities.Truly inspiring work. Thank you. Join Dawn for a special yoga class Sept 30, 2021 in honor of the first National Day for Truth and ReconciliationTopic: N'tl Day of Reconciliation YogaTime: Sep 30, 2021 07:00 PM SaskatchewanZoom Meeting ID: 792 652 4847Passcode: skyogaHighlights:03:06 Intro to Dawn Deguire05:36 Saskatchewan Indigenous Yoga Association12:20 Why are Metis and Indigenous yoga teachers essential14:57 Finding universal truths and discovering your personal path20:22 Impact of graduates of the Indigenous yoga teacher scholarship25:19 National Day for Truth and ReconciliationFollow/Like SIYA on FacebookOn Instagram @skindigenousyogaLearn about the origins of Orange Shirt Day CONNECT with Yoga In My SchoolInstagram Facebook Twitter Pinterest SUBSCRIBE to Yoga In My School podcastfind us on your fave podcast provider - subscribe, rate, comment and shareSupport the show (https://yogainmyschool.com/?p=13405)
Initiate change in education through embodied consciousness and freedom. Dive into a new level of self-awareness in learning environments as our amazing guest Abbi Wills, co-founder of Shanti Generation, explores what it means to teach embodiment, student power, and self-compassion in order to facilitate optimal learning and growth.HIGHLIGHTS1:53 Intro Abbi Wills7:08 Sovereign Bodies Learn Here12:00 Facilitating Optimal Learning15:45 How to Manage a Sovereign Bodies Classroom20:04 Inviting Agency vs Forcing Compliance25:49 Encouraging Self Exploration and Self Compassion31:50 What embodied awareness looks/feels like33:10 Fostering Self AdvocacyAbbi's First Interview with Yoga In My SchoolCONNECT with Abbi Willshttps://www.instagram.com/teachlovebreathe/Learn more about Shanti Generation and their work https://shantigeneration.com/CONNECT with Yoga In My SchoolWeb https://yogainmyschool.comInstagram https://www.instagram.com/yogainmysch​ool.comFacebook https://www.facebook.com/YogaInMySchool/​Twitter https://twitter.com/DonnaKFreeman​Pinterest https://www.pinterest.ca/yogainmyschool/​SUBSCRIBE to Yoga In My School podcastfind us on your fave podcast provider - subscribe, rate, comment and shareSupport the show (https://yogainmyschool.com/?p=13405)
Sun Salutations, Half Moon Pose, Star Pose, Moon Salutations, and more invite yogis to look to the skies.In this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast guest Doreen Foxwell of The Children's School of Yoga shares her creative new Astrology Meets Kids Yoga curriculum. We discuss the impact of the pandemic on her business, following your passions, curriculum writing, acknowledging your kids yoga teachers, and more. If you are passionate about your kids yoga business, this is a must listen episode. HIGHLIGHTS:0:30 Welcome Doreen Foxwell2:33 Evolution of The Children's School of Yoga6:45 The birth of Astrology Meets Kids Yoga curriculum9:45 How astrology and kids yoga work together18:40 Birth charts: free resource https://www.astro.com/horoscope21:40 Intellectual property: protecting your rights and content30:00 Importance of acknowledging kids yoga teachers, creators37:32 For more information about Astrology Meets Kids Yoga curriculumCONNECT with The Children's School of Yogahttps://www.thechildrensschoolofyoga.com/CONNECT with Yoga In My SchoolWeb https://yogainmyschool.comInstagram https://www.instagram.com/yogainmysch​ool.comFacebook https://www.facebook.com/YogaInMySchool/​Twitter https://twitter.com/DonnaKFreeman​Pinterest https://www.pinterest.ca/yogainmyschool/​SUBSCRIBE to Yoga In My School podcastfind us on your fave podcast provider - subscribe, rate, comment and shareSupport the show (https://yogainmyschool.com/?p=13405)Support the show
In this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast we explore bringing the joy of music and multiculturalism into your homes, yoga studios and kids yoga classes.Guest Dan Storper, founder and CEO of Putumayo World Music, shares his love of music and the world. The new Putumayo album Kids Yoga Dreamland is a beautiful compilation of eclectic world melodies to invite relaxation and sleep.1:30 Intro to Dan Storper and how Putumayo World Music came about9:54 Choosing music and the multicultural nature of Putumayo14:29 Kids Yoga Dreamland - music for yoga & relaxation19:43 Liner notes include yoga poses for relaxation23:06 Emotional impact of music26:06 Music promotes world understanding and citizenship30:17 Using relaxing movement and music to help kids go to sleep34:00 Music to take you on a journey37:02 Putumayo playlists and radio showDISCOVER Putumayo World MusicCONNECT with Yoga In My SchoolWeb https://yogainmyschool.com​Instagram https://www.instagram.com/yogainmysch​ool.comFacebook https://www.facebook.com/YogaInMySchool/​Twitter https://twitter.com/DonnaKFreeman​Pinterest https://www.pinterest.ca/yogainmyschool/​SUBSCRIBE to Yoga In My School podcastfind us on your fave podcast provider - subscribe, rate, comment and shareSupport the show (https://yogainmyschool.com/?p=13405)
Are you interested in writing a kids yoga book? Yes? You need to listen to this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast as Susan Rose, newly published author, shares her experience and insight from diving into the process during the Covid pandemic. Fifteen months later she has published two books with a plan for a series. It's been a learning curve from which you can benefit.Note: There are some audio lags in this recording due to wifi connection during the live interview. Thank you for your patience.Highlights include:1:15 Who is Susan Rose3:05 Inspiration to become an author4:46 Finding an illustrator7:05 Steps to writing a kids yoga picture book9:00 The publishing process12:01 Biggest surprise in writing a kids yoga book17:16 Everybody is Good at Something19:00 How it feels to hold your book in your hands20:30 Essentials of marketing your book23:20 Investment (time & money) to write a book26:47 Advice for new authorsCONNECT with Susanhttps://www.susanroseyoga.com/CONNECT with Yoga In My SchoolWeb https://yogainmyschool.com​Instagram https://www.instagram.com/yogainmysch​...Facebook https://www.facebook.com/YogaInMySchool/​Twitter https://twitter.com/DonnaKFreeman​Pinterest https://www.pinterest.ca/yogainmyschool/​SUBSCRIBE to Yoga In My School podcastfind us on your fave podcast provider - subscribe, rate, comment and shareSupport the show (https://yogainmyschool.com/?p=13405)
In this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast the delightfully genuine Jen Berg shares insights and practices on using percussion instruments in kids yoga class. Jen is quick to remind me that she is not a professional drummer and that is what makes her the perfect example of following the heart and sharing what you love authentically. She provides Highlights include:2:15 Intro to Jen Berg4:07 Drumming in kids yoga class6:54 How music impacts a kids yoga class9:15 Using shakers in kids yoga class13:08 Jen's drum and how she uses it in class17:50 Benefits of using a drum in class21:00 Using a singing bowl in kids yoga class27:30 How to get in touch with JenFollow Jen on Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/divine.love.yoga/CONNECT with Yoga In My SchoolWeb https://yogainmyschool.com​Instagram https://www.instagram.com/yogainmysch​...Facebook https://www.facebook.com/YogaInMySchool/​Twitter https://twitter.com/DonnaKFreeman​Pinterest https://www.pinterest.ca/yogainmyschool/​SUBSCRIBE to Yoga In My School podcastfind us on your fave podcast provider - subscribe, rate, comment and shareSupport the show
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