I grew up around good tasting food and from that experience I learned to make great tasting food that my family loves. Here is the catch, Meat and Potatoes. That is what I know and love. Carbs and meat everywhere, with a side of veg. I am trying to get more plant based meals into our weekly menu but am meeting resistance from the littles. They love veggies, they just aren’t used to them taking up so much space on their plates. I find Pinterest to be hit or miss on the recipe front and full of click bait. So my request today… do you have a favorite vegetarian cooking blog? Please comment below with your favorites!
This fall I am adding a couple of new classes to my teaching schedule!
Schedule at Yoga Garden:
NEW beginning September 6!! Wednesday: Mixed Level Vinyasa 7:30-8:30am
NEW beginning September 13!! Wednesday: Yoga Garden Playdate 11-11:45am (preregistration required)
Thursday: Yoga Garden Kids Club 4-4:45pm (preregistration required)
Saturday: 8-9am Mixed Level Vinyasa
9:15-10:30am Slow Flow
10:30-11:15am Yoga Garden Kids Club (preregistration required)
To sign up for Playdate or Kids Club, contact me at email@example.com!
New Location!!! Paddlesculpt!!!
Paddlesculpt is a family owned neighborhood gym with a focus on Rowing and Stand Up Paddleboarding, located on 34th in the Nokomis neighborhood!
NEW beginning September 8!!! Friday: Mixed Level Vinyasa (focusing on Core Strength) 12-1pm
Sign up for Paddlesculpt classes here! https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/mainclass?fl=true&tabID=7
Mine aren’t babies anymore but we have done yoga together since they were! YG Playdate will be returning after these two go back to school! Yoga Garden Playdate is a 45 minute yoga class for mamas and their babes ages 0-3. Usually the tots end up playing and coloring while the mamas get their time on the mat, although sometimes they join in for some sun salutations! I am offering this class as a 5 week session beginning September 13, it is $45/ for all five weeks. Wednesdays 11-11:45am. Please let me know here or email me at Stephanie.firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or with questions!
Back in summer mode!
My focus becomes zeroed in on creating a fun and memorable summer for my family. I spend way less time blogging, on my mat, and meditating on a cushion. Those activities get replaced with sleeping in, playing on and in the water and making slime with my kids.
No regret ever, it feels right and balanced.
Watch for my September schedule to come out soon!
This last Yoga Garden Kids session was really special. The idea of it was born of their curiousity about Yoga Garden’s puja. Why was it there? What were all the things on it for?
We discussed together about how having a sacred space of their own for practicing their yoga and meditation could be really good for focus and that if the objects in that space were special to them, it would have more meaning.
The kids in my class are ages 5-9 and as they are not my own and I am not a worship leader, we talked more about the physical objects than the spiritual worship of a Puja. In the first class, I gave them permission to explore the space. Some were more drawn to the incense, some to the statues of deities.
The objects that we place in our Sacred spaces to help us meditate can be taught easily to kids by aligning a meditation to each of our senses. We also talked about how they could create there own space at home.
Sight: our personal sacred spaces are typically pleasing to the eye for US. Through art, crystals, candles… the objects we SEE can focus our mediation and make us happy.
Sound: maybe the kids favorite? We listened to different music, thought about what different music made us feel. They also had the opportunity to try using a Singing Bowl and finger cymbals.
Taste: food may not be the best thing to have on a child’s puja, but mindful eating is a wonderful way to meditate for them. Take a bite, chew slowly, think about the taste, the feel, maybe where the food came from and finally swallow. We had fun trying some different foods in class. Only one enjoyed the brusselspout… go figure.
Smell: incense, oils and candles. Smells can brings so many memories forth and make us feel different things. For our smelling meditation we used blindfolds and I had them smell different strong scents. Hazelnut syrup, fresh basil, lavender and lemon.
Touch: for our final meditation of the session we held crystals and touched pencil to paper to color mandalas.
It was fun. I will definitely be teaching this session again!