How do You Integrate Yoga and Mindfulness in your Life?

How do you integrate yoga and mindfulness in your lives, and in the lives of the children you raise and teach? Here's one person's story...mine. I’ve practiced yoga since 1972, and lived in a yogic community for many decades. All of the good that I’ve experienced in my life has come because of my relationship [...]

Yoga Self Care for Parents and Caregivers of Autistic Children

As any parent or teacher will tell you, nurturing children in a mindful way, and giving them the structure they need to thrive is a big job. When it comes to children on the autism spectrum, the scope and intensity of caregiving doubles or triples since these children often require more from their parents and [...]

The Mindfulness Dilemma and a Way Out

I’m puzzled with all the fanfare about “mindfulness” for both adults and kids.  Maybe it is my decades of meditative practices that has me saying “huh?”when the world is going crazy for mindfulness.  If you are being YOU, you are naturally mindful.  You don’t need to try.  If, when you are gulping down your [...]

A Leap of Faith Takes You Places

Thought you'd be as inspired by Beth Sieloff as I was... Shakta, I am writing to give you a quick update what life has delivered to me since I attended Happily Every Now and completed the Radiant Child YTT.   As you know, after attending Happily Ever Now course I found my wings, took a [...]

Kindness Stones for Kids Yoga

Mari Stonestreet is a Radiant Child Yoga 200 hour teacher living in Japan.  She has family yoga classes weekly and lots of fun and important ideas for her classes.  The children and their parents have fun doing yoga together.  Then...they do meditative, heart-opening art.  Here's one project, in Mari's words: "This project was part [...]

Kundalini:  The Awakening of the Self

I am posting this excerpt from my book, Keep It Simple Series (KISS) Guide to Yoga,  because a list of yoga styles on New York Times magazine did not include Kundalini Yoga, which has been around since 1969.  If you want to get happy, fit, healthy, and feel the LOVE...try Kundalini  Yoga. People who do [...]

Post-Election Thoughts from a Lifetime Meditator

This has been a helpful understanding of late: Positive energy is inclusive, coherent, integrative Negative energy is exclusive, incoherent, divisive From an innate part of myself (which has been confirmed by experience), I know that all points of view are valid, like different facets of a diamond shining from different angles.  The question is whether [...]

PBS Endorses Kids’ Yoga

Shakta's note: This has been around for a while, but in case you didn't see it, it's a good read and a good reference for those of us who are children's yoga teachers.  Link to original post here. Yoga is about exploring and learning in a fun, safe and playful way. Yoga and kids are [...]

Every Emotion Has a Shelf-Life

A recent email conversation I had with a friend and teacher of Radiant Child Yoga went like this: Her: There was a short delay in finishing our project, because I had a car accident more than a week ago and I had to recover a little and rest. Sorry about the delay. Me: How are you? [...]

Aretha, I love you

It's been a long while since there's been a post.  Today is the right day for it.  It started when I read an article that my husband pointed out to me in the New Yorker magazine (April 4, 2016). The article is Soul Survival:  The revival and hidden treasure of Aretha Franklin. The article was [...]