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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Time for a Conference Call?

No, not the phone kind.
There is no shortage of yoga-related workshops and conferences today. How do you find which one is a fit for your wants and needs?
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The Yoga Service Council is a good place to start. The non-profit recently held its sixth annual conference at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. The three-day gathering focused this year on supporting practice and building community.
As an organization, the YSC aims to maximize the impact of individuals and organizations working to make yoga and mindfulness practices equally accessible to all.
Breakout session highlights included themes on cultivating inner resilience, yoga for underserved populations, trauma-informed approaches to working with youth, and the transformative power of stillness + its role in yoga service.
Beyond lifting and empowering your spirit, Omega’s Hudson Valley grounds are serene and naturally picturesque. The retreat’s wellness center offers a range of services, such as a massage, energy work, henna and soul work, too!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Stroga Yoga? Get the low down on this stroller-based practice for new moms!

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Grab a stroller and try this popular yoga off-shoot! We've spoken with Ashley Goldberg, owner of kids yoga company, BornYoga for the low down on everything Stroga!

KYD: What is Stroga? (Stroller Yoga)
AG: There are different definitions of Stroga, depending on who you ask and who is teaching. For example, some people would describe a stroga class as a combination of Stroller Walking (outside), followed by a 20-30 minute, gentle yoga class (inside or outside). When practicing Stroga at Born Yoga, the stroller becomes a toll to assist in various standing asanas and balancing postures. Rather than using the wall, we ...

Friday, May 5, 2017

Get the look: fun + fresh kids yoga shorts!

A passion for clothes, people and yoga were the passion behind new activewear brand, Bitsy Bottom, which features a line of kids shorts.

Check out the “second skin spandex” colors and styles – versatile for sports, yoga or just lounging around! Sizes Small through Extra Large available.

(Bitsy Bottom Kids Shorts. $30/pair at bitsybottom.com)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

What's trending now - yoga camp!

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 What’s trending now – yoga camp!

“We’ve noticed more kids asking to do yoga,” says Lauren Chaitoff, founder and co-owner of Yogi Beans, a NY-based yoga-for-kids company which has offered yoga in camps for a decade.

For Pure Yoga, of New York City, “Our mini-retreats are for children ages 3-6,” says Chaitoff. “Various camps will also bring us on-site and the ages there typically range from 2.5 – 10 years.”

Camps operate for one and two weeks at a time, with sessions running for 2.5 hours each.

Typically, campers can expect an exciting yoga adventure in class, followed by a soothing savasana, fun arts and crafts activity, mindful games and calming yoga story, says Chaitoff.

“Kids are asked to pack a light (nut-free) lunch that will be eaten during story time,” says the yoga expert.

Newbies to yoga are welcome, says Chaitoff.

“Every kid is an ideal yoga camper. No experience needed. Just bring your body, mind and heart,” she says.

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At SHINE Yoga Kids in New City, NY, yoga summer camp programming for ages 4-12 is in its third year.

“It’s a nice option for kids who are not attending camp and for those who are looking for a healthy, indoor activity for a few hours during the day,” says Amy Hough, owner of SHINE.

Camps here rune for one week each and kids follow a theme-based class, which is approximately an hour.

“We provide organic snacks and water, followed by an activity designed around the theme – either a partner pose, craft, games or team-building activity,” says Hough.

Kids who are looking to keep cool, make new friends and enjoy more of a low-key, non-competitive environment would be happy at yoga camp, says Hough.

“Parents love knowing that their child is gaining all of the incredible benefits of yoga, while having fun in camp,” she says.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Grab-and-go-healthy! Kids will love these snack staples

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Grab and go healthy!

Kids will love these snack staples!

Add a little pop to your kids school lunch bag! The Little Kernel packs delicious, gluten-free flavor in to its tiny-sized popcorn kernels. Made with 100% olive oil, the munch-worthy treat is also non GMO, dairy-free, kosher and certified whole grain.

Avaialble in flavors like Truffle Sea Salt and Pink Himalayan Salt.

(The Little Kernel. $3.49 at Giant, Marianos, Shop Rite and Sprouts)

Little granola-lovers will enjoy this 100% all natural kind. Each bite of Viki's Granola claims to pack soft, chewy texture and comes in five flavors.

(Viki's Granola. $11.00 for 10 1.5 oz bags at vikisfoods.com or Whole Foods and other major retailers).

Monday, May 1, 2017

Budding beauty!

Gift your little yogi this sterling, wrap-around style, budding lotus and leaf ring.
Ring band is 5" at widest point. Ring sizes 6 through 9. Handcrafted.

(Bud and Leaf Sterling Silver Lotus Ring. $24.00 at buddhagroove.com)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Rock these Spring '17 Girls' Yoga Looks

The rhythm of Spring is in full swing for K-DEER.

The essence of our spring '17 collection, called Havana Rhythm, is a reflection of Havana, Cuba's beauty and bustling vibrancy. We are celebrating the city's movement and expression with sweeping brushstrokes, sharp zig-zags, contrasting bright colors and bold shapes," says founder and CEO, Kristine Deer. In homage to the city, prints are named Cha-Cha, Mambo, Vive Libre and Tropicana.

Color-wise, we are encouraging girls not to be afraid out and wear what makes them feel unique and beautiful. The movement of the prints encourages the K-DEER girl to get up and move, taking care of her mind and body, says Deer.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Spring athleisure style - what's hot now

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Spring has sprung and so too has design inspiration for this the season's youth athleisure wear!

For Kimberly Swarth, president of Onzie, it's the feminine spirit, which encourages spiritualism, freedom and play that inspired the brand's Spring line.

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"There's a lot of powerful color and art in this collection, particularly the Tiger Lily, Mantra and Las Lunas prints," she says. "We want youth to be inspired by their mothers and other female mentors in their lives. We hope these mirrored products help to elevate that connection."

The outdoors also inspired the new looks.

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"We want youth to connect with their bodies as well as the outside world, through the powerful designs they wear. All of our spandex pieces are what we call Free Flow Spandex, and are designed to stretch as they move and play," says Swarth.

Onzie picked up on style trends toward strappy bralettes, paired with drop back tanks this season and their new basic hoodie, made with a super soft triblend fabric, "Is sure to be their favorite piece that they will want to wear every day," says Swarth.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Shine bright like a lotus!

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Yoga glow!

Light up your little yogi’s bedroom or play space with this lotus-inspired sconce. Delicate, dainty and divine!

12” diameter, 10” high. 60 watt bulb required.  6 ft. long cord. Made of sturdy iron frame and cotton linen.  
(Lotus Wall Sconce. $139 at pbteen.com)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Party favors with purpose!

For yoga-themed birthday parties, little yogis will adore and appreciate these inspirational trinkets as parting gifts...

Handmade Yoga Buttons (1" diameter")
$4.00 for 5 buttons - up to $180 for 500 buttons!

(At analiesnoell on Etsy)

You Are Strong Elephant Charm Bracelet
Bind them with strength. Waxed cotton band comes in a variety of colors at 8" long.

($3.75 each. From SoulSparks on Etsy)

Box or Rocks
These little stone treasures serve as inspirational and positive reinforcement.

($5.25 each at Box of Rocks on Etsy)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A (yoga) leg up!

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Loving Onzie’s fresh and flattering line of youth athletic wear.

Leggings and Gypsy Pants from $37-$54. 

Sizes 4-5 through 14/16.
Shop onzie.com

Monday, February 27, 2017

Oodles of joy!

Dive in and go deep.

Say hello with love.

Let a smile spread throughout your heart.

Oodles of simple, inspirational truths line the pages of this adorable, whimsically illustrated picture book.

A pleaser for parents and kids alike.

(Buddha Doodles: Imagine the Possibilities, by Molly Hahn. Andrews McMeel Publishing. $12.99).

Friday, January 6, 2017

Protective party favor!

For your child's next yoga-themed birthday party, consider

these beautiful, handmade key chains, symbolizing

protection, happiness, luck and good fortune. Features

antique brass Hamsa hand with turquoise gemstone.

(Bohemian Earth Designs, $11.95 on Etsy)