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The Lone Yogi

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My son is not one that enjoys a yoga class.  Frustrating as a teacher, but being in a class setting is not for everyone.  When he gets into a class with other children, it is hard for him to stay focused on the asana and meditations.   He wants to play and be silly which is normal, he is 10.   He does however, still love yoga and I will catch him being still with his eyes closed.  As he was here on a hike this last summer.  I asked him what he was doing or thinking about and he just shrugged and said, “Taking a breath and enjoying this tree.  It’s like meditating!” Leave to a child to remind me that yoga can happen anywhere, and is more that just being flexible and beautiful postures.

My current Yoga Garden schedule:

Tuesday- YG Play date ( for moms and babies) 9-9:45 am

Thursday- YG Kids Club (ages 6-9) 4:30-5:15pm

Saturday- Mixed Level Vinyasa 8-9am

Slow Flow  9:15-10:30am

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What is Yoga Garden Kids Club?

I started teaching a class called Yoga Garden Kids Club a little over a year ago.  There was one big motivator amongst a bunch of other smaller ones that inspired me to start teaching children.

I am a mom and a yogi. I would often feel frustrated because I felt my mom life was interfering with my yoga practice and I could sense that my kids felt the same about my practice.  I have done lots of yoga classes with my kids but they were super watered down and didn’t show them the reason yoga feeds my soul as well as making my body strong.  Why aren’t there Kids Yoga classes that are teaching kids more than just animal poses?  So, I decided to create one, using what I wanted to teach my own kids in mind.  In YGKC, we talk about breathing, they learn the mythology behind poses, mudras, and the asanas with their Sanskrit names!  (Half of them pronounce them better than me)   I work to give them a yoga practice that feeds their soul and body in a fun way with others their age.   I believe that if they are given that, our own practices will be more supported by them!  It is also pretty amazing to have a home practice WITH them instead of trying to keep it to myself.

The next Kids Club session starts this Thursday, January 26.  It is 4:30-5:15pm at Yoga Garden in NE. Each session is 5 weeks long and is $45/session! Email Stephanie.loes@gmail.com if you have interested little yogis in your home!

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“Yoga is a life skill. Like learning to swim. 
Our girls have taken many of the Yoga Garden Kids Club sessions with Stephanie. We tapped into teaching our girls yogic breathing techniques very early on (both my husband and I have practiced yoga for many years.) And have long appreciated the combined beauty and benefits of breathing, meditation, stretching, strength and challenge of body and mind for every kind of person and every kind of body for all ages. Life skills. The most remarkable thing to me has been how our girls have learned to respect and support my yoga practice in a way that they didn’t understand before they had their own practice. They encourage me to get out the door to class, or get on my mat at home, they share the stories of the postures and mudras. And this motivates me and reminds me that I do this for myself, but also for the good of all the people that I love. Care for myself to be able to care for others. Easy, right? Much easier if you see the twinkle of understanding in the eyes of your kids…as you skid out the door to class!”
-Kari (Yoga Garden parent)
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Your Year in a Word-Kids Club

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Every year at the end of October, the Yoga Garden community begins to meditate on their Year in a Word.  Word that will we will carry forward into the next year, not so much a resolution but a beacon towards which we are always moving.  Once our words are chosen Laurel creates these beautiful flags to add to Yoga Garden’s puja.

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This year, the youngest of our community were invited to join us in this amazing tradition!  I had a great time, helping the students in Yoga Garden Kids Club think about and create their own word flags to add to the wall.  I thought it would be super obvious which were the kids’ words but it turns out, it isn’t.  These kids were so thoughtful and earnest when it came to their final choices!

The next Kids Club session starts January 26, 2017, each session in 5 weeks long!  It is $45 for the full session.  Classes are Thursday 4:30-5:15pm at Yoga Garden.

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