Karma Carpenter Shea, IASYM Founder, joins us to discuss the rising trend of bringing yoga and mindfulness into schools. The goal of IASYM is to promote pediatric health through sustainable yoga, mindfulness and contemplative ed programs for students and staff. She’ll share why mind-body tools are becoming so popular. As well, we’ll delve into some of the science behind the hoopla.
Silently acted, interviewed and worked with Lily on the kid yoga episode for Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes, a hidden camera television show developed for teens in which each episode reveals the widespread goodwill in our world by secretly capturing heroes in action as they demonstrate acts of kindness, compassion and commitment to others.
Click link below to watch a hidden camera episode that'll make you giggle and warm your heart.
Seva Story : 4th Grader Joanna Gives Back To Eagle County
Meet Joanna, a 4th grader from Eagle County School District walking into the school cafeteria pre-COVID19; kids with lunch boxes, kids getting in line for lunch, no masks, no plexi glass dividing their seating, a typical school cafeteria where kids are finding their seats to eat lunch, side by side each other. Joanna noticed that there was a student at the lunch table who had neither, no school lunch and no lunch box from home. She offered him some of her lunch.
Joanna Kent. Photo courtesy Emily Kent.
She remembered this moment when she was quarantined at home and sitting on the couch with her mom talking about helping in some small way. Joanna said; Mom, what if we start a food drive?
Do you like chocolate? That’s a simple question with a simple answer. But, what happens when you need to get on your knees to make a difficult decision or any decision that causes you to feel disconnected in your mind and body? Where do you turn? Do you search and search for friends and family to tell you what you should do? Do you google obsessively to find the scripture or answer? Where do you go?
Follow your breath in and out, and if your breath is full and expansive, that is your body saying YES. If your breath is short and choppy, that is your body saying NO.
Step Inside Your Mind + Outside in Mother Nature : Learn About Colorado Through Mindful Movement
Wow, what a difficult spring 2020 has sprung upon us. We have had a lot of time to think in our homes and virtual worlds, and now, as we enter into the summer and fall seasons, I am asking myself these questions: How do we as parents/ teachers adapt in these new uncertain times and thrive where we live and learn about our beautiful environment?
I’m a mother to two middle school boys and am assisting their distance learning. One day, I was reminded in my son’s seventh grade virtual science class that Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species did not say that the strongest survive, but the most adaptable do. What adaptations have you made during this pandemic as a parent or teacher working with children? When my children tell me that they are bored, I say, “Well, boredom is an opportunity for creativity.” ...
In response to the recent lawsuit against Encinitas Union School District in California stating that yoga is religious and violates the First Amendment, I want to shed light on this debate with sensitivity and grace, clearly stating yoga in schools can be PEA-CEY!
In my experience, yoga stretches across faiths and beyond theoretical boundaries. I’m a partner for Kids’ Yoga Journey, which is a public-school friendly style of yoga that creates innovative ways to connect kids to movement, music and art through great stories and ground-breaking technology, as well as the Director of Kids’ Holy Yoga, which is an international ministry dedicated to using the time-honored practices of yoga, breathwork and meditation to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. With these different alliances at play in my own life, I know firsthand that yoga can be applied to many different scenarios with equal success...
When we hear the word "free," our body releases. No strings attached. We liberate our mind from the expectation of giving something back in return. We trust that a “free” gift is precious and priceless. In an economy where our funds are limited and our stress is elevated, consider being an unconditional giver of lifetime treasures in the economy of LOVE.
So what are 5 things you can give freely to your child this year?
1. BADGE of Courage: Encourage your child to stand strong in the midst of daily battles. Use any type of material -- felt, paper or cardboard and cut out a little badge to pin on a coat or backpack with the words “I AM BRAVE!”...
Yoga encourages children to learn and listen to their bodies because it requires connecting the whole self or in child language. The 4 B’s: breath, brain, body and balance.
Through a yoga practice or play, children become more aware of the body and the way it feels. The body becomes stronger and more flexible in the process. The brain begins to focus on the body’s movements and how those movements make it feel. The breath becomes slow, calm and steady....
Place one hand on your heart and the other hand on your belly and take three long slow deep breaths. Visualize yourself as an eagle soaring back in time to capture a bird’s eye view of the landscape of yoga then and to what is to come; notice that in 1976, only 5 million people practiced yoga compared with the 20 million people practicing today-quite a leap! This increase is significant to keep in mind as we take a look at how yoga in schools is growing and being challenged as a violation of the 1st Amendment in cases such as the lawsuit in Encinitas Union District in California and the recent banning of ‘namaste’ at Bullard Elementary in Kennesaw, GA. These two instances have been resolved with sensitivity and respect, and it is our job to continue to teach self-regulation yoga techniques in a public-school friendly way. If you are wondering how to keep yoga in alignment with the 1st Amendment, check out this article called “3 Ways to Keep Yoga Pea-Cey!” ...