Season of Gratitude

gratitude and joy quote image“For it is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”
Brother David Steindl-Rast

We are encouraged by culture and media to be joyful and grateful during the holiday season from Thanksgiving to New Years. Sometimes that comes easily, sometimes not so much. For those of us struggling, a gratitude practice can be powerful.

We often visit this theme in kids yoga classes, but simple practices can be incorporated into home routines as well. A colleague of mine recently described her family’s simple routine. She uses her 10-minute school commute for their practice with a few simple rules: Everyone must share sometime, anything, no judgement, so long as it’s not what they shared the day before. She finds that simple routine gets everyone’s day started on a positive note and brings her family closer together with a daily check-in.

These practices can be especially helpful during the holiday season, which encourages us to spread love and joy but also can seemingly revolve around what we want and do not have, something known to make us less happy!

One of our favorite practices in kids yoga is gratitude relaxation. We listen to a guided meditation while remembering all our gifts and advantage and the people who support us and love us. Thanks to Childlight Yoga, the program that Jen uses to teach kids yoga teacher trainings, you can now listen to audio recording of the gratitude relaxation from Yoga for Children, by Lisa Flynn.  Find a comfortable position (instructions for the one on the right are posted on the CLY blog too).

At Breathing Space, we are grateful you have chosen to share your family time with us through classes and workshops. We are looking forward to seeing you this holiday season and in 2018.

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9:30 am Tot Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Tot Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Dec 14 @ 9:30 am – 10:15 am
Tot Yoga @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This is a supportive, fun-loving, and active yoga class for crawling babies to 24-month-old toddlers and their parent/caregiver. This class is all about your new mover. Crawlers and walkers learn poses, songs, and games while… Continue Reading Season of Gratitude
10:30 am Preschooler Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Preschooler Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Dec 14 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Preschooler Yoga @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This class is for families 21-month to 4-year old preschoolers, with younger siblings welcome. Class incorporates age-appropriate yoga poses, songs, stories, and games as children learn yoga through social interaction, repetition, and play. No yoga… Continue Reading Season of Gratitude
11:30 am Baby Yoga & Play @ Realignment Studio
Baby Yoga & Play @ Realignment Studio
Dec 14 @ 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Baby Yoga & Play @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Breathing Space Baby Yoga & Play features fun yoga-inspired postures and movements as well as calming, nurturing ways to enhance bonding and improve baby’s sleep. Babies enjoy yoga while on their backs, tummies, or held… Continue Reading Season of Gratitude
Dec
15
Fri
9:30 am Preschooler Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Preschooler Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Dec 15 @ 9:30 am – 10:15 am
Preschooler Yoga @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This class is for families 21-month to 4-year old preschoolers, with younger siblings welcome. Class incorporates age-appropriate yoga poses, songs, stories, and games as children learn yoga through social interaction, repetition, and play. No yoga… Continue Reading Season of Gratitude
10:30 am Postnatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Postnatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Dec 15 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Postnatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This class is designed for postpartum moms to gently and safely regain strength, tone, and endurance after pregnancy and birth with an emphasis on core strength and posture. Pre-crawling babies (and their voices) are welcome,… Continue Reading Season of Gratitude
Dec
16
Sat
9:15 am Baby & Me Yoga, Sat @ Realignmen... @ Realignment Studio
Baby & Me Yoga, Sat @ Realignmen... @ Realignment Studio
Dec 16 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Baby & Me Yoga, Sat @ Realignment Studio, Dec 2017 @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This class is a blend of yoga-inspired movement, songs, baby play, and massage especially for newborn to pre-crawling babies as well as gentle yoga for parents. Babies do yoga activities on the floor on their… Continue Reading Season of Gratitude
10:30 am Prenatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Prenatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Dec 16 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Prenatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
In this all-level prenatal yoga class, expecting moms will cultivate the flexibility, concentration, and strength needed during the transformative time of pregnancy and childbirth. Enjoy the community of other expecting mothers while we practice modified… Continue Reading Season of Gratitude
Dec
17
Sun
4:00 pm Teen/Tween Yoga & Mindfulness (9... @ Shenanigans Art Space
Teen/Tween Yoga & Mindfulness (9... @ Shenanigans Art Space
Dec 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Teen/Tween Yoga & Mindfulness (9-15 yrs) - Winter Workshop Series @ Shenanigans Art Space | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Yoga class provides a non-competitive environment for older children (8-12 years) to explore more complex poses and asana than in classes for younger children, as well breathing exercises, movement games, and much-needed relaxation. Students learn… Continue Reading Season of Gratitude
Dec
19
Tue
9:45 am Postnatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Postnatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Dec 19 @ 9:45 am – 10:45 am
Postnatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This class is designed for postpartum moms to gently and safely regain strength, tone, and endurance after pregnancy and birth with an emphasis on core strength and posture. Pre-crawling babies (and their voices) are welcome,… Continue Reading Season of Gratitude
12:00 pm Infant Massage – Nov @ Realignme... @ Realignment Studio
Infant Massage – Nov @ Realignme... @ Realignment Studio
Dec 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Infant Massage - Nov @ Realignment Studio @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Massage is a great way to connect to your baby and has been shown to help babies sleep better, gain weight, reduce fussiness, improve health and relax. Our classes teach parents massage techniques in a… Continue Reading Season of Gratitude

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