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Mindful Conversations with KAY

Mindful Conversations with KAY

By Kidding Around Yoga

Mindful Conversations with KAY is a podcast for parents, teachers, counselors, or anyone who works with children. We will talk about using research based tools and strategies to help increase mindfulness, self-awareness, connection, self-regulation, and peace in your home or classroom. Join hosts Kristi Fischer and Kelly Winkler, Kidding Around Yoga trainers, moms, and educators for some fun and insightful conversations where we take a deep dive into all things kids yoga and mindfulness. kiddingaroundyoga.com/
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The Magic of Mindfulness During the Holiday Season
The Magic of Mindfulness During the Holiday Season
It's the most wonderful time of the year... or at least it can be, with a sprinkle of mindfulness and a dash of self-care. Listen in as Kelly and Kristi share stories and tips for getting the most of this magical season in this episode of the Mindful Conversations with KAY podcast! *How holiday traditions are special opportunities to practice mindfulness *Letting go of how circumstances "should" be, and celebrate the moments as they are *Cooking as a full-sensory mindfulness experience *The magic of presence (more than presents) *Self-care is vital for a peaceful holiday season *Comparison is enemy of mindfulness Blog posts: Have a Very Mindful Holiday Season: kiddingaroundyoga.com/kids-yoga-mindfulness-holiday/ Bring MIndfulness to Holiday Dinners: kiddingaroundyoga.com/mindufulness-eating-holidays-yoga-family/ Finding Balance During the Holidays: kiddingaroundyoga.com/stress-holiday-self-care/
23:12
December 01, 2022
Rerelease: Mindfulness: The What, Why, and When of a Mindful Day
Rerelease: Mindfulness: The What, Why, and When of a Mindful Day
During this episode, Kristi and Kelly discuss mindfulness.  What does mindfulness mean and what does it look like? We talk about what exactly mindfulness is and give simple ways that you can incorporate some mindfulness practices into your life and the lives of your children, either at home or in your classrooms.  Mindfulness can encompass many different strategies.  We go through several different strategies for both children and adults and give you tips on how to get started with a new mindfulness practice or expand the one you have.   https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/ For more tips on mindfulness check out these blog posts: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-mindfulness-family/ https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/mindfulness-parenting-behavior-kids-yoga/  https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/mindful-meditation-children-family/ https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/mindfulness-exercises-classroom/
36:20
November 28, 2022
Interview with Occupational Therapist, Laura Petix: Exploring the Brain Body Connection, Behavior, and Regulation
Interview with Occupational Therapist, Laura Petix: Exploring the Brain Body Connection, Behavior, and Regulation
Laura Petix, a pediatric occupational therapist, known on social media as "The OT Butterfly" is the special guest on this episode of the Mindful Conversations with KAY podcast. Kelly and Kristi's interview with Laura is filled with practical techniques and deep knowledge about children's behavior as it relates to regulation. Listen as they discuss: *working with a child's brain (rather than trying to "fix" it) *why it is important for children to be in touch with their physical body, building their brain-body connection *how to decode behaviors (hint: behavior is communication) *Laura's favorite body-based self-regulation tools *tips for classroom teachers to incorporate pro-active regulating activities Blog: Yoga and Occupational Therapy: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/yoga-and-occupational-therapy-2/ Links: Laura Petix's website: https://theotbutterfly.com @Theotbutterfly on social media The Sensory W.I.S.E. Solutions Podcast: https://theotbutterfly.com/the-sensory-w-i-s-e-solutions-podcast-for-parents/ Mindful Conversations with KAY podcast: https://anchor.fm/kidding-around-yoga/episodes/Yoga-In-Schools-Part-3-How-Yoga-Can-Be-a-Powerful-Tool-in-Special-Education-e1jt21i Sensory is Behavior mini-course: theotbutterfly.com/behavior
29:40
November 17, 2022
Rerelease: A Kid's Yoga Class: from chaos to calm
Rerelease: A Kid's Yoga Class: from chaos to calm
It's true! A kids yoga class doesn't look or sound like an adult yoga class (and it shouldn't)! Straight from a question on our Mindful Conversations with KAY Facebook page, Kelly and Kristi explain why kids yoga classes may seem loud and unfocused. But there's a method to the madness and as Kelly says, "Sometimes we gotta get loud before we can get quiet". Listen in as the conversation covers: *The importance of proper pacing in a kids class *Finding stillness amidst the busy-ness and chaos around us *Mimicking a stress-response to practice self-regulation *Naming sensations and experiencing your body and mind during active moments and during quiet moments *Building mind-body awareness through physical movements, sensory experiencees, and playful experimentation *Being inclusive and making your classes accessible to all children *Flexibility with lesson plans depending the children's moods and needs Virtual Mini Workshop: Dissecting a Kids Yoga Class: The Good, The Bad, the Now What?https://learn.kiddingaroundyoga.com/p/dissecting-a-kids-yoga-class/?_ga=2.1259825.1273071424.1651587327-118241787.1649444179 Kids Yoga Class Management: https://learn.kiddingaroundyoga.com/p/kids-yoga-class-management/?_ga=2.27369020.1273071424.1651587327-118241787.1649444179 Blog: Practicing Self-Regulation with Children: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/self-regulation-yoga-children/ Why Should Children Practice Yoga: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-children-benefits/
22:58
November 14, 2022
Casel Series Part 5: Relationship Skills - building and strengthening healthy relationships through mindfulness practices
Casel Series Part 5: Relationship Skills - building and strengthening healthy relationships through mindfulness practices
Kelly and Kristi are wrapping up their 5 part series exploring the CASEL framework with this weeks discussion about relationship skills. The ability to build and maintain  healthy relationships is the ultimate goal in attainting a fulfilling, meaningful life. And believe it or not, kid-friendly mindfulness and yoga practices can build and strengthen these skills. Listen to the episode for: *How mindfulness improves communication skills, active listening, cooperation and collaboration, and problem solving *The importance of strong leadership skills while also learning to work with other leaders' styles *Teaching children to tune into their body's signals and trust these messages BLOGS The Intimacy of Family Relationships: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/yoga-intimacy-family-relationships/ Building Relationships Through Yoga Stories: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/yoga-stories-relationships-creativity/ Building Friendships through Yoga: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/yoga-friends-community-health-kids/
19:19
November 10, 2022
- Rerelease - A Gratitude Practice: What is it and why it can be so helpful to manage stress and overwhelm
- Rerelease - A Gratitude Practice: What is it and why it can be so helpful to manage stress and overwhelm
As we enter November we are reminded of giving thanks.  In this episode of Mindful Conversations with KAY, Kristi and Kelly share the gratitude practices they use in their homes and classrooms to help children recognize all they have to be grateful for daily. As yoga teachers, classroom teachers, and moms, Kelly and Kristi feel particularly responsible for raising grateful children. Aparigraha is a Sanskrit term meaning “greedless-ness” or “gratitude”, and it is one of the basic teachings of yoga. This does not just mean simply saying “Thank you,” (although manners are very important). The real goal is to encourage and inspire genuine gratitude to the people and situations that allow us to be who we are and enjoy what we have. The conversation includes: *What is gratitude, really? *How gratitude practices are actually stress-management tools *The role of the Reticular Activating System in attention and focus *Modeling gratitude *Examples of weaving simple gratitude practices into your daily routine *Avoiding the pitfall of toxic positivity Links: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-gratitude-thanks-aparigraha/ https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-ayurveda-gratitude-thanks/ https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-gratitude-thanks-aparigraha/ https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/practice-daily-gratitude-with-the-family/ https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-smile-joy-gratitude/ Merch: https://store.kiddingaroundyoga.com/collections/music/products/orange-you-grateful
22:10
November 07, 2022
CASEL Series Part 4: Social Awareness - Growing Our Circle of Awareness Beyond Ourselves
CASEL Series Part 4: Social Awareness - Growing Our Circle of Awareness Beyond Ourselves
Social Awareness is the 4th pillar of the CASEL framework and the topic of this episode of Mindful Conversations With KAY. Now that we've built some SEL skills in personal awareness and exploration, we are ready to grow our circle of awareness beyond ourselves through compassion and empathy. Listen in as Kelly and Kristi discuss: *How to move from self-awareness to social-awareness *The importance of modeling and sharing your internal dialog *Starting with simple ways to demonstrate and practice social awareness in everyday situations *Poses, games, and meditation practices to promote empathy and compassion *Suggestions for children's literature and yogic philosophy discussions around social-awareness Blogs for further exploration: A Sense of Belonging: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/kids-yoga-belonging-community/ Sangha: A Community of Yoga Kids: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/kids-yoga-belonging-community/ Tratak - Light Up Your Family's Meditation Practice: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/tratak-meditation-family/ Teaching Ahimsa: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/kids-yoga-philosophy-ahimsa/ Four Yoga Practices to Teach Gratitude: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/kids-yoga-philosophy-ahimsa/ Build a Community This Holiday Season: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/kids-yoga-sangha-holiday-community/ Virtual Workshop: Adding Greater Meaning to Your Kids Yoga Classes: https://learn.kiddingaroundyoga.com/p/adding-greater-purpose-to-your-kids-yoga-class
34:49
November 03, 2022
CASEL Part 3: Responsible Decision Making
CASEL Part 3: Responsible Decision Making
Today's episode continues the CASEL conversation with an exploration of responsible decision making. Kelly and Kristi discuss the hugely important ability to make caring and constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions across diverse situations. Their insights include: *Encouraging curiosity and open-mindedness through yoga postures, music and meditation. *The interaction between regulation and decision making *Yoga-based games to practice analysis and decision making skills *The role of mindfulness in responsible decision making *Exploring the consequences of your choices in healthy, safe ways *How gratitude and empathy build responible decision making skills *The benefits and challenges of risk-taking Pertinent blogs: Get to Know Your Brain: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/get-to-know-your-brain/ Risk-Taking in Children's Yoga Classes: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/risk-taking-in-childrens-yoga-classes/ Social Emotional Learning: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-social-emotional-learning-sel/ Upstairs and Downstairs Neighbors in Your Brain: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/brain-yoga-children-stress-health/ Practice What You Teach: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/practice-what-you-teach-2/ Loving Kindness Meditation: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/loving-kindness-for-all/
23:38
October 27, 2022
RERELEASE: Fall is the perfect time to explore NATURE: a resource for both physical and mental health
RERELEASE: Fall is the perfect time to explore NATURE: a resource for both physical and mental health
Spending time in nature, whether it's on your trampoline in the backyard or along a rocky shoreline, may be the ultimate mindfulness practice. The slower pace, the open space, the feeling of connection all encourage creative and simple opportunities to practice mindfulness with the whole family. In this week's episode, Kelly and Kristi explore nature's effects on our physical and mental health: *Environmental awareness and activism as a mindfulness practice *Nature's restoration power in the digital age *How open vistas connect to open minds and healthy vision *Using our senses on nature walks *Exploring how experiences in nature effect your mood *Creating a nature mandala Link of pertinent blogs: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/meditation-walking-mindful-nature-yoga-children/ https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/yoga-nature-tubshevat/ https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/tree-pose-vrksasana-kids-yoga-activities/ https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-impermanence-philosophy-clouds/
28:03
October 24, 2022
Being Mindful with Technology: The Good, The Bad, and The Reality of Technology and Our Children
Being Mindful with Technology: The Good, The Bad, and The Reality of Technology and Our Children
In this highly relatable episode of Mindful Conversations with KAY, Kelly and Kristi dive into the pros and cons of technology. The past couple years have really challenged caregivers to find ways to mindfully use technology, screens, and social media. Kelly and Kristi talk about: *How screen time effects our posture, eyesight, self-image, and attention span *The social experiences of technology (both positive and negative) *Methods to mindfully, intentionally utilize and manage technology as a family Blog links: Teens Need a Technology Time-Out: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/teens-need-a-technology-time-out/ Being Present in a Digital World: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/social-media-mindfulness/
25:57
October 20, 2022
Rerelease: Emotional Resilience Through the Practice of Compassion
Rerelease: Emotional Resilience Through the Practice of Compassion
Compassion builds emotional resilience, a trait we want for our children and ourselves (and for the world, as a whole). But how do we encourage compassionate behaviors and mindsets? Mindfulness practices, of course! This episode of Mindful Conversations with KAY explores the critical importance of compassion and empathy in our children's growth. Kelly and Kristi explore compassion by discussing: *How mindfulness practices counteract the destructive results of feeling shame and guilt *Modeling self-compassion for your children's benefit *Using the Heart Hold gesture to physically stimulate self-compassion *Making partner poses and group activities a practice in empathy and compassion *Literature that reinforces compassion Links to products/people mentioned in the podcast: Dr. Dan Siegel: https://drdansiegel.com Brene Brown: https://brenebrown.com Butterfly Hug: https://vimeo.com/690621309/7aefe1f6e3 Crab and Whale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4RrFsFMJ0s Blog Links: Compassion Through Yoga: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/compassion-yoga-children-patanjali-sutra/ Mindfulness Activities for the Family: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/family-mindful-games-yoga-meditation/ Loving-Kindness for All: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/loving-kindness-for-all/
18:56
October 17, 2022
CASEL Standards Part 2: Self Management - becoming less reactive and more responsive
CASEL Standards Part 2: Self Management - becoming less reactive and more responsive
The CASEL conversation continues with today's episode exploring Self-Management: the ability to manage your feelings and thoughts in healthy, helpful ways. Kelly and Kristi share their experiences as yoga teachers and moms as they discuss: *The power of yoga and mindfulness practices in building a Self-Management Toolbox *Why motivation and discipline are crucial Self-Management skills *Building the courage to try hard things and being okay with failing *The importance of self-talk in Self-Management. Links: CASEL.org Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning podcast: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/podcast/episode21/ Yoga and Mindfulness for Teens/Tweens podcast: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/podcast/episode26/ FREE online workshop: How to Weave Mindfulness and Yoga into Academic Subject Areas https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/free-kids-yoga-resources/ Blogs: Social Emotional Learning: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-social-emotional-learning-sel/ Yoga for Children May Improve Mental Health: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/yoga-for-children-may-improve-mental-health/
17:53
October 13, 2022
RERELEASE: It is all FUN and GAMES: using play to encourage mindfulness, movement, and connection
RERELEASE: It is all FUN and GAMES: using play to encourage mindfulness, movement, and connection
Think back to the good ol’ days of recess and PE when you were a child. Do you remember playing classic games like Hopscotch, Duck Duck Goose, or Freeze Tag with your best buddies? There is a reason classic games are still played today – they are FUN! So why reinvent the wheel? Kelly and Kristi talk about taking an oldie-but-goodie game and yoga-fying it for a whole new (yet familiar) experience in this episode of Mindful Conversations with KAY. Listen in as we explore: *Engaging in play as a mindfulness practice *Reconnecting with your inner-child and your family through play *Changing the rules of a game to be more inclusive *Yogafying traditional, classic games (like Simon Says, Jenga, and Candy Land) *Join the Mindful Conversations with KAY Facebook group for a FREE downloadable game!
24:47
October 10, 2022
BONUS EPISODE: Hot Air Balloon Meditation
BONUS EPISODE: Hot Air Balloon Meditation
A journey of imagination to places real and make-believe. Use this guided meditation as a way to settle energy before it's time to sleep or when anxious thoughts are racing through young minds. Practicing these visualizations strengthens the mind/body connection and further develops a child's focus and concentration.
06:31
October 03, 2022
Rerealse: Affirmations: A Key to Confidence, Joy, and Peace
Rerealse: Affirmations: A Key to Confidence, Joy, and Peace
Affirmations are like little magic spells we cast on ourselves to be more confident, more at peace, and more joyful. But how do they work? How do we craft a personal affirmation? And when do we use them? Join Kelly and Kristi in this episode of Mindful Conversations with KAY and learn how to build and use powerful affirmations with the whole family. Join the conversation to discover: *What, exactly, is an affirmation? *How your brain's natural negative bias influences your mind chatter *The power of replacing negative self-talk with affirmations *The process of creating personal affirmations *Crafting the most beneficial affirmations *When to use affirmations *Pairing yoga postures with affirmations *How to naturally incorporate affirmations into your family's daily routine Blog posts: Affirmations (for the Faint of Heart): https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/affirmations/ Affirmations for Children: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/affirmations-for-children/ Mala Beads and Meditation for the Family: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-family-meditation-craft-mala-beads/ Mantra Magic: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/mantra-magic/
23:18
October 01, 2022
CASEL Series Part 1: Social Emotional Learning - Self-Awareness
CASEL Series Part 1: Social Emotional Learning - Self-Awareness
This episode is the first of five exploring CASEL. The CASEL framework is used as a data-based foundation for Social Emotional instruction. Kelly and Kristi start the CASEL conversation by exploring Self-Awareness: *What it is, why it is important, and how yoga and mindfulness practices help children develop self-awareness *Real life examples of self-awareness in action *Why yoga is the ultimate practice in self-awareness *Games to practice self-awareness *Building mental self-awareness through meditation *Modeling emotional self-awareness Links: CASEL.org Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning podcast: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/podcast/episode21/ Yoga and Mindfulness for Teens/Tweens podcast: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/podcast/episode26/ FREE online workshop: How to Weave Mindfulness and Yoga into Academic Subject Areas https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/free-kids-yoga-resources/ Blogs: Social Emotional Learning: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-social-emotional-learning-sel/ Yoga for Children May Improve Mental Health: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/yoga-for-children-may-improve-mental-health/
31:19
October 01, 2022
Lessons of Mindfulness, Self-Love, Empathy, and Gratitude: An Interview with Mark Brown, Creator of the Zen Pig Series
Lessons of Mindfulness, Self-Love, Empathy, and Gratitude: An Interview with Mark Brown, Creator of the Zen Pig Series
This is one of our favorite episodes! Kelly and Kristi sit down with Mark Brown, the creator, writer, and illustrator of the Zen Pig series in this week's Mindful Conversations with KAY episode. Zen Pig introduces children to big concepts like self-love, empathy, compassion, gratitude, and mindfulness through simple verse and charming illustrations. Join in their conversation to learn: *How Mark's mindfulness practice developed *The creation of Zen Pig to teach social-emotional skills *Why children need inner harmony before they are able to successfully learn *Why Mark believes in changing the roots rather than hacking at the leaves NEW CONTEST:  We wanted to keep the party going with a book giveaway! This is your chance to win 4 (yes, FOUR) Zen Pig books, each one teaching children mindfulness, gratitude, and compassion through simple rhymes and charming artwork.   All you have to do is rate and review the podcast on your favorite listening platform.  Take a screenshot and email it to kellywinkler@kiddingaroundyoga.com.  GOOD LUCK!  Contest ends October 31st and winner will be announce the first week of November. Blogs: Brain Breaks and Calm Kit: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-homework-adhd-stress-school/ Mindfulness Activities for the Family: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/mindfulness-activities-for-the-family-2/ Links: Instagram: @zenpigbook Facebook: @ZenPig Book: Zenpigbook.com Calm Down Kit: https://www.calmdownkit.com/optin1660573843109 Free Workshop - Mindfulness in the Classroom: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/free-mindfulness-into-the-classroom/
26:55
September 29, 2022
Somatic Work: Using the physical body to get metally and emotionally "Unstuck"
Somatic Work: Using the physical body to get metally and emotionally "Unstuck"
We have all experienced episodes of our fight-flight-freeze response... and sometimes we might even get stuck in that stress loop. This is why the practice of somatic experiencing is critical to our mental and physical wellness. In this episode of Mindful Conversations with KAY, Kelly and Kristi dig into this fascinating topic by exploring questions like: *What, exactly, is somatic experiencing? *How can we use physical movements to get mentally/emotionally "unstuck"? *Why is discharging stress crucial to healing? *How can we instill mindful awareness of physical cues? *How do we become Body Detectives? Blogs: Social Emotional Learning: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-social-emotional-learning-sel/ Pranayama and the Power of Breathing: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/pranayama-breathing-nervous-system-anxiety-children/ Links: Tilt Parenting Podcast: https://tiltparenting.com/2022/06/21/somatic-therapy-kids/
30:39
September 22, 2022
The Vagus Nerve: A Pathway to a Regulated Mind and Body
The Vagus Nerve: A Pathway to a Regulated Mind and Body
Ready to feel empowered (and a little nerdy)? Kelly and Kristy get into the science of the Vagus Nerve in this immediately applicable episode of Mindful Conversations with KAY. Listen to learn how to turn on your body and mind's "off" switch through postures, breathing, play, and more. Blog Links: Vagus, Baby! How the Vagus Nerve Keeps Us Calm: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/vagus-nerve-vagal-tone-parasympathetic-relax-calm/ Dealing with Homework Tension: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-homework-stress/ Children's Yoga and Mental Health: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/mental-health-children-yoga-school-anxiety/ Pranayama and the Power of Breathing: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/pranayama-breathing-nervous-system-anxiety-children/ How the Parasympathetic Nervous System Keeps Us Calm: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/parasympathetic-nervous-system-fight-flight-calm/ Calming Babies Before Birth: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-babies-chant-om-health-prenatal/ Links mentioned in episode: YogaLand Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/yogaland-podcast/id1105565152?i=1000568218405 Further learning: Anatomy of Kids Yoga: https://learn.kiddingaroundyoga.com/p/kay-natomy?
37:46
September 15, 2022
Rerelease: Demystifying Meditation
Rerelease: Demystifying Meditation
Show notes and summary: We are rerelaeasing this episode as a bonus episode this week!   Everyone can meditate. Yes, everyone! From toddlers to teens, from busy parents to anxious seniors, there's a meditation practice for everyone. Skeptical? In this episode, Kristi and Kelly debunk common myths about meditation and convince you to start small and give it a try. Join the conversation as we discuss: differences between meditation and mindfulness why meditation is so powerful common myths and misconceptions about meditation finding opportunities to meditate during the day how meditation can look, sound, and feel different for everyone meditating with children in age-appropriate ways Free Workshop:  Relaxtion and Mediation for Kids: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/free-workshop-relaxation-meditation-kids/
23:37
September 12, 2022
A Conversation with Bari Koral, a singer, song-writer, and author of children's yoga and mindfulness content
A Conversation with Bari Koral, a singer, song-writer, and author of children's yoga and mindfulness content
We are so excited to share this very special episode of Mindful Conversations with KAY -  an interview with Bari Koral, a beloved children's recording artist and internationally recognized kids yogi. Their wide-ranging dialogue explores a variety of topics including: Bari's path to healing and growth through yoga The power of music and play in children's learning Bari, Kelly, and Kristi's favorite mindfulness activities Bari's new book, Rocketship Yoga Trying Rocketship Breath Pertinent links: https://barikoral.com https://www.facebook.com/barikoral https://www.youtube.com/user/barikoral https://www.instagram.com/bari.koral/ Virtual Workshop: The Magic of Music in Kids Yoga https://learn.kiddingaroundyoga.com/p/the-magic-of-music-in-kids-yoga Blogs: Magical Music: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-music/ One Love: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/yoga-reggae-kids-love-unity/ The KAY Way - Using KAY Music: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/using-kay-music/ Hooray for KAY Music: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/hooray-kay-music/
32:56
September 08, 2022
Transitions and Change Causing Big Emotions and Worry? Ease That Discomfort with Mindfulness and Grounding Practices
Transitions and Change Causing Big Emotions and Worry? Ease That Discomfort with Mindfulness and Grounding Practices
Times of change can be challenging, regardless of our age! Transitions often cause discomfort and anxiety, so how can we help ease those feelings within our children? Kelly and Kristi are back with the debut episode of season 2 of Mindful Conversations with KAY with a great discussion about helping children navigate the big changes that inevitably come with growing up. Listen in as they talk about: *Your body and mind crave routine and knowing what to expect *Learning to recognize the physical discomfort of transitions *Preparing for big transitions by exploring smaller changes *The importance of consistency *Using songs to soothe, ground, and prepare children *Breathing before and during transitions *Movement practices to help with transitions *Best meditation practices to support successful changes Blog articles: What Family Exercise Taught Me: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/family-yoga-exercise-dance/ Everything Changes: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/impermanence-savasana-death/ Mini-Meditations for the Whole Family: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/mini-meditations-for-the-whole-family/ 5 Best Breaths for Little Bodies: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/breath-stress-kids-anxiety/ Products/Workshops: Breathing Techniques Through the Ages virtual workshop: https://learn.kiddingaroundyoga.com/p/breathing-techniques-across-the-ages/?_ga=2.173740320.265901113.1661787176-445635147.1659661076 Meditation Techniques Through the Ages virtual workshop: https://learn.kiddingaroundyoga.com/p/meditation-techniques-across-the-ages?_ga=2.173740320.265901113.1661787176-445635147.1659661076 Free Mini Course:  Relaxation and Mediation for Kids http://kiddingaroundyoga.com/free-workshop-relaxation-meditation-kids/
37:48
September 01, 2022
Dealing with big emotions, fears, and stress? Fill your family's toolbox with strategies for SELF-REGULATION
Dealing with big emotions, fears, and stress? Fill your family's toolbox with strategies for SELF-REGULATION
In this episode, we talk about our nervous system and how we can create a toolbox of strategies for both our children and ourselves to help us regulate that system. Self-regulation is the ability to manage emotions, thoughts, and responses. Understanding how the nervous system works helps us to more fully understand self-regulation. We introduce tools such as deep breathing, meditation, and yoga poses that can be used to turn off the stress response of the sympathetic nervous system and turn on the rest and digest response of the parasympathetic nervous system.  Shape breathing, bumblebee breath, and guided meditations are a few of the techniques we share as fun and engaging ways to get your child to practice the skill of calming down. Are you looking for ways to help your kids feel less stressed? Tune in. We've got you covered! For more information on everything Kidding Around Yoga has to offer visit us here https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/ Check out these blogs for more on self-regulation and yoga https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/self-regulation-yoga-children/ https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-social-emotional-learning-sel/ https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-children-benefits/ Do you want to join the conversation?  Come chat with us in our FB group https://www.facebook.com/groups/609981080229473
45:53
August 08, 2022
End of Season 1 Announcement and Our Top Episode
End of Season 1 Announcement and Our Top Episode
Thank you to all of our listeners who have joined us on this journey for season 1.  We so appreciate your support.  We are taking a short break from releasing new episodes to spend time with our families.  Today we are re-releasing one of our top listened to episodes "A Mindful Approach to Behavior Management" In this episode, Kristi and Kelly talk about behavior and how we can use mindfulness to approach it.  They discuss that the root of all behavior is to communicate an unmet need.  Often times behavior is looked at as the problem and can cause the adults to feel frustrated or stressed in the situation.  However, if you can learn to look at behavior differently and find the emotions or cause of dysregulation you can often meet the need and the behavior will naturally end.  This is a practice in mindfulness for the adults to be able to stay calm and get curious about why this behavior is happening.  When the adults remain calm they can then help children to label their emotions or feelings.  Listen to get tips on how to model and practice labeling emotions, recognizing body signals, and notice the mind body connection. Blog posts you may like: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/eq-iq-yoga-compassion-emotional-intelligence/  https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/mindfulness-parenting-behavior-kids-yoga/  https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/yoga-kids-management-behavior/  https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-schools-trauma-mindfulness-classroom/
29:40
July 28, 2022
Mealtime Mindfulness
Mealtime Mindfulness
Is family mealtime a challenge or a treat? In this episode of the Mindful Conversations with KAY podcast, Kelly and Kristi explore ways to make family meals more enjoyable through mindfulness.  Their conversation includes: Different kinds of "picky" eaters The interaction between regulation and hunger/digestion Flexibility at mealtime (for everyone) Meal planning and cooking with children Playing Meal Detective Using mindful conversations and guided questions to change moods and energy The importance of planning ahead Blog posts: Mindful Eating and Exercise: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/mindful-eating-nutrition-exercise-heath/
25:34
July 14, 2022
Yoga and Child Development Part 3: The power of yoga and mindfulness for teens and tweens
Yoga and Child Development Part 3: The power of yoga and mindfulness for teens and tweens
Today's teens and tweens are under more pressure, exposed to more constant stimuli, and navigating social media unlike any other generation. In today's Mindful Conversations with KAY episode, Kelly and Kristi discuss the importance empowering our young adults with mindfulness tools. Listen to their conversation as they explore: *Effects of mounting expectations on our teens and tweens *Exploring identities *Mindfulness practices to build self-awareness and emotional intelligence *Brain development *Learning to recognize your inner knowing through body cues *Introducing and practicing mindfulness with teens and tweens Blog posts: Connecting to Teens Through Yoga: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-teens-children-tweens-meditation/ Teens Need a Technology Time-Out: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/teens-need-a-technology-time-out/ Encouraging Teens to Act Selflessly- Practicing Seva: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/seva-teens-yoga-service-selfless-karma-volunteer/ Walk Like a Warrior: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-teen-tween-confidence-warrior-strength/ For further learning: TeenKAY: https://learn.kiddingaroundyoga.com/p/teen-kay?_ga=2.120675660.571175401.1655580917-118241787.1649444179 PreTeen Yoga: How to Adapt a Yoga Class for Growing Yogis: https://learn.kiddingaroundyoga.com/p/how-to-adapt-a-kids-yoga-class-for-growing-yogis?_ga=2.154876412.571175401.1655580917-118241787.1649444179 PreTeen Yoga Sample Class and Crafts: https://learn.kiddingaroundyoga.com/p/pre-teen-yoga-2?_ga=2.116537410.571175401.1655580917-118241787.1649444179 Getting More Out of Crafts for Teens; https://learn.kiddingaroundyoga.com/p/getting-more-out-of-crafts-for-teens/?_ga=2.150149490.571175401.1655580917-118241787.1649444179
26:18
July 07, 2022
Yoga and Child Development Part 2: The School Age Child
Yoga and Child Development Part 2: The School Age Child
This week's episode of Mindful Conversations with KAY is the perfect discussion in time for summer vacation. Kelly and Kristi talk about their struggles and successes in finding ways for their families to stay mindful and active over the long break. Take a listen to hear more about: The challenges of unplugging and constant stimulation Why boredom is an opportunity to explore stillness Making a plan to practice mindfulness with your family over summer break The magic of movement on our moods and mindset Pertinent blog posts: Healthy Mom Healthy Child: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-family-health-mom/ Dear Parents: Stop and Smell the Roses: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-parenting-presence-mindfulness/ Four Yoga Practices to Teach Gratitude: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-gratitude-thanks-aparigraha/ Dealing wtih Homework Tension: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-homework-stress/ Links to virtual workshops: The Importance of Yoga in the Kids Development: https://learn.kiddingaroundyoga.com/p/importance-of-yoga-in-kids-development?_ga=2.150149490.571175401.1655580917-118241787.1649444179 Fun Yoga Flows for Kids: https://learn.kiddingaroundyoga.com/p/fun-yoga-flows-for-kids?_ga=2.156046591.571175401.1655580917-118241787.1649444179 Meditation Techniques Across the Ages: https://learn.kiddingaroundyoga.com/p/meditation-techniques-across-the-ages/?_ga=2.156046591.571175401.1655580917-118241787.1649444179 Breathing Techniques Across the Ages: https://learn.kiddingaroundyoga.com/p/breathing-techniques-across-the-ages/?_ga=2.120740172.571175401.1655580917-118241787.1649444179
19:18
June 30, 2022
Yoga and Child Development Part 1: The Littlest Yogis, Infants and Toddlers
Yoga and Child Development Part 1: The Littlest Yogis, Infants and Toddlers
You're never too young to start practicing mindfulness and yoga! Before a child is even born, they are able to benefit from the sounds and rhythms of a yoga practice - and as they grow, the benefits do, too! As moms, preschool teachers, and yoga instructors, Kelly and Kristi share their unique insights and experiences with our youngest yogis. Their conversations explores: *What we miss when our brain asks, "What's next?" *The effect of practicing mindfulness while pregnant on baby before and after birth *Building connections through co-regulation *Little yogis' ability to associate feeling calm with meditation and mindfulness *The importance of consistency and repetition *Young children's natural tendency to be fully present *Increasing physical literacy Blog links: Yoga with Baby: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kds-yoga-baby-toddler-family/ 5 Things NOT to Expect in Your Mommy & Me Class: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/mommy-and-me-yoga/ Calming Babies Before Birth: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-babies-chant-om-health-prenatal/ Online courses: Baby and Me: Practicing Yoga with Our Littlest Ones Virtual Workshop: https://learn.kiddingaroundyoga.com/p/baby-and-me?_ga=2.257410251.1146254382.1654978608-118241787.1649444179 Mudras and Energy Flow for Toddlers and Preschoolers Virtual Workshop: https://learn.kiddingaroundyoga.com/p/mudras-for-toddlers-and-preschoolers/?_ga=2.90106075.1146254382.1654978608-118241787.1649444179 PreKAY online course: https://learn.kiddingaroundyoga.com/p/prekay2-0?_ga=2.254666952.1146254382.1654978608-118241787.1649444179 PreKAY Spanish online course: https://learn.kiddingaroundyoga.com/p/prekay2-0?_ga=2.254666952.1146254382.1654978608-118241787.1649444179
23:46
June 23, 2022
Yoga In Schools Part 3: How Yoga Can Be a Powerful Tool in Special Education
Yoga In Schools Part 3: How Yoga Can Be a Powerful Tool in Special Education
In this inspiring episode of Mindful Conversations of KAY, Kelly and Kristi talk with Erin Williamsen, Special Education teacher and Kids Yoga teacher from Durango, Colorado. Her vast experience with children of all ages and needs have given her a unique perspective on the power of making yoga and mindfulness part of a child's daily school routine: *How yoga helps level the playing field for students with special needs *Empowering children to recognize how they learn and what they need, and then advocating for themselves *Making modifications and accommodations normalized *How regulating the nervous system sets students up for academic and social success *Implementing yoga practices within a school setting appropriate for all learners Links: Erin Williamsen: www.kiddingaroundyoga.com/yogi/erin Mindful Conversations with KAY's SEL episode: https://anchor.fm/kidding-around-yoga/episodes/Yoga-in-Schools-Part-1-Yoga--Mindfulness-and-Social-Emotional-Learning-e1j8u9h Blog posts: Yoga and Occupational Therapy: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/yoga-and-occupational-therapy-2/ Teaching Yoga to Kids with ADHD and Autism: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-autism-adhd-accessible-inclusive/ Adaptive Yoga for Children: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/adaptive-accessible-yoga-children-kids/ The Yoga Tree: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-philosophy-yamas-niyamas/ Further Learning Opportunities: Accessible Yoga specialty course: https://learn.kiddingaroundyoga.com/p/accessible-yoga-for-kids?_ga=2.191725930.1146254382.1654978608-118241787.1649444179 Teaching Yoga to Children with a Variety of Abilities and Needs: https://learn.kiddingaroundyoga.com/p/teaching-yoga-to-students-with-a-variety-of-abilities-and-needs/?_ga=2.1494769.1146254382.1654978608-118241787.1649444179
43:18
June 16, 2022
Yoga in Schools Part 2: Yoga and Physical Education Curriculum
Yoga in Schools Part 2: Yoga and Physical Education Curriculum
Physical Education classes (also known as PE or Gym) are the highlight of many children's days - the opportunity to physically move and take a mental break is understandably needed. Other kids are not as keen on PE and may feel anxious and timid in PE class. Kelly and Kristi have a suggestion: Make yoga part of the PE curriculum! In this episode of Mindful Conversations with KAY, we discuss: *Inclusivity in the PE space *How yoga practices and activities fit easily into a PE curriculum *Using yoga skills to improve and enhance sports skills and physical literacy *Celebrity athletes and yoga *PE teachers unique ability, space, and schedule to actively explore yoga *Setting up yoga activity stations and yoga-fying traditional games in your PE classes *Suggestions on how to start making yoga part of your PE classes Blogs: Yoga Theme: Sports!: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-sports/ Yoga and Sports - A Strong Connection: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/yoga-kids-sports/ 5 Games to Improve Coordination: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/5-games-to-improve-coordination/ Links: Past MCwK: https://anchor.fm/kidding-around-yoga/episodes/It-is-all-FUN-and-GAMES-using-play-to-encourage-mindfulness--movement--and-connection-e1g1l2e
21:40
June 09, 2022
Yoga in Schools Part 1: Yoga & Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning
Yoga in Schools Part 1: Yoga & Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning
More and more school districts are embracing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and for good reason! As Kelly and Kristi say, "A stressed brain is not a learning brain!" Today's episode of Mindful Conversations with KAY is a deep dive into the intersection of yoga and SEL. Listen in to explore: *What SEL is and why it is critical to healthy development *The 5 areas of SEL competency as defined by CASEL (www.casel.org) *How the science of yoga aligns perfectly with SEL competencies *How to seamlessly introduce and practice SEL at home and in classrooms *Building relationships through SEL tools Blog links: Yoga and Emotional Intelligence: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-social-emotional-learning-sel/ Yoga as a Social Emotional Tool: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/yoga-social-emotional-play-based-movement/ Boost Your EQ: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/eq-iq-yoga-compassion-emotional-intelligence/ Links to products mentioned in episode: CASEL: https://casel.org Affirmations episdoe: https://anchor.fm/kidding-around-yoga/episodes/Affirmations-A-Key-to-Confidence--Joy--and-Peace-e1itgga Self Regulation episode: https://anchor.fm/kidding-around-yoga/episodes/Dealing-with-big-emotions--fears--and-stress--Fill-your-families-toolbox-with-strategies-for-SELF-REGULATION-e1d5tvi
30:03
June 02, 2022
Mindful Tips for Family Travel
Mindful Tips for Family Travel
Summer vacay! Are you hitting the road for a family trip? Prepping for travel takes more than packing your suitcase. Kelly and Kristi share their tips and tricks for family fun on the road: *How to handle pre-trip anxiety *Finding time along the way to physically move and mentally refresh *Passing the time mindfully through music, coloring, games and guided meditations *Settling down at your destination Blog links: Yoga in the Car Line: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-car/ Finding the Fun in Family Travel: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-family-travel/
18:05
May 19, 2022
Literature Through a Lens of Mindfulness
Literature Through a Lens of Mindfulness
Who doesn't love wandering through a good bookstore? The enticing titles, the brightly colored covers, the endless adventures that good literature takes us on - the act of reading is a self-care dream! Kelly and Kristi share some ways to make literature (both reading and writing) part of a mindfulness practice. In this week's episode of Mindful Conversations with KAY, listen in to learn more about: *Reading as an act of mindfulness *Using read-aloud (with physical movement) to improve focus, memory, and engagement *Encouraging imagination and building literacy skills by writing stories with yoga pose cards *Kelly and Kristi's favorite mindfulness and yoga-based books *Using guided meditation to encourage creativity and immersion in a story *How writing is improved through mindfulness practices Links to blogs: There Was an Old Monster: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-monster-emberly-book-literature-halloween/ Four Animal Books You've Got to Have: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/4-animal-yoga-books-youve-got-to-have/ Favorite Books for Kids Yoga: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/books-kids-yoga-meditation/ Building Literacy Skills Through Yoga: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-literacy-school/ Books/authors mentioned in the podcast: Kira Willey: https://kirawilley.com I Am Yoga series: https://www.susanverde.com/susans-books Zen Pig series: https://shop.puppydogsandicecream.com/products/zen-pig-complete-series-6-books What the Road Said: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/51591679-what-the-road-said Virtual Mini Lessons: https://learn.kiddingaroundyoga.com/p/how-to-weave-yoga-into-academic-subject-areas?_ga=2.173910944.2066929857.1647875640-19290627.1647279702 https://learn.kiddingaroundyoga.com/p/exploring-yoga-through-childrens-literature?_ga=2.174492449.2066929857.1647875640-19290627.1647279702
16:39
April 28, 2022
Art and Mindfulness: a conversation with Dr. Pravesh Bhoodram
Art and Mindfulness: a conversation with Dr. Pravesh Bhoodram
In this week's episode of Mindful Conversations with KAY, Kelly and Kristi spend time discussing the fascinating connection between art and mindfulness with Dr. Bhoodram, an educator and art therapist from South Africa. Dr Bhoodram is an avid artist having painted in oils, water colours, and acrylics. He is presently using mandala art as therapy, conducts art therapy workshops and spends some of his time doing angel readings. His facebook and Instagram (DrPravi) profiles depict some of his work. He is also a life coach and mentor to EAP’s. Dr. Bhoodram retired after having been a pioneer in the EAP (Employee Assistance Programs) field in the Public Service in South Africa having assisted 23 National Departments in implementing EAP Listen in as they explore: *In art, like in yoga and life, it is the journey, not the destination that matters *Art as an experiential mindfulness practice *How creating art is similar to creating yoga postures *Art as a way to build concentration muscles while also encouraging free-form expression *Mandalas as a visual representation o being centered and balanced *The importance of reflecting on your artistic experience once a piece is completed *How different forms of art encourage different forms of thinking *Zooming in and zooming out to change perspectives *Embracing the idea that imperfectly perfect is better than perfectly perfect Links: Dr. Bhoodram's profile: https://www.eapasa.co.za/about-eapa-sa/board-members/education-pravesh-bhoodram/ The Art of Mindfulness: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/mindfulness-art-children-meditation-breathing/ The Art of Yoga: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/the-art-of-yoga/ Pranayama Painting: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/pranayama-painting/ The Lure of Mandalas: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/mandalas-meditation-children-adults/ Mandala Magic: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/mandala-art-color-yoga-children-diversity/: Kristi's dot rocks info:  Instagram: @kristisrocksanddots Facebook: Kristi's Rocks and Dots Merch links: https://store.kiddingaroundyoga.com/collections/games-digital-downloads/products/kay-coloring-page-bundle https://learn.kiddingaroundyoga.com/p/incorporating-mindful-crafts-into-a-kids-yoga-class?_ga=2.173910944.2066929857.1647875640-19290627.1647279702
42:40
April 21, 2022
Interview with Jessica Mougis
Interview with Jessica Mougis
In this episode of Mindful Conversations with KAY, Kelly and Kristi chat with the host and creator of The Kids Yoga Podcast, Jessica Mougis. Their lively conversation explores: Jessica's path to finding Kids Yoga The creation and growth of The Kids Yoga Podcast Building a community of Kids Yoga teachers Learning from teachers across the globe How Kids Yoga has grown and changed over the last decade The perspective shifts that occur when becoming a parent What's next for The Kids Yoga Podcast Follow Jessica Mougis and her wonderful podcast at: Instagram: @thekidsyogapodcast Facebook: The Kids Yoga Podcast Website: www.TheKidsYogaPodcast.com  Email: TheKidsYogaPodcast@gmail.com Jessica Mougis has been sharing yoga with children and families for over a decade. As Director of Programs of Yogi Beans, she taught yoga and mindfulness to hundreds of children in schools and studios around NYC. She is also the Founder of Jem Yoga NYC, and most recently, began The Kids Yoga Podcast, a passion project she'd been dreaming up for years. Jessica lives in NJ with her husband, their three children and their dog Romeo. She dreams of spreading yoga to as many children in the world as possible.
24:13
March 31, 2022
Homework Help: mindful strategies to ease the struggle
Homework Help: mindful strategies to ease the struggle
Homework time doesn't have to be a hassle. With some planning and a few mindfulness tips, you can establish a healthy homework habits that will make the whole experience one of positivity and growth. In this super-relatable episode of Mindful Conversations with KAY, Kelly and Kristi share their top tips and insights for taming the homework anxiety. Listen in as they discuss: *How your child's homework habits effect your own behavior *Why mindfulness practices are vital for healthy parenting *Setting the tone through mindful activities *Creating an effective homework space *Tailoring homework interventions to your child's needs *Recognizing the need for brain breaks *Balancing energy through breath and movement *Using a Calm Down Kit Join the discussion in our Facebook group and get a free downloadable yoga game perfect for use to establish a calm homework session or as a brain break!
23:57
March 17, 2022
Music: A Mind and Body Experience
Music: A Mind and Body Experience
Listening to music is more than an auditory task - it is a full body (and full mind) experience! In this episode of Mindful Conversations with KAY, Kelly and Kristi discuss the power of using music in our homes and classrooms. Join the conversation as they talk about: -Music's physiological effects on the brain and body -The link between academics and music -Rhythm and movement as part of the musical experience -How music encourages creativity and shifts energy -Using music to reset an anxious mind -How music is a full sensory experience -Mindfully Incorporating music into your home and/or classroom -Why consistency is key -Musical brain breaks BONUS! Get a free download of a popular Kidding Around Yoga song Put on your listening ears and warm up your dancing muscles because this episode will surely put you in the mood for some tunes!
23:23
March 10, 2022
Bedtime Struggles? mindful strategies to help your family sleep well
Bedtime Struggles? mindful strategies to help your family sleep well
Goodnight! Sleep well! Easier said than done for many of our children, and some of us grown-ups, too. In this episode, Kelly and Kristi share mindfulness-based tools and strategies for sending your little ones off to dreamland (fuss-free!). Tune in to: connect with the family through a mindful sleep routine use mindfulness to tame nighttime anxiety practice guided meditations for sleep (and for literacy skills) grow your own Peaceful Garden breathe mindfully to fall asleep explore the science and physiology of mindful bedtime practices scan your body to encourage relaxation use sensory props to settle into sleep create a personalized Relaxation Station For more ways to make bedtime more peaceful, check out the following articles: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/yoga-kids-meditation-bedtime-sleep/ https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/sleep-yoga-kids-online/ https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-babysit-bedtime/ To order the Peaceful Garden Guided Meditations ebook: https://store.kiddingaroundyoga.com/collections/frontpage/products/secret-garden-meditations-ebook
29:45
February 24, 2022
A Mindful Approach To Behavior Management
A Mindful Approach To Behavior Management
In this episode Kristi and Kelly talk about behavior and how we can use mindfulness to approach it.  They discuss that the root of all behavior is to communicate an unmet need.  Often times behavior is looked at as the problem and can cause the adults to feel frustrated or stressed in the situation.  However, if you can learn to look at behavior differently and find the emotions or cause of dysregulation you can often meet the need and the behavior will naturally end.  This is a practice in minfulness for the adults to be able to stay calm and get curious about why this behavior is happening.  When the adults remain calm they can then help children to lable the emotions or feelings.  Listen to get tips on how to model and practice labeling emotions, recognizing body signals, and notice the mind body connection.   Blog posts you may like: https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/eq-iq-yoga-compassion-emotional-intelligence/  https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/mindfulness-parenting-behavior-kids-yoga/  https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/yoga-kids-management-behavior/  https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-schools-trauma-mindfulness-classroom/
27:39
February 17, 2022
Kristi's Journey to Yoga and Mindfulness: From Fitness Instructor to Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher
Kristi's Journey to Yoga and Mindfulness: From Fitness Instructor to Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher
In this episode we chat all about our host Kristi's story.  We talk about how she made her way from being a personal trainer/fitness instructor to a yoga and mindfulness teacher, for kids and adults. Kristi graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Pacific Lutheran University. After working with adults for years in the fitness industry, she shifted her focus to working with children after having two of her own. She ran fitness classes for kids in her community, and also worked as a preschool teacher. During her time as a preschool teacher, she used music, movement and yoga in her class. She attended her first Kidding Around Yoga teacher training and was able to incorporate much of what she learned into her classroom as well. She believes yoga can help with body awareness and developing physical literacy skills. Having had her own yoga practice for years, she decided to go back for her 200 hr yoga teacher training and she became a trainer for KAY. Her passion for sharing yoga with children and adults led her to continue her studies and obtain an additional 300 hr certification, as well as her advanced children's yoga teacher training. Her goal is to help people of all ages understand the benefits of yoga and mindfulness. She enjoys leading trainings for KAY and professional development workshops for educators to help them implement yoga, meditation and mindfulness into their classrooms.   Visit KAY here for more information https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/  Here are some blog posts that you might want to check out https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/yoga-lymph-system-kids-children-health-immune/ https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-heart-love-happiness/ https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-bones-anatomy/
22:45
January 27, 2022
Kelly's Journey to Yoga and Mindfulness: How Anxiety Led to a New Mindful Path
Kelly's Journey to Yoga and Mindfulness: How Anxiety Led to a New Mindful Path
In this episode we chat all about our host Kelly's story.  Who she is, how she found her way to Kidding Around Yoga, and her passion of sharing tools of self-regulation and mindfulness.  Kelly received a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University. She has an extensive background working with children.  She started her career as a child life specialist  in the hospital setting.  She then obtained her elementary teacher certification and has taught children ranging in age preschool through fifth grade.  She is also a mother of four children.  Kelly began her journey with yoga 16 years ago when she was pregnant with her first child.  However, it wasn’t until 2017 that she began to find a strong pull toward a consistent yoga practice.  Her inspiration came from watching her preteen daughter fall in love with yoga and use it as a tool to deal with anxiety.  As a former educator and child life specialist Kelly became inspired to bring yoga to children.  Over the years the environment in which she worked with children changed, however, one thing remained constant, her belief that the most important things she could bring a child were self-confidence, strength, and the power to create their own inner peace.  This led her to become a certified yoga instructor.   Her goal has become to help as many people as she can find the benefit in the practice of yoga and mindfulness.  Kelly got her children's yoga certification through Kidding Around Yoga and now has gone on to also become a Kidding Around Yoga Trainer.  She gives professional development for educators to incorporate mindfulness and yoga into their classroom and strives to educate and engage children and their families in these practices. Check out the blog about easing anxiety with yoga https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/anxiety-children-yoga-breathing/ https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/test-anxiety-yoga/ https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/kids-yoga-calm-craft/ https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/blog/mental-health-children-yoga-meditation-breathing/ Head over to Kidding Around Yoga to learn more https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/ Connect with us in our FB group https://www.facebook.com/groups/609981080229473
31:32
January 20, 2022
Kidding Around Yoga and Its Creator Haris Lender: Why Kids Yoga?
Kidding Around Yoga and Its Creator Haris Lender: Why Kids Yoga?
In episode 1 we have the honor of interviewing the founder of Kidding Around Yoga, Haris Lender.  Haris tells us about her journey to finding yoga and how she began to bring yoga to children.  We talk about how beneficial yoga can be for people of all ages.  Haris is a certified Integral Yoga teacher at the 500 level. She has also been certified in Prenatal, Raja, Children’s and Stress Management.  Haris lives in St. Pete, FL with her husband, Evan.  Since she began spreading the love of Kids Yoga KAY has trained more than 10,000 people across the globe and as a result KAY teachers have delivered classes to more than 1 million children worldwide.  The unique program combines the principles of ancient yoga practices with a fun and engaging twist, which is coupled with a series of original music written and performed by Haris and many members of the KAY family. For more information about KAY and what we offer visit our website. https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/ For a blog post on kids yoga https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/benefits-of-yoga-for-kids/
40:30
January 13, 2022
Mindful Conversations with KAY
Mindful Conversations with KAY
Mindful Conversations with KAY is a podcast for parents, teachers, counselors, or anyone who works with children. We will talk about using research based tools and strategies to help increase mindfulness, self-awareness, connection, self-regulation, and peace in your home or classroom. Join hosts Kristi Fischer and Kelly Winkler, Kidding Around Yoga trainers, moms, and educators for some fun and insightful conversations where we take a deep dive into all things kids yoga and mindfulness. https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/  Join our FB community https://www.facebook.com/groups/609981080229473/
00:55
January 07, 2022