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Teeni Kundalini, by Amy Lee NGY Owner/CEO

I typically get lots of requests for relaxation time and essential oils when teaching my middle school students. One day they surprised me by opening up about what a frustrating day many of them were having. They weren’t sure what they needed today. I put my carefully-crafted lesson plan to the side and decided to introduce them to kundalini yoga. As I explained what kriyas* are, why we chant mantras, and the awakening and rising of kundalini energy in the body, their faces went blank and eyebrows were raised.  Ok, I get it. It sounded a bit woo woo for 13-year olds.  I decided to jump right in and get them moving so they could feel kundalini.  We began by putting our hands on our heart and then folding forward to place our hands on the ground. We repeated this over and over and over for two minutes.  I encouraged them to be thankful for all of life’s experiences by “bowing to the earth to honor all that has happened to you in your life.” And then bless their choices by placing hands to heart.  The up and down movement was meant to move our energy from the lower chakras to the heart.  They did this without question. But they still had that look. We did another kriya, kicking our legs from side to side to kick out what doesn’t serve us.  And another kriya, punching side to side to punch out our fears.  And their fav…we extended our fist forward as if to punch and then grabbed what we want from life and brought it back to our hearts.  They were visibly empowered. Each movement was done with vigor and words of encouragement. They were focused and amped. I had a moment of wondering if this was a good idea or not.  And then we took it down a notch and made our way to relaxation. They were so quiet. The quietest I could remember this group ever being.  This different style of yoga wasn’t what they expected, yet they were open to it and it served them, as yoga should. Just when I think their brains and bodies aren’t ready for something, they surprise me and embrace it.  Don’t be afraid to try something new!  *a kriya is a yoga practice designed to have a specific result   Are you interested in learning more about yoga + mindfulness for tweens and teens? Click here for more information about our online training happening in October!   Meet NGY Owner/ CEO, Amy Lee Amy is an adventurer and entrepreneur at heart. She is the owner of  Bexley Yoga and  Next Generation Yoga. Her passion is teaching tweens, teens, and college students – helping them to understand how yoga + mindfulness practices can support them during challenging life experiences.  In addition to running her two small businesses, she also takes care of her three kids, two dogs, two cats, and a tank full of fish.      

A child with a disability just came to my kids’ yoga class! Now what?

As kids’ yoga teachers, we love the idea of harmony and inclusion, don’t we? And yet, if we are deeply honest, we can have a little fear in our hearts when it comes to including kids with disabilities or special needs in our kids’ yoga classes.  Like most of our fears, this is rooted in the unknown or lack of control. However, with the right attitude and a few adjustments, kids with disabilities can be as much a part of your group as anyone! Here are some tips to get you started: Kids with disabilities or special needs are KIDS first! This means they are more like other kids than they are different. They will (most likely) like to play, sing, make friends, have fun. When we see the commonalities, they outshine the differences. Keep an open line of communication. Kids with disabilities and their parents and caregivers (i.e. teachers, assistants, 1:1 workers) are great resources! Ask a lot of questions. Find out what supports this child in their life off the mat and look for ways to include those same strategies in the yoga class. Don’t be afraid to admit you’re new to working with a certain condition or need. Be curious and open to learning. Remember that every child is unique! Just because you’ve worked with other kids with autism or Down syndrome (or other diagnosis) doesn’t mean you know everything you need to know about THIS child. Sometimes we have stereotypes about certain kinds of disabilities (i.e. kids with Down syndrome are always happy). These stereotypes can stop us from getting to know each kid as an individual.  Be persistent. If one method doesn’t reach a child, continue to use your creativity until you can connect with your student. Some kids will benefit from being taught auditorily, Some will benefit from visual demonstration. Some will need physical help to learn, i.e. being guided into a pose with assistance. (Always obtain the child’s permission/consent for physical assistance. Use proper COVID protocols currently.) Most of us learn with a combination of styles. Watch how the typically developing students interact with the child with special needs. Sometimes our students are our best teachers! Observe what makes your student laugh, engage, and listen as well as withdraw or disengage. Avoid deciding what your student with a disability can and can’t do. Give them the same directives you give other kids, then provide additional support as needed. Maybe a student with Cerebral Palsy or motor planning challenges will need an assistant to help them spread their arms wide in Warrior 2. Maybe a child with autism or who is Deaf will benefit from looking at a pose card. Invest in your own learning. There is so much good stuff out there on how to work with kids with disabilities and special needs in yoga. We love Louise Goldberg’s Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs) and Shawnee Thornton Hardy’s Asanas for Autism and Special Needs and amazing prop kit. Organizations […]

Free Printable! My Mindful Week: Week 2 (August 31- September 6)

Free Printable!My Mindful Week: August 31-September 6 We’re pleased to offer these weekly sets of seven activities to help stimulate the imagination, foster social-emotional health, manage stress and anxiety, spark creativity, get kids moving, thinking, and more! Written by NGY Teacher and EVOLvED trainer Amy Nucera with grades K-6 mind. These downloads are free to download and print for personal or classroom use. Download My Mindful Week: August 31-September 6 (PDF) Written by: Amy NuceraNext Generation Yoga Teacher & EVOLvED TrainerAmbler, PA (greater Philadelphia area)Email Amy for more info.

Early Childhood and Kids Yoga, by Leah Lonegan

As an early childhood professional, I am an advocate for yoga for all children. In every program I run or work in I strive to bring yogic principles into the curriculum. A question I often get from parents is how does kids yoga work? They picture an adult class with children. That is not what a yoga class for children ages birth-5 looks like at all! This is the age group I primarily work with through preschools and child care centers. America has high expectations for children and yoga allows children to come as they are, have fun, and learn lifelong techniques that help them cope with those stresses and expectations. We play, laugh, work, sing, dance and rest all in one class. The most common benefit I see from children’s yoga in small children is emotional intelligence. When children are about to have large large feelings, i.e. a temper tantrum, I see a certain look come over them. I usually say something like, “It looks like you are feeling like you need to breathe, would you like to do that alone or would you like to do it together?” 9 out of 10 children will choose breathing together because connection is something humans crave. I then take their hands, we look into each other’s eyes, and see if we can match our breaths. For the child, they typically start with a shallow breath while I do a 3 count in and 3 count out breath. Usually, after about 3 breaths they have regulated their emotions back to calm and we can talk about the situation; finding ways to make it better. If a child chooses no eye contact (this works particularly well with my own youngest child), we do heart breathing. The child can rest their ear on my heart to see if they can hear my breath and then make theirs match. Sometimes there are no words, just a long heart hug. After becoming familiar with this, children will advocate for themselves and ask for a heart hug or holding hands breath.  Yoga postures can also help children with the skills they will need for classroom school. Sitting in a chair or on the floor requires quite a bit of abdominal strength. Playing yoga games such as pass the ball with your feet, surfing and swimming, or climbing the wall with your feet all contribute to core strength. In this time of virtual school, with so much time in front of a screen, yoga allows children a chance to move and breathe- working those muscles, then relaxing those muscles all in a single class. My yoga classes always end in a rest pose. For at least five minutes children get the chance to actively rest. Rest is not something that is always valued in western culture but it is so important, especially for growing little bodies and minds. Most people also don’t know how to rest without sleeping or television. Yoga allows children to learn how to rest. […]

Mindful Conversation Starters, by EVOLvED Trainer Amy Nucera

Connecting with our kids on a meaningful level and being able to gauge how they’re doing mentally and emotionally is as important as it is difficult. How many of us have been on both ends of the following conversations?  Person 1: How was your day/work/school?Person 2: Fine. Person 1: What did you do today at school/work/camp?Person 2: Nothing. If you’re trying to start an ongoing dialogue, these types of questions set you up for failure because they beg for one-word answers (or, in the case of my tween, half-hearted shrugs.)  Here are a few tips and tools to take the pressure off and help spark real conversations. Eat together. People and food go together like…well…peanut butter and jelly. We naturally gather around food to talk, laugh, celebrate our joys, and ease the burden of our sorrows. Commit to sitting down to at least one meal together each day where you put away devices, turn off screens, and just be together. Don’t only focus on the good stuff. Having a positive attitude is important, but it doesn’t mean ignoring anything negative or unpleasant. It’s important to talk about hard things and tough emotions they’re experiencing during, or as a result of, their school day. If you can normalize sharing the small things now, they’re more likely to share the big things later. Use open-ended questions. Instead of “how was your day?” try “tell me about something that was easy/hard/fun” for you today.”  If you need some ideas, download the Mindful Conversation Starter printables* below. Keep them handy in a jar, old tissue box, or other recycled containers, and pick a few each night at dinner, or whenever you want to talk or check-in. (PS – These questions aren’t just for the kids – make sure you share your answers too!) Download Mindful Conversation Starters page 1 (PDF) Download Mindful Conversation Starters page 2 (PDF) Want to learn more about sharing yoga + mindfulness practices with students? Join me for one of two upcoming EVOLvED Heart-Centered, Mindful Education 8-hour teacher trainings.  Dates: August 25 & 27, September 1 & 3 (four 2-hour sessions)Schedule: Sundays 11am-3pm EDT (Sundays 8am-12pm PDT)Click here for more info & to register! Dates: September 6 & 13, 2020 (two 4-hour sessions)Schedule: Sundays 11am-3pm EDT (Sundays 8am-12pm PDT)Click here for more info & to register! Written by: Amy NuceraNext Generation Yoga Teacher & EVOLvED TrainerAmbler, PA (greater Philadelphia area) Amy began her career in early childhood education where she specialized in imaginative play and creative movement. Years later she found NGY was able to combine her loves of yoga and education by contributing to curriculum, training, teaching, and providing support to Team NGY. With yoga + mindfulness as her main focus, she is thrilled to be able to share techniques and tools with children and educators that help cultivate a positive & healthy school environment, manage stress and reduce anxiety for students and teachers, and promote empathy & tolerance towards others. Learn more about Amy here.

Staying Positive This School Year, by EVOLvED Trainer, Amy Nucera

No matter what the start of school looks like for you and your kids this year, one thing is for certain - there’s a lot of uncertainty! Parents, teachers, administrators, school support staff, and KIDS are all struggling with hard decisions and coming to terms with what will be a very different school environment this fall. Whatever your classroom looks like this year, I invite you and your kids/students to embrace it and choose to make the absolute best of it! Yes, having a positive attitude is a choice, and it can go a long way towards helping you navigate the tough days (and yes, there will be tough days.) If it doesn’t come easily or naturally to you, don’t worry – it doesn’t come naturally to many of us.  Practicing yoga + mindfulness helps you check in with your thoughts throughout the day. When you find yourself thinking negatively, acknowledge the negative thought and think of a way to turn it around. Affirmations are a great way to turn negative self-talk into something more positive and uplifting. Think of it as giving yourself mini pep talks throughout the day - go ahead and cheer yourself on because you deserve it! Affirmations can be spoken aloud or done silently in your mind and can be customized for any situation or feeling.  A few examples are: I am a problem solver. I can do this. I am peaceful and calm. I am open to new ideas. I am brave enough to try Coloring can also be a great way to calm the mind and help relieve anxiety. Download this affirmation coloring sheet to use at home or in your classroom and get the benefits of both practices in one! Want to learn more about how to share yoga + mindfulness with students in a classroom setting, including virtual classrooms? Check out our EVOLvED Heart-Centered, Mindful Education teacher trainings for educators and yoga professionals.     Written by: Amy NuceraNext Generation Yoga Teacher & EVOLvED TrainerAmbler, PA (greater Philadelphia area) Amy began her career in early childhood education where she specialized in imaginative play and creative movement. Years later she found NGY was able to combine her loves of yoga and education by contributing to curriculum, training, teaching, and providing support to Team NGY. With yoga + mindfulness as her main focus, she is thrilled to be able to share techniques and tools with children and educators that help cultivate a positive & healthy school environment, manage stress and reduce anxiety for students and teachers, and promote empathy & tolerance towards others.Learn more about Amy here.

NGY Loves Educators

NGY Loves Educators! Are you a teacher, educational professional, or school support staff looking for yoga + mindfulness resources as we head into the new school year? NGY has you covered with special deals on lesson plans and activity cards to make implementing these practices with students easy peasy. Now through September 15th, sign up for the NGY Lesson Plan Club and you'll get 12 lesson plans for $60. That's just $5 each! This price is offered on BOTH our clubs...either for kids ages 2-12 or for tweens + teens. You can also save $5 on the NGY Yoga + Mindfulness Activity Cards for the Classroom - our original deck of 60 easy to implement activities for any classroom setting. Lesson Plan Club for ages 2-12 $60/yr (reg. $99/yr) SAVE $39! Click here to join! Lesson Plan Club for Tweens + Teens $60/yr (reg. $99/yr) SAVE $39! Click here to join! Yoga + Mindfulness Cards for the Classroom $19.95 (reg. $24.95) SAVE $5! Click here to purchase! As a member of the Next Generation Yoga Lesson Plan Club, you will receive a signature NGY Lesson Plan each month.  Every Lesson Plan is unique and has an age-appropriate theme that is relevant, with guidelines and suggestions for different age groups. Lesson plans are delivered to your email inbox each month in PDF format, and are ready-to-print or read on a computer, tablet, e-reader, or other electronic devices. Each NGY Lesson Plan includes: An introduction to successfully sharing yoga with the children in your life, whether you are a parent, caregiver, a school professional, or an experienced or new yoga teacher. A detailed and easy to follow script for the teacher/leader. A complete class theme and sequence including an introduction to the topic, breathing exercises, a warm up, an active pose series, a cool down, and a guided meditation and relaxation exercise. The lesson plan theme works, whether taught from beginning to end or in pieces. Ideas for activities, props, songs, and more to add to the fun! Suggestions for how to relationally connect with children in developmentally appropriate ways. Opportunities to teach children through multiple pathways: physical (gross and fine motor), social-emotional, sensory, creative, cognitive, and intellectual learning. A how-to glossary of poses and breathing exercises used in the lesson plan that includes traditional names plus kid-friendly and/or Sanskrit names when appropriate. And a one-page lesson plan “cheat sheet” — a quick guide for handy reference.

Porch Yoga, by NGY Teacher Jocelyn Chrisley

Every morning since, she has wandered out to where I sit on the porch drinking coffee to ask if we can do porch yoga. It’s been a lovely small space to connect with her and recalibrate our day together as a family.  And, as a bonus, she chats so easily during porch yoga that now I know what book she is reading, how she feels about starting eighth grade, and what type of curry she loves best. Yoga can meet so many of our needs and fit into just the space we find for it. Can you add a little porch yoga into your family’s summer plans? Or kitchen yoga? Maybe even bedtime tuck-in yoga? How can this practice help you reconnect or recalibrate as we all hit the doldrums of summer?

Five Senses, by NGY Teacher Jocelyn Chrisley

My ten year old is always on the move. She has a million words on her heart and ten thoughts clicking through her mind at any given time. I thought of her often while taking an NGY training about yoga + mindfulness for kids.  The suggestion was made to consider a “walking meditation” focused on the five senses as a way to engage kids in mindfulness. One morning when my daughter was spinning around like a top, I thought, “now is the time to take that mindful five senses walk.”  We tied on shoes and walked down our block to the path that leads into our neighborhood nature preserve. As we walked, I invited her to tell me about what she saw, heard, felt, smelled, and maybe tasted. Stepping into the preserve, she exclaimed “Look-the heron!” as an enormous bird arced across the horizon. We also noticed the clouds in the sky, the sun overhead, a couple dogs running happily down the path, and one particularly tall tree.  Then she said “Do you hear all those frogs?!?” pointing to the small pond in front of us. We took a few steps toward the pond and listened to all those frogs. We also heard cars passing on nearby streets, a couple of people chatting, and a duck quacking.  Keeping to the edge of the water, she bent down and picked up a small rock. She rubbed her fingers across the rock exploring it's surface before tossing it into the pond. Then she ran her hand over a nearby patch of clover.  As we circled the pond, a breeze blew the scent of honeysuckle our way. My daughter decided that would be both what she smelled AND what she tasted. We found the honeysuckle bush at the edge of the path that led back to our block and stood there for a while savoring the delight the flowers brought our noses and tastebuds. Strolling back towards our house, I asked my daughter how she felt. She smiled and said, “settled.” For a child who is always busy, that sounded like mindfulness to me. We chatted all the way home about what we had noticed and appreciated on our walk.  What could you notice with your five senses while out on a walk? What could you invite your child to notice along with you? Are there any other walking meditations you and your family could explore when you need a few moments of mindful connection? Leave a comment below or email Jocelyn to share ideas!

NGY Team Support, Jocelyn Chrisley

Jocelyn Chrisley, RYT NGY Team Support + NGY Teacher Jocelyn Chrisley RYT began practicing yoga during her first pregnancy, and since then yoga has remained a centering source of joy for her. Both her daughters, one now a teen and the other a tween, were natural-born yogis, and seeing their love for asana and ease in mindful practices encouraged Jocelyn to learn more about kids yoga. After leading the yoga club at her children’s school for several years, Jocelyn found her way to Next Generation Yoga (NGY). Training with NGY reinforced Jocelyn’s ideas about how valuable yoga can be for kids. An MSW, Jocelyn believes in strength-based support of children and thinks yoga is a meaningful way to learn about the self, feel empowered through physical experience, and explore the world through imaginative play. Off the mat, her interests include late-night reading, spending time in nature, and social justice. Jocelyn lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband Brett, daughters Sutton and Norah, and a vast menagerie of rescue animals.

Join us and learn how to share yoga + mindfulness with students in any live or online classroom setting! ONLINE Training! Dates: August 3-6, 2020 (Four 2-hour sessions) Schedule: Monday–Thursday: 7-9pm EDT | 4-6pm PDT Location: The comfort of home Trainer: Amy Nucera Investment: $179.00 ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. ♥ Email us with any questions. Pay in Full Pay in Full Investment: $179.00 Register Now!2-month Payment Plan 2-month Payment Plan Investment: 2 monthly payments of $99.50 each† Register Now! †Standard Payment Plan Details Payments are split into 2 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. View our full terms & conditions here. Military Discount $25 Discount for Active & Retired Military Investment: $179.00 $154.00*† Next Generation Yoga is proud to active/retired military by offering a $25 discount on this Teacher Training. Please review the terms and conditions below to see if you qualify prior to registration. Email us with any questions! Register Now! †Discount Qualifications & Details Please email supporting documentation to ngy@nextgenerationyoga.com prior to the start date of your training. (Certificate of completion will not be issued until supporting documentation has been submitted.) With the exception of the early bird discount, no additional coupon codes or discounts may be applied. No discounts can be applied retroactively. Military Eligibility: Military discounts are available in the U.S. to all active duty military personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans and their dependents. Required Proof: In order to the discount off on select Teacher Trainings, we require proof of military service including: active military identification, a state-issued identification card that reflects your status as a veteran, or a Veterans ID Card. Timely. Insightful. Connected. This is EVOLvED Heart-Center, Mindful Education Teacher Training There is a lot expected of the modern classroom. Kids need to learn not only reading, writing, and arithmetic, but also how to manage their emotions and communicate well with others. Children benefit from keeping connected with their bodies and their feelings–learning to cope with feelings associated with stress and anxiety. Yoga and mindfulness practices can help. The EVOLvED Heart-Center, Mindful Education 8-hour training provides classroom-specific strategies to bring kids yoga and mindfulness experiences to educational settings. Experienced trainers share their passion for this work as they facilitate a creative and insightful training curriculum. Trainees are given opportunities to interact with and learn from others in the field and to collaborate on innovative ways to offer classroom versions of yoga and mindfulness for students grades K-6. Frequently asked questions: Is the EVOLvED Heart-Centered, Mindful Education Teacher Training for me? This training is for you if: You are a classroom teacher, PE teacher, media center specialist or another specialty teacher, classroom assistant, or school support staff (interpreters, 1:1 workers) You are a school-based Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Speech-Language Pathologist, psychologist or social worker looking for ways to [...]

School’s Out, Learning is ON! by Team NGY

At NGY we value curiosity.We like to wonder, explore, and learn. The world is experiencing something scary and disruptive that has shifted so many of our comfortable routines. In the midst of these extraordinary times, we were curious to hear what lessons the NGY family might be learning while at home together. Without the familiar, have we made a little space for something new and wonderful? Read on to see what we discovered. Amy Lee says, "The past several weeks have given me an opportunity to get to know my kids in a way I will never forget and will always cherish.  I have learned how they learn, not just what they learn. I have been pushed out of my comfort zone to teach them and adapt to how each of them learns differently and needs different types of support. I knew my girls liked art, but I had no idea how talented and creative they were. I knew my son liked Legos, but I had no idea how much he was capable of. I knew my kids were close, but seeing them bond even tighter in the past two months has been the best gift as a mother. They are thriving as siblings and friends. They have each other's backs now and forever." Amy Nucera reports, "We're learning by getting down and dirty. My 3-year-old and I cobbled together a small (yet mighty) garden from dollar store seeds and clippings from friends. She's been the biggest and most enthusiastic little helper. We talk to our plants, dig in the dirt, water them, and make sure they're safe and protected. It's new for both of us, and we're learning together about the life cycles of plants, helper and harmful insects and animals, and more! Here's to getting back to nature and finding joy in the simple things. We can't wait to enjoy the fruits (and flowers and veggies) of our labors." Sarah Henderson shares, "In our pre-COVID life, my three kids were busy. As in an-activity-every-night busy. The quality time we had together was in the car, running here and there. And we were happy. But we were busy (and also mama was tired). Because of the stay-at-home season, we have been not so busy and we have been together. It’s given us time to try bread making with homegrown sourdough starter. Nearly every night we have “bread time” before bed time. (We like puns around here.) We have learned about grams and ounces, natural yeast, how a humid day affects your dough. We have made sourdough boules, focaccia, scones, waffles, crackers, cinnamon rolls, bagels, and even a chocolate cranberry loaf. We’ve had failures (if you forget to add your salt, the bread is called Tuscan bread and not nearly as tasty) and we’ve had many delicious successes. I am grateful for the time we are spending together in the kitchen--the slow time, the mindful time--that bread making takes." Rachel Glowacki says, "Oh, puzzle me, me puzzler! My 13- and 14-year-old boys and I did our [...]

NGY Director of Teacher Trainings: Cindy Lesher

    Join Cindy for an upcoming training! Cindy Lesher, RYT NGY Director of Teacher Trainings, NGY Teacher + Trainer NGY Trainer for: Yoga + Mindfulness for ages 2-12 As NGY's Director of Teacher Trainings, Cindy works tirelessly to bring Next Generation Yoga and EVOLvED trainings to life online and in person. If you're a studio interesting in hosting or partnering on a teacher training, or are interested in attending one of our trainings, you can reach out to Cindy with any questions: Trainings@NextGenerationYoga.com

The NGY Teacher Training for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults with Disabilities & Differences is a 25-hour Yoga Alliance approved online training and is part of the NGY 95-hour Registered Children's Yoga School (RCYS). Click here for more information! ONLINE Training! Dates: October 7,14,21 & 28, 2020 ( 4 Live Sessions and 11 recorded Hours) Schedule: Wednesdays October 7, 14, 21, & 28:  6-9:30pm EST Location: The comfort of home. Hosted by: Practice Community & The Green Yogi Trainer: Sarah Henderson Investment: $595.00 ♥ Email us with any questions. Pay in Full Pay in Full Investment: $595.00 Register Now!4-month Payment Plan 4-month Payment Plan Investment: 4 monthly payments of $158.75 Register Now!Educator, Student & Military Discount Pay in Full Investment: $495.00 Next Generation Yoga is proud to support educators, school support staff, full-time students, and active/retired military by offering a $100 discount on this Teacher Training. Please review our terms and conditions for discount qualifications and requirements prior to registration. Please email us with any questions! Register Now!4-month Payment Plan - Educator, Student & Military Discount Pay in Full Investment: 4 monthly payments of $133.75 Next Generation Yoga is proud to support educators, school support staff, full-time students, and active/retired military by offering a $100 discount on this Teacher Training. Please review our terms and conditions for discount qualifications and requirements prior to registration. Please email us with any questions! Register Now! Inclusive. Informed. Uplifting. This is Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for Disabilities + Differences. Using time-honored yoga practices, modern mindfulness techniques, and best practices from adaptive, accessible, and inclusive approaches, teacher trainees learn to facilitate creative and educational experiences through a unique methodology that aligns with the developmental and social needs of these special populations. No prior experience in either yoga or working with diverse groups is necessary; we will teach you what you need to know! The Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for Disabilities + Differences offers a variety of tools and strategies to empower you to create meaningful yoga and mindfulness experiences. Experienced trainers share their own passion for this work as they facilitate a fun and inspiring training curriculum. Trainees are given opportunities to interact and observe, to learn about what works for others, and to come up with original ideas for sharing the wonder of yoga and mindfulness with these groups. Frequently asked questions: Is the NGY Teacher Training for Disabilities + Differences for me? This training is for you if: You are an adult who loves kids, teens, and/or young adults with disabilities and differences and yoga. You are an adult who loves special populations and is curious about yoga. (No yoga experience is required). You are a parent/grandparent/guardian/caregiver/sibling looking for ways to bond with your family member. Your day job is in education as a teacher, support specialist, before/after school care provider, counselor, therapist, administrator, or homeschooler. You work as a physical, occupational, speech, or mental health therapist, nurse or doctor, and would like to bring some variety and new techniques to your therapeutic offerings. You are a librarian looking to provide unique story time experiences. You are a yoga teacher who would like to diversify your teaching [...]

♥ This training is SOLD OUT but don’t worry, head over to our Teacher Training Schedule to see all of our available dates! ♥ Email us with any questions. ONLINE Training! Dates: July 7-28, 2020 (Four 2-hour sessions) Schedule: 4 Tuesdays: 2-4pm EDT | 11am-1pm PDT Location: The comfort of home. Trainer: Amy Nucera Investment: $179.00 Timely. Insightful. Connected. This is EVOLvED Heart-Center, Mindful Education Teacher Training There is a lot expected of the modern classroom. Kids need to learn not only reading, writing, and arithmetic, but also how to manage their emotions and communicate well with others. Children benefit from keeping connected with their bodies and their feelings–learning to cope with feelings associated with stress and anxiety. Yoga and mindfulness practices can help. The EVOLvED Heart-Center, Mindful Education 8-hour training provides classroom-specific strategies to bring kids yoga and mindfulness experiences to educational settings. Experienced trainers share their passion for this work as they facilitate a creative and insightful training curriculum. Trainees are given opportunities to interact with and learn from others in the field and to collaborate on innovative ways to offer classroom versions of yoga and mindfulness for students grades K-6. Frequently asked questions: Is the EVOLvED Heart-Centered, Mindful Education Teacher Training for me? This training is for you if: You are a classroom teacher, PE teacher, media center specialist or another specialty teacher, classroom assistant, or school support staff (interpreters, 1:1 workers) You are a school-based Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Speech-Language Pathologist, psychologist or social worker looking for ways to diversify your treatment offerings and engage kids in new ways. You are an administrator looking for ways to positively affect behaviors in your school community. You are a before/after school program care provider or administrator with needs for physical, recreational, and academic goals to be met. You are currently teaching yoga and mindfulness and want to know how to bring them to school settings. You are a school volunteer looking for creative ways to contribute to your school environment. What can I expect as a trainee of this course? As a trainee of this course you'll receive: 8 hours of training led by a qualified School-Based Educator who is enthusiastic about this work. A comprehensive kids yoga and mindfulness manual with resources for classroom success and business development. This manual includes two Next Generation Yoga® lesson plans and pose directives for over 100 yoga poses. A digital set of colorful Next Generation Yoga® Yoga Cards for School-Based Educators, featuring 60 yoga & mindfulness activities in 6 categories, detailed instructions and photos. An understanding of the benefits of yoga, mindfulness, and social-emotional learning within school settings.  Instruction on how to plan and offer effective yoga and mindfulness moments, breaks, or activities, including ideas for blending yoga and mindfulness with art, music, books, and props. Suggestions on how to support established curriculums such as literacy, math, and social studies with yoga and mindfulness activities.  How to use these techniques as part of overall classroom management strategy, including ways to help [...]

Why Yoga in Schools is like a Kale Smoothie

Why Yoga in Schools is Like a Kale Smoothieby EVOLvED Trainer, Amy Nucera My older daughter (now ten) has never been super into yoga. She went to mommy and me classes with me when she was little, and later on some solo classes, but she could take it or leave it, and eventually did leave it. I ask her to join me now and again, but more often than not, she’ll politely decline. And that’s totally fine.My younger daughter (now three) is, shall we say, very exuberant about yoga. She grabs our mats, rolls them out, and screams, “Do yoga with me, mommy!” or “Make a tunnel for me, mommy!” (which is really just me in Downward Dog while she giggles and she crawls underneath me repeatedly). She shakes, and shimmies, and jumps, and spins, and dances, and sprinkles some yoga in there too sometimes. And that’s totally fine Want to learn more about sharing the power-packed benefits of yoga and mindfulness in any classroom environment (including our current virtual ones)? The EVOLvED™ Heart-Centered, Mindful Education 8-hour Certification Training provides the most efficient and effective mindfulness techniques to experience for yourself and to deliver to your students with calm, confidence, and connection. Join us from the comfort us home for our next online training! Online Training!Dates: August 3-6, 2020Schedule: Mon-Thur: 7-9pm EDT | 4-6pm PDTLocation: The comfort of home♥ Payment plan available Click here for more information & to register! Written by: Amy NuceraNext Generation Yoga Teacher for ages 2-13EVOLvED Heart-Centered, Mindful Education Trainer Amy began her career in early childhood education, specializing in imaginative play and creative movement. Years later she joined team NGY was able to combine her loves of yoga and education by teaching and contributing to the EVOLvED curriculum development. She is thrilled to be able to share techniques and tools with children and educators that help cultivate a positive & healthy school environment, manage stress and reduce anxiety for students and teachers, and promote empathy & tolerance towards others. Learn more about Amy here.

The NGY Advanced Teacher Training is a 25-hour Yoga Alliance approved online training and is part of the NGY 95-hour Registered Children’s Yoga School. Click here for more information! ONLINE Training! Dates: November 6-8 & 13-15, 2020 (6 sessions) Schedule: Fri 4-7pm, Sat & Sun 9am-2pm PDT (Fri 7-10pm, Sat & Sun 12-6pm EDT) Location: The comfort of home. Hosted by: Practice Community & The Green Yogi Lead Trainer: Candace Martinez Investment: $595.00 $545.00* ♥ *Register by 10/16 and SAVE $50! ♥ Choose your perfect payment option below. ♥ Email us with any questions! *Prerequisite: In order to take this course you must have completed at least one basic kids yoga training through any school or organization. Pay in Full Pay in Full Investment: $595.00 $545.00* ♥ *Be an early bird! Register by 10/16 and SAVE $50! Register Now!4-month Payment Plan 4-month Payment Plan Investment: 4 monthly payments of $158.75 $146.25 each* ♥ *Be an early bird! Register by 10/16 and SAVE $50! Register Now!Educator, Student & Military Discount Discount for Educators, School Employees & Support Staff, Students, and Military Investment: $595.00 $495.00 Next Generation Yoga is proud to support educators, school support staff, full-time students, and active/retired military by offering a $100 discount on this Teacher Training. Please review our terms and conditions for discount qualifications and requirements prior to registration. Please email us with any questions! Register Now!4-month Payment Plan - Educator, Student, and Military Discount Educator, School Employee, Student & Active/Retired Military Discount 4-month Payment Plan Investment: 4 monthly payments of $158.75 $133.75 each Next Generation Yoga is proud to support educators, school support staff, full-time students, and active/retired military by offering a $100 discount on this Teacher Training. Please review our terms and conditions for discount qualifications and requirements prior to registration. Please email us with any questions! Register Now! Engaging. Practical. Relevant. This is Next Generation Yoga Advanced Teacher Training.  Building on the basics*, this 25-hour Advanced Kids Yoga Teacher Training gives experienced kids yoga and mindfulness teachers an opportunity to build their confidence, skills, and business mindset through creative and pragmatic methods that help create more meaningful experiences for children. As an NGY Advanced Teacher Training student, you’ll receive a helpful manual full of ideas to add to your yoga and mindfulness offerings as well as engaging exercises for self-reflection and program/business development and growth. Our team of NGY trainers share from their years of experience in the kids yoga business and there is ample opportunity for interaction between participants to share collective wisdom. Frequently asked questions: Is the NGY Advanced Teacher Training for me? This training is for you if: You are a Kids Yoga Teacher looking to grow. You are the graduate of a Kids Yoga Teacher Training looking to add more skills and resources. You are pursuing your 95-hour RCYT designation through the NGY Yoga Alliance accredited Registered Children’s Yoga School. What can I expect as a trainee of this course? Topics covered in this course include:  Yoga philosophy for kids—the yamas, niyamas, and chakra theory presented in practical, down-to-earth, inclusive, and school-friendly [...]

The NGY Yoga + Mindfulness Teacher Training for Tweens and Teens is a 25-hour Yoga Alliance approved online training and is part of the NGY 95-hour Registered Children's Yoga School. Click here for more information! ONLINE Training! Dates: October 9-11 & 16-18, 2020 (6 sessions) Schedule: Fri 4-7pm, Sat & Sun 9am-2pm PDT (Fri 7-10pm, Sat & Sun 12-5pm EDT) Location: The comfort of home. Hosted by: Practice Community & The Green Yogi Trainer: Candace Martinez Investment: $595.00 ♥ Choose your perfect payment option below. ♥ Email us with any questions.   **Registration Deadline:  October 2, 2020** Pay in Full Pay in Full Investment: $595.00   Register Now!4-month Payment Plan 4-month Payment Plan Investment: 4 monthly payments of $158.75   Register Now!Educator, Student & Military Discount Educator, School Employee, Student & Active/Retired Military Discount Pay in Full Investment: $595.00 $495.00 Next Generation Yoga is proud to support educators, school support staff, full-time students, and active/retired military by offering a $100 discount on this Teacher Training. Please review our terms and conditions for discount qualifications and requirements prior to registration. Please email us with any questions! Register Now!4-month Payment Plan - Educator, Student, and Military Discount Educator, School Employee, Student & Active/Retired Military Discount 4-month Payment Plan Investment: 4 monthly payments of $158.75 Next Generation Yoga is proud to support educators, school support staff, full-time students, and active/retired military by offering a $100 discount on this Teacher Training. Please review our terms and conditions for discount qualifications and requirements prior to registration. Please email us with any questions!   Register Now! Strengthening. Supportive. Social. This is Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for Tweens and Teens. Using time-honored yoga practices, modern mindfulness techniques, and age-appropriate connection strategies, teacher trainees learn to facilitate creative and educational experiences through a unique methodology that aligns with the developmental needs of teens and tweens. No prior yoga experience is necessary; we will teach you what you need to know! Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for Teens and Tweens offers a variety of tools and strategies to empower you to create meaningful yoga and mindfulness experiences for adolescents. Experienced trainers share their own passion for this work as they facilitate a fun and inspiring training curriculum. Trainees are given opportunities to interact and observe, to learn about what works for others, and to develop original strategies to bring benefits of yoga and mindfulness to teens and tweens. Frequently asked questions: Is the NGY Teacher Training for Tweens & Teens for me? This training is for you if: You are an adult who loves teens/tweens and yoga. You are an adult who loves teens/tweens and is curious about yoga. (No yoga experience is required). You are a parent/grandparent/guardian/caregiver looking for ways to bond with your teens/tweens. Your work in education as a teacher (upper elementary, middle or high school), support specialist, before/after school care provider, counselor, therapist, administrator, or homeschooler. Your work in education as a teacher (upper elementary, middle or high school), support specialist, before/after school care provider, counselor, therapist, administrator, [...]

This training is SOLD OUT, but you can head on over to our Teacher Training Schedule to see all of our current trainings! SOLD OUT! Dates: July 10-12, 2020 (3 sessions) Schedule: Fri 5-9pm, Sat 9am-6pm & Sun 9am-5pm EDT (Fri 2-6pm, Sat 6am-3pm & Sun 6am-3pm PDT) Hosted by: Experience Yoga Studios Lead Trainer: Cindy Lesher Investment: $399  ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. ♥ Email us with any questions. Playful. Educational. Enlivenling. This is the Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for ages 2-12. Using time-honored yoga practices and modern mindfulness techniques, teacher trainees learn to facilitate creative and educational experiences through a unique methodology that aligns with the developmental needs of children. No prior yoga experience is necessary; we will teach you what you need to know! Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for ages 2-12 offers a variety of tools and strategies to empower you to create meaningful kids yoga and mindfulness experiences. Experienced trainers share their own passion for this work as they facilitate a fun and inspiring training curriculum. Trainees are given opportunities to interact and observe, to learn about what works for others, and to develop original strategies to bring benefits of yoga and mindfulness to children. As a NGY trainee you'll receive: A comprehensive kids yoga and mindfulness manual with resources for classroom success and business development. An understanding of the benefits of yoga and mindfulness for kids and an explanation of the developmental needs and typical behavior of ages 2-12. Instruction on how to plan, sequence, and execute amazing kids yoga classes and how to include fun extras like art activities, music, props, games, stories, breathwork, and relaxation techniques. Tips on how to include learning points into your teachings in order to support kids’ educational experiences and invoke their natural curiosities. Classroom management techniques when a child doesn’t want to participate, how to change the energy level of a high energy or low energy class, and how to keep everyone safe in class. Guidance for how to lead partner yoga to encourage opportunities for cooperation and communication between kids. A chance to watch an experienced NGY teacher in action! Every training has observation classes led by the NGY trainer so students get to see real kids in a real yoga class … the highs, the lows, and everything in between! Upon finishing the course, you’ll receive a certificate of completion and have the opportunity to become a licensed Next Generation Yoga® Teacher and reap the benefits of our unique NGY Teacher Community!* Have questions or want to know more? Email us at: Trainings@NextGenerationYoga.com Meet your trainer: Cindy Lesher, RYT, RCYT Cindy is committed to teaching yoga to kids in schools, private homes, libraries, studios, camps and anywhere she can share her passion and purpose. She is registered with Yoga Alliance for completion of a 200-hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) with Evolution Power Yoga (a Baptiste Affiliate Studio) and the 95-hour RCYT (Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher) with Next Generation Yoga . You can also catch [...]

Join us and learn how to share yoga + mindfulness with students in any live or online classroom setting! ONLINE Training! Dates: May 30-21, 2020 (2 sessions) Schedule: Sat & Sun 10am-2pm EDT | 7-11am PDT Location: The comfort of home. Lead Trainer: Amy Nucera Investment: $179.00 ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. ♥ Email us with any questions. Pay in Full Pay in Full Investment: $179.00 Register Now!2-month Payment Plan 2-month Payment Plan Investment: 2 monthly payments of $99.50 each† Register Now! †Standard Payment Plan Details Payments are split into 2 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. Military Discount $25 Discount for Active & Retired Military Investment: $179.00 $154.00*† Next Generation Yoga is proud to active/retired military by offering a $25 discount on this Teacher Training. Please review the terms and conditions below to see if you qualify prior to registration. Email us with any questions! Register Now! †Discount Qualifications & Details Please email supporting documentation to ngy@nextgenerationyoga.com prior to the start date of your training. (Certificate of completion will not be issued until supporting documentation has been submitted.) With the exception of the early bird discount, no additional coupon codes or discounts may be applied. No discounts can be applied retroactively. Military Eligibility: Military discounts are available in the U.S. to all active duty military personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans and their dependents. Required Proof: In order to the discount off on select Teacher Trainings, we require proof of military service including: active military identification, a state-issued identification card that reflects your status as a veteran, or a Veterans ID Card. Timely. Insightful. Connected. This is EVOLvED Heart-Center, Mindful Education Teacher Training There is a lot expected of the modern classroom. Kids need to learn not only reading, writing, and arithmetic, but also how to manage their emotions and communicate well with others. Children benefit from keeping connected with their bodies and their feelings–learning to cope with feelings associated with stress and anxiety. Yoga and mindfulness practices can help. The EVOLvED Heart-Center, Mindful Education 8-hour training provides classroom-specific strategies to bring kids yoga and mindfulness experiences to educational settings. Experienced trainers share their passion for this work as they facilitate a creative and insightful training curriculum. Trainees are given opportunities to interact with and learn from others in the field and to collaborate on innovative ways to offer classroom versions of yoga and mindfulness for students grades K-6. Frequently asked questions: Is the EVOLvED Heart-Centered, Mindful Education Teacher Training for me? This training is for you if: You are a classroom teacher, PE teacher, media center specialist or another specialty teacher, classroom assistant, or school support staff (interpreters, 1:1 workers) [...]

What I’ve Learned in 365 Days by NGY Owner/CEO Amy Lee

What I've Learned in 365 Days by NGY Owner/CEO Amy Lee It’s been 365 days since I took on the roles of owner and CEO of Next Generation Yoga. From the word “go,” I had a clear vision of where I wanted to take the business. Some things worked as planned; most things didn’t.  But this isn’t a bad thing. It’s deeper validation that things happen for a reason and that fluidity is a necessary characteristic in business and life.  Now that I’ve safely landed at the one-year anniversary mark, I can reflect on the accomplishments I am most proud of.  Our teacher trainings are successfully and gracefully online (giant exhale and squeal!).  The entire portfolio of trainings and resources are fresh, updated, relevant, and comprehensive.  The NGY team is gold.  None of these were easy or simple or without blood, sweat, and tears. It’s taken every one of those 365 days to successfully bring these accomplishments to fruition.   Am I a better person for having put myself “out there” and taken big risks? I don’t know how one makes that assessment about one’s self. What I can say for sure is that I am a better yoga and mindfulness teacher, I am a better leader. I am more educated. I am stronger, I am healthier, I am more resilient, I am more patient, I am intellectually deeper and wider. I am more blessed than ever. Next on deck for NGY is officially launching EVOLvED - our passion project for yoga + mindfulness in schools that resulted in two comprehensive curriculums for education professionals and yoga professionals. It’s nothing short of a masterpiece (I can say this because my team created it, not me!). The science behind yoga has never been more FUN! The benefits of yoga have never been more important. You won’t want to miss this. Just to be clear, my role and what I’ve written here isn’t about ME. It’s about how my passion to bring goodness to the world, specifically the next generation, through yoga and mindfulness, has given me the opportunity to grow, give, live, love, feel, doubt, cheer, cry, laugh, crumble, and a lot of other things. It’s not all rosy. We are adults, so we know that. Yet having a purpose, something that drives me every day to do better and to help others, is a gift I’m grateful for.  What is your passion? What’s driving you forward? Are there risks and opportunities in front of you that you’re considering? I’d love to hear what you have in store for yourselves. And you can bet that whatever it is, I’ll be cheering you on! Believe in yourself, believe in your dreams. And be kind to yourself and others along the way.  With love, Amy Lee Join Amy for an upcoming teacher training! Amy Lee Next Generation Yoga Owner/CEO Bexley, OH Amy earned her 200-hour adult yoga certification from Yoga with Laurel in Columbus Ohio. She completed Aroma Yoga teacher training with Tracy Griffiths at The [...]

Teacher Training Immersion: Full 95-hours

Teacher Training Immersion: Full 95-hours Yoga + Mindfulness for ages 2-12 Your choice of training dates. Check our teacher training schedule for all available dates. + Yoga + Mindfulness for Kids, Teens & Young Adults with Disabilities & Differences Dates: June 2-23, 2020 (10 sessions) Schedule: Tues, Wed & Thurs 6:30-9:30pm EDT | 3:30-6:30 PDT + Yoga + Mindfulness for Tweens & Teens Dates: June 5-14, 2020 (6 sessions) Schedule: Fri 6-8:30pm/Sat & Sun 9am-1:30pm EDT Fri 3-5pm/Sat & Sun 6-10:30am PDT + Advanced Kids Yoga + Mindfulness* Dates: June 26th-28th, 2020 (3 day-long sessions) Schedule: Fri/Sat 9am-5:30pm, Sun 9am-5pm EDT Fri/Sat 6am-2:30pm, Sun 6am-3pm PDT Investment: $1495.00 *Prerequisite for the Advanced Teacher Training: You must have attended a basic kids yoga teacher training through any kids yoga school or organization. ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. ♥ Email us with any questions. Pay in Full Pay in Full Investment: $1495.00 Register Now!2-month Payment Plan 2-month Payment Plan Investment: 2 monthly payments of $757.50† Register Now! †Standard Payment Plan Details Payments are split into 2 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. 4-month Payment Plan 4-month Payment Plan Investment: 4 monthly payments of $383.75† Register Now! †Standard Payment Plan Details Payments are split into 4 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. Educators, Student & Military Discount Discount for Educators, School Employees & Support Staff, Students, and Military Investment: $1495.00 $1295.00*† Next Generation Yoga is proud to support educators, school support staff, full-time students, and active/retired military by offering a $200 discount on these combined Teacher Trainings. Please review the terms and conditions below to see if you qualify prior to registration. Email us with any questions! *This discount may not be combined with any other discounts, sales, or coupon codes. Register Now! †Discount Qualifications & Details Please email supporting documentation to ngy@nextgenerationyoga.com prior to the start date of your training. (Certificate of completion will not be issued until supporting documentation has been submitted.) With the exception of the early bird discount, no additional coupon codes or discounts may be applied. No discounts can be applied retroactively. Educators & School Support Staff Qualifying Schools: School employee must work at one of these types of schools: public, private, charter, preschool, elementary, middle, high school, or homeschool. [...]

Teacher Training Immersion: Modules 1, 2 & 3 Bundle Pricing

Teacher Training Immersion: Modules 1 & 2 Bundle Pricing Yoga + Mindfulness for Tweens & Teens Dates: June 5-14, 2020 (6 sessions) Schedule: Fri 6-8:30pm, Sat & Sun  9am-1:30pm EDT Fri 3-5:30pm, Sat & Sun 6-10:30am PDT Lead Trainer: Amy Lee + Yoga + Mindfulness for Kids, Teens & Young Adults with Disabilities & Differences Dates: June 2-23, 2020 (10 sessions) Schedule: Tues, Wed & Thurs 6:30-9pm EDT Tues, Wed & Thurs 3:30-6pm PDT Lead Trainer: Sarah Henderson + Advanced Kids Yoga + Mindfulness* Date: June 26th-28th, 2020 (3 full-day sessions) Schedule: Fri & Sat 9:00-5:30, Sun 9:00-5:00 EDT Lead Trainer: Rachel Glowacki Investment: $1185.00 *Prerequisite for the Advanced Teacher Training: You must have attended a basic kids yoga teacher training through any kids yoga school or organization. ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. Pay in Full Pay in Full Investment: $1185.00 Register Now!2-month Payment Plan 2-month Payment Plan Investment: 2 monthly payments of $602.50† Register Now! †Standard Payment Plan Details Payments are split into 2 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. 4-month Payment Plan 4-month Payment Plan Investment: 4 monthly payments of $232.50† Register Now! †Standard Payment Plan Details Payments are split into 4 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. Educators, Student & Military Discount Discount for Educators, School Employees & Support Staff, Students, and Military Investment: $1185.00 $985.00† Next Generation Yoga is proud to support educators, school support staff, full-time students, and active/retired military by offering a $200 discount on these combined Teacher Trainings. Please review the terms and conditions below to see if you qualify prior to registration. Email us with any questions! Register Now! †Discount Qualifications & Details Please email supporting documentation to ngy@nextgenerationyoga.com prior to the start date of your training. (Certificate of completion will not be issued until supporting documentation has been submitted.) With the exception of the early bird discount, no additional coupon codes or discounts may be applied. No discounts can be applied retroactively. Educators & School Support Staff Qualifying Schools: School employee must work at one of these types of schools: public, private, charter, preschool, elementary, middle, high school, or homeschool. School Position: School employee may be any of the following: classroom teacher, PE teacher, OT, PT, SLP, school psychologist, administrator or [...]

Teacher Training Immersion: Modules 2 & 3 Bundle Pricing

Teacher Training Immersion: Modules 2 & 3 Bundle Pricing Yoga + Mindfulness for Kids, Teens & Young Adults with Disabilities & Differences Dates: June 2-23, 2020 (10 sessions) Schedule: Tues, Wed & Thurs 6:30-9pm EDT Tues, Wed & Thurs 3:30-6pm PDT Lead Trainer: Sarah Henderson + Advanced Kids Yoga + Mindfulness* Date: June 26th-28th, 2020 (3 full-day sessions) Schedule: Fri & Sat 9:00-5:30, Sun 9:00-5:00 EDT Lead Trainer: Rachel Glowacki Investment: $890.00 *Prerequisite for the Advanced Teacher Training: You must have attended a basic kids yoga teacher training through any kids yoga school or organization. ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. Pay in Full Investment: $890.00 Register Now!2-month Payment Plan 2-month Payment Plan Investment: 2 monthly payments of $455.00† Register Now! †Standard Payment Plan Details Payments are split into 2 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. 4-month Payment Plan 4-month Payment Plan Investment: 4 monthly payments of $232.50† Register Now! †Standard Payment Plan Details Payments are split into 4 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. Educators, Student & Military Discount Next Generation Yoga is proud to support educators, school support staff, full-time students, and active/retired military by offering a $200 discount on these combined Teacher Trainings. Please review the terms and conditions below to see if you qualify prior to registration. Email us with any questions! Register Now! †Discount Qualifications & Details Please email supporting documentation to ngy@nextgenerationyoga.com prior to the start date of your training. (Certificate of completion will not be issued until supporting documentation has been submitted.) With the exception of the early bird discount, no additional coupon codes or discounts may be applied. No discounts can be applied retroactively. Educators & School Support Staff Qualifying Schools: School employee must work at one of these types of schools: public, private, charter, preschool, elementary, middle, high school, or homeschool. School Position: School employee may be any of the following: classroom teacher, PE teacher, OT, PT, SLP, school psychologist, administrator or support staff. Required Proof: Please provide proof of employment. A school identification card, recent pay stub, letter from a supervisor or link to a staff bio page on your school website. If you operate a homeschool, a document from the Board of Education stating active accreditation. Full-Time Students Full-Time Status: Student must be [...]

Join us and become certified to teach yoga + mindfulness to kids ages 2-12 during this 20-hour Yoga Alliance approved online training. ONLINE Training! Dates: May 15-17, 2020 Schedule: Fri 3-7pm, Sat 9am-6pm & Sun 9am-5pm PDT (Fri 6-10pm, Sat 12pm-9pm & Sun 12pm-8pm EDT) Location: The comfort of home. Hosted by: The Family Room Trainer: Candace Martinez Investment: $399.00 ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. ♥ Email us with any questions. Pay in Full Pay in Full Investment: $399.00 Register Now!2-month Payment Plan 2-month Payment Plan Investment: 2 monthly payments of $209.50 each† Register Now! †Standard Payment Plan Details Payments are split into 2 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. 4-month Payment Plan 4-month Payment Plan Investment: 4 monthly payments of $109.75 each† Register Now! †Standard Payment Plan Details Payments are split into 4 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. Educators, Student & Military Discount $50 Discount for Educators, School Employees & Support Staff, Students, and Military Investment: $399.00 $349.00*† Next Generation Yoga is proud to support educators, school support staff, full-time students, and active/retired military by offering a $50 discount on this Teacher Training. Please review the terms and conditions below to see if you qualify prior to registration. Email us with any questions! Register Now! †Discount Qualifications & Details Please email supporting documentation to ngy@nextgenerationyoga.com prior to the start date of your training. (Certificate of completion will not be issued until supporting documentation has been submitted.) With the exception of the early bird discount, no additional coupon codes or discounts may be applied. No discounts can be applied retroactively. Educators & School Support Staff Qualifying Schools: School employee must work at one of these types of schools: public, private, charter, preschool, elementary, middle, high school, or homeschool. School Position: School employee may be any of the following: classroom teacher, PE teacher, OT, PT, SLP, school psychologist, administrator or support staff. Required Proof: To receive this discount we we require proof of employment. A school identification card, recent pay stub, letter from a supervisor or link to a staff bio page on your school website. If you operate a homeschool, a document from the Board of Education stating active accreditation. [...]

The NGY Teacher Training for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults with Disabilities & Differences is a 25-hour Yoga Alliance approved online training and is part of the NGY 95-hour Registered Children's Yoga School (RCYS). Click here for more information! ♥ This training is SOLD OUT but don't worry, head over to our Teacher Training Schedule to see all of our available dates! ♥ Email us with any questions. Dates: June 2-23, 2020 (10 sessions) Schedule: Tues, Wed & Thurs 6:30-9pm EDT Tues, Wed & Thurs 3:30-6pm PDT Location: The comfort of home. Lead Trainer: Sarah Henderson Investment: $495.00 Inclusive. Informed. Uplifting. This is Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults with Disabilities & Differences. Using time-honored yoga practices, modern mindfulness techniques, and best practices from adaptive, accessible, and inclusive approaches, teacher trainees learn to facilitate creative and educational experiences through a unique methodology that aligns with the developmental and social needs of these special populations. No prior experience in either yoga or working with diverse groups is necessary; we will teach you what you need to know! Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for Disabilities and Differences offers a variety of tools and strategies to empower you to create meaningful yoga and mindfulness experiences. Experienced trainers share their own passion for this work as they facilitate a fun and inspiring training curriculum. Trainees are given opportunities to interact and observe, to learn about what works for others, and to come up with original ideas for sharing the wonder of yoga and mindfulness with these groups. Frequently asked questions: Is the NGY Teacher Training for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults with Disabilities & Differences for me? This training is for you if: You are an adult who loves kids, teens, and/or young adults with disabilities and differences and yoga. You are an adult who loves special populations and is curious about yoga. (No yoga experience is required). You are a parent/grandparent/guardian/caregiver/sibling looking for ways to bond with your family member. Your day job is in education as a teacher, support specialist, before/after school care provider, counselor, therapist, administrator, or homeschooler. You work as a physical, occupational, speech, or mental health therapist, nurse or doctor, and would like to bring some variety and new techniques to your therapeutic offerings. You are a librarian looking to provide unique story time experiences. You are a yoga teacher who would like to diversify your teaching and business potential. You offer other kinds of fun activities for special populations such as dance, martial arts, gymnastics, art, drama, camp, or sports. Yoga will have something to enhance your offerings! You are a volunteer in a community or religious setting who wants to have more tools in the toolbox to keep participants focused and enthusiastic. What can I expect as a trainee of this course? As a trainee of this course you'll receive... A comprehensive yoga and mindfulness manual with resources for yoga class/session success and business development.  An understanding of the benefits of yoga and mindfulness and detailed explanations of [...]

The NGY Teacher Training for Tweens + Teens is a 25-hour Yoga Alliance approved online training and is part of the NGY 95-hour Registered Children’s Yoga School (RCYS). Click here for more information! ♥ This training is SOLD OUT but don’t worry, head over to our Teacher Training Schedule to see all of our available dates! ♥ Email us with any questions. ONLINE Training! Dates: June 5-14, 2020 (6 sessions) Schedule: Fri 6-8:30pm, Sat & Sun 9am-1:30pm EDT (Fri 3-5:30pm, Sat & Sun 6am-10:30am PDT) Location: The comfort of home. Lead Trainer: Amy Lee Investment: $495.00 Strengthening. Supportive. Social. This is Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for Tweens and Teens. Using time-honored yoga practices, modern mindfulness techniques, and age-appropriate connection strategies, teacher trainees learn to facilitate creative and educational experiences through a unique methodology that aligns with the developmental needs of teens and tweens. No prior yoga experience is necessary; we will teach you what you need to know! Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for Teens and Tweens offers a variety of tools and strategies to empower you to create meaningful yoga and mindfulness experiences for adolescents. Experienced trainers share their own passion for this work as they facilitate a fun and inspiring training curriculum. Trainees are given opportunities to interact and observe, to learn about what works for others, and to develop original strategies to bring benefits of yoga and mindfulness to teens and tweens. Frequently asked questions: Is the NGY Teacher Training for Tweens & Teens for me? This training is for you if: You are an adult who loves teens/tweens and yoga. You are an adult who loves teens/tweens and is curious about yoga. (No yoga experience is required). You are a parent/grandparent/guardian/caregiver looking for ways to bond with your teens/tweens. Your work in education as a teacher (upper elementary, middle or high school), support specialist, before/after school care provider, counselor, therapist, administrator, or homeschooler. Your work in education as a teacher (upper elementary, middle or high school), support specialist, before/after school care provider, counselor, therapist, administrator, or homeschooler. You work as an adolescent physical, occupational, speech, or mental health therapist, nurse or doctor, and would like to bring some variety and new techniques to your therapeutic offerings. You are a librarian looking to provide unique teen programming and outreach efforts. You are a yoga teacher who would like to diversify your teaching and business potential. You offer other kinds of educational activities for teens/tweens such as dance, martial arts, gymnastics, art, drama, camp, or sports. Yoga will have something to enhance your offerings! You are a volunteer with a community or religious setting who wants to have more tools in the toolbox to keep teens/tweens focused and enthusiastic. What can I expect as a trainee of this course? As a trainee of this course you'll receive... A comprehensive yoga and mindfulness manual with resources for class success and business development. An understanding of the benefits of yoga and mindfulness for teens and tweens and an explanation of the developmental needs and typical behavior of ages 10-18. Instruction [...]

The Advanced Teacher Training is a 25-hour Yoga Alliance approved online training and is part of the NGY 2020 Teacher Training Immersion. Click here for more information and bundle discounts for taking multiple trainings! Dates: June 26-28, 2020 Schedule: Fri 9am-5:30pm EDT | Sun 9am-5:00pm EDT Location: The comfort of home. Lead Trainer: Rachel Glowacki Investment: $495.00 $395.00* *Early bird discount ends 5/15! ♥ Payment plans available. ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. ♥ Email us with any questions. Prerequisite: In order to take this course you must have completed at least one basic kids yoga training through any school or organization. Pay in Full Pay in Full Investment: $495.00 $395.00* *Register by 5/15 to receive $100 early bird discount! Register Now!2-month Payment Plan 2-month Payment Plan Investment: 2 monthly payments of $257.50 $205.50 each*† *Register by 5/15 to receive $100 early bird discount! $50 will automatically be deducted from each payment. Register Now! †Standard Payment Plan Details Payments are split into 2 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. 4-month Payment Plan 4-month Payment Plan Investment: 4 monthly payments of $133.75 $108.75 each*† *Register by 5/15 to receive $100 early bird discount! $25 will automatically be deducted from each payment. Register Now! †Standard Payment Plan Details Payments are split into 4 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. Educator, Student & Military Discount $100 Discount for Educators, School Employees & Support Staff, Students, and Military Investment: $395.00 $295.00*† Next Generation Yoga is proud to support educators, school support staff, full-time students, and active/retired military by offering a $100 discount on this Teacher Training. Please review the terms and conditions below to see if you qualify prior to registration. Email us with any questions! *Register by 5/15 to receive an additional $100 early bird discount! Register Now! †Discount Qualifications & Details Please email supporting documentation to ngy@nextgenerationyoga.com prior to the start date of your training. (Certificate of completion will not be issued until supporting documentation has been submitted.) With the exception of the early bird discount, no additional coupon codes or discounts may be applied. No discounts can be applied retroactively. Educators & School Support Staff Qualifying Schools: School employee must work at [...]

The NGY Advanced Yoga + Mindfulness Teacher Training is a 25-hour Yoga Alliance approved online training and is part of the NGY 95-hour Registered Children’s Yoga School (RCYS). Click here for more information! ♥ This training is SOLD OUT but don’t worry, head over to our Teacher Training Schedule to see all of our available dates! ♥ Email us with any questions. ONLINE Training! Dates: June 26th-28th, 2020 Schedule: Fri & Sat 9am-5:30pm, Sun 9am-5pm EDT (Fri & Sat 6am-2:30pm, Sun 6am-2pm PDT) Location: The comfort of home. Lead Trainer: Rachel Glowacki Investment: $495.00 Prerequisite: In order to take this course you must have completed at least one basic kids yoga training through any school or organization. Engaging. Practical. Relevant. This is Next Generation Yoga Advanced Teacher Training.  Building on the basics, this 25-hour Advanced Kids Yoga Teacher Training gives experienced kids yoga and mindfulness teachers an opportunity to build their confidence, skills, and business mindset through creative and pragmatic methods that help create more meaningful experiences for children. As an NGY Advanced Teacher Training student, you’ll receive a helpful manual full of ideas to add to your yoga and mindfulness offerings as well as engaging exercises for self-reflection and program/business development and growth. Our team of NGY trainers share from their years of experience in the kids yoga business and there is ample opportunity for interaction between participants to share collective wisdom. Frequently asked questions: Is the NGY Advanced Teacher Training for me? This training is for you if: You are a Kids Yoga Teacher looking to grow. You are the graduate of a Kids Yoga Teacher Training looking to add more skills and resources. You are pursuing your 95-hour RCYT designation through the NGY Yoga Alliance accredited Registered Children’s Yoga School. What can I expect as a trainee of this course? Topics covered in this course include:  Yoga philosophy for kids—the yamas, niyamas, and chakra theory presented in practical, down-to-earth, inclusive, and school-friendly ways Business development—how to cultivate partnerships, collaborations, and connections, and how to vision and dream for your future Teaching in creative locations—schools, hospitals, libraries, camps, religious communities, and more Tools for your toolbox—games, songs, and resources to help expand your creativity  Effective communication, including electronic and online strategies (social media/newsletters/blogs/vlogs/YouTube channels) Kids and trauma—the prevalence, how yoga helps, developing trauma resilience  Meditation, mindfulness, and social-emotional learning—what these hot topics are and how they benefit your classes and students Writing your own lesson plans, visualized meditation, and Yoga Nidra scripts Providing private sessions for one child/siblings/families Working with atypical students and coping with classroom challenges Self-care for helping professionals—why it is important and how to prioritize it What's covered during this training? Topics covered in this course include:  Yoga philosophy for kids—the yamas, niyamas, and chakra theory presented in practical, down-to-earth, inclusive, and school-friendly ways Business development—how to cultivate partnerships, collaborations, and connections, and how to vision and dream for your future Teaching in creative locations—schools, hospitals, libraries, camps, religious communities, and more Tools for your toolbox—games, songs, and resources to help expand your creativity  Effective communication, including electronic [...]

Join us and become certified to teach yoga + mindfulness to kids ages 2-12 during this 20-hour Yoga Alliance approved online training. Dates: April 24-26, 2020 Schedule: Fri 5-9pm PDT | Sat 8:30am-5:30pm | Sun 8:30am-4:30pm Location: The comfort of home. Trainers: Candace Martinez Investment: $399.00 ♥ Payment plans available. ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. ♥ Email us with any questions. Pay in Full Pay in Full Investment: $399.00 Register Now! 2-month Payment Plan 2-month Payment Plan Investment: 2 monthly payments of $209.50 each† Register Now! †Standard Payment Plan Details Payments are split into 2 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. 4-month Payment Plan 4-month Payment Plan Investment: 4 monthly payments of $109.75 each† Register Now! †Standard Payment Plan Details Payments are split into 4 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. Playful. Educational. Enlivenling. This is the Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for ages 2-12. Using time-honored yoga practices and modern mindfulness techniques, teacher trainees learn to facilitate creative and educational experiences through a unique methodology that aligns with the developmental needs of children. No prior yoga experience is necessary; we will teach you what you need to know! Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for ages 2-12 offers a variety of tools and strategies to empower you to create meaningful kids yoga and mindfulness experiences. Experienced trainers share their own passion for this work as they facilitate a fun and inspiring training curriculum. Trainees are given opportunities to interact and observe, to learn about what works for others, and to develop original strategies to bring benefits of yoga and mindfulness to children. Frequently asked questions: Is the NGY Teacher Training for ages 2-12 for me? This training is for you if: You are an adult who loves kids and yoga. You are an adult who loves kids and is curious about yoga. (No yoga experience is required.) You are a parent/grandparent/guardian/caregiver looking for ways to bond with your children/grandchildren. Your day job is in education as a teacher (preschool-early elementary), support specialist, before/after school care provider, counselor, therapist, administrator, or homeschooler. You work as a pediatric physical, occupational, speech, or mental health therapist, nurse or doctor, and would like to bring some variety and new [...]

Join us and become certified to teach yoga + mindfulness to kids ages 2-12 during this 20-hour Yoga Alliance approved online training. ONLINE Training! Dates: April 28-May 28, 2020 (10 sessions) Schedule: Tues & Thurs 7:00-9:00pm EDT (4:00-6:00pm PDT) Location: The comfort of home. Trainers: Amy Lee, RYT and  Rachel Glowacki, E-RYT Investment: $399.00 ♥ Payment plans available. ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. ♥ Email us with any questions. Pay in Full Pay in Full Investment: $399.00 Register Now! 2-month Payment Plan 2-month Payment Plan Investment: 2 monthly payments of $209.50 each† Register Now! †Standard Payment Plan Details Payments are split into 2 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. 4-month Payment Plan 4-month Payment Plan Investment: 4 monthly payments of $109.75 each† Register Now! †Standard Payment Plan Details Payments are split into 4 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. Educators, Student & Military Discount $50 Discount for Educators, School Employees & Support Staff, Students, and Military Investment: $399.00 $349.00*† Next Generation Yoga is proud to support educators, school support staff, full-time students, and active/retired military by offering a $50 discount on this Teacher Training. Please review the terms and conditions below to see if you qualify prior to registration. Email us with any questions! Register Now! †Discount Qualifications & Details Please email supporting documentation to ngy@nextgenerationyoga.com prior to the start date of your training. (Certificate of completion will not be issued until supporting documentation has been submitted.) With the exception of the early bird discount, no additional coupon codes or discounts may be applied. No discounts can be applied retroactively. Educators & School Support Staff Qualifying Schools: School employee must work at one of these types of schools: public, private, charter, preschool, elementary, middle, high school, or homeschool. School Position: School employee may be any of the following: classroom teacher, PE teacher, OT, PT, SLP, school psychologist, administrator or support staff. Required Proof: To receive the discount we require proof of employment. A school identification card, recent pay stub, letter from a supervisor or link to a staff bio page on your school website. If you operate a homeschool, a document from the Board of Education stating active accreditation. Full-Time Students Full-Time Status: Student must be taking a full-time credit course load or a minimum of 12 credit hours per [...]

Pay it Forward, by NGY Owner/CEO Amy Lee

Pay it Forward, by NGY Owner/CEO Amy Lee Pay it forward. My 5-year-old son becomes 100% laser-focused when my friend visits with her 3 sons, ages 15, 13 and 11. To him, those boys are rock stars, superheroes, bigger than life. My little man struggles to stay focused, so I take notice when something or someone captures his attention. He hangs on their every word. He remembers verbatim what they did and what they said. He knows what sports they play, what grade they are in and everything else in between. As parents, we’ve all experienced that time when we tell our kids something and they blow it off, but then someone else who is NOT their parent tells them, and it’s gospel. In my efforts to find ways to help my own son be his best self, I asked our local school if they would consider a mentoring program where middle school age kids would take on a Mindfulness Leadership role and work with kindergarten and younger elementary kids to reinforce some of the important messages that adults are giving children at home and at school. I was thrilled to find out that our local middle school has a group of 8th graders who have come together to form a leadership group to advocate and help others who struggle with anxiety and focus. Each of them has a personal experience with those challenges and wants to provide support to others. I met with this group and asked if they would like to learn breathing and mindfulness techniques that they can use to help themselves in intense moments and then share the techniques with younger kids, their peers, and even their teachers. They were all for it. I find this group of young teens to be incredibly courageous. Many times, this age group feels devalued by elders because of their age. With this opportunity, they will find empowerment in a leadership and mentoring role where they can help someone else in need, and who they can empathize with. And my son could be on the receiving end of this. To me, this is the definition of a win-win Want to learn more about sharing yoga + mindfulness to tweens and teens? Join me at Bexley Yoga (NGY's Home Studio) for the NGY Teacher Training for Tweens & Teens, and stay tuned for the new NGY Lesson Plan for this age group, Believe in Something Bigger, coming March 15th. Teacher Training for Teens and Tweens Date: June 23-25, 2020 Host: Bexley Yoga (Columbus, OH) Click here for more info & to register! This training is part of our Kids Yoga Teacher Training Immersion, coming this June to Bexley Yoga! Click here or email us for more information for more information Amy Lee Next Generation Yoga Owner/CEO Bexley, OH Amy earned her 200-hour adult yoga certification from Yoga with Laurel in Columbus Ohio. She completed Aroma Yoga teacher training with Tracy Griffiths at The Life Energy Institute and a comprehensive Business Consulting program with Mindbody Online. She is [...]

Teacher Training Immersion: Modules 1, 2 & 3 Bundle Pricing

Teacher Training Immersion: Modules 1, 2 & 3 Bundle Pricing Module 1: Teacher Training for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults with Disabilities and Differences Module 2: Teacher Training for Tweens & Teens Module 3: Advanced Teacher Training Date: June 20-28, 2020 Schedule: Module 1: Sat & Sun: 9am-5:30pm; Mon 9am-5pm Module 2: Tues & Wed: 9am-5:30pm, Thur 9am-5pm Module 3: Fri & Sat 9am-5:30pm, Sun 9am-5pm Trainers: Amy Lee & Rachel Glowacki Investment: $1785.00 $1285.00** - supplies fee waived *prerequisite for the Advanced Teacher Training – you must have attended a basic kids yoga teacher training either through NGY or another kids yoga program. *Must be registered by 5/15 in order to receive early bird discount. ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. Pay in Full Investment: Just $1785.00 $1285.00* - supplies fee waived Register Now! *Must be registered by 5/15 to receive $100 early bird discount Payment Plan Info & Registration Payment Plan Info & Registration 4 easy monthly payments† of just $471.25 each $346.25 each+ $30 non-refundable supplies fee Register Now! *Must be registered by 5/15 to receive the $100 early bird discount † Payment Plan Details Payments are split into 4 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. $450 Discount for Educators, Students & Military Full-Time School Employee, Full-Time Student & Military Discount Next Generation Yoga is proud to support educators, school employees, full-time students, and active & retired military by offering a $450 discount on these combined Teacher Trainings. Please review the terms and conditions below to see if you qualify prior to registration. Email us with any questions! Investment: $1785.00 $1335.00* Register Now! *early bird discount may not be combined with this discount. Please email supporting documentation to ngy@nextgenerationyoga.com prior to the start date of your training. (Certificate of completion will not be issued until supporting documentation has been submitted.) No additional coupons, sales, or discounts may be used in conjunction with this discount, including, but not limited to: Early Bird Discounts & NGY Grad Discounts. No discounts can be applied retroactively. School Employee Qualifying Schools: School employee must work at one of these types of schools: public, private, charter, preschool, elementary, middle, high school, or homeschool. School Position: School employee may be any of the following: classroom teacher, PE teacher, OT, PT, SLP, school psychologist, administrator or support staff. Required Proof: In order to receive the discount select Teacher Trainings, we require proof of employment. A school identification card, recent pay stub, letter from a supervisor or link to a staf bio page on your school website. If you operate a homeschool, a document from the Board of Education stating active accreditation. Full-Time Student Full-Time [...]

Teacher Training Immersion: Modules 1 & 3 Bundle Pricing

Teacher Training Immersion: Modules 1 & 3 Bundle Pricing Yoga + Mindfulness for Tweens & Teens Dates: June 5-14, 2020 (6 sessions) Schedule: Fri 6-8:30pm, Sat & Sun  9am-1:30pm EDT Fri 3-5:30pm, Sat & Sun 6-10:30am PDT Lead Trainer: Amy Lee + Advanced Kids Yoga + Mindfulness** Date: June 26th-28th, 2020 (3 full-day sessions) Schedule: Fri & Sat 9:00-5:30, Sun 9:00-5:00 EDT Lead Trainer: Rachel Glowacki Investment: $890.00* *Prerequisite for the Advanced Teacher Training: You must have attended a basic kids yoga teacher training through any kids yoga school or organization. ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. Pay in Full Investment: $890.00 Register Now!2-month Payment Plan 2-month Payment Plan Investment: 2 monthly payments of $455.00† Register Now! †Standard Payment Plan Details Payments are split into 2 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. 4-month Payment Plan 4-month Payment Plan Investment: 4 monthly payments of $232.50† Register Now! †Standard Payment Plan Details Payments are split into 4 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. Educators, Student & Military Discount Educator, Student, and Military Discount Next Generation Yoga is proud to support educators, school support staff, full-time students, and active/retired military by offering a $200 discount on these combined Teacher Trainings. Please review the terms and conditions below to see if you qualify prior to registration. Email us with any questions! Register Now! †Discount Qualifications & Details Please email supporting documentation to ngy@nextgenerationyoga.com prior to the start date of your training. (Certificate of completion will not be issued until supporting documentation has been submitted.) With the exception of the early bird discount, no additional coupon codes or discounts may be applied. No discounts can be applied retroactively. Educators & School Support Staff Qualifying Schools: School employee must work at one of these types of schools: public, private, charter, preschool, elementary, middle, high school, or homeschool. School Position: School employee may be any of the following: classroom teacher, PE teacher, OT, PT, SLP, school psychologist, administrator or support staff. Required Proof: Please provide proof of employment. A school identification card, recent pay stub, letter from a supervisor or link to a staff bio page on your school website. If you operate a homeschool, a document from the Board of Education stating active accreditation. Full-Time Students Full-Time Status: Student [...]

Teacher Training Immersion: Modules 1 & 2 Bundle Pricing

Teacher Training Immersion: Modules 1 & 2 Bundle Pricing Yoga + Mindfulness for Tweens & Teens Dates: June 5-14, 2020 (6 sessions) Schedule: Fri 6-8:30pm, Sat & Sun  9am-1:30pm EDT Fri 3-5:30pm, Sat & Sun 6-10:30am PDT Lead Trainer: Amy Lee + Yoga + Mindfulness for Kids, Teens & Young Adults with Disabilities & Differences Dates: June 2-23, 2020 (10 sessions) Schedule: Tues, Wed & Thurs 6:30-9pm EDT Tues, Wed & Thurs 3:30-6pm PDT Lead Trainer: Sarah Henderson Investment: $890.00 ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. Pay in Full Pay in Full Investment: $890.00 Click here to register!2-month Payment Plan 2-month Payment Plan Investment: 2 monthly payments of $455.00† Click here to register! †Standard Payment Plan Details Payments are split into 2 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. 4-month Payment Plan 4-month Payment Plan Investment: 4 monthly payments of $232.50† Click here to register! †Standard Payment Plan Details Payments are split into 4 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. Educators, Student & Military Discount Discount for Educators, School Employees & Support Staff, Students, and Military Investment: $890.00 $690.00*† Next Generation Yoga is proud to support educators, school support staff, full-time students, and active/retired military by offering a $200 discount on these combined Teacher Trainings. Please review the terms and conditions below to see if you qualify prior to registration. Email us with any questions! *This discount may not be combined with any other sales, discounts, or coupon codes. Click here to register! †Discount Qualifications & Details Please email supporting documentation to ngy@nextgenerationyoga.com prior to the start date of your training. (Certificate of completion will not be issued until supporting documentation has been submitted.) With the exception of the early bird discount, no additional coupon codes or discounts may be applied. No discounts can be applied retroactively. Educators & School Support Staff Qualifying Schools: School employee must work at one of these types of schools: public, private, charter, preschool, elementary, middle, high school, or homeschool. School Position: School employee may be any of the following: classroom teacher, PE teacher, OT, PT, SLP, school psychologist, administrator or support staff. Required Proof: Please provide proof of employment. A school identification card, recent pay stub, letter from a supervisor or link to a staff bio [...]

Celebrating Strong Women, by NGY Owner/CEO Amy Lee

Celebrating Strong Women by NGY Owner/CEO Amy Lee I love being a woman. I don’t recall any time in my life wishing I was not. I was born in 1971, a time that screamed inequality for women. I was too young to know that my mother couldn’t get a credit card in her own name. Or that she could’ve been fired for being pregnant with me. She couldn’t run in the Boston Marathon if she had wanted to. I didn’t realize until recently how incredible, almost unbelievable, it must have been for my mom to see me graduate from college, have my own credit cards and bank accounts, buy my first car at 22 and buy my first house at 25 – all on my own – just a couple decades later.  I started traveling the world for work and for fun in my 20s. I ran marathons, worked my way up in corporate America from the time I was 22 and was fiercely financially independent. It never occurred to me for a moment that my life and opportunities would be anything different from that. I’m sure there are things I couldn’t do because I am a girl, but maybe those were things I didn’t want to do because I was never told, “Amy, you can’t do that because you are a girl”. I didn’t realize until recently how incredible, almost unbelievable, it must have been for my mom to see me graduate from college, have my own credit cards and bank accounts, buy my first car at 22 and buy my first house at 25 – all on my own – just a couple decades later.  I started traveling the world for work and for fun in my 20s. I ran marathons, worked my way up in corporate America from the time I was 22 and was fiercely financially independent. It never occurred to me for a moment that my life and opportunities would be anything different from that. I’m sure there are things I couldn’t do because I am a girl, but maybe those were things I didn’t want to do because I was never told, “Amy, you can’t do that because you are a girl”. My earliest memories are of my grandmother who had her own business and my single mother who worked all day and then went to night school to earn her college degree. The women in my family were and are strong, independent, smart, courageous, determined, and not crippled by fear (and there was a lot of it). Being an independent woman is in my DNA.  The examples were set for me from the time I was born, and it’s all I’ve ever known. A million thanks to the strong women who raised me and showed me how to be a lady, kick a**, and take names all at the same time. Without them as role models, I may not have believed I had the grit and determination to be a business owner and take action on my passions to make a [...]

Try This: Mindful Hand Washing

Try This:Mindful Hand Washing Good hand washing is the first line of defense to help prevent the spread of many illnesses, and this time of year it’s especially important to encourage this practice. You can turn even this routine task into a mindfulness activity. By asking questions and providing guidance, you can spark curiosity, practice focus and concentration, and exercise all of the senses. TouchHow does the water feel? Is it too hot, too cold, or just right? Does it feel good running over your hands? How do the bubbles feel when you rub your hands together? Encourage kids to lather their hands, including in between their fingers, the backs of the hands, wrists, and under the nails where germs like to hide out, for at least 20 seconds. SoundListen to the flow of the water, the splashing as it hits the basin, the sound of rubbing your hands together, of the soap lathering up. If you listen really closely, can you hear the bubbles pop? SmellHow does the soap smell? If there is a scent, do you find it pleasing? Does it spark a memory of something else for you (e.g. eating oranges in the summertime with your family)? SightLook at your hands before you wash them. Are they visibly dirty or have paint, marker, or pen on them? Explain that even if you can’t see anything with your eyes, there are microscopic germs that can spread illness and we want to wash them away! Look at your hands after you wash them. Do they look cleaner? Are they soft and a little pruney from the water? TasteAfter hands have been thoroughly cleaned, invite kids to take a drink of water from a clean cup to “wash” their insides. How does the water taste? How does it feel as it moves to the back of the mouth, into the throat, down the esophagus, and into the belly? Written by: Amy NuceraNext Generation Yoga Teacher for ages 2-13EVOLvED Heart-Centered, Mindful Education Trainer Amy began her career in early childhood education, specializing in imaginative play and creative movement. Years later she joined team NGY was able to combine her loves of yoga and education.  Sharing yoga + mindfulness in schools became her main focus. She is thrilled to be able to share techniques and tools with children and educators that help cultivate a positive & healthy school environment, manage stress and reduce anxiety for students and teachers, and promote empathy & tolerance towards others. Learn more about Amy here.

What You Do Matters, by NGY Owner/CEO Amy Lee

What You Do Matters, by NGY Owner/CEO Amy Lee What you do matters. I feel lucky to experience Kids Yoga with my own three elementary aged kids and also with my beloved (though sometimes ornery!) weekly middle school yoga class. With all of them, I notice that just when I thought they were not listening, they were. They may look spaced out and distracted. They may be giggling with a neighbor or looking at me like I’m crazy. Or having a tantrum. But they typically do something later that shows me they were somewhat present and tuned in. I recently wrote about a class that I thought went completely awry. I ran into the mom of one of the girls who attended that class, and the report from her was quite the contrary. Her daughter loved class and gave it 5 stars! And my own 5-year-old son who struggles with ADHD recently recycled a calming technique I tried to teach him mid-tantrum and told me exactly how to do it and when to apply it. Teaching kids can be challenging, especially when you don’t feel they’re listening or that you’re not connecting with them. That’s when I remind myself that they’re likely absorbing more than I realize and that little nugget they learned could be life changing for them. Our role as Kids Yoga teachers totally matters. Namaste. If you’re interested in learning how to teach yoga + mindfulness to tweens and teens, join me in Columbus, OH at Bexley Yoga (NGY's Home Studio) for Yoga for Tweens & Teens this June! Teacher Trainings for Teens and Tweens Date: June 23-25, 2020 Host: Bexley Yoga (Columbus, OH) Schedule: Tues & Wed 9:00-5:30, Thur 9:00-5:00 Click here for more info & to register! Amy Lee Next Generation Yoga Owner/CEO Bexley, OH Amy earned her 200-hour adult yoga certification from Yoga with Laurel in Columbus Ohio. She completed Aroma Yoga teacher training with Tracy Griffiths at The Life Energy Institute and a comprehensive Business Consulting program with Mindbody Online. She is currently pursuing her 95-hour Kids Yoga certification with Next Generation Yoga, as well as, her 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training certification with Inhale Thrive. She is also the Owner/CEO of Next Generation Yoga and Bexley Yoga & Barre in Columbus, OH.

Online Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher Training: Tuesdays & Thursdays – March 17-April 9 (8 Sessions)

Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays March 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, April 2, 7, 9 Location: The Comfort of Home Trainers: Rachel Glowacki, E-RYT and Sarah Henderson, E-RYT Schedule: 7-9pm EST | 4-6pm PST Investment: $199.00 ♥ Payment plan available (service fees apply) ♥ Pick your perfect payment option below. ♥ Please email us with any questions. Pay in Full Pay in Full Investment: $199.00 Register Now! Payment Plan Info & Registration Payment Plan Info & Registration 2 easy monthly payments of just $124.50 each† Register Now! Standard Payment Plan Details †Payments are split into 2 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. This is Next Generation Yoga Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher Training - Online Using time-honored yoga practices and modern mindfulness techniques, teacher trainees learn to facilitate creative and educational experiences through a unique methodology that aligns with the developmental needs of children. No prior yoga experience is necessary; we will teach you what you need to know! Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for ages 2-12 offers a variety of tools and strategies to empower you to create meaningful kids yoga and mindfulness experiences. Experienced trainers share their own passion for this work as they facilitate a fun and inspiring training curriculum. Trainees are given opportunities to interact and observe, to learn about what works for others, and to develop original strategies to bring benefits of yoga and mindfulness to children. As a NGY trainee you'll receive: A comprehensive kids yoga and mindfulness PDF manual with resources for classroom success and business development. An understanding of the benefits of yoga and mindfulness for kids and an explanation of the developmental needs and typical behavior of ages 2-12. Instruction on how to plan, sequence, and execute amazing kids yoga classes and how to include fun extras like art activities, music, props, games, stories, breath work, and relaxation techniques. Tips on how to include learning points into your teachings in order to support kids’ educational experiences and invoke their natural curiosities. Classroom management techniques when a child doesn’t want to participate, how to change the energy level of a high energy or low energy class, and how to keep everyone safe in class. Guidance for how to lead partner yoga to encourage opportunities for cooperation and communication between kids. Upon finishing the course, you’ll receive a certificate of completion and have the opportunity to become a licensed Next Generation Yoga® Teacher and reap the benefits of our unique NGY Teacher Community!* Frequently Asked Questions Q: How do we access the online class? A: Participants will meet on Zoom, a web-based video conference service. It [...]

Self-Care Tip for Teachers: Present Moment Meditation

Self-Care Tip for Teachers:Present Moment Meditation Incorporating yoga + mindfulness into classroom settings is most effective when teachers practice what they preach. Taking time to care for yourself shows students that self-care does not equal selfishness – it’s vital to our physical and mental health to make meaningful, purposeful time for ourselves. And it doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive! The important thing is to find something that you enjoy and can realistically work into your daily routine. This week’s tip comes from NGY Teacher & Trainer Amy Nucera of Ambler, PA. Amy shares a short meditation that helps her mindfully navigate even the most hectic of days. One of my favorite acts of self-care is to do a short present moment awareness meditation whenever I arrive at an appointment, meeting, etc. Taking this time helps me unload any mental junk that traveled along with me to my destination so I can move onto my next task clear-headed and focused. I invite you to try it! Sit in a comfortable, relaxed position. Close your eyes or lower your gaze, and begin deep, even breaths in and out.  Close your eyes and focus on the most obvious sounds around you. As your concentration sharpens, bring your attention to more subtle sounds such as a distant bird call or music from a passing car.  Next, bring your attention to your body. Simply notice the sensations – feel your arms resting on your lap, your legs on your seat, the clothes against your skin. Notice any pains, discomfort muscle tightness, or feelings of stress or anxiety.   Next, bring your attention to your thoughts. Notice them, without judgment or feeling like you have to fix or do something about them. As different thoughts arise, notice them and then let them go. Think of watching your thoughts drift by like a cloud in the sky.  Finally, bring your total awareness to your breath. Notice the natural changes in your breathing as you become more relaxed. Take a few more deep inhales and exhales, and when you’re ready, flutter your eyes open or lift your gaze, and bring your awareness back to your surroundings. Written by: Amy NuceraNext Generation Yoga Teacher for ages 2-13EVOLvED Heart-Centered, Mindful Education Trainer Amy began her career in early childhood education, specializing in imaginative play and creative movement. Years later she joined team NGY was able to combine her loves of yoga and education.  Sharing yoga + mindfulness in schools became her main focus. She is thrilled to be able to share techniques and tools with children and educators that help cultivate a positive & healthy school environment, manage stress and reduce anxiety for students and teachers, and promote empathy & tolerance towards others. Learn more about Amy here.

Why Classroom Teachers Love NGY Trainings, by NGY Teacher Sherry Baugh

Educators are asked to create an Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) to support license renewal. After working through previous plans that targeted academics, I entered my twentieth year in the classroom with a shift in my focus. For my most recent IPDP, I chose to learn about strategies and techniques that have a positive impact on the social and emotional wellness of my students. As the coordinator of our after school yoga club, I received a grant that gave me the opportunity to participate in fifty hours of training with Next Generation Yoga. The students who participate in our after school yoga club love the new ideas I brought with me from NGY! Going through the NGY training with the lens of a classroom teacher also gave me several ideas of ways to incorporate yoga-inspired mindfulness into my elementary classroom. Here are some of the things I’ve tried recently: Guided Visualization: This is a teacher favorite--especially during writing workshop. During the prewriting phase, we create a mind movie and then verbally brainstorm before organizing our thoughts in our notebooks. Focus: The Glitter Jar (and Glitter Orbs) are simple and effective tools for calming the group. We even incorporated some math (How long do you predict it will take for all the glitter to settle? Let’s time it and collect some data!). Breathing: The Hoberman Sphere is a student favorite. I have a small version that we use to focus on breathing in and out mindfully. Students love to be in charge of the sphere. This is especially helpful after the lunch/recess break. Positive Affirmation Cards: We had a day where the winter blues were looming over our classroom. Giving each student a positive affirmation card was a great pick-me-up. Students were invited to share how they felt the card was meaningful to them. Most students taped the cards to their desks and two weeks later, they were still in place as a visual reminder! Permissions: At the start of our NGY training, we were invited to write ourselves “permission slips” for what we needed to be present and focused during our training. I tried this in my classroom and my students impressed me with their thoughtfulness and honesty. “I give myself permission to ask questions.” “I give myself permission to start over.” “I give myself permission to breathe.” These are some of the ways that I have been able to incorporate my NGY training into my work as a classroom teacher. My NGY training has given me new ways to support the social and emotional health of my students. I’m looking forward to continuing my work with the NGY training team! Written by: Sherry Baugh NGY Teacher for 2-12 year olds Columbus, OH Want to experience the magic of an NGY Teacher Training for yourself? Visit our Training Schedule or email us with questions!

ONLINE Kids Yoga + Mindfulness Basics: September 18-20, 2020 (3 sessions)

The NGY Kids Yoga + Mindfulness Basics Teacher Training is a 20-hour Yoga Alliance approved online training and is part of the NGY 95-hour Registered Children’s Yoga School. Click here for more information! ONLINE Training! Dates: September 18-20, 2020 (3 sessions) Schedule: Fri 5-9pm, Sat 9am-6pm & Sun 9am-5pm MDT (Fri 7-11pm, Sat 11am-8pm & Sun 11am-7pm EDT) Location: The comfort of home. Hosted by: Mountain Soul Yoga Trainer: Rachel Glowacki Investment: $495.00 $445.00* ♥ *Be an early bird! Register by 8/28 and SAVE $50! ♥ Choose your perfect payment option below. ♥ Email us with any questions. Pay in Full Pay in Full Investment: $495.00 $445.00* ♥ *Be an early bird! Register by 8/28 and SAVE $50! Register Now!4-month Payment Plan 4-month Payment Plan Investment: 4 monthly payments of $133.75 $121.25 each* ♥ *Be an early bird! Register by 8/28 and SAVE $50! Register Now!Educator, Student, and Military Discount Educator, School Employee, Student & Active/Retired Military Discount Pay in Full Investment: $495.00 $395.00 Next Generation Yoga is proud to support educators, school support staff, full-time students, and active/retired military by offering a $100 discount on this Teacher Training. Please review our terms and conditions for discount qualifications and requirements prior to registration. Please email us with any questions! Register Now!4-month Payment Plan - Educator, Student, and Military Discount Educator, School Employee, Student & Active/Retired Military Discount Next Generation Yoga is proud to support educators, school support staff, full-time students, and active/retired military by offering a $100 discount on this Teacher Training. Please review our terms and conditions for discount qualifications and requirements prior to registration. Please email us with any questions! 4-month Payment Plan Investment: 4 monthly payments of $133.75 $108.75 each Register Now! Kids Yoga + Mindfulness Basics: 20-hour Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training Using time-honored yoga practices and modern mindfulness techniques, teacher trainees learn to facilitate creative and educational experiences through a unique methodology that aligns with the developmental needs of children. No prior yoga experience is necessary; we will teach you what you need to know! Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for ages 2-12 offers a variety of tools and strategies to empower you to create meaningful kids yoga and mindfulness experiences. Experienced trainers share their own passion for this work as they facilitate a fun and inspiring training curriculum. Trainees are given opportunities to interact and observe, to learn about what works for others, and to develop original strategies to bring benefits of yoga and mindfulness to children. As a NGY trainee you'll receive: A comprehensive kids yoga and mindfulness manual with resources for classroom success and business development. An understanding of the benefits of yoga and mindfulness for kids and an explanation of the developmental needs and typical behavior of ages 2-12. Instruction on how to plan, sequence, and execute amazing kids yoga classes and how to include fun extras like art activities, music, props, games, stories, breathwork, and relaxation techniques. Tips on how to include learning points into your teachings in order to support kids’ educational experiences and invoke their natural curiosities. [...]

Valentine’s Day Love Language Meditation, by NGY Trainer Rachel Glowacki

Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated in many parts of the world to give and express love. How do you show people you love them? How do you like to receive love? Did you know that there are different love languages?  We usually show others love the way we feel loved. For instance, if you give lots of hugs and affection, most likely you feel loved when you get hugs and affection. If you like to write letters and tell people with your words, then most likely you feel loved when people say kind things to you. Some people give gifts to show their love, and they usually like to receive gifts to feel loved. Some people like to do things for others and spend time with them, and feel loved when people do things and spend time with them. For example, it took me a long time to notice that my mom shows me she loves me by sending me nice cards and presents. I am not much of a gift giver. I feel loved when I get to spend special time with my loved ones, more than I do receiving gifts. I started to send my mom cards and thoughtful gifts so that she would feel loved in her language. And...guess what? Our relationship is filled with more and more love.  Let’s discover and pay attention to our own love language…. Sit up nice and tall, relax your shoulders, place both hands over your heart -- the space where we store warm and loving feelings -- and gently close your eyes or allow your gaze to lower. Inhale with hands to heart: Fill your whole body with love for yourself. Exhale with hands near your mouth like you are blowing a kiss: Send all your love out to those that are special to you. It can be one person or many. Smile with each inhale as you fill yourself up with love, and smile with each exhale as you send love to your special people. Notice how you feel when you smile and breathe in and out. Ask yourself, “what is my love language?” or ask yourself, “how do I show love to others?” These answers will most likely be the same. Now, imagine someone you love dearly and hold close to your heart. See them....how does this person show you they love you? Is it the same love language as yours or different? If it is different than your love language, take some extra time to think about how you can show this person you love them, in their language. Do they like presents? Do they like hugs? Do they like doing things for you? Do they like spending time with you? Do they use their words to encourage you?  Whatever popped into your mind about how to show that special person love, do that for them. You will notice how good it feels in your heart. At NGY we use American Sign Language in our lesson [...]

Why Shara Loved Her NGY Teacher Training, by NGY Teacher Shara Reiss

Three months ago, I became a certified in Next Generation Yoga. You guys! Five years ago, I had never even done yoga in my life. Cardio was my jam and I thought I could never silence myself enough to get through a yoga class. Then, I was diagnosed with MS. Here’s the thing: After my initial episode and recovery which lasted about eight weeks, I was completely fine and you wouldn’t even know about that I had MS, but I am a rule follower and yoga was highly recommended for people with MS, so I gave it a try. I have fallen in love with yoga over the past four years and have integrated it into my exercise routine every week.   Fast forward to the NGY training that was taking place at our local yoga studio (Bexley Yoga & Barre) in my little city. I have my MSW and am a Licensed Independent Social Worker. I have been working with children for over 20 years and, for the past 15, have done early intervention in a private preschool. I am a resource any time there is a concern about behavior or development for over 450 children spanning three sites.  Over the past couple of years, the needs of the children I work with have increased across the board and I am always looking for some new tools in my toolbox. When the opportunity arose to become a certified Next Generation Yoga teacher, I knew this was what was next for me. The experience in itself was amazing, and what has happened since has been nothing short of extraordinary. I began teaching weekly at the preschool where I work and every day I have multiple children asking me if it’s “yoga day.” I have parents stop me in the hall or when I am out in the community, telling me how much their kids are loving yoga. They are actually talking about it at home, which we know doesn’t always happen, and teachers are checking in with me during the week to confirm when the next yoga class will be. I knew that this would be a powerful tool, but I had no idea how much it would make a difference in the lives of these young children in the few short weeks we have integrated into their preschool schedule.  I feel honored that I am able to be a part of something so much bigger and am so grateful that this is only the beginning of my journey in the world of children’s yoga. I can’t wait to see how much of a difference this will make in the lives of all of the children it touches.   Want to experience the magic of an NGY Teacher Training for yourself? Visit our Training Schedule or email us with questions! Shara Reiss NGY Teacher for 2-7 year olds Columbus, OH In addition to being a valued member of the NGY Teacher Community, Shara has her MSW and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. She's been working with children for over 20 years and, for the past 15, has done early intervention in a private preschool. She is always looking for new tools in my toolbox and when the opportunity arose to become a certified Next [...]

Meet Sarah: Developer & Trainer for NGY’s NEW Teacher Training for Disabilities and Differences ????

Meet Sarah Henderson and her sister Hannah. Sarah is the developer and trainer for the NEW Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults with Disabilities and Differences. Sarah's experience with people with disabilities began when she was just 4 years old, when her sister Hannah was born with Down syndrome. Throughout her life and career, Sarah has worked with adults and children with disabilities and their families, with Hannah as her inspiration. For over a decade, she has specialized her training as a yoga teacher in kids and adaptive/accessible/inclusive yoga Please join Sarah and Next Generation Yoga at Bexley Yoga & Barre as we host this unique training February 21-23 designed to equip you with skills needed to share yoga and mindfulness practices with kids, teens, and young adults with disabilities. No prior yoga experience necessary. Questions? Reach out to Sarah at sarah@nextgenerationyoga.com. Teacher Training for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults with Disabilities and Differences Dates: February 21-23, 2020 Location: Columbus, OH Host: Bexley Yoga Trainer: Sarah Henderson Schedule: Fri-Sat 9:00-5:30, Sun 9:00-5:00 {{ vc_btn: title=Click+here+for+more+info+%26amp%3B+to+register%21&color=primary&size=lg&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fnextgenerationyoga.com%252Fteacher-trainings%252Fteacher-training-for-disabilities-and-differences-february-21st-23rd-2020-oh%252F%7C%7C%7C }} Sarah Henderson Next Generation Yoga Storyteller, Teacher, and Trainer Charlotte, NC Sarah Henderson personifies the Next Generation Yoga philosophy with her big heart, youthful spirit and fun, creative nature. She authors new NGY Lesson Plans and keeps us all up to date on the latest and greatest in the world of Kids Yoga as our social media guru. Her title of NGY Storyteller is truly well-earned! She also brings her passion for training others as Kids Yoga teachers as part of the NGY Trainer team. Known for her imaginative teaching that bring stories and healthy living principles to life through yoga and mindfulness practices, Sarah is passionate about teaching kids of all ages and abilities to connect with themselves and others through movement and meditation. Learn more about Sarah here!

NGY Trainer, Rachel Glowacki, E-RYT

    Join Rachel for an upcoming teacher training! Rachel Glowacki, E-RYT NGY Curriculum Development + Trainer NGY Trainer for: Yoga + Mindfulness for ages 2-12 Advanced Yoga + Mindfulness Rachel has been teaching kids yoga since 2009 and is known as a thought leader in the kids yoga field. She hopes that one day mindful movement will be taught regularly in schools like math and science! Rachel is a yoga teacher and writer, has presented at the National Kids Yoga Conference two times, has authored the first kid yoga app for the iPad, and has developed multiple kids yoga curriculums and trained hundreds of kids yoga teachers. She is grateful to now bring her experience and passion to NGY as a trainer and curriculum writer. Rachel’s career began with teaching kids swimming lessons. She studied early childhood development and youth ministry in college and along the way, fell in love with yoga. After becoming a mom and a yoga teacher, she found a desire to teach children’s yoga after bringing their storybooks to life through movement, breathing exercises and meditation. Rachel believes that in order to be a teacher, one must be a student first. She is dedicated to continuing her education through workshops, online training and self study. She believes that anything can be our teacher and as one of your many teachers, her intention is to guide and create a space for you to not only strengthen your mind and body, but also to know that the teacher is inside of you. Rachel lives in the Vail Valley in Colorado with her energetic and health-conscious husband, chef and restaurateur, Casey Glowacki, and two highly-spirited and adventurous boys, Liam and Grey.  Rachel enjoys meaningful conversations, going on family vacations to surf and snowboard, reading and geeking out on the latest research that supports brain and body health and anything inspirational that enhances life

Setting Up a Calming Corner in Your Classroom, by NGY Trainer Amy Nucera

Having a designated area where students can go when they need a few minutes to work through difficult emotions can help improve self-regulation skills and maintain a peaceful classroom environment. The great thing about this is that you can be creative and use materials you already have, or can easily get, so you don't need to spend a lot of money! Setting Up - What You'll Need: A comfortable space to sit. Work with the area and resources you have. You can use a Yoga mat, cushion, comfortable chair, or just a small area rug. Calming music and headphones. There are tons of traditional yoga and meditation music out there, but classical music and nature sounds are also a great choice! Timer. Whether you use a physical or digital timer, decide ahead of time what your "calming" period will (2-5 minutes is usually plenty!) Books or magazines. Choose age-appropriate materials that promote themes of peace, calming and mindfulness. Breathing Ball (aka Hoberman Sphere). Students can use previously practiced breathing exercises to help self-regulate. Visual Calming Props. A snowglobe or glitter jar can help students to focus their thoughts. Journal or sketchbook. Each student can have their own mindfulness journal that they bring to the mat to write or draw. Getting Started: It's best to start using this as an independent tool after you've introduced basic practices of yoga, breathwork, and mindfulness to your students. Set up the calming corner in a less-trafficked area of the room, with a partial partition, if available. Talk to students about how the Calming Corner can be used: They can move to this area when they feel anxious or overwhelmed for a few moments, and use the tools available to refocus and calm themselves. Emphasize that there should be as little disruption to the rest of the class a possible and that it is a privilege not to be abused. When a student moves to the calming corner, set the timer. When the timer goes off, have the student move back to their chair with a gentle reminder. You can also assign a student helper to set the timer if you assign weekly or daily jobs in your classroom. Notes: This activity is recommended for ages six and up. Don't have a usable corner? No problem! Call it your Calming Chair, Mindfulness Mat, or whatever works for you and your classroom! After a few weeks, evaluate how the area is being used appropriately (and not as an excuse to avoid classroom work) and make changes to better suit your class. Want to Learn More About Sharing Yoga & Mindfulness in Schools? The Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for School-Based Educators - Online gives you all the tools you need to incorporate yoga & mindfulness into the classroom (no prior experience with yoga required). We have online classes starting soon to fit any schedule – check our training schedule or email us for more info! Amy Nucera Next Generation Yoga Teacher for 2-13 yr. olds Next Generation Yoga Trainer for School-Based Educators Ambler, PA Amy began her [...]

Why You Can Love Even a Hard Yoga Class, by NGY Owner/CEO Amy Lee

If you know me at all, you know I love teaching yoga to teens and tweens. I wrote recently about how the things I enjoy the most about this age group are also what make them challenging to teach at times. I don’t find them to be challenging very often, but they really got me recently. About a month ago, the middle school teachers who host my class each week and I had an idea to have the kids make eye pillows. Sometimes I bring eye pillows in from the studio – they love them. We thought they would like to have their own and to choose what essential oil to add to it. I purchased the supplies (this craft is very easy and inexpensive) and was so excited to do something different with this group. Their behavior was terrible. They were loud, throwing the eye pillows, making a huge mess, and not listening to instructions, which has the potential to be dangerous when you’re talking about essential oils that someone could get in their eye. There were 24 kids, and maybe 5 of them followed instructions, appreciated the activity, and enjoyed their eye pillow during a long savasana after the craft. The teacher was so frustrated and had to send one student to the office. It was such a disappointment. All I could think about was how I would do it differently if I could do it all over again. It’s easy to say now with hindsight vision, but that day I gave this group too much leeway and trusted them to be mature enough to follow instructions and use good judgement. Because they typically are so well-behaved, I didn’t think for a moment this activity would go awry. The teacher was very gracious, and although she was not happy about how the session went, she told me that many factors contributed. For one, it was the week after Thanksgiving and two weeks before winter break. In her experience, the kids are more rambunctious and ready for a break. In addition, because of the weather, the kids had not been outside as much as usual. They were stir crazy. This was a great lesson learned for me and something to take into consideration in the future when I decide to change up the format of a class. Try to think of contributing factors, and have a plan b! I was disappointed, but I realized that it’s my job to meet them where they are. On that day, they were rowdy and had cabin fever. Giving them an activity with a lot of freedom wasn’t the best idea. A class with more structure may have been a better choice. Like adults, they have good days and bad days and days when they feel more or less motivated, or tired or sick. They are kids, after all, and this is why I love them. If you’re interested in learning more about how to teach yoga and mindfulness to tweens/teens, join NGY [...]

Why Kids (and Yoga Teachers) Love Poetry and the Power of Words – Part 1, by NGY Teacher Katy McSurdy

"Think of a poem as a flashlight, an instrument of discovery." - Billy Collins To me, poetry and yoga are one. Talking about asana, all you hear is symbolism and metaphors (Triangle pose, Goddess pose, Fish pose). Even the yoga cues in class can be metaphors. It’s unquestionable that they help us remember, understand, and embody the poses. Both disciplines can evoke wonder, enchantment, and self-discovery. And both can be healing and life-changing. In teaching yoga, we can also use the power of words in affirmations, chanting, and visualizations. There are lessons in how we use words and what we say to kids. A few of my favorite simple yet powerful affirmations are: Lying down, hug your knees into a ball and say to your knees, "I love myself." Peace begins with me. You'll never talk to anybody more than the words you say to yourself. Make sure they are kind words. You are enough. I'll never forget the yoga teacher who said, almost forcefully, "YOU. ARE. ENOUGH." (Her name was Gina and she had awesome harem pants.) And it was the first time the phrase really landed for me. I didn't brush it aside that time.  "Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." -Mother Teresa In class, I sometimes invite kids to write (ages 8-13) and I hope to one day offer a series of combined writing and yoga classes. Writing (whether a poem, free writing, or whatever) can help shape our experiences and gain understanding. Think of the changes that can come from a gratitude journal. Writing can be a form of therapy and of course, expression. However, taking into account the power in words and how harmful they can be, it's important to serve writing along with kindness and self reflection, and that writing is ok to keep private too. In the age of (seeming) anonymity and the Internet, it's important to talk about the power of words and the ways we can use them to create, to empower, and to come together as one.  Check out some writing prompts, my favorite poems, and some good quotes for class on my Instagram @yoga_poets.  I'll leave you with a poem on the power of words:  Vocabulary of Dearness by Naomi Shihab Nye How a single word may shimmer and rise off the page, a wafer of syllabic light, a bulb of glowing meaning, whatever the word, try "tempestuous" or "suffer" any word you have held or traded so it lives a new life the size of two worlds. Say you carried it up a hill and it helped you move. Without this the days would be thin sticks thrown down in a clutter of leaves, and where is the rake? Katy McSurdy Next Generation Yoga Teacher for 2-13 year olds Blue Bell, PA Katy McSurdy came to yoga as a child (taught by her step-mother) and is thrilled to pass along this beautiful, human practice to other kids. She is [...]

Teacher Training for Teens and Tweens: June 23rd-25th, 2020 (Columbus, OH)

June 26th-28th, 2020: Bexley Yoga (Columbus, OH) Date: June 23rd-25th, 2020 Location: Columbus, OH Host: Bexley Yoga Trainers: Sarah Henderson and Amy Lee Schedule: Tuesday & Wednesday: 9:00am-5:30pm Thursday: 9:00am-5:00pm ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. Email us with any questions. This training is part of the 2020 Teacher Training Immersion at NGY’s Home Studio, Bexley Yoga in Columbus, OH. Click here for more information and discouts for taking multiple trainings! Pay in Full Investment: Just $595.00 $495.00* + $30 non-refundable supplies fee Register Now! *Must be registered by 5/16 to receive $100 early bird discount Payment Plan Info & Registration Payment Plan Info & Registration 4 easy monthly payments† of just $173.75 each $148.75 each+ $30 non-refundable supplies fee Register Now! *Must be registered by 5/16 to receive the $100 early bird discount †Standard Payment Plan Details Payments are split into 4 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. A one-time, non-refundable $30 supplies fee will be added to your first payment. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. $150 Discount for Educators, Students & Military Educator, School Employee, Full-Time Student & Military Discount Next Generation Yoga is proud to support full-time school employees, full-time students, and active & retired military by offering a $150 discount on this Teacher Training. Please review the terms and conditions below to see if you qualify prior to registration. Email us with any questions! Investment: $495.00 $345.00 + $30 non-refundable supplies fee Register Now! *$100 early bird discount may not be combined with this discount. Please email supporting documentation to ngy@nextgenerationyoga.com prior to the start date of your training. Certificate of completion will not be issued until supporting documentation has been submitted. Discount cannot be applied retroactively and may not be used in conjunction with any other coupons, sales, or discounts, including, but not limited to: early bird discounts & NGY Grad discount, and flash sales.  School Employee Qualifying Schools: School employee must work at one of these types of schools: public, private, charter, preschool, elementary, middle, high school, or homeschool. School Position: School employee may be any of the following: classroom teacher, PE teacher, OT, PT, SLP, school psychologist, administrator or support staff. Required Proof: In order to receive the discount select Teacher Trainings, we require proof of employment. A school identification card, recent pay stub, letter from a supervisor or link to a staff bio page on your school website. If you operate a homeschool, a document from the Board of Education stating active accreditation. Full-Time Student Full-Time Status: Student must be taking a full-time credit course load or a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Qualifying Schools: student must be attending middle, high school, college or [...]

Teacher Training for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults with Disabilities and Differences: June 20th-22nd, 2020 (Columbus, OH)

June 20th-22nd, 2020: Bexley Yoga (Columbus, OH) Date: June 20th-22nd, 2020 Location: Columbus, OH Host: Bexley Yoga Trainer: Sarah Henderson Schedule: Saturday: 9:00am-6:00pm Sunday: 9:00am-6:00pm Monday: 9:00am-5:00pm ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. Email us with any questions. This training is part of the 2020 Teacher Training Immersion at NGY's Home Studio, Bexley Yoga in Columbus, OH. Click here for more information and discouts for taking multiple trainings! Pay in Full Investment: Just $595.00 $495.00* + $30 non-refundable supplies fee Register Now! *Must be registered by 5/16 to receive $100 early bird discount Payment Plan Info & Registration Payment Plan Info & Registration 4 easy monthly payments† of just $173.75 each $148.75 each+ $30 non-refundable supplies fee Register Now! *Must be registered by 5/16 to receive the $100 early bird discount †Standard Payment Plan Details Payments are split into 4 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. A one-time, non-refundable supplies fee will be applied to your first payment. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. $150 Discount for Educators, Students & Military Full-Time School Employee, Full-Time Student & Military Discount Next Generation Yoga is proud to support educators, school employees, full-time students, and active & retired military by offering a $150 discount on this Teacher Training. Please review the terms and conditions below to see if you qualify prior to registration. Email us with any questions! Investment: $595.00 $445.00* Register Now! *$100 early bird discount may not be combined with this discount. Please email supporting documentation to ngy@nextgenerationyoga.com prior to the start date of your training. (Certificate of completion will not be issued until supporting documentation has been submitted.) No additional coupons, sales, or discounts may be used in conjunction with this discount, including, but not limited to: Early Bird Discounts & NGY Grad Discounts. No discounts can be applied retroactively. School Employee Qualifying Schools: School employee must work at one of these types of schools: public, private, charter, preschool, elementary, middle, high school, or homeschool. School Position: School employee may be any of the following: classroom teacher, PE teacher, OT, PT, SLP, school psychologist, administrator or support staff. Required Proof: In order to receive the discount select Teacher Trainings, we require proof of employment. A school identification card, recent pay stub, letter from a supervisor or link to a staf bio page on your school website. If you operate a homeschool, a document from the Board of Education stating active accreditation. Full-Time Student Full-Time Status: Student must be taking a full-time credit course load or a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Qualifying Schools: student must be attending middle, high school, college or graduate school. Required Proof: In order to receive 50% off on select Teacher [...]

Teacher Training for 2-12 year olds: March 13th-15th, 2020 (Charlotte, NC)

March 13th-15th, 2020: Yoga for Life (Charlotte, NC) Date: March 13th-15th, 2020 Location: Charlotte, NC Host: Yoga for Life Trainer: Sarah Henderson Schedule: Fri 5-9pm, Sat 9am-6pm & Sun 9am-5pm ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. ♥ Save $100 if you pay in full! Email us with any questions. Pay in Full & SAVE $100! Investment: $495 (a $100 savings!) when you pay in full. Register Now! Payment Plan Info & Registration Payment Plan Info & Registration 4 easy monthly payments of just $148.75 each† Register Now! Standard Payment Plan Details †Payments are split into 4 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. $100 Discount for Educators, Students & Military Educator, School Employee, Student & Active/Retired Military Discount Next Generation Yoga is proud to support teachers, school support staff, full-time students, and active & retired military by offering a $100 discount on this Teacher Training. Please review the terms and conditions below to see if you qualify prior to registration. Email us with any questions! Investment: $495.00 $395.00 Register Now! Please email supporting documentation to ngy@nextgenerationyoga.com prior to the start date of your training. (Certificate of completion will not be issued until supporting documentation has been submitted.) No additional coupons, sales, or discounts may be used in conjunction with this discount, including, but not limited to: Early Bird Discounts & NGY Grad Discounts. No discounts can be applied retroactively. School Employee Qualifying Schools: School employee must work at one of these types of schools: public, private, charter, preschool, elementary, middle, high school, or homeschool. School Position: School employee may be any of the following: classroom teacher, PE teacher, OT, PT, SLP, school psychologist, administrator or support staff. Required Proof: In order to receive the discount select Teacher Trainings, we require proof of employment. A school identification card, recent pay stub, letter from a supervisor or link to a staf bio page on your school website. If you operate a homeschool, a document from the Board of Education stating active accreditation. Full-Time Student Full-Time Status: Student must be taking a full-time credit course load or a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Qualifying Schools: student must be attending middle, high school, college or graduate school. Required Proof: In order to receive 50% off on select Teacher Trainings, we require proof of full-time student status including: school identification along with a copy of current courses or a letter from advisor stating full-time student status. Military Eligibility: Military discounts are available in the U.S. to all active duty military personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans and their dependents. Required Proof: In order to the discount off on select Teacher Trainings, we require proof of military service including: active military identification, a state-issued [...]

Why Superheroes Love Yoga by Sarah Henderson, NGY Storyteller

We were going around the yoga circle, with a “one word check-in,” sharing how we are feeling. It’s how we begin some of our yoga classes at the day program for teens and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. From most of the students in the circle, I get answers like, “happy,” “excited,” or a big smile or thumbs up from students who do not speak as a primary way of communication. But then it was Damon’s* turn. He said he was sad. In my kindest voice, I asked, “why are you sad?” He was sad because he had finished watching the movie “The Flash” and it had made him sad. Damon is infatuated with the superhero “the Flash.” I haven’t seen that movie, but I understand that connection is one of the most important things that a yoga teacher can establish with her students. At first, I tried to just cheer him up with the yoga. I asked him if he could do our breath activity, if he could do our poses. Damon sat on his mat. Every now and then, I would see a tear fall. I had a plan to teach a specific lesson that day. But Damon wasn’t interested. His peers became worried about him. Was Damon ok today? And so I made a choice. “What do you think the Flash would look like as a yoga pose?” I asked Damon, in one last-ditch effort to have him join the yoga activities. He stood up, into a Warrior I (ish) footing, bent both elbows and took one arm forward and the other arm back. “Like this?” I asked him and mirrored his movements. He nodded. And then I asked what else. He showed me the Flash moves his elbows back and forth when he runs. So everyone else did too. And then I said we had to switch our legs to do the Flash yoga on the other side. Everyone switched. Then I asked my other friends about their favorite superheroes. We made yoga poses for Spider-Man and Captain Marvel and Superman and Wonder Woman and Black Panther and Aqua Man and a few others. It’s hard work being a superhero, so eventually we came back to our mats for some yoga relaxation. We rested our superhero bodies, then became ourselves once again. We ended the class the way we began, going around the circle with a one word check-in. This time, Damon said he was happy and I was happy, too. *name changed for privacy One of the things I have learned most about teaching inclusive and adaptive yoga is that it is important to be open to possibility. To the possibility that your students can do more than you think, or maybe less. That they might love your lesson, or that they might not. That they could be having a good day, or like Damon, a not so good day. Approaching the time with a plan, but also a willingness to let your [...]

Join us at the NGY Home Studio January 24th-26th!

Want to Learn Teach Yoga to Kids Ages 8-13? Join us January 24th-26th in Columbus, OH for a 20-hour Teacher Training Certification! Hosted by NGY's home studio, Bexley Yoga, you'll learn how to share yoga and mindfulness with kids ages 8-13. No prior experience needed. We'll teach you everything you need to know! Click for more info & to register! Teacher Training for 8-13 Year Olds January 24-26, 2020 Fri 5-9pm, Sat 9am-6pm & Sun 9am-5:30pm Bexley Yoga: Columbus, OH Click for more info & to register! Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for ages 8-13 offers a variety of tools and strategies to empower you to create meaningful kids yoga and mindfulness experiences. Experienced trainers share their own passion for this work as they facilitate a fun and inspiring training curriculum. Trainees are given opportunities to interact and observe, to learn about what works for others, and to develop original strategies to bring benefits of yoga and mindfulness to children. Meet Your Trainer: Sarah Henderson Sarah Henderson personifies the Next Generation Yoga philosophy with her big heart, youthful spirit and fun, creative nature. She authors new NGY Lesson Plans and keeps us all up to date on the latest and greatest in the world of Kids Yoga as our social media guru. Her title of NGY Storyteller is truly well-earned! She also brings her passion for training others as Kids Yoga teachers as part of the NGY Trainer team. Known for her imaginative teaching that bring stories and healthy living principles to life through yoga and mindfulness practices, Sarah is passionate about teaching kids of all ages and abilities to connect with themselves and others through movement and meditation. Learn more about Sarah here!

Want to Implement Yoga & Mindfulness Practices in the Classroom, but Don’t Know Where to Start?

Our Online Teacher Training for School-Based Educators will Teach You Everything You Need to Know to Bring Yoga & Mindfulness into the Classroom! Research shows that integrating yoga and mindfulness exercises within the classroom setting may be an effective way to help students develop important life-skills such as self-regulation, mind-body awareness, and physical fitness, as well as improved memory, attention span, and overall academic performance. These activities also support current social-emotional learning (SEL) programs already being implemented in schools by strengthening social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. The Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for School-Based Educators provides an overview of yoga and mindfulness practices and tips and resources to use these exercises in the most effective way possible in YOUR classroom. Our next Online NGY Teacher Training for School-Based Educators is January 25-26, 12-4 pm EST. Click here to register. Join us Online for an Upcoming Teacher Training for School-Based Educators

You Asked & We Answered! New Online Trainings Coming in 2020.

NGY is Coming to Your House in 2020 with New Online Teacher Trainings! Can't make it to a live training but still eager to learn? Next Generation Yoga is preparing to launch several new online Teacher Trainings in the coming year. Join us in an interactive online platform where you can interact with your instructor and fellow trainees to learn from the comfort of home! Coming in 2020 Teacher Training for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults with Disabilities and Differences (25-hour) Teacher Training for 2-12 Year Olds (20-hour) Yoga for Youth Athletes (8-hour) Yoga for Teens (25-hour) Teacher Training for School-Based Educators (4-hour) Available Now Teacher Training for School-Based Educators (8-hour) Interested in a Live Training?

Looking for the Perfect Teacher Gift? ????

Looking for the Perfect Teacher Gift? Give the Gift of Yoga this Holiday Season with Yoga & Mindfulness Activity Cards for the Classroom! Click here to purchase! If you have a teacher or educator on your holiday shopping list,* Next Generation Yoga has a great gift idea for you! The NGY Yoga and Mindfulness Activity Cards for the Classroom will be a favorite, go-to resource. These easy-to-use, durable cards give so many ideas for mindful play and focused learning. Perfect for incorporating into literacy activities, brain breaks, indoor recess, PE classes, collaborative partner work, and social-emotional learning strategies. For a limited time, this set of 60 5x7 laminated cards chock full of information and instructions to share mindful moments with kids for just $24.95. No coupon code needed. Cards come shrink-wrapped as shown above - perfect for gifting! *Recommended for grades K-6. Click for More Info & to Purchase!

NEW Lesson Plan: Holiday Happenings for 2-7 and 8-13 year olds

NEW Next Generation Yoga Lesson Plan: Holiday Happenings Available for teachering 2-7 and 8-13 year olds Humans love holidays! Wherever you go, there are special days to mark special occasions. This yoga and mindfulness lesson plan adventure from Next Generation Yoga helps children learn about how and why people celebrate. Holiday Happenings lets everyone take part in the celebrations! Yoga poses, creative movements, meditation prompts, and breath exercises invite children to explore Holiday Happenings. Theme-specific tunes, options for family/partner poses, a guided relaxation activity, and ideas to extend the lesson’s fun are also included. This lesson plan can be used any time of the year and has two versions: one for 2-7 year olds (30-45 minutes) and one for 8-13 year olds (45-60 minutes). Holiday Happenings for 2-7 year olds (30-45 minutes) guides kids through a calendar year of festivity and fun. Beginning with New Year’s Eve and ending with Kwanzaa, this lesson offers kids a chance to learn new things and connect with familiar traditions, too! The visualized meditation at the end invites children to imagine their own special day in an imaginary birthday party just for them! Join us for Holiday Happenings! Holiday Happenings for 8-13 year olds (45-60 minutes) invites children to learn about the ways that holidays are celebrated in cultures near and far through yoga, creative movement, music, and more. Festivities explored include Diwali, Lunar New Year, Eid al-Fitr, Earth Day, Kwanzaa, and the International Day of Peace, as well as several other holidays. (The For More Fun section includes a list of silly holidays!) The visualized meditation at the end guides children through a sensory journey as they remember their learning and fun. Join us for Holiday Happenings! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Shop the Next Generation Yoga Cyber Weekend Sale!

Now through Monday, enjoy special savings on NGY Teacher Trainings, NGY Lesson Plans, and Yoga & Mindfulness Activity Cards for the Classroom. Teacher Training Special Offer! This Black Friday through Cyber Monday (11/29-12/2), register for any 20- or 25-hour Teacher Training and get the School-Based Educator Online Teacher Training for just $79 (a $100 savings)!* Planning on pursuing your 95-hour Registered Children's Yoga Teacher (RCYT) through Yoga Alliance? Our 20- and 25-hour and School-Based Educators Trainings are qualifying courses! View the Teacher Training Schedule *Offer good on all new 20- or 25-hour Teacher Training registrations between 12:01 am on Friday, 11/26 and 11:59 pm on Monday, 12/2/19. Upon qualifying registration, you will receive a coupon code for $100 off the School-Based Educators Online Training of your choice. Coupon must be redeemed within one year of purchase. All Lesson Plans on Sale for $9.95 each! Use coupon code: CYBERLP This Black Friday through Cyber Monday (11/29-12/2) get any Next Generation Yoga Lesson Plans for just $9.95 (regularly $17.95)!** Use coupon code CYBERLP This Black Friday through Cyber Monday (11/29-12/2), register for any 20- or 25-hour Teacher Training and get the School-Based Educator Online Teacher Training for just $79 (a $100 savings)!* Shop all NGY Lesson Plans *Offer good on all new lesson plan purchases between 12:01am on 11/26/19 and 11:59pm 12/2/19 on all 2-7 and 8-13 year old lesson plans. Coupon code CYBERLP. Save $5 on Yoga & Mindfulness Activity Cards for the Classroom  ~ Makes a Great Holiday Gift! For a limited time, get the NGY Yoga & Mindfulness Activity Cards for the Classroom for just $24.95! Regularly $29.95. No coupon code needed. Do you have a teacher or educator on your holiday shopping list?* If so, Next Generation Yoga has a great gift idea for you! The NGY Yoga and Mindfulness Activity Cards for the Classroom will be a favorite, go-to resource. These easy-to-use, durable cards give so many ideas for mindful play and focused learning. Perfect for incorporating into literacy activities, brain breaks, indoor recess, PE classes, collaborative partner work, and social-emotional learning strategies. For a limited time, this set of 60 5x7 laminated cards chock full of information and instructions to share mindful moments with kids for just $24.95. No coupon code needed. Cards come shrink-wrapped as shown above - perfect for gifting! *Recommended for grades K-6. Click for More Info & to Purchase!

New Teacher Training! Yoga + Mindfulness for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults with Disabilities and Differences

We are Thrilled to Announce a NEW Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training, Coming to Columbus, OH this February! Inclusive. Informed. Uplifting. This is the Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults with Disabilities and Differences Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for Disabilities and Differences offers a variety of tools and strategies to empower you to create meaningful yoga and mindfulness experiences. Experienced trainers share their own passion for this work as they facilitate a fun and inspiring training curriculum. Trainees are given opportunities to interact and observe, to learn about what works for others, and to nurture their original ideas for sharing the wonder of yoga and mindfulness with these groups. No prior experience in either yoga or working with diverse groups is necessary; we will teach you what you need to know! Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for Disabilities and Differences Date: February 21st-23rd, 2020 Host: Bexley Yoga (Columbus, OH) Schedule: Fri-Sat 9:00-5:30, Sun 9:00-5:00 ♥ Discounts for educators, school employees, students, and military ♥ Payment plan available Click for more info & to register! Meet Your Trainer: Sarah Henderson, E-RYT, OYI Sarah is an adaptive and accessible yoga teacher who loves Kids Yoga, too. Sarah’s 20-year career in disability services and early intervention inform her teaching and training for these unique populations. She has been teaching Kids Yoga since 2010. Sarah is trained by Mind Body Solutions as an Opening Yoga Instructor, has completed Yoga for All Training, and is an Accessible Yoga Training graduate and an Accessible Yoga Ambassador. She shares yoga with kids and adults with diverse abilities in Charlotte, NC Interested in attending or hosting this training but have questions? Email us and let's chat! Sarah is an adaptive and accessible yoga teacher who loves Kids Yoga, too. Sarah’s 20-year career in disability services and early intervention inform her teaching and training for these unique populations. She has been teaching Kids Yoga since 2010. Sarah is trained by Mind Body Solutions as an Opening Yoga Instructor, has completed Yoga for All Training, and is an Accessible Yoga Training graduate and an Accessible Yoga Ambassador. She shares yoga with kids and adults with diverse abilities in Charlotte, NC

Teacher Training for 2-12 year olds: March 13th-15th, 2020 (Albany, CA)

March 13th-15th, 2020: The Family Room (Albany, CA) Date: March 13th-15th, 2020 Location: Albany, CA Host: The Family Room Trainer: Candace Martinez Schedule: Friday: 5:00-9:00pm Saturday: 9:00am-6:00pm Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. ♥ Save $100 if you pay in full! Email us with any questions. Pay in Full & SAVE $100! Investment: $495 (a $100 savings!) when you pay in full. Register Now! Payment Plan Info & Registration Payment Plan Info & Registration 4 easy monthly payments of just $148.75 each† Register Now! Standard Payment Plan Details †Payments are split into 4 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. $100 Discount for Educators, Students & Military Educator, School Employee, Full-Time Student & Military Discount Next Generation Yoga is proud to support full-time school employees, full-time students, and active & retired military by offering a $50 discount on this Teacher Training. Please review the terms and conditions below to see if you qualify prior to registration. Email us with any questions! Investment: $495.00 $395.00 Register Now! Please email supporting documentation to ngy@nextgenerationyoga.com prior to the start date of your training. (Certificate of completion will not be issued until supporting documentation has been submitted.) No additional coupons, sales, or discounts may be used in conjunction with this discount, including, but not limited to: Early Bird Discounts & NGY Grad Discounts. Full-Time School Employee Full-Time Status: School employee must be working full time or a minimum of 30 hours per week. Qualifying Schools: School employee must work at one of these types of schools: public, private, charter, preschool, elementary, middle, high school, or homeschool. School Position: School employee may be any of the following: classroom teacher, PE teacher, OT, PT, SLP, school psychologist, administrator or support staff. Required Proof: In order to receive 50% off on select Teacher Trainings, we require proof of full-time school employment including: school identification and a recent paystub (reflecting weekly hours worked) or a letter from your supervisor stating full-time employment. If you operate a homeschool, a document from the Board of Education stating active accreditation. Full-Time Student Full-Time Status: Student must be taking a full-time credit course load or a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Qualifying Schools: student must be attending middle, high school, college or graduate school. Required Proof: In order to receive 50% off on select Teacher Trainings, we require proof of full-time student status including: school identification along with a copy of current courses or a letter from advisor stating full-time student status. Military Eligibility: Military discounts are available in the U.S. to all active duty military personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans and their dependents. Required Proof: In order to receive 50% off on select Teacher Trainings, [...]

NGY Trainer, Sarah Henderson

    Join Sarah for an upcoming training! Sarah Henderson, E-RYT NGY Director of Curriculum & Communication NGY Trainer for: Yoga + Mindfulness for ages 2-12 Advanced Yoga + Mindfulness Yoga + Mindfulness for Tweens + Teens Yoga + Mindfulness for Disabilities + Differences Sarah Henderson personifies the Next Generation Yoga philosophy with her big heart, youthful spirit, and fun, creative nature. She is the Director of Curriculum & Communication for NGY, authors the new NGY Lesson Plans for ages 2-12, and keeps us all up to date on the latest and greatest in the world of kids yoga as our social media guru. She also brings her passion for training others as kids yoga teachers as an NGY Trainer Sarah began her professional life in disabilities services for kids and families, including Early Intervention programs and by pioneering integrative preschool experiences for kids with and without disabilities  In 2010, she made what she thought was a career switch and became a yoga teacher. But soon she found herself in training to become a Kids Yoga teacher, then an adaptive and accessible yoga teacher. Known for her imaginative teaching that bring stories and healthy living principles to life through yoga and mindfulness practices, Sarah is passionate about teaching kids of all ages and abilities to connect with themselves and others through movement and meditation. Before joining NGY, Sarah developed Kids Yoga curriculum, trained hundreds of adults to teach Kids Yoga, and hosted successful Kids Yoga and Creativity summer camps in her hometown of Charlotte, NC. She loves watching possibility unfold in kids’ imaginations and how that shows up on the yoga mat. When she isn’t teaching or practicing yoga, Sarah loves hiking with her husband and three kids, reading, writing creative non-fiction, and playing with her dog Hazel and three cats Punk, Olive, and Sticks. Join Sarah for an upcoming NGY Teacher Training!

Teacher Training for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults with Disabilities and Differences: February 21st-23rd, 2020 (Columbus, OH)

Febarury 21st-23rd, 2020: Bexley Yoga (Columbus, OH) Date: February 21st-23rd, 2020 Location: Columbus, OH Host: Bexley Yoga Trainer: Sarah Henderson Schedule: Friday: 9:00am-6:00pm Saturday: 9:00am-6:00pm Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. ♥ Save $100 if you pay in full! Email us with any questions. Pay in Full & SAVE $100! Investment: Just $595 (a $100 savings!) when you pay in full. Register Now! Payment Plan Info & Registration Payment Plan Info & Registration 4 easy monthly payments of just $173.75 each† Register Now! Standard Payment Plan Details †Payments are split into 4 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. $100 Discount for Educators, Students & Military Full-Time School Employee, Full-Time Student & Military Discount Next Generation Yoga is proud to support full-time school employees, full-time students, and active & retired military by offering a $150 discount on this Teacher Training. Please review the terms and conditions below to see if you qualify prior to registration. Email us with any questions! Investment: $595.00 $445.00 Register Now! Please email supporting documentation to ngy@nextgenerationyoga.com prior to the start date of your training. (Certificate of completion will not be issued until supporting documentation has been submitted.) No additional coupons, sales, or discounts may be used in conjunction with this discount, including, but not limited to: Early Bird Discounts & NGY Grad Discounts. Full-Time School Employee Full-Time Status: School employee must be working full time or a minimum of 30 hours per week. Qualifying Schools: School employee must work at one of these types of schools: public, private, charter, preschool, elementary, middle, high school, or homeschool. School Position: School employee may be any of the following: classroom teacher, PE teacher, OT, PT, SLP, school psychologist, administrator or support staff. Required Proof: In order to receive 50% off on select Teacher Trainings, we require proof of full-time school employment including: school identification and a recent paystub (reflecting weekly hours worked) or a letter from your supervisor stating full-time employment. If you operate a homeschool, a document from the Board of Education stating active accreditation. Full-Time Student Full-Time Status: Student must be taking a full-time credit course load or a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Qualifying Schools: student must be attending middle, high school, college or graduate school. Required Proof: In order to receive 50% off on select Teacher Trainings, we require proof of full-time student status including: school identification along with a copy of current courses or a letter from advisor stating full-time student status. Military Eligibility: Military discounts are available in the U.S. to all active duty military personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans and their dependents. Required Proof: In order to receive 50% off on select Teacher Trainings, we [...]

Three Simple Exercises to Help Calm & Focus Students, by NGY Trainer Amy Nucera

With only a few minutes a day you can seamlessly incorporate yoga & mindfulness exercises into any classroom setting, at any time of the day, when you feel your students need a boost of focus and concentration. Weaving guided visualizations, breathing exercises, and affirmations throughout the day give you and your students powerful tools to learn to self-regulate emotions, combat stress and anxiety, and transition with ease between classes and activities. Below are three simple exercises you can use with students in your classroom. Interested in learning more or have ideas you'd like to share? Comment below or email me. Heart Breath Visualization Make a heart with your hands. Look through your heart and gaze around the room, seeing everything in a glow of love and compassion. Bring your hands to your heart. Inhale love you feel in the room. Exhale the love you have into the room. Ask children to close their eyes and visualize their collective good vibes filling the room. Repeat three times, or for as long as benefits you and your students. Benefits: Calms the nervous system. Practices breath/body connection. Promotes empathy and positive social development. For more fun: Ask children to describe or draw what they saw in their mind's eye when doing the visualization. Finger Tap Affirmations Begin with your thumb and forefingers touching. Close your eyes or lower your gaze. Repeat aloud while tapping a new finger with each syllable. For example: “I. Am. Focused.” or "I. Am. Awesome." Start your affirmation in a loud, firm voice, gradually becoming softer and quieter until you are repeating it silently in your head. Repeat for 2-3 minutes or for however long best serves you and your students. Benefits: Promotes focus and concentration. Fosters positive self-image and confidence. Alternate Nostril Breathing Close your eyes and breathe deeply in and out through your nose. Now use your thumb or index finger to press on and close your right nostril and inhale slowly and deeply through the left nostril. Hold that breath in for a brief pause, then change your pressure to the left nostril and exhale through the right side. With your next breath, inhale through the right nostril, pause and exhale through the left. Repeat that alternating cycle five to 10 times. Benefits: Balances the right and left sides of the brain and body and can be used to calm and bring a sense of clarity to an overstimulated mind. Want to Learn More About Sharing Yoga & Mindfulness in Schools? The Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for School-Based Educators - Online gives you all the tools you need to incorporate Yoga & Mindfulness into the classroom (no prior experience with Yoga required). We have online classes starting soon to fit any schedule – check our training schedule or email us for more info! Amy Nucera Next Generation Yoga Teacher for 2-13 yr. olds Next Generation Yoga Trainer for School-Based Educators Ambler, PA Amy began her career in early childhood education where she specialized in imaginative play and creative movement. Years later she was [...]

Teacher Training for 8-13 year olds: January 24th-26th, 2020 (Columbus, OH)

January 24th-26th, 2020: Bexley Yoga (Columbus, OH) Date: January 24th-26th, 2020 Location: Columbus, OH Host: Bexley Yoga Trainer: Sarah Henderson Schedule: Friday: 5:00-9:00pm Saturday: 9:00am-6:00pm Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. ♥ Save $100 if you pay in full! Email us with any questions. Pay in Full & SAVE $100! Just $495 (a $100 savings!) when you pay in full. Register Now! Payment Plan Info & Registration Payment Plan Info & Registration 4 easy monthly payments of just $148.75 each† Register Now! Standard Payment Plan Details †Payments are split into 4 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. Discount for Educators, Students & Military Full-Time School Employee, Full-Time Student & Military Discount Next Generation Yoga is proud to support full-time school employees, full-time students, and active & retired military by offering a $100 discount on this Teacher Training. Please review the terms and conditions below to see if you qualify prior to registration. Email us with any questions! Investment: $495.00 $395.00 Register Now! Please email supporting documentation to ngy@nextgenerationyoga.com prior to the start date of your training. (Certificate of completion will not be issued until supporting documentation has been submitted.) No additional coupons, sales, or discounts may be used in conjunction with this discount, including, but not limited to: Early Bird Discounts & NGY Grad Discounts. Next Generation Yoga is proud to support teachers, school support staff, full-time students, and military families with discounts on select Teacher Trainings (not to be combined with any other discounts.)* School Employee Qualifying Schools: School employee must work at one of these types of schools: public, private, charter, preschool, elementary, middle, high school, or homeschool. School Position: School employee may be any of the following: classroom teacher, PE teacher, OT, PT, SLP, school psychologist, administrator or support staff. Required Proof: In order to receive the discount select Teacher Trainings, we require proof of employment. A school identification card, recent pay stub, letter from a supervisor or link to a staf bio page on your school website. If you operate a homeschool, a document from the Board of Education stating active accreditation. Full-Time Student Full-Time Status: Student must be taking a full-time credit course load or a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Qualifying Schools: student must be attending middle, high school, college or graduate school. Required Proof: In order to receive the discount on select Teacher Trainings, we require proof of full-time student status including: school identification along with a copy of current courses or a letter from advisor stating full-time student status. Military Eligibility: Military discounts are available in the U.S. to all active duty military personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans and their [...]

Why Amy Loves Kate Fagan by Amy Lee, NGY Owner/CEO

A few months ago, I learned about the Be Well Bexley initiative in my community, led by our school district superintendent Dr. Kim Miller. I reached out to see how Bexley Yoga and Next Generation Yoga could support the effort. Kim casts a vision about the importance of shedding light on the stresses and anxiety that kids face today. Finding ways to help with these issues aligns with my passion for yoga and mindfulness for kids and teens. I know yoga doesn’t fix everything. And if you are a person new to yoga or don’t know about some of the philosophy of yoga, you may think that yoga couldn’t possibly help today’s youth with the challenges they face. I believe it can. I spend hours every week planning meaningful classes for middle school aged teens, and I know that it makes a difference in their lives. My career is dedicated to making yoga available and accessible to everyone, all ages, all levels, everyone. It’s a powerful tool that supports overall well-being. Something happens on the mat in Downward Facing Dog, Tree Pose, Warrior 1, 2 & 3, Half Moon, and Crow. Do you know what it takes to achieve those movements with purpose? It takes similar things that it takes to tackle an Algebra test or public speaking or an interview…focus, self-awareness, concentration, calm, mindful breathing, courage, belief in yourself. It isn’t simply about “doing a pose”. The principles learned in yoga are principles that apply to life. There are many ways these principles can be learned, and yoga is one way that kids and teens can learn them in a safe, supportive, fun, non-competitive, non-judgmental environment. All of this brings me to ESPN personality Kate Fagan and her book What Made Maddy Run. As a beginning step for Be Well Bexley, Kim encouraged a community read of the book. It was not an easy read. It’s sad. It’s tragic. And it’s conflicting because I love certain aspects of technology and social media, yet I now understand how deeply the Instagram age can affect young people. I am 48 years old. It didn’t occur to me how young people are affected…in this story, a young college athlete. As a woman, as a mother, as a person who has dealt with years of self-doubt, the book had quite an effect on me. I could relate to Maddy's pain, anxiety, and trouble identifying what was wrong. Kate wrote about Maddy’s childhood and what could have brought her to those final moments. She exposes how modern-day communication mediums can distort one’s view on life. And how the pressures to succeed and be perfect are completely unrealistic. As a college athlete herself, Kate wrote about how she could relate to the pressures and self-doubt that went along with grueling practices and high expectations. And how quitting wasn’t an option. I read the book to support the efforts of my community and to better relate to the youth I teach. In the process, I felt [...]

School-Based Educators Teacher Training: August 3rd-6th, 2020 (Online)

August 3rd-6th, 2020: Online Dates: August 3rd-6th, 2020 Location: The comfort of home Trainer: Amy Nucera Schedule: Monday 8/3, Tuesday 8/4, Wednesday 8/5 & Thursday 8/6 7:00-9:00pm EST (4:00-6:00pm PST) ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. ♥ Pay in full and SAVE $50! Email us with any questions. Pay in Full & SAVE $50! Just $179 (a $50 savings!) when you pay in full. Investment: $179.00 Register Now! Payment Plan Info & Registration Payment Plan Info & Registration 2 easy monthly payments of just $114.40 each† Register Now! Standard Payment Plan Details †Payments are split into 2 equal monthly payments including tuition, non-refundable registration & supplies fees and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payments will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. Timely. Insightful. Connected. This is the Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for School-Based Educators. There is a lot expected of the modern classroom. Kids need to learn not only reading, writing, and arithmetic, but also how to manage their emotions and communicate well with others. Children benefit from keeping connected with their bodies and their feelings–learning to cope with feelings associated with stress and anxiety. Yoga and mindfulness practices can help. Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for School-Based Educators (SBE) provides classroom-specific strategies to bring kids yoga and mindfulness experiences to educational settings. Experienced trainers share their passion for this work as they facilitate a creative and insightful training curriculum. Trainees are given opportunities to interact with and learn from others in the field and to collaborate on innovative ways to offer classroom versions of yoga and mindfulness for students grades K-6. As a trainee of this course you’ll receive: 8 hours of training led by a qualified School-Based Educator who is enthusiastic about this work. A comprehensive kids yoga and mindfulness manual with resources for classroom success and business development. This manual includes two Next Generation Yoga® lesson plans and pose directives for over 100 yoga poses. A digital set of colorful Next Generation Yoga® Yoga Cards for School-Based Educators, featuring 60 yoga & mindfulness activities in 6 categories, detailed instructions and photos. An understanding of the benefits of yoga, mindfulness, and social-emotional learning within school settings.  Instruction on how to plan and offer effective yoga and mindfulness moments, breaks, or activities, including ideas for blending yoga and mindfulness with art, music, books, and props. Suggestions on how to support established curriculums such as literacy, math, and social studies with yoga and mindfulness activities.  How to use these techniques as part of overall classroom management strategy, including ways to help increase students’ focus, self-discipline, confidence, empathy, and cooperation and to reduce anxiety and stress.  Access to videos of kids yoga classes led by master [...]

School-Based Educators Teacher Training: June 13th-14th, 2020 (Online)

Saturday 6/13 & Sunday 6/14: Online Dates: June 13th-14th, 2020 Location: The comfort of home Trainer: Amy Nucera Schedule: Saturday 6/13 & Sunday 6/14 11:00am-3:00pm EST (8:00am-12:00pm PST) ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. ♥ Pay in full and SAVE $50! Email us with any questions. Pay in Full & SAVE $50! Just $179 (a $50 savings!) when you pay in full. Investment: $179.00 Register Now! Payment Plan Info & Registration Payment Plan Info & Registration 2 easy monthly payments of just $114.50 each. Register Now! Standard Payment Plan Details †Payments are split into 2 equal monthly payments including tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. Timely. Insightful. Connected. THIS is the Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for School-Based Educators. There is a lot expected of the modern classroom. Kids need to learn not only reading, writing, and arithmetic, but also how to manage their emotions and communicate well with others. Children benefit from keeping connected with their bodies and their feelings–learning to cope with feelings associated with stress and anxiety. Yoga and mindfulness practices can help. Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for School-Based Educators (SBE) provides classroom-specific strategies to bring kids yoga and mindfulness experiences to educational settings. Experienced trainers share their passion for this work as they facilitate a creative and insightful training curriculum. Trainees are given opportunities to interact with and learn from others in the field and to collaborate on innovative ways to offer classroom versions of yoga and mindfulness for students grades K-6. As a trainee of this course you’ll receive: 8 hours of training led by a qualified School-Based Educator who is enthusiastic about this work. A comprehensive kids yoga and mindfulness manual with resources for classroom success and business development. This manual includes two Next Generation Yoga® lesson plans and pose directives for over 100 yoga poses. A digital set of colorful Next Generation Yoga® Yoga Cards for School-Based Educators, featuring 60 yoga & mindfulness activities in 6 categories, detailed instructions and photos. An understanding of the benefits of yoga, mindfulness, and social-emotional learning within school settings.  Instruction on how to plan and offer effective yoga and mindfulness moments, breaks, or activities, including ideas for blending yoga and mindfulness with art, music, books, and props. Suggestions on how to support established curriculums such as literacy, math, and social studies with yoga and mindfulness activities.  How to use these techniques as part of overall classroom management strategy, including ways to help increase students’ focus, self-discipline, confidence, empathy, and cooperation and to reduce anxiety and stress.  Access to videos of kids yoga classes led by master teachers so students get to [...]

EVOLvED™ 8-hour Online Training for Educators & Yoga Professionals: April 7-15, 2020 (4 Sessions)

Dates: April 7-15, 2020 (4 sessions) Location: The comfort of home Trainer: Amy Nucera Schedule: Tuesday April 7: 7-9pm EDT | 5-7pm EDT Wednesday April 8: 7-9pm EDT | 5-7pm EDT Tuesday April 14: 7-9pm EDT | 5-7pm EDT Wednesday April 15: 7-9pm EDT | 5-7pm EDT Investment: $179.00 ♥ Payment plan available (service fees apply) ♥ Pick your perfect payment option below. Please email us with any questions. Pay in Full Pay in Full Investment: $179.00 Register Now! Payment Plan Info & Registration Payment Plan Info & Registration 2 easy monthly payments of jus $114.50† Register Now! Standard Payment Plan Details †Payments are split into 2 equal monthly payments and include tuition and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payment(s) will be automatically charged to the card on file. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. Timely. Insightful. Connected. THIS is the EVOLvED™ Heart-Centered, Mindful Teacher Training for Educators and Yoga Professionals. There is a lot expected of the modern classroom. Kids need to learn not only reading, writing, and arithmetic, but also how to manage their emotions and communicate well with others. Children benefit from keeping connected with their bodies and their feelings–learning to cope with feelings associated with stress and anxiety. Yoga and mindfulness practices can help. This 8-hour certification training provides classroom-specific strategies to bring kids yoga and mindfulness experiences to educational settings. Experienced trainers share their passion for this work as they facilitate a creative and insightful training curriculum. Trainees are given opportunities to interact with and learn from others in the field and to collaborate on innovative ways to offer classroom versions of yoga and mindfulness for students grades K-6. As a trainee of this course you’ll receive: 8-hours of training led by a qualified trainer who is enthusiastic about this work. A comprehensive kids yoga and mindfulness manual with resources for classroom success and business development. This manual includes two Next Generation Yoga® lesson plans and pose directives for over 100 yoga poses. A digital set of colorful Yoga + Mindfulness Cards for the Classroom, featuring 60 yoga & mindfulness activities in 6 categories, detailed instructions and photos. An understanding of the benefits of yoga, mindfulness, and social-emotional learning within  school settings.  Instruction on how to plan and offer effective yoga and mindfulness moments, breaks, or activities, including ideas for blending yoga and mindfulness with art, music, books, and props. Suggestions on how to support established curriculums such as literacy, math, and social studies with yoga and mindfulness activities.  How to use these techniques as part of overall classroom management strategy, including ways to help increase students’ focus, self-discipline, confidence, empathy, and cooperation and to reduce anxiety and stress.  Access to videos of kids yoga classes led by master teachers [...]

Teacher Training for 2-7 year olds: November 15th-17th, 2019 (Palmyra, PA)

November 15th-17th, 2019: The Healing Habitat (Palmyra, PA) Date: November 15th-17th, 2019 Location: Palmyra, PA Host: The Healing Habitat Trainer: Cindy Lesher Schedule: Friday & Saturday: 9:30am-6:00pm Sunday: 9:30am-5:30pm ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. ♥ Register by 10/15 for $100 early bird savings!* Email us with any questions! Pay in Full by 10/15 & SAVE $200! Pay in Full by 10/15 and SAVE $200!* Just $595 (a $100 savings!) when you pay in full, PLUS register by 10/15 for an additional $100 early bird discount* Investment: $595.00 $495.00* (plus $85 non-refundable registration/supplies fee) Register Now! *Registration and payment must be complete by 11:59pm PST on 10/15/19 to receive $100 early bird discount. Payment Plan Info & Registration Payment Plan Info & Registration Register by 10/15 and for $100 early bird savings!* 4 easy monthly payments of $195 $170 each*† Register Now! *Registration and payment must be complete by 11:59pm PST on 10/15/19 to receive $100 early bird discount. Standard Payment Plan Details †Payments are split into 4 equal monthly payments including tuition, registration/supplies fees and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payments will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. 50% Discount for Educators, Students & Military 50% Full-Time School Employee, Full-Time Student & Military Discounts Next Generation Yoga is proud to support full-time school employees, full-time students, and military with 50% off select Teacher Trainings. Please review the terms and conditions below to see if you qualify prior to registration. Email us with any questions! Investment: $595.00 $297.50 (plus $85 non-refundable reg/supplies fee) Register Now! Please email supporting documentation to ngy@nextgenerationyoga.com prior to the start date of your training. (Certificate of completion will not be issued until supporting documentation has been submitted.) No additional coupons, sales, or discounts may be used in conjunction with this discount, including, but not limited to: Early Bird Discounts & NGY Grad Discounts. Full-Time School Employee Full-Time Status: School employee must be working full time or a minimum of 30 hours per week. Qualifying Schools: School employee must work at one of these types of schools: public, private, charter, preschool, elementary, middle, high school, or homeschool. School Position: School employee may be any of the following: classroom teacher, PE teacher, OT, PT, SLP, school psychologist, administrator or support staff. Required Proof: In order to receive 50% off on select Teacher Trainings, we require proof of full-time school employment including: school identification and a recent paystub (reflecting weekly hours worked) or a letter from your supervisor stating full-time employment. If you operate a homeschool, a document from the Board of Education stating active accreditation. Full-Time Student Full-Time Status: Student must be taking a full-time credit course load or a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Qualifying Schools: student must [...]

Teacher Training for 8-13 year olds: January 24th-26th, 2020 (Columbus, OH)

January 24th-26th, 2020: Bexley Yoga (Columbus, OH) Date: January 24th-26th, 2020 Location: Columbus, OH Host: Bexley Yoga Trainer: Lexi Anderson Schedule: Friday: 5:00-9:00pm Saturday: 9:00am-5:30pm Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. ♥ Register by 12/24 for $100 early bird savings!* Email us with any questions! Pay in Full by 12/24 & SAVE $200!* Pay in Full and SAVE $200!* Just $595 (a $100 savings!) when you pay in full, PLUS register by 12/24 for an additional $100 early bird discount* Investment:$595.00 $495* (plus $85 non-refundable registration/supplies fee) Register Now! *Registration and payment must be complete by 11:59pm PST on 12/24 to receive $100 early bird discount. Payment Plan Info & Registration Payment Plan Info & Registration 4 easy monthly payments of just $195 $170 each† Register Now! *Registration and payment must be complete by 11:59pm PST on 12/24 to receive $100 early bird discount. Standard Payment Plan Details †Payments are split into 4 equal monthly payments including tuition, registration/supplies fees and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payments will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. 50% Discount for Educators, Students & Military 50% Full-Time School Employee, Full-Time Student & Military Discounts Next Generation Yoga is proud to support full-time school employees, full-time students, and military with 50% off select Teacher Trainings. Please review the terms and conditions below to see if you qualify prior to registration. Email us with any questions! Investment: $595.00 $297.50 (plus $85 non-refundable reg/supplies fee) Register Now! Please email supporting documentation to ngy@nextgenerationyoga.com prior to the start date of your training. (Certificate of completion will not be issued until supporting documentation has been submitted.) No additional coupons, sales, or discounts may be used in conjunction with this discount, including, but not limited to: Early Bird Discounts & NGY Grad Discounts. Full-Time School Employee Full-Time Status: School employee must be working full time or a minimum of 30 hours per week. Qualifying Schools: School employee must work at one of these types of schools: public, private, charter, preschool, elementary, middle, high school, or homeschool. School Position: School employee may be any of the following: classroom teacher, PE teacher, OT, PT, SLP, school psychologist, administrator or support staff. Required Proof: In order to receive 50% off on select Teacher Trainings, we require proof of full-time school employment including: school identification and a recent paystub (reflecting weekly hours worked) or a letter from your supervisor stating full-time employment. If you operate a homeschool, a document from the Board of Education stating active accreditation. Full-Time Student Full-Time Status: Student must be taking a full-time credit course load or a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Qualifying Schools: student must be attending middle, high school, college or graduate school. Required [...]

Advanced Teacher Training: June 26th-28th, 2020 (Columbus, OH)

June 26th-28th, 2020: Bexley Yoga (Columbus, OH) Date: June 26th-28th, 2020 Location: Bexley, OH Host: Bexley Yoga & Wellness Trainer: Lexi Anderson Schedule: Friday & Saturday: 9:00am-5:30pm Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. ♥ Register by 5/26 for $100 early bird savings!* Email us with any questions! Pay in Full by 5/26 & SAVE $200!* Pay in Full and SAVE $200!* Just $695 (a $100 savings!) when you pay in full, PLUS register by 5/26 for an additional $100 early bird discount* Investment:$695.00 $595* (plus $85 non-refundable registration/supplies fee) Register Now! *Registration and payment must be complete by 11:59pm PST on 5/26 to receive $100 early bird discount. Payment Plan Info & Registration Payment Plan Info & Registration 4 easy monthly payments of just $220 $195 each† Register Now! *Registration and payment must be complete by 11:59pm PST on 5/26 to receive $100 early bird discount. Standard Payment Plan Details †Payments are split into 4 equal monthly payments including tuition, registration/supplies fees and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payments will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. 50% Discount for Educators, Students & Military 50% Full-Time School Employee, Full-Time Student & Military Discounts Next Generation Yoga is proud to support full-time school employees, full-time students, and military with 50% off select Teacher Trainings. Please review the terms and conditions below to see if you qualify prior to registration. Email us with any questions! Investment: $595.00 $297.50 (plus $85 non-refundable reg/supplies fee) Register Now! Please email supporting documentation to ngy@nextgenerationyoga.com prior to the start date of your training. (Certificate of completion will not be issued until supporting documentation has been submitted.) No additional coupons, sales, or discounts may be used in conjunction with this discount, including, but not limited to: Early Bird Discounts & NGY Grad Discounts. Full-Time School Employee Full-Time Status: School employee must be working full time or a minimum of 30 hours per week. Qualifying Schools: School employee must work at one of these types of schools: public, private, charter, preschool, elementary, middle, high school, or homeschool. School Position: School employee may be any of the following: classroom teacher, PE teacher, OT, PT, SLP, school psychologist, administrator or support staff. Required Proof: In order to receive 50% off on select Teacher Trainings, we require proof of full-time school employment including: school identification and a recent paystub (reflecting weekly hours worked) or a letter from your supervisor stating full-time employment. If you operate a homeschool, a document from the Board of Education stating active accreditation. Full-Time Student Full-Time Status: Student must be taking a full-time credit course load or a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Qualifying Schools: student must be attending middle, high school, college or graduate school. Required Proof: In order [...]

School-Based Educators Teacher Training: January 25th-26th, 2020 (Online)

Saturday & Sunday - January 25th-January 26th, 2020: Online Dates: January 25th-26th, 2020 Location: The comfort of home Trainer: Amy Nucera Schedule: Saturday 1/25 & Sunday 1/26 12:00-4:00pm EST (9:00am-1:00pm PST) ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. ♥ Pay in full and SAVE $50! Email us with any questions. Pay in Full by & SAVE $50! Just $179 (a $50 savings!) when you pay in full. Investment: $179.00 Register Now! Payment Plan Info & Registration Payment Plan Info & Registration 2 easy monthly payments of just $114.50 each† Register Now! Standard Payment Plan Details †Payments are split into 2 equal monthly payments including tuition, registration/supplies fees and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payments will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. Timely. Insightful. Connected. THIS is the Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for School-Based Educators. There is a lot expected of the modern classroom. Kids need to learn not only reading, writing, and arithmetic, but also how to manage their emotions and communicate well with others. Children benefit from keeping connected with their bodies and their feelings–learning to cope with feelings associated with stress and anxiety. Yoga and mindfulness practices can help. Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for School-Based Educators (SBE) provides classroom-specific strategies to bring kids yoga and mindfulness experiences to educational settings. Experienced trainers share their passion for this work as they facilitate a creative and insightful training curriculum. Trainees are given opportunities to interact with and learn from others in the field and to collaborate on innovative ways to offer classroom versions of yoga and mindfulness for students grades K-6. As a trainee of this course you’ll receive: 8 hours of training led by a qualified School-Based Educator who is enthusiastic about this work. A comprehensive kids yoga and mindfulness manual with resources for classroom success and business development. This manual includes two Next Generation Yoga® lesson plans and pose directives for over 100 yoga poses. A digital set of colorful Next Generation Yoga® Yoga Cards for School-Based Educators, featuring 60 yoga & mindfulness activities in 6 categories, detailed instructions and photos. An understanding of the benefits of yoga, mindfulness, and social-emotional learning within  school settings. Instruction on how to plan and offer effective yoga and mindfulness moments, breaks, or activities, including ideas for blending yoga and mindfulness with art, music, books, and props. Suggestions on how to support established curriculums such as literacy, math, and social studies with yoga and mindfulness activities. How to use these techniques as part of overall classroom management strategy, including ways to help increase students’ focus, self-discipline, confidence, empathy, and cooperation and to reduce anxiety and stress. Access to videos of kids yoga classes led by master [...]

Why Kids Love Stories by Sarah Henderson, NGY Storyteller

“The world is not made of atoms, it is made of stories.” -Muriel Ruykeser, American poet Humanity has a deep connection to story. Stories exist throughout history, from before written language, in sacred text and in literature. Stories are a valued part of cultures around the world and throughout the lifespan. Kids love stories, and for good reason. Stories inspire us, spark our imaginations, and teach us about our cultures and human connections. Stories can help us to work out our fears and ignite our dreams. Stories can also be practical vehicles for information. They can explain what things are, how things work, and what to do in certain circumstances (i.e. DO NOT open the door if a big bad wolf comes knocking!). “In my life, the stories I have heard from my family, my friends, my community, and from willing strangers all over the world have been the true source of my education,” says storyteller Nancy Mellon. Stories aren’t just an innocent past time. They are a powerful medium for learning! What makes for an engaging story? There aren’t universal answers for this, but one possibility seems to be that a good story allows the listener or the reader to become a part of it in some way. For example, we get to be in the great green room of Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon. We can accompany Gerald and Piggie as they navigate the complexities of friendship in the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems. And by traveling to the magical land of Narnia with the Pevensie children, we experience fantastical adventures in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Great stories invite us in. Another favorite author, Margaret Wise Brown Adding yoga and mindfulness is a great way of bringing a favorite story alive. This can be done by pairing traditional poses with the story (i.e. Pigeon pose during Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus or Downward Facing Dog during Clifford the Big Red Dog), but also by using imagination with yoga poses. Could Goddess and Chair poses become the wild things in Where the Wild Things Are by Marie Sendak? How about a Squat/Malasana pose becoming a duck in Make Way For Ducklings? One of my favorite books to add yoga and mindfulness to is Karma Wilson’s Bear Snores On. This book has several animal characters, some that have corresponding yoga poses (hare = rabbit), others that have common yoga equivalents (mouse = child’s), and more that can be approximated with poses or creative movements (raven = Sun breath). Including yoga and mindfulness in storytime is an easy way to enrich kids’ literary experiences and to provide opportunities for whole-child learning. Adding these strategies allows storytime to become an experience of embodied learning and helps kids connect emotions, mind, and body. Next time you are planning for your classroom or child’s storytime, take a bit of time to read through the book and imagine the yoga possibilities. What are corresponding elements that show up [...]

Teacher Training for 8-13 year olds: January 24th-26th, 2020 (Columbus, OH)

January 24th-26th, 2020: Bexley Yoga (Columbus, OH) Date: January 24th-26th, 2020 Location: Columbus, OH Host: Bexley Yoga Trainer: Sarah Henderson Schedule: Friday: 5:00-9:00pm Saturday: 9:00am-6:00pm Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. ♥ Register by 12/24 for $100 early bird savings!* Email us with any questions! Pay in Full by 12/24 & SAVE $200!* Pay in Full and SAVE $200!* Just $595 (a $100 savings!) when you pay in full, PLUS register by 12/24 for an additional $100 early bird discount* Investment:$595.00 $495* (plus $85 non-refundable registration/supplies fee) Register Now! *Registration and payment must be complete by 11:59pm PST on 12/24 to receive $100 early bird discount. Payment Plan Info & Registration Payment Plan Info & Registration 4 easy monthly payments of just $170 $145 each† Register Now! *Registration and payment must be complete by 11:59pm PST on 12/24 to receive $100 early bird discount. Standard Payment Plan Details †Payments are split into 4 equal monthly payments including tuition, registration/supplies fees and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payments will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. 50% Discount for Educators, Students & Military 50% Full-Time School Employee, Full-Time Student & Military Discounts Next Generation Yoga is proud to support full-time school employees, full-time students, and military with 50% off select Teacher Trainings. Please review the terms and conditions below to see if you qualify prior to registration. Email us with any questions! Investment: $595.00 $297.50 (plus $85 non-refundable reg/supplies fee) Register Now! Please email supporting documentation to ngy@nextgenerationyoga.com prior to the start date of your training. (Certificate of completion will not be issued until supporting documentation has been submitted.) No additional coupons, sales, or discounts may be used in conjunction with this discount, including, but not limited to: Early Bird Discounts & NGY Grad Discounts. Full-Time School Employee Full-Time Status: School employee must be working full time or a minimum of 30 hours per week. Qualifying Schools: School employee must work at one of these types of schools: public, private, charter, preschool, elementary, middle, high school, or homeschool. School Position: School employee may be any of the following: classroom teacher, PE teacher, OT, PT, SLP, school psychologist, administrator or support staff. Required Proof: In order to receive 50% off on select Teacher Trainings, we require proof of full-time school employment including: school identification and a recent paystub (reflecting weekly hours worked) or a letter from your supervisor stating full-time employment. If you operate a homeschool, a document from the Board of Education stating active accreditation. Full-Time Student Full-Time Status: Student must be taking a full-time credit course load or a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Qualifying Schools: student must be attending middle, high school, college or graduate school. Required [...]

Teacher Training for 2-7 year olds: February 7th-9th, 2020 (Rochester, MI)

February 7th-9th, 2020: UpDog Yoga (Rochester, MI) Dates: February 7th-9th, 2020 Location: Rochester, MI Host: UpDog Yoga Trainer: Sarah Henderson Schedule: Friday & Saturday: 9:00am-5:30pm Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm ♥ Select your perfect payment option below. ♥ Register by 1/7 for $100 early bird savings!* Email us with any questions! Pay in Full & SAVE $200! Pay in Full and SAVE $200! Just $595 (a $100 savings!) when you pay in full, PLUS register by 1/7 for an additional $100 early bird discount* Investment: $595.00 $495.00* (plus $85 non-refundable registration/supplies fee) Register Now! *Registration and payment must be complete by 11:59pm PST on 1/7/20 to receive $100 early bird discount. Payment Plan Info & Registration Payment Plan Info & Registration Register by 1/7 and for $100 early bird savings!* 4 easy monthly payments of $195 $170each*† Register Now! *Registration and payment must be complete by 11:59pm PST on 1/7/20 to receive $100 early bird discount. Standard Payment Plan Details †Payments are split into 4 equal monthly payments including tuition, registration/supplies fees and applicable payment plan service charges. After initial payment, subsequent payments will be automatically charged to the card on file each month. There is a $35 fee for late, missed, or declined payments not resolved within 24 hours. Certificate of completion will be issued after payment has been made in full. Customized payment plans may be available upon request – please email us for more information. View our full terms & conditions here. 50% Discount for Educators, Students & Military 50% Full-Time School Employee, Full-Time Student & Military Discounts Next Generation Yoga is proud to support full-time school employees, full-time students, and military with 50% off select Teacher Trainings. Please review the terms and conditions below to see if you qualify prior to registration. Email us with any questions! Investment: $595.00 $297.50 (plus $85 non-refundable reg/supplies fee) Register Now! Please email supporting documentation to ngy@nextgenerationyoga.com prior to the start date of your training. (Certificate of completion will not be issued until supporting documentation has been submitted.) No additional coupons, sales, or discounts may be used in conjunction with this discount, including, but not limited to: Early Bird Discounts & NGY Grad Discounts. Full-Time School Employee Full-Time Status: School employee must be working full time or a minimum of 30 hours per week. Qualifying Schools: School employee must work at one of these types of schools: public, private, charter, preschool, elementary, middle, high school, or homeschool. School Position: School employee may be any of the following: classroom teacher, PE teacher, OT, PT, SLP, school psychologist, administrator or support staff. Required Proof: In order to receive 50% off on select Teacher Trainings, we require proof of full-time school employment including: school identification and a recent paystub (reflecting weekly hours worked) or a letter from your supervisor stating full-time employment. If you operate a homeschool, a document from the Board of Education stating active accreditation. Full-Time Student Full-Time Status: Student must be taking a full-time credit course load or a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Qualifying Schools: student must be attending middle, high school, college [...]

Practice Your Pratice by NGY Owner/CEO & Teacher, Amy Lee

When I started teaching Kids Yoga a few years ago, my personal practice was consistent and evolving as far as asana. My life was also in a turbulent phase after some unexpected changes in my business, which for me meant other limbs of yoga, such as meditation, the Yamas, and mindful breathing, were not in my daily practice. When I think back to the kids classes I taught then compared to now, I see that my personal state of being was reflected in my teaching. My classes followed a lesson plan “recipe”, yet I spent more time on the theme, creative movement, games, and asana than I did on teaching mindfulness and breathwork. I recall spending hours trying to create the perfect class and ensuring that each part fit in logically with the others. Being in the stressful state of mind that I was at that time, I was missing opportunities to be mindful and accepting in my own practice, which translated into me focusing less on it with my young students. Around that time, I started working with an “embodied business” coach who incorporated breathwork and reiki into her sessions. Lying on her reiki table with my eyes closed while being coached about how to grow my small business was a new, and very cool, experience. It was also unusual. Yet, I realized that when my mind and body were calm and present, and the reiki energy was focused where I needed it most, the swirling tornado of thoughts in my head would arrange themselves into articulate sentences and manifest into logical, focused conversations and writing. It felt like I was observing the conversation rather than actually having it myself. As I write this, I realize it sounds a little “woowoo”. But I’m not woowoo. I actually lean towards type A (I’m an A minus J). I am typically left-brain focused. Yet I am open-minded. And when I felt overwhelmed in my roles as a business owner and busy mom so much that I sought help, I was completely willing to let my coach work her magic. Clearly what I was doing wasn’t working. I didn’t have anything to lose and had everything to gain. And I did gain. I took in so much from her coaching – simple, foundational concepts, such as “it’s none of your business what other people think of you”, or “you will have your tribe, you can’t force it”, or “it’s not about you” that gave me the ability to see the forest through the trees (cliché – sorry). Clearing these pathways allowed the best of my type A-ness to go to work on my business. It also allowed the other limbs of yoga to flourish in my mind and body. The self-doubt and fear of failure and resistance to vulnerability and anxiety became manageable, and oddly, beneficial at times. At first, I felt fatigued by these constant reminders, but it didn’t take long until I started to feel different. The concepts we discussed […]

Yoga Teachers Don’t Get Sick Days by NGY Teacher & Trainer, Amy Nucera

Early in 2019 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. If you’re thinking “whoa, that’s a heavy opener for a Kids Yoga blog”, stay with me – I promise (or at least I hope) that this won’t be a total downer post. Among other things, this experience has taught me valuable lessons about how to handle and prepare for times when I can’t teach. In hindsight I know I should have had plans firmly in place BEFORE this happened so I’m here to share a few tips. Oh hey, there’s me, shortly before my diagnosis. With hair! For Kids Yoga Teachers, and independent contractors in general, it’s a little more complicated than calling out sick (and by “a little more” I really mean “a whole heck of a lot more”). We don’t have Brenda in the next cubicle to cover for us, we don’t get sick days, and we don’t get paid if we don’t teach. So, what do you do as an independent contractor and you’re sick, injured or otherwise can’t work/teach? You may not be able to control all of the “life happens” reasons you may feel less than 100% or have to miss a class, but there are things you can do in advance to help prepare for some of these eventualities. I had a doctor’s appointment one Friday afternoon, from which I was leaving to go straight to teach a class of 12 exuberant 3-5 yr. olds at a local preschool. What should have been a routine appointment took a sharp turn after my doctor expressed concern and ordered diagnostic testing like yesterday. Yikes, right? Leaving that appointment, I was mentally rattled, but physically able to teach the lesson plan I’d prepared. So teach I did! When You Don’t Feel 100% Fast forward to the following week. I knew I would be having biopsies that would leave me feeling sore the day of class and I was able to plan accordingly. I regularly tell my students to listen to their bodies and not force any pose or position that doesn’t feel right or serve them and now it was time for me to heed my own advice! Pre-class setup. We place our mats in a circle so we can all share equally in the experience. This week I chose one of the more subdued lesson plans, Breathe if You Please, and modified any sections or poses that I knew I would need to avoid. (PS – Yoga Nidra, Sleepytime Yoga and Restorative Yoga are also great choices for lower-energy classes.) I wasn’t able to put pressure on my arms/shoulders or lay on my stomach. No Downward Dog? No Plank? No Cobra? These are staples in my Kids Yoga classes (and my personal practice for that matter). At first, I couldn’t imagine working around them, but once I got past that mental block I was able to dig deeper and get more creative. I focused on standing, balancing and supine floor poses which allowed me to do the […]

New Friendships & Open Hearts with Partner Poses by NGY Teacher, Genie Morrow

It’s so fun to bring Yoga into schools and summer camps. There is a diversity of students, and in the summer season, there are children visiting from all over the world. Kids Yoga is such a great outlet for all of the youth in our society to develop strength, courage, and confidence in this fast-paced world. I have found that combining fun music with partner poses fosters new friendships and bridges the gap.  Often times the students may want to cling to a friend or create a clique.  When we do partner poses, it is such a great opportunity for them to expand their hearts by working together with someone new. Sometimes there is resistance because a child may not want to work with a child they aren’t friends with or who they don’t know. One of my greatest teaching experiences with this was when I was working at a summer camp in a resort town. There were local children combined with some who were just there visiting for the summer. The local children seemed to stay with each other.  There were many students who were visiting from across the country and across the world. Some seemed shy and maybe sat by themselves. I would try to break the ice and ask each child to say where they were from and share something they like to do. This sharing process really helps integrate each child to feel more a part of the group! I explained to the children (who ranged in ages 5 to 7 years) that we would be working in teams to make up partner poses with a theme. The children were asked to make up a partner pose and teach it to the entire class. When it came time to assign partners – one child refused to work with another child. With a little help from the counselor assisting, we were finally able to encourage them to work together.  The students were so creative.  They made up partner poses incorporating Yoga poses they had learned that summer. Two students were Super Hero’s saving the world together by demonstrating Warrior III (Hero Pose) facing each other palm to palm. Another group came up with flowers and butterflies in the garden by doing flower pose and butterfly pose facing each other. The most amazing thing happened… the boy who didn’t want to work with the other boy ended up having so much fun together.  They created a partner pose together called “Dog going over the bridge”.  One child was in down dog stretching over the other child in bridge pose. The two boys were laughing and joking. They were bonded by the end of the summer.  In fact, the boy who had refused to work with the other little boy became his best friend and always wanted to sit next to him after that! Partner poses are such a great way to encourage children to work as a team.  This process helps them to open up to the possibilities […]

NGY Support Specialist & Trainer: Amy Nucera

    Join Amy for an upcoming training! Amy Nucera NGY Super Flexible Support Specialist NGY Trainer for: EVOLvED™ Yoga + Mindfulness for the Classroom NGY Teacher for: Kids, Tweens, and Teens As NGY's Super-Flexible Support Specialist. She helps things run smoothly on the back-end of the biz where she does a little bit of everything, including customer service, website maintenance, NGY Teacher & Trainer support, order fulfillment, marketing & design, and more. She's thrilled to have the opportunity to combine her various professional skills with her love of kids yoga, and to be able to work remotely with people from all over the world. If you have a question about anything NGY related, email Amy and she can either answer it or direct you to the person who can! Amy began her career in early childhood education where she specialized in imaginative play and creative movement and later developed a passion for sharing yoga + mindfulness with teachers and students within schools. She helped revamp the curriculum and is lead trainer for the new EVOLvED™ 8-hour Certification Training for Educators & Yoga Professionals. Her goal is to share techniques and tools with educators that help cultivate a positive & healthy school environment, manage stress and reduce anxiety for students and teachers, and promote empathy & tolerance towards others. When not leading NGY Trainings, Amy teaches NGY classes for toddlers through teens infused with age-appropriate yoga poses, creative movement, learning points, breathing exercises, props, and imaginative play. Classes for younger children are sprinkled with music, crafts, books, and play to help foster motor coordination, language development, and social & emotional skills. Older children and teens explore partner poses & cooperative games to inspire positive peer interactions, engage in activities that promote emotional balance and self-confidence, and begin to integrate flowing sequences, and deeper relaxation & meditation techniques. Amy lives in Ambler, PA (Greater Philadelphia area) with her husband, two daughters, and their turtle, Oswald. She loves hanging out with her family, exploring flea markets and the library, comic books, the smell of coffee, volunteering in her community and schools, and learning new things. She is incredibly grateful to be a part of a supportive community of like mided yogis and educators, and to have the opportunity to do meaningful work that she loves. Join Amy for an upcoming NGY Teacher Training!

NGY Director of Teachers: Melissa Hawkins

Facebook: Find Me Instagram: Follow Me Email: Message Me Melissa Hawkins has been working with young children for 16+ years with over 10 years of experience teaching kindergarten and is currently the lead teacher at Fidalgo Nature School. As a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT) she works to share Yoga as a tool for educators, parents, and children. She believes that mindfulness combined with movement helps lay the foundation for a lifetime of success. Through her own personal practice, Melissa has found Yoga to be the ultimate gift that keeps on giving. It has taught her to stay connected and fully engaged with every moment. Noticing and finding beauty in seemingly mundane and ordinary moments is the cherry on top of her ice cream! In her role as the NGY Director of Teachers for the Next Generation Yoga Teacher Community, she enjoys inspiring and supporting NGY teachers as they grow their skill set as Kids Yoga Teachers. If you're interested in learning more about how the perks and benefits of the NGY Teacher Community, email Melissa and she'll be happy to help!

NGY Director of Curriculum & Communication: Sarah Henderson

Facebook: Find Me Instagram: Follow Me Email: Message Me Sarah Henderson personifies the Next Generation Yoga philosophy with her big heart, youthful spirit and fun, creative nature. She authors new NGY Lesson Plans and keeps us all up to date on the latest and greatest in the world of Kids Yoga as our social media guru. Her title of NGY Storyteller is truly well-earned! She also brings her passion for training others as Kids Yoga teachers as part of the NGY Trainer team. Sarah began her professional life in disabilities services for kids and families, including Early Intervention programs and by pioneering integrative preschool experiences for kids with and without disabilities  In 2010, she made what she thought was a career switch and became a yoga teacher. But soon she found herself in training to become a Kids Yoga teacher, then an adaptive and accessible yoga teacher. Known for her imaginative teaching that bring stories and healthy living principles to life through yoga and mindfulness practices, Sarah is passionate about teaching kids of all ages and abilities to connect with themselves and others through movement and meditation. Before joining NGY, Sarah developed Kids Yoga curriculum, trained hundreds of adults to teach Kids Yoga, and hosted successful Kids Yoga and Creativity summer camps in her hometown of Charlotte, NC. She loves watching possibility unfold in kids’ imaginations and how that shows up on the yoga mat. When she isn’t teaching or practicing yoga, Sarah loves hiking with her husband and three kids, reading, writing creative non-fiction, and playing with her dog Hazel and three cats Punk, Olive, and Sticks.

Letting Kids Take Over by NGY Teacher, Veronica Keefer-Germani

I’ve been meditating and focusing a lot on Aparigraha lately, non-attachment and letting go, and recently I was reflecting on how important this is in our NGY classes.  So many of the “Tips for Teachers” touch on this concept. “Create an environment where kids drive the learning,” “follow their lead,” “let children be the teachers,” are just a few highlights. These skills were quickly put to the test for me as I stepped on my mat for my first Kids Yoga class. I designed my own class about the seasons and about halfway through class, I realized we had gotten through nearly everything I had planned already. I felt a few seconds of panic, as well as embarrassment (I’m a school teacher by profession, I know not to under-plan!), and then I remembered what we had learned in training: be child-centered. I was prepared for this. So, I let go and gave the kids a chance to take the lead. “Let’s go through all four seasons again,” I said, “and this time, you can all tell me some things you like to do and see each season!” They were overjoyed. The kids were not thinking, “wow, this lady ran out of stuff to do,” they were thinking, “wow, I get to decide what we do next!”  Each child had tons of ideas and rose to the occasion of sharing their knowledge of the seasons and what kinds of yoga poses best showcased those things. My mistake of under-planning that first class turned into a huge joy for me and the budding yogis. Giving them the opportunity to lead in their first Yoga class with me gave them autonomy and created a bond of trust between us. It was an incredibly fun class and afterwards, I went home and jotted down the ideas my students had come up with to add to class. Isn’t it amazing, how much a six-year-old can teach us? As they put their shoes back on and got ready to go home after that first class I said, “I hope to see you again next week!”  And the child who was hanging on his mother, crying before class, who had to be bribed to stay with a threat of ‘no video games for a whole week,’ replied brightly, “I wouldn’t miss it!” Veronica Keefer-Germani Next Generation Yoga Teacher for 2-13 yr. olds Deptford, NJ Veronica is a high school science teacher, who first started practicing Yoga as a pre-teen with her mom. She found herself practicing sporadically throughout her life until the stress of being a teacher brought her back to her mat with a vigor. She became a RYT, completing her 200-hour Yoga teacher training, in 2016 and soon after began teaching an adult candlelight class, as well as an elective class for the students at her school. Seeing how Yoga helped her students, many of whom have experienced a great deal of trauma in their lives, lit a deep passion for bringing Yoga & Mindfulness to schools, […]

Planting Seeds for the World by NGY Teacher, Maylen Arroyo

Desmond Tutu, a South African advocate for social rights, said “Do your little bit of good where you are. It’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” This is the way I try to live life every day. I deeply believe that when someone teaches us about having the choice and power to create our own life and the world we want, miracles happen! Yoga and Meditation didn’t come into my life early, but they came into my life when I was ready, and both have provided me with tools that have empowered my family and I to live life in a more meaningful and positive way. I started practicing Yoga when I was pregnant with my first daughter. When she was 3 months old, I signed up for Mom & Me Yoga classes, but by the time she was 9 months old, she was so active and deeply curious about the world that it was quite a challenge to continue the class. Around the same time, my husband and I moved to Seattle and, since both of our families lived in Mexico, my life became entirely centered on being a Mom, and Yoga was left behind. While this time was difficult because of our routine and lack of support, it gave me the opportunity to dive deeper into understanding the developmental stages of my daughter. Thanks to her, I became more aware of the way I respond to situations in life. I became more aware of my own wounds and how those were playing a big role in how I mothered (sometimes getting in my way too!). When my daughter turned two, I realized she was also experiencing strong emotions, and I wanted to be able to help her navigate them. I started with positive parenting classes and studying child development, and also went back to Yoga for both of our sakes. I found Next Generation Yoga at the perfect time in my life and did my certification for 2-7 yr olds. With time, I found that breathing, meditating and practicing Yoga at home was more than just a fitness routine or even a game. It helped my daughters and I to calm ourselves during strong emotional flares. It greatly reduced stress in our lives and even helped my oldest daughter to relax and fall asleep faster (which was a big struggle back then!). Simply put, Yoga and Mindfulness helped us deal with difficult situations in life. I felt so inspired by this that last summer I pursued my 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) Certification and just recently completed my NGY training for 8-13 yr. olds. I know deep in my heart that my mission does not stop here as I have this strong call to share the gift of Yoga and Mindfulness with kids and families. Stress and anxiety levels have drastically increased in children and teenagers over the last few years, and, this is a topic of real concern for me. Knowing that […]

5 Tips for 5 and Under by NGY Teacher, Kelli Mae Willis

Every age and developmental stage brings a unique excitement and challenge to teaching Kids Yoga. Perhaps because my own children are quite young, I feel I’ve really honed in on the attitude and toolset that works for children 5 and under. When you find the groove with this age group, classes can become a joyous experience, full of play, profound insight, and plenty of silliness. Here are my top five tips for managing classes for children ages 5 and under. Notice what they’re noticing All my life, I was told I was “good with kids,” when it seemed to me, all I was doing was paying attention. However, when we have a Class Plan, we might feel so full of our own ideas, we sometimes forget to check in with our students!One of the greatest tools I learned from Circus Yoga was to become a master of improvisation. If a spider walks across a Yoga mat and everyone reacts, our next song is going to be Itsy Bitsy Spider. If a child is really excited to make dragon noises, then we are all going to practice Dragon Breath (yes it’s a thing because I invented it in this very way). If I need to draw a child back to the group, I acknowledge what it is that’s distracting them first. “You’d like to ring the bell. You can ring it after we lie down, I will tell you when. Now you can go lie down for Savasana.”At any age, it’s powerful when you can meet someone where they are. For young children, there’s really not much else you can do! They are banging the door, I need them to be quieter and closer to the group. So I say, “Come play your blanket drum over here by your mat.” It’s simple, and it makes me feel like a magician for how well it (usually!) works. Say what you want and make their “No” your “Yes” This tip is two-fold. First, the more simple and direct we can be with our words, the better. Young children are deep in the process of learning language, and we will lose their engagement if we clutter our words. The difference between, “I’m not so sure that playing with your block like that is going to be a really good idea,” and “Your block goes here,” is profound. They don’t need to be convinced, they need to be able to understand you.In the same way, using “don’t” or “no” can be confusing and ultimately fruitless for very young children. When they hear you say, “Don’t throw the block,” they have to imagine “throw the block,” to understand your words, and then guess what happens?! Instead, when you say, “put the block on your mat,” they process exactly what you do want, and are far more likely to follow along.Two, 3, and 4-year-olds are designed to say no, to push limits, and to ask for boundaries. It can be exhausting to say “Don’t do that,” 20 […]

Private Mentorship Available

I trust this finds you well & enjoying your beautiful life! Lately I have been speaking with many about the importance of having a mentor so that we can gain confidence, learn skills and have the support that we need in order to grow our business and have the life we desire. The truth is, I could not do my business or life without having a mentor. In fact, I always have one on my team! My mentor helps me to learn, stretch, grow & have the business and life that I truly want for myself. Since I have had great mentors who have helped me achieve success in biz – I am dedicating myself to giving back in this way & being a service to Kids Yoga Teachers. Because yes, after 21 years in the Kids Yoga biz, I can confidently say I’ve been where you are and I have the skills to take you & your business where you want to go. From the most loving place, here are a few brags about my mentorship services: “Jodi is a master mentor, cheerleader and communicator! Everyone seeking to launch a Yoga business will thrive in her presence. Working with Jodi is an opportunity not to be missed.”  ~Emily Fleming, Emily Fleming Yoga   “Working privately with Jodi has not only helped me grow my Kids Yoga business to the next level and reach goals that at first felt scary and unattainable but has also given me more self-confidence as a business owner, entrepreneur, and leader in my industry. The investment in working privately with Jodi is worth every cent!!! Her gentle guidance, yet very result-oriented approach has made this journey so fun and fulfilling for me!” ~Ofrit Gal, Yoga@Play   “Working with Jodi was just what our partnership needed! Jodi helped us to do the most important things which was getting us organized, putting systems in place, creating contracts and proposals. Jodi gave us her best tips and tricks to keep us on task and focused. When we were focused and organized, it led to higher productivity. Not only were we getting things done, but our calls were really fun. We loved having Jodi as our mentor!” ~Lani Rosen-Gallagher & Jennifer Byer, Mindful Yoga Breaks So yes, after 21 years in the Kids Yoga biz, I can confidently say I’ve been where you are and I have the skills to take you & your business where you want to go. I have just 2 spots on my calendar available for Private Mentorship and would love to support you on your journey the way I have helped these ladies. If you are feeling ready to take the next step in your biz – then I encourage you to listen to that voice and reach out. You don’t have to do this alone. In fact, I encourage you not to. Let’s chat! Apply now for a FREE Strategy Session to see if working together is a good fit. I so look forward to […]

Do You have Shiny Object Syndrome?

I hope this finds you well and enjoying your gorgeous life. All is well over here in the land of Oakland and I am enjoying the pace of these Winter days. In an effort to stay healthy, cozy and productive, I have literally infused a bath into my daily schedule which truly helps me to stay focused and grounded. As a Kids Yoga entrepreneur, it is essential to set ourselves up for focus and avoid that ailment of “Shiny Object Syndrome.” Never hear of it or think you may have it but unsure how to handle? I am here to help you to understand the common “easily distracted disease” and give you a few suggestions for how to heal yourself from it. Living in a fast-paced society with the constant bombardment of flashy technology and information, it is easy to have Shiny Object Syndrome, (aka SOS). Couple this with being an entrepreneur with big thoughts, innovative ideas and excitement in your heart – it’s hard not to be distracted all. day. long. Whether you are writing an email and find yourself checking your Instagram and forget about the message you were intending to send OR you often have new ideas for how to grow your Kids Yoga biz and start them but never finish, you may be faced with SOS. It’s ok, it happens to the best of us – me included. So how do we deal with being easily distracted when we know that productivity and focus is the key to success? We put into place a few systems that are sure to hold us accountable and get sh*t done. Pomodoro Technique. This is by far one of my favorite ways to stay focused and get more done in less time. It’s the number one technique that I use when I have a lot on my plate and concerned about distractions. I love it so much, I wrote a whole blog post about it and you can read it here. Lean into variety. Most entrepreneurs have Shiny Object Syndrome because they like variety. But too much variety can be irresponsible especially when it is not thought through. You can, however, find variety in the environments in which you work. Try working from a new location, a café, or co-working with a friend. Just be sure the space is conducive to getting what you need to get done. That it is light, spacious, clutter-free and quiet. Postpone your decisions. When you notice you have a new idea popping up, simply pause and postpone acting on it. Take a few days to a week sit with your idea. Spend time writing about the idea and the time it may take to accomplish it given what you are currently doing in your biz. You may find that the time it requires isn’t available to you now, but may be in the future. Don’t rush to act on a new idea and postpone any big decisions. Store your future biz ideas. Whether it’s a folder, a lil box or […]

Why Teens Love Yoga by NGY Teacher, Veronica Keefer-Germani

For the past seven years, I’ve worked in urban education as a physics teacher. After I became a Registered Yoga Teacher, my principal asked me to start a Yoga enrichment class. Second period each day, 10-15 teenage girls would come into my classroom, push all the desks to the side and, set their mats up in a circle. They would check in on a chart hanging in the room, writing their mood before class began, an idea they came up with and requested. At the end of class, they’d roll up their mats, check in with their mood again, and push the desks back into place. The first semester was particularly challenging, and there were good days and bad, but for the most part, this became our favorite time of the day. Training with Next Generation Yoga taught me a lot of things I could add on and improve about the classes I was designing for my Yogis, but some of the most important things the training shined light on for me, I found I already subconsciously knew. When we create a Yoga class for teenage Yogis, we are holding space for them. Space to be themselves, space to choose, space to speak openly and honestly, space to get to know their bodies, space to understand their minds and their emotions. NGY classes truly embody all of these things. When working with teens, it is so important to let them share themselves. Teenagers love to talk, and often no one, especially adults, wants to listen. My rallying cry: Listen. Teens have such amazing things to say. I would begin each class with a question. Sometimes as simple as, “What’s something positive from your weekend?” and sometimes as challenging as, “How does your body feel when you are angry?”. Most days this was a quick 5-8 minute check-in before moving into our Yoga routines, but some days, when we went deeper, this might take up half the class, or more. We spoke one week about using our breath to help us regulate our emotions, practicing breathing techniques together. Their homework was to try it, next time they felt their body or mind starting to feel upset. A tenth grader reported back the following week, “My mom did something that made me so angry and I stopped and counted ten breaths. And when I was done, I still felt really mad.” “Maybe,” I suggested to the group, “we aren’t trying to stop ourselves from feeling angry, because it’s okay to feel angry. Maybe we are just trying to make ourselves more aware of our feeling, so we can stay in control of our choices.” She nodded, “Yeah, I didn’t curse her out, like I usually would.” Yoga plays such an important role for teens, as they are learning and discovering who they are and who they want to be in this world. Hold space. Listen. Be the adult that asks them to share their true self, that validates their sometimes confusing emotions, and […]

Say Hello to February’s Featured Trainer: Charlotte Light

Each month we spotlight one of our AMAZING Next Generation Yoga Trainers so you can see a little of what makes them shine! Say Hello to February's Featured Trainer: Charlotte Light Read on for a Q&A with Charlotte! Charlotte Light Next Generation Yoga Trainer for 2-7 yr. olds and 8-13 yr. olds Portland, OR Q: Tell us a fun fact about yourself. A: I like cats! Q: What was your first experience with Next Generation Yoga? A: I received my first NGY Training with Nicole Koleshis in Seattle in 2014.Q: What are your current favorite 3 NGY Lesson Plans? A: Birthday Party Yoga, Peace Begins with Me, and Powerful Purpose. Q: What did you want to be when you grew up? A: I was never sure about this question, and am still unsure! Q: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone wanting to or currently teaching Yoga to Kids? A: Enjoy yourself in this process and dive right in! Q: How can people connect with you? A: You can connect with me via email. Join Charlotte for an Upcoming Teacher Training

WOW – A BIG Financial Win!

Can you believe we are already at the end of January?! So how is your 2019 kicking off? I hope great! For many of us Kids Yoga entrepreneurs, in The Biz of Kids Yoga (TBoKY) Community, we are looking at our financials from 2018 while also setting income goals for the year ahead. Just recently, one of our TBoKY members shared, in our private Facebook group, an amazing celebration about her last year’s earnings.  She wrote:  “Hi All! Wanted to celebrate a big win for me this past year. I exceeded my income goal. I officially went over $100,000 in income this year! $106,509.50 to be exact. It was my goal for 2017 but didn’t quite make it, but for 2018 I did. Super excited about it. Now to look at cutting expenses and getting rid of things I do not need. I also implemented Profit First! I highly recommend the book. And I received two quarterly profit checks from my business. Looking forward to the new year! Do you guys set income goals? The responses from fellow TBoKY members was amazing, everything from “Congratulations!!!!!” to “WOW, I am next!” to “OMG I didn’t even know that was possible. Thank you for sharing!” I am personally massively excited by her financial win, since I have worked with this lovely lady for many years helping her to grow her biz. And, I am inspired by the others in the group who were supportive and curious to also make and meet financial goals of their own. But what stood out to me the most is that making six figures in the Kids Yoga space IS very much doable! Of course, I know this to be true, because I have (humbly) been making this kind of money for ten years now, but I think so many do not believe it to be possible. And so I asked our fierce TBoKY leader to share how she broke the $100,000 mark in 2018. Here’s what she wrote: “I need to be more specific for next year but about 35% of my income comes from Private/1:1 clients, 30% from studio classes (including adult & kids classes, workshops, retreats), 11% schools, 9% renting out my studio, 15% is grouped with “other” – which I need to be more specific about for next year.” So, dear one, I share all this with you because I want you to really get a few things: Set financial goals. Don’t just wing it and hope it works out. Take the time to look at what is possible and then do whatever it takes to meet your goal.  Diversify your offerings. While it is possible to make six figures in the Kids Yoga industry, you’ll need to have multiple streams of income, not just teaching classes. What other services can you offer? Surround yourself by those who inspire. Have a mentor and a community who support your business goals, can hold you accountable and celebrate your wins! Believe in you. If I can do it, if this woman can do, you too can do it. We are no different or […]

Choice Empowers Voice by NGY Teacher & Trainer, Lexi Anderson

Where would you be if you had been introduced to Yoga as a kid? As an adult, Yoga is used as a tool to undo all the stressors and unhealthy coping mechanisms that we have collected over our lifetime. What if instead, we lived in a world where positive stress management was learned at the same time as our early, basic skills? Kids spend most of their time under educational limits, confined to the direction of their teachers and parents without the freedom of their own individuality. The beauty of Kids Yoga is the child-driven creativity developed by Next Generation Yoga. The power of choice opens the minds and hearts of every child in class. In the practice of Kids Yoga every student has the opportunity to share or pass, participate in partner activities, receive adjustments from their instructor, be spontaneous, and play on their wildest imagination. I had the pleasure of instructing a group of students that all had differing thoughts on the value of Yoga. In this voice empowering practice, we chanted affirmations “I AM STRONG! I AM POWERFUL! I AM A WARRIOR!”. One of the students had been resistant the entire practice until we got to chanting. He bellowed the affirmations from the bottom of his heart. Afterwards, each student had the opportunity to share their favorite mantra or pass. I could tell the same student was losing his excitement to participate once again. When the stick came his way he sat in silence, I reminded him he could share or pass. With the realization that he was in charge of his voice, he proudly gripped the sharing stick and exclaimed, “I pass!”. This is the child-friendly version of a major throat chakra awakening. When you have the power to choose, you are always standing in your light and connected to your authenticity. The power of uninhibited, playful choice empowers the uniqueness of every single voice. In our voice and in our light, Together We Are One™. Lexi Anderson Next Generation Yoga Teacher & Trainer Salt Lake City, UT As a child, Lexi found her purpose and a new perspective on wellness through Yoga. After many years of practice, Yoga gifted her the joy that is sourced from community. She is inspired by the opportunity for everyone to benefit from Yoga in their own unique way. Lexi is a Next Generation Yoga Teacher & Trainer and has been teaching NGY classes for multiple years. In 2015, she received her 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certification through CorePower Yoga in Utah. In addition to leading NGY Teacher Trainings, Lexi facilitates 200-Hour CorePower Teacher Trainings, and has found she is dedicated to supporting all Yogis, children and adults, in exploring their Yoga Journey. You can find Lexi teaching Yoga to kids in schools and Yoga studios. Her intention for sharing Yoga is surrounded by her passion for health in both the body and mind. Her driving focus is to allow every child to experience strength, peace, and community.

Say Hello to December’s Featured Trainer: Amy Nucera

Each month we spotlight one of our AMAZING Next Generation Yoga Trainers so you can see a little of what makes them shine! Say Hello to December's Featured Trainer: Amy Nucera Read on for a Q&A with Amy! Amy Nucera Next Generation Yoga Trainer for School-Based Educators – LIVE! Philadelphia, PA Q: Tell us a fun fact about yourself. A: I have a tattoo of a self-portrait my daughter drew in preschool on my shoulder. Scroll down if you want a peek. 🙂 Q: What was your first experience with Next Generation Yoga? A: My first experience was the Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for 2-7 yr. olds with Charlotte Light at Yoga Home. Feeling an instant connection to the NGY Philosophy, and with the support of NGY Founder Jodi Komitor, the amazing NGY Trainers and NGY Teacher Community, I soon also completed the NGY Teacher Training for 8-13 yr. olds, and the NGY Teacher Training for School-Based Educators – Online. Wanting to focus on incorporating Yoga & Mindfulness into schools, a natural next step for me was to complete the Train-the-Trainer program so I can lead the NGY Teacher Training for School-Based Educators - LIVE! myself. Q: What are your current favorite 3 NGY Lesson Plans? A: I feel like it changes almost daily, but as of this writing my top three are: Yoga Nidra, Outer Space Blast Off and Yoga Makes Us Smarter! Q: What did you want to be when you grew up? A: An artist, and sometimes and archaeologist (Indiana Jones made it look so cool!). I did ultimately become a graphic designer, but I have yet to discover any ancient lost cities. Q: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone wanting to or currently teaching Yoga to Kids? A: Learn to read the classroom energy and adjust accordingly! This is always a work in progress for me - to deviate from the Lesson Plan I'd prepared and go "off-script". I'm a planner! But there's no question that if the kids aren't feeling it, no one is going to enjoy that class, including (or, maybe especially) me. Sometimes you have to stop, throw the Lesson Plan out the window, and see where the kids lead the class. Q: How can people connect with you? A: Through my Facebook page or via email. Now Scheduling 2019 Next Generation Yoga Teacher Trainings for School-Based Educators - LIVE! Interested in scheduling a Training for your School, Studio or Private Group/Organization? Email Amy for more info! My oldest daughter's pre-school self-portrait, titled "Rocket Boots" after her footwear of choice in the picture. 🙂

December’s TBoKY ROCKSTAR: Michelle Tanner Gruntz

Each month we feature a ROCKSTAR for The Biz of Kids Yoga (TBoKY). A TBoKY ROCKSTAR is a Kids Yoga & Mindfulness leader who makes a unique impact in their community. Say Hello to November's TBoKY ROCKSTAR: Michelle Tanner Gruntz of Vista Yoga & Wellness Hey Michelle, tell us about your Kids Yoga biz! I started teaching Kids Yoga many moons ago and haven’t looked back! I have taught in school settings, Yoga studios, parks, Girl Scout Troops, family privates, birthday parties and more. During the Summer of 2018, I opened a Family Yoga studio called Vista Yoga & Wellness where myself and staff teach Yoga and Mindfulness in many different ways, including in-school classes and events, after school and library programs, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, summer camps, public and private classes, Yoga parties and corporate family Yoga events. A TBoKY ROCKSTAR is committed to their Kids Yoga Biz with leadership and contribution to community … What makes you a TBoKY ROCKSTAR? I saw an opportunity years ago to bring Yoga to an unserved area of the city. After much research, planning and patience, Vista opened its doors officially in August of 2018! What are you currently most excited about in your biz right now? Opening Vista Yoga & Wellness and bringing Yoga to the families in my little corner of New Orleans! What is a personal habit or resource that contributes to your success and that you would highly recommend to other Kids Yoga Teachers? Daily self-care! It is non-negotiable! Having a toolbox of things that I can pull from at any point to replenish myself - fresh green juice, mediation, my own personal Yoga practice, gardening, massages, meal planning & prepping, Epsom salt baths, reading, listening to music. I have a large supply of things in my toolbox that I have cultivated over the years that support my own well-being so I can, in turn, support my students and their families. How has The Biz of Kids Yoga influenced your business? Jodi Komitor and the TBoKY community have been everything to me! From Training, to business resourses & support to private coaching, Jodi has been a support to me through all of the ups and downs in my own personal and professional life since my first training with her in 2012. How can people find and connect with you? You can connect with me through social media (FaceBook and Instagram) or email. Check out past TBoKY ROCKSTARS here. Also search for them on social with hashtag #tbokyrockstars

Reduce Stress During this Time of Year

I just got in from a much-needed walk around my neighborhood. The sun is shining here in Oakland and between the warm-ish weather and moving my body, my spirits were immediately lifted.   So many people experience stress and anxiety during this time of the year. Whether it’s from too much busy-ness, lack of business or any other known / unknown reason – we all have our own version, me included.   For Kids Yoga Teachers who are committed to the growth of their business, it can feel like an up-stream time of the year. Like you are trying to do your business as usual, but you’re getting lots of “no’s” or even lack of responses. That doesn’t ever feel good, I know.    Believe me, you are not alone, and with the holiday season in full effect, there are things you can do to stay positive, stress-free, calm and healthy. Here are a few suggestions that I highly recommend you take in to reduce your stress during this time of year. Stay engaged. Even if many are focusing on other things right now, as a business owner, it would not make any sense for you to stop engaging. Absolutely you are entitled to time off, but be sure to continue with your social media, email newsletters and any promotions that you have upcoming for the new year. There are platforms and programs for scheduling your communications; If you aren’t sure which ones, just ask me! Really, truly, stay engaged! Just today I heard from two people in the Biz of Kids Yoga community who just by staying engaged, ie. sending emails to clients, they scored new teaching gigs for the new year. It’s possible!   Trust & remember. Not every month in your biz will be as slow or up-stream-like as December. Bring to mind your most profitable month/s this past year, and remember that what you have to offer is valuable and important. Trust that around the corner is a new month and a new year(!) and many people can hardly wait to start 2019 with your Kids Yoga services!   Work on your biz. These slower business days are the perfect time of the year to focus your attention on projects that may help propel your business forward. Actually, it’s prime time to vision and set goals for the year ahead. If you are unclear, overwhelmed and unsure where to begin and want the support of a mentor, I’d be happy to talk with you about the possibility of supporting you. Invest in yourself. I know that this time of year, with all the spending on others, can feel scary to invest in yourself. But, I believe it is the perfect time to treat yourself. Whether it is a lil overnight get-away (I am taking one next week with my bestie to Wilbur Hot Springs), a massage, membership to a Yoga studio or getting into the hands of a business coach, don’t wait. You are worthy and worth every cent! Besides, if it is a business expense, you […]

Why Families LOVE Yoga by NGY Teacher, Annie Pearson

Yoga means union. Not only is it a path to union of body, mind, and spirit, but it can also be a path to connection with others, including (and especially) connection to those we love. What is Family Yoga? Simply put, Family Yoga is a term for any time children and adults practice any form of Yoga together. Kids Yoga doesn’t always look the same as Adult Yoga. Sure, there are asanas (Yoga poses), breathing exercises and relaxation, but there is also a lot of fun built in! There are songs, dance parties, games and lots of laughter! How does it work? There are so many ways to make it work. In my classes, I have seen families that like to share one mat or, other times when each member has his or her own mat; it really is up to you! Plus, there are many different ways to experience the class: both adult and child can do the poses, the adult can help the child get into the poses, and/or the adult can model doing the poses. Sometimes grownups can be concerned that their child is not participating in the “right way.” We say, as long as your child is not disturbing others or harming themselves, they are ok! Often what I see is a child who will come in and out of participating one week only to be fully engaged the next. Likewise, a child that is shy or nervous may just want to observe for a while before engaging. This is why it’s important for the adult to model what it looks like to be present and try new things, even to fail and try again! When your child sees you wobble as you find your balance getting into tree pose, for example, they know that they don’t have to be perfect the first time they try something. They may even try to offer you a helping hand of support. Family Yoga is a great way for families to connect and bond. Setting aside the time to be present in the moment participating in an activity together with no technology gives you the opportunity to spend dedicated time with your child. Children learn they are capable but also have their families there for support. Plus, it’s also great for siblings as well! They can work together in partner poses, create new poses together, or offer assistance to parents together. There’s nothing better than Savasana Snuggles. At the end of every Yoga class, we have some time for savasana, final resting pose, or quiet relaxation. Here, we offer families the opportunity to snuggle up together, hold hands, look into each other’s eyes, whisper “I love you’s” or offer each other loving foot massages. Typically, even with the most energetic of children enjoy a moment of closeness with their loved one in whatever way works best for them. It can be a very sweet and tender moment for families to share together, the perfect way to complete the Family Yoga experience. Annie Pearson Next Generation Yoga Teacher Pacifica, […]

Got Mentorship?

I hope this finds you & your loved ones well today. Can you believe we are starting the countdown for the end of the year? In less than 4 weeks we’ll be entering into 2019! Tis the season and I just did a lil reflecting on 2018 including the amazing Yoga entrepreneurs I got to mentor and how they have rocked it this year! To name just a few successes … some started up from scratch, a few built new websites, one launched an online course, two led their first teacher trainings and all grew their business financially. I have loved every moment of being their mentor! *|FNAME|*, you may have heard my story and how I struggled starting up Next Generation Yoga. It was back in 1998, in New York City, where I was a former Special Education Teacher and clueless about marketing, finances and all things business. I had a clear passion and desire to teach Yoga to children but felt confused, scared and totally alone in how to make it happen. I struggled trying to figure it out on my own and feared having to go back into the classroom. But deep down, I knew that there was a way for me to bust through and learn what I didn’t know. And one day it happened! At Equinox Fitness, I walked into my Yoga class and my teacher introduced himself as a coach helping Yoga Teachers with their business. While I didn’t know anything about coaching, the idea sounded perfect. I also didn’t how I was going to pay for it, but I was committed & found a way to hire Michael Port as my business mentor. What I learned from Michael was basic business strategies. He was an expert in the business of Yoga and he taught me what he knew. He was my cheerleader and held me accountable when I wasn’t able to do so myself. Hiring a business mentor was the best decision of my life simply because my career reflected success. I learned how to market myself, got a website, my classes started to fill to capacity and I was slowly and confidently building a solid Kids Yoga biz. From my early days of working with Michael, I learned the immense value of having a mentor. In fact, I wholeheartedly admit that I am successful in my business, love & personal life because I’ve got mentorship. Do you? Having an intimate relationship and the support of a mentor on a regular basis is truly priceless. Here are some ways that having a mentor will help you to be successful in your Kids Yoga biz … A mentor will help get you started … Sometimes the hardest part in achieving your goals is figuring out the first steps. A mentor has already been down your path and knows the specific tasks that need to happen in order to get where you want to go. Having the support and a detailed plan of action will save you time and resources. A mentor will build […]

Say Hello to November’s Featured Trainer: Michelle Gunnell

Each month we spotlight one of our AMAZING Next Generation Yoga Trainers so you can see a little of what makes them shine! Say Hello to November's Featured Trainer: Michelle Gunnell Read on for a Q&A with Michelle! Michelle Gunnell Next Generation Yoga Trainer for 2-7 yr. olds, 8-13 yr. olds and School-Based Educators Live & Online New Orleans, LA Q: Tell us a fun fact about yourself. A: I love to dance - Hip-hop, silly fun dancing, you name it I love to move my body! I was a dancer for over 20 years! Q: What was your first experience with Next Generation Yoga? A: In 2014, after a year of investigating Kids Yoga and Kids Yoga Training programs online, I registered for a 2-7 yr. old Teacher Training with Jodi Komitor in New Orleans. I loved my experience at that Training so much that, after it was over, I journaled about wanting to become an NGY Trainer. I wrote my dream into existence – I was invited by Jodi to become a Trainer the following year! Q: What are your current favorite 3 NGY Lesson Plans? A: A Q: What did you want to be when you grew up? A: A Teacher! I was a classroom teacher and then evolved into teaching Yoga! Q: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone wanting to or currently teaching Yoga to Kids? A: Must. Love. Kids! Ha! Of course that, but also, remember to fit in your self-care! We put out so much energy when we are teaching (plus all the other life things!) that it is SO important to refill the well so that you can be the best version of yourself when you teach children! Remember, kids can sniff out anything – they know when you are faking it from exhaustion or any number of things, so take good care of yourself so you can take good care of them! Q: How can people connect with you? A: By visiting the Yoga Krewe website and Facebook page, or via email. Join Michelle for an Upcoming NGY Teacher Training!

Scale Your Biz

I hope this finds you well today. I am coming to you from Portland, Oregon. I came up here from the Bay Area to spend the weekend, with my family, and witness my niece become a Bat Mitzvah. It’s kinda a big deal and a beautiful rite of passage that 13-year-old Jewish teenagers get to experience. I am a proud Aunt JoJo that’s for sure! Before I log off for the weekend, I wanted to plant a lil seed in your Kids Yoga business brain. It’s about scaling your business. Scaling is when you expand your business beyond just you doing the work. For example, you can grow your biz from YOU being the one and only Yoga Teacher to having others on board with your organization. Growing my biz with teachers is truly one of my favorite ways that I have scaled Next Generation Yoga and supported other Kids Yoga entrepreneurs to do the same. The benefits of scaling in this way and having more teachers on board are simple and powerful. They include: More kids receiving Yoga. More Yoga Teachers doing what they love. More classes in schools/studios/homes, etc. (even possibly at the same time.) More income! Cool, right!? While yes, some people are happy to continue on as a one person Yoga show, I personally wanna support you in expanding and reaping those benefits above. How about you? Which path do you choose? Stay solo or grow your biz!? Send me an email and let me know. These kinds of leaps and business bounds excite me and I’d love to hear from you! In support of you! Jodi PS – If you are ready to Grow Your Biz with Teachers, and want to do it right, then join me & my friend Susan Fried of Budding Buddah’s for an Online Class happening November 28th. Click here for more deets & to register. PPS – Seriously, please do get that there is nothing wrong with choosing to stay the one person Yoga show. Or maybe you just aren’t ready to scale yet. Either way, there is something for you to learn in the Grow Your Biz with Teachers – Online Class. Uncertain if it’s for you? Email me & we can chat about it!  

November’s TBoKY ROCKSTAR: Ofrit Gal Barash

Each month we feature a ROCKSTAR for The Biz of Kids Yoga (TBoKY). A TBoKY ROCKSTAR is a Kids Yoga & Mindfulness leader who makes a unique impact in their community. Say Hello to November's TBoKY ROCKSTAR: Ofrit Gal Barash of Yoga@Play Hey Ofrit, tell us about your Kids Yoga biz! At Yoga@Play, children are encouraged to experience Yoga and Mindfulness in a fun, playful way that creates a non-competitive and safe space. Children learn to love Yoga, whatever it means to them at that point in their development and are provided with tools they can use and revisit throughout their lives. In a world where parents and children are so busy, families who come to our classes and events get a chance to experience a new way of bonding, communicating and connecting with their children. We offer Yoga and Mindfulness in many different ways, including in-school classes and events, after school and library programs, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, summer camps, public and private classes, Yoga parties and corporate family Yoga events. A TBoKY ROCKSTAR is committed to their Kids Yoga Biz with leadership and contribution to community … What makes you a TBoKY ROCKSTAR? I do not think of myself as a leader in the usual sense of the bold take charge type. I believe my contribution and leadership can be found in the graceful examples and gentle guidance I aim to give. I positively share my love & joy for Yoga with the children and families I teach, accepting everyone for who they are and where they are at that point in their life because it is from this point that we can all "stretch" ourselves, and feel more confident to become that better version of ourselves. What are you currently most excited about in your biz right now? I am now working on creating systems and procedures for my business which has grown tremendously in the past 1-2 years. I can't say I'm excited about this, but I know I will be when they are in place, setting a healthy foundation for future growth. I am excited to expand on the festive side of Kids and Family Yoga, bringing the seeds of Yoga to parties and Family Yoga corporate events. A project I put on hold in the past few months and will revisit soon is leading Teacher Trainings. What is a personal habit or resource that contributes to your success and that you would highly recommend to other Kids Yoga Teachers? Allowing myself to be playful and connecting to my inner child is why I LOVE teaching Yoga to kids and families. Communicating with kids in a fun and trusting way and meeting the children where they are makes teaching soooo much easier and fun. Having a class plan is great but being flexible and meeting the kids where they are is what makes Kids Yoga classes a great success! How has The Biz of Kids Yoga influenced your business? The Biz of Kids Yoga™ has transformed my [...]

My Family Yoga Tree by NGY Teacher, Allyson Huval

At age six my Yoga journey began with my first teacher, my Granny. She gave me my first Yoga mat and taught me basic poses like Tree pose (a now favorite). And, while most of our lessons would involve me laughing and falling to the floor, they always ended with me showing off what I learned when my mom picked me up. Yoga at that point was all about showing off my skills for approval, but since those first giggle-fueled lessons in my Granny’s living room, Yoga has come to mean so much more to me. My granny did more than just give me a hobby – she sparked a life-long passion. As a young adult I became a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), but I knew I couldn’t stop there. My Granny played such a key part with my Yoga path that I felt the need to pay it forward, and Next Generation Yoga fell into my life at the exact time I needed. A year before I joined the NGY Teacher Community two life-changing things happened: I was promoted to Auntie(!), and I became the studio ambassador for an NGY Teacher Training in my hometown. Teaching children has always been something I love, even though relating to them can be difficult and downright intimidating, still I was eager to share the gift of Yoga with my nephew. To do that I needed lessons on how to connect with him through different stages of his childhood. NGY opened the door to my inner child and that was just what I needed to spark my creativity. After day one of my first NGY Teacher Training, I stopped by to play with my little nugget. He was just one years old, and he surprised me by practicing downward facing dog! I loved listening to his sweet baby giggles while I was “assisting” his pose on the living room floor, just as my Granny had years before. From that moment on I knew I was meant to share Yoga with my family. Since then our family has been blessed with more little Yogis and I cannot wait until they are all old enough that we can celebrate a full Next Generation Yoga class together! From an early age, Tree pose has reminded me of the importance of staying grounded and stable in my purpose when the hurricane winds whip around me. This pose continues to teach me to keep balance in my roots while expanding and growing my family through my branches. Just like Tree pose, I have created a Yogic family tree that goes far beyond my immediate family. Allyson Huval Next Generation Yoga Teacher Baton Rouge, LA Allyson is a certified Aerial Yoga Teacher, a 200-hr Registered Yoga Teacher (RCYT), and a licensed Next Generation Yoga Kids Yoga Teacher. She is also the foundress of Bethel Yogi (bethelyogi.com), a blog dedicated to teaching Catholics how to bring their faith into a personal, spiritual Yoga practice. She maintains an active lifestyle by […]

Voting

I am sure you know the importance of today. It’s midterm elections in the United States and voting has never been so important. We’ve experienced so much pain, hate and injustice in our world and while I promise not to make this a heavy political email to you, I will riff on of the concept of voting and take a super short opportunity to encourage you to GET OUT & VOTE! Now, let’s look at voting in your Kids Yoga biz. Kids Yoga Teachers, no matter how many classes on your docket and at what level you are at in your biz, are encouraged to use an email marketing platform, like Constant Contact, MailChimp, or Namaste Light, where you can connect and communicate with your audience, regularly. Ideally, you are messaging your people weekly or at least monthly with juicy news and valuable content to help them stay in the know and in touch with you. You are, after all, an important member in their life. You are their Yoga Teacher! While I do recommend that you send emails about class updates and upcoming workshops and events, we don’t just want to sell to our audience. Really, << Test First Name >>, nobody wants to be constantly sold to all the time. We also want to offer things like blog posts on the benefits of Kids Yoga, healthy recipes, sweet sentimental stories or a new pose to try at home. This helps our community and followers stay connected to us outside of class and feel valued as a customer. Now here’s where the voting comes in. By using one of the above-mentioned platforms, which by the way are free depending on the number of your email list, allows for your people to vote with their clicks. Meaning your subscribers can, and will, click on pertinent links in which they are interested. They may also open certain emails over others depending on the subject. And, they may or may not even unsubscribe to your email newsletter. All of these clicks are votes. That’s right, your people are voting with their clicks. And you, dear << Test First Name >>, are encouraged to pay attention and review your stats as this will give you feedback on how you are doing with your marketing campaign. From here, you can make adjustments, add more of what people are liking and less of what they are not. It’s simple. Just like voting. Now go vote! Jodi PS – Do you need help getting your email marketing campaign up and running? This is one of my favorite things that I do with my Private Mentorship clients. Shoot me an email and let me know your needs. I will happily respond. PPS – Remember, every vote counts. Including yours! Have you voted yet today!?  

I am Here to Help You

Have you ever gotten a raving review and you want others to hear it because you know that they too would benefit from your services? There’s no shame in that! Especially when it is coming from a healthy, genuine place. Because truly, marketing should never be slimy and salesy, but rather authentic and honest. I heard it best once like this, marketing is when you let people know that you are here to help them. So, I am here to let you know that I can help you and I’ve got a raving review to prove it! This just in from Audrey Beaugh of Silly Hearts Yoga, my Monday VIP DAY client: “I am absolutely thrilled that I had an opportunity to spend a 5-hour VIP DAY with Jodi. It was amazing to have that time focused on a few key aspects of my business where I was feeling stuck and unsure about next steps. By the end of the day, we had compiled a list of action items with specific deadlines to help keep me focused and working with purpose. Jodi’s expertise and insights into being a successful Kids Yoga entrepreneur are truly invaluable, and investing the time, money and energy into this VIP DAY has already given me tremendous value. I no longer feel like I’m spinning in circles trying to figure out next steps – I am focused, motivated, energized and ready to take my business to the next level. Having a full day of Jodi’s undivided attention and guidance has given me the confidence and push to continue growing my business. I highly recommend this VIP DAY to any Kids Yoga entrepreneur who is looking for that next opportunity for growth.”   Not only was Audrey’s VIP DAY wildly motivating for her and influential for her biz, but I loved it too! Being on the West coast, I woke up super early to serve her on the East coast. I felt energized, alive, inspired and on purpose. It truly was a win-win! I wanna win more with YOU! If you felt that pull of “I want the same for me and my biz” while reading Audrey’s words, then don’t hesitate to email me now to find out more about a VIP DAY. Your body knows, and, like I said, I know too! I have successfully been rocking Next Generation Yoga for 21 years and mentoring Kids Yoga Teachers in The Biz of Kids Yoga for 6+. I have dozens of raving reviews from others like Audrey and I am here to help you with your Kids Yoga biz. Email me now, and we can schedule a casual call to explore a VIP DAY for you. Here to help, Jodi PS – I know that considering making a big leap like investing in a full day of working on your biz can be huge, overwhelming and scary. It was for Audrey too. But she did it and from her words above, she doesn’t regret it. Email me, and we can have a call to explore whether this is right for you. […]

Are You a Business People Pleaser?

Yesterday I led a VIP DAY for a fellow Kids Yoga entrepreneur. We spent 5 hours together (virtually, online) examining her business and strategizing a game plan for the months/year ahead. We came up with concrete actionable steps, for her to implement so that she can rock out her marketing, increase her income and launch a brand new passion project, coming soon! I loved our time together and feel honored to have supported such a ROCKSTAR in The Biz of Kids Yoga community. I think it was mutual as she says, “I got motivated, focused and excited about my long-term biz goals.” Cool, right!?! There were so many times during our session that I thought about you and how we all can do better in biz. One thing that stands out to me that I am inspired to share with you is how not to be a business people pleaser. Meaning, stop saying yes and trying to please everyone. You have your special gifts and talents. You also have your time, value and worth. There will be many moments in biz when people will challenge these parts of us. How many times have you heard a customer say, “Can you teach a class on Monday at 6pm?” Or, “Can you run a class on the west side of town?” And then what happens? You go ahead, please them and schedule their requested class and most often, they don’t show!! I am sure you have been there in one way or another, I know I have – and my private VIP DAY client certainly has. She’s been people pleasing a lot lately. But we nabbed it. And no longer will that be her ways. In fact, one of her action steps is to say “no” more often. I mean really, if we constantly tried to please all of our customers, we’d never be running the business that we want to have. So, hunker down. Get clear. Get real. Discern. And stop being a business people pleaser and start being. Say “yes” to you and “no” to others. Yes? Yes! Jodi PS – Do you have goals and projects that you want to focus on before the new year!? A VIP DAY is the best way to get organized, motivated and on track while getting personalized attention, coaching and mentorship. I’d love to support you! Email me and I’ll happily tell you more.  

Want Student Retention? Do This!

I hope this finds you & your loved ones well today. Yesterday I got the sweetest email from a parent that said, “This morning Calder said, ‘I can’t wait to see Teacher Jodi. Remember when she had her shoulder owie and we didn’t see her for a whole year!’ Details may be a little off, but the sentiment is there. I’m excited too. See you soon Teacher Jojo!! Xoxo.” This lil love letter inspired me to share with you a juicy tidbit about how to get raving fans (like Calder and his Mom) with solid student retention – every Kids Yoga Teacher’s dream, right? Before I fill you in,  I want you to get that in our industry, while the children are our students, the adults (parents, administrators, studio owners) are our customers. And, while many Kids Yoga entrepreneurs focus their attention on getting new students and more classes, it is actually best to focus on existing customers so to get repeat business. In this case, let’s agree to put our attention on and nurture our existing clientele because, hey, they already know, like and trust us, right!? One of the best ways that I have found to deepen current client relationships is through on-going communications. One simple and powerful example, that I love and highly recommend, is to send a friendly email to the parents after each class sharing a description of the curriculum and how the kids took to the teachings. Perhaps even include a few pics snapped with your smartphone. This is a winning strategy for getting raving fans and having student retention. Why? Because when your (adult) customers read about and learn more about what you are doing with their kids, they will feel connected and be interested. Further, they will have what to talk about with their children at home. This can create a sweet conversation over dinner and help the family connect and bond. What parent wouldn’t want this!? So, dear one,  if you want raving fans and student retention, how about giving it a try!? I know writing emails is just one more to do on your list, but I promise you, it will make all of the difference in your biz. Not only will your adult customers know more about what their children are doing with you in Yoga, but they’ll love it and want to continue signing their kids up for your classes. Promise, Jodi PS – Want more great strategies for growing your business? I’d love to share them with you. Email me now and I’ll tell ya!  

October’s TBoKY ROCKSTAR: Emily Fleming

Each month we feature a ROCKSTAR for The Biz of Kids Yoga (TBoKY). A TBoKY ROCKSTAR is a Kids Yoga & Mindfulness leader who makes a unique impact in their community. Say Hello to October's TBoKY ROCKSTAR: Emily Fleming of Emily Fleming Yoga Hey Emily, tell us about your Kids Yoga biz! I’m a M.A.T., RYT-200, RCYT Yoga teacher and educator in Baltimore, Maryland. I’m currently teaching Yoga and Mindfulness full-time at a middle school in Baltimore, weaving lessons on character development into the practices. I also lead an online course for Kids Yoga teachers called "Land Your Dream Job Teaching Yoga in Schools" for those who want to teach in schools but are looking for tools to communicate with principals, navigate school budgets and so much more! I also offer a one-on-one mentorship program for teachers already teaching in schools who are looking to refine and hone their teaching skills in new ways. A TBoKY ROCKSTAR is committed to their Kids Yoga Biz with leadership and contribution to community … What makes you a TBoKY ROCKSTAR? I live and breathe Kids Yoga! After taking The Biz of Kids Yoga™ (TBoKY), I manifested my dream job teaching Yoga as a full-time enrichment class in a middle school! I'm finally at the point where I'm able to focus on sharing my knowledge with other Kids Yoga teachers to help them build their own businesses and land their dream jobs. There is so much need for Yoga and Mindfulness in our schools, and there are so many Kids Yoga teachers looking to offer their services in schools, but they don't always know where to start. I'm committed to training teachers because I'm committed to creating the next generation of mindful citizens! What are you currently most excited about in your biz right now? I'm excited about the 6-week online training I'm offering for the first time which started on Oct. 10th! This training will empower 5 Kids Yoga teachers with the tools they need to land their dream job teaching Yoga in schools. What is a personal habit or resource that contributes to your success and that you would highly recommend to other Kids Yoga Teachers? Self-care. When it comes to teaching in schools and working with kids, I'm only as good as I'm feeling. I have to take care of myself if I'm going to be present for my students in the way that they deserve. It may seem obvious, but it's something that a lot of teachers (and Yoga teachers!) struggle to make time for, but it is absolutely essential! Figure out what self-care looks like to you and carve out time for it every day. How has The Biz of Kids Yoga influenced your business? Quite simply, I wouldn't be where I am today, doing the work that I'm doing if it weren't for The Biz of Kids Yoga™. I took the course 4 years ago, when I knew I needed a change, but wasn't sure how, or where, or what it would [...]

Say Hello to October’s Featured Trainer: Joyce McNally

Each month we spotlight one of our AMAZING Next Generation Yoga Trainers so you can see a little of what makes them shine! Say Hello to October's Featured Trainer: Joyce McNally Read on for a Q&A with Joyce! Joyce McNally Next Generation Yoga Trainer for 2-7 yr. olds Medford, NJ Q: Tell us a fun fact about yourself. A: My parents named me after the poet, Joyce Kilmer, who happens to be a he!! Joyce Kilmer is famous for his poem, Trees!  Whenever I’m driving on the NJ Turnpike and approaching Exit 8A and pass the Joyce Kilmer service center, I tell whoever my passenger might be, that I was named after the poet, Joyce Kilmer and say, “I think that I shall never see. A poem lovely as a tree.” Deep gratitude to my parents for naming me after a famous Catholic poet. They raised me with a strong foundation that was rooted with so much love.. Q: What was your first experience with Next Generation Yoga? A: My first experience with NGY was at a Teacher Training for 2-7 yr. olds with Jodi Komitor in 2002! Yes, 2002 and in NYC – I was in Jodi's very first Teacher Training! I was a stay-at-home Mom with two young children at the time, and I wanted to work with kids on a part-time basis. Jodi was so inspirational and cultivated a passion to teach Yoga to kids. A truly magical weekend. Q: What are your current favorite 3 NGY Lesson Plans? A: Water is Life, Together We are One! and I’m really having fun with the new ABC Yoga Lesson Plan. Q: What did you want to be when you grew up? A: Well, I probably wanted to be a mommy first and foremost. My Mom was a stay-at-home Mom and the vacuum and dust cloth seemed attractive at the time. I then resonated with becoming a psychologist or English teacher. It’s probably because I loved my 3rd grade English teacher and adored my psychology teacher! Q: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone wanting to or currently teaching Yoga to Kids? A: My one piece of advice is to make sure you are present with kids. Be accessible, approachable, and be a pillar of support and love. Be a springboard for them and validate each and every one of them. You never really know what’s going on in their sweet little minds. Secondly, always be your true authentic self!  Lastly, love them! Q: How can people connect with you? A: You can find me on Facebook and Instagram, or send me an email. Join Joyce for an Upcoming NGY Teacher Training!

Give to Receive by NGY Teacher & Trainer, Melissa Hawkins

“If you really want to change a culture, to empower women, improve basic hygiene and health care, and fight high rates of infant mortality, the answer is to educate girls.” ~ Greg Mortenson in Three Cups of Tea Surely “Seyalay” (a Burmese word referring to a nun of high order), who invited us to Myanmar to teach Yoga to the orphans and nuns in her care knew this. It was progressive. It was unheard of. Some of the villagers and the monks at the monastery next door did not approve. This was, after all, a Vipassana style nunnery where movement was not the norm. Yet, there we were amongst the nuns teaching and sharing Yoga. We were brought on as ambassadors of strong, independent women from around the world. Seyalay saw great value in our presence, she respected the fact that the orphan girls under her care were free to choose a life they love. She runs this nunnery with an emphasis on education, making sure that each child has the opportunity at the age of 16 to continue on their spiritual path as a nun or prepare for college. Photo credit: Om and Roam Sadly, many young girls in Myanmar find themselves in a nunnery due to sexual trafficking. They might be a product of this practice or, often their families choose to hide them there to protect them. Coming from small rural Burmese villages they had never seen anyone who looked like us; our skin, our hair, our clothes, our light eyes – we were such a novelty. Nevertheless, the little nuns were so happy to be with us. They were all smiles and shyly lingered after each session in hopes of receiving a hug or a smile from one of us. To them, we were these strange, mysterious foreign women from wealthy countries who traveled across the planet to be there. Our intentions were to teach, to inspire, to immerse ourselves in the act of Yoga Seva (selfless service), to take part in something that was greater than ourselves. That was the idea anyway, but as it turns out we as teachers received benefits that were far more valuable than we could ever imagine. As a Next Generation Yoga Teacher my work has always enriched my life. I have led countless Kids Yoga classes in a variety of different settings yet, never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined teaching a class filled with so much joy, so much engagement, so much enthusiasm and what seemed to be an endless wellspring of gratitude. I was honestly a bit confused as I quickly realized I was on the receiving end of these amazing gifts, “but wait”, I thought “who is helping who?” Amazingly, these little nuns were able to instantly tap into the ancient practice of Yoga. On day two, crow pose was cued and my jaw dropped as I looked across the room at a sea of pink robed nuns with their bald crowns shining all landing […]

Wanna Spend a Day Together?

Question for you! How would you like to spend a day with me!? I know, I know – you may be confused by this question because we likely live in different cities, but hey, I truly believe that anything & everything is possible and thanks to technology, we technically can! So, wanna spend a VIP DAY together – in-person or virtually? You are a very important person, and this is something I have been wanting to offer you for a while. Now is the time! It’s now the time because we can create a clear strategy for you to build your Kids Yoga business the way you truly desire. It’s now the time because we need to move that big project forward that you’ve been feeling stuck on. It’s now the time because we must get your questions answered and systems in place so that you can feel confident, organized and professional! Really, if you know you are worthy, very important and are seriously ready to take that next step in having the biz you desire, let’s talk. If you feel like you need a boost or like you’ve been working hard but not quite getting to that place you want to be, let’s have a VIP DAY where I can support you in busting through old patterns, getting unstuck, becoming clear and moving forward – all with personalized attention, detailed strategy and actionable steps. So dear one, if you are seriously ready to take that next step in having the biz you desire, let’s talk. Simply email me and we’ll schedule a call where I can tell you more about your very own VIP DAY! Can’t wait to hear from you! Jodi PS – I know it can feel scary to say yes to getting support. Trust me, I have felt that same resistance. But it’s either moving forward or staying stuck. Email me to explore why and how moving forward with a VIP DAY for your biz is right for you, now!  

Dishing About Biz and Life with Pleasance Silicki of Soulful Self-care Sessions Copy

I hope this finds you & your loved ones well today. So much going on in our world, and I know it’s been a tough several past weeks, for many personally and for most, politically. Please know I am thinking of you and wishing you peace and ease. May we remain supportive and strong. A few weeks ago I got to chat with my dear friend Pleasance Silicki of lil omm who hosted me on her podcast, Soulful Self-care Sessions. Pleasance and I have known each other for many years. We originally connected moons ago when she was a Yoga studio owner and I supported her with business coaching. She has since made big waves and huge impacts on our industry including co-founding the National Kids Yoga Conference. Like me, Pleasance is an innovator and opened (and closed) one of the first family yoga studios in the DC area. She now serves as a mentor for women supporting them in self-care and having a truly balanced life. In addition to both being female badass entrepreneurs, Pleasance and I share in common the important ways of doing life, like listening to our hearts, speaking our truths, and keeping things real. I think you’ll enjoy our conversation where she asks me real questions about my real life, including the changes and evolutions of my 21 year old company, Next Generation Yoga. You can click here to listen to our episode. Wishing you a sweet, peaceful, and love-filled week ahead! Jodi  

September’s TBoKY ROCKSTAR: Heather DiNino

Each month we feature a ROCKSTAR for The Biz of Kids Yoga (TBoKY). A TBoKY ROCKSTAR is a Kids Yoga & Mindfulness leader who makes a unique impact in their community. Say Hello to September's TBoKY ROCKSTAR: Heather DiNino of Breathe and Play Every Day Hey Heather, tell us about your Kids Yoga biz! Breath and Play Every Day is a cozy Family Yoga Studio inclusive of all needs and abilities - we offer Yoga for everyone from babies to seniors, and everything in between! A TBoKY ROCKSTAR is committed to their Kids Yoga Biz with leadership and contribution to community … What makes you a TBoKY ROCKSTAR? There's no other Family Yoga Studio around. We specialize in Yoga for the ENTIRE family - we don't just offer it once in a while, we focus our attention on the needs of families of all ages and stages. Also, ALL of our classes are inclusive of all needs, without separate classes for “special needs”. Our dedication to families and all abilities are what makes us really stand out. What are you currently most excited about in your biz right now? I'm most excited to be working on getting Yoga into public schools in the city. Not everyone can attend studio classes, and sometimes those who need Yoga the most don't know they need it, or they aren't able to access it. Bringing Yoga into the schools would provide this valuable skillset to all kids! What is a personal habit or resource that contributes to your success and that you would highly recommend to other Kids Yoga Teachers? Michael Port has been a huge influence and reading his book, "Book Yourself Solid" has helped me to focus my market, follow my intuition, and market myself appropriately with authenticity and integrity. How has The Biz of Kids Yoga influenced your business? There are so many ways! But the BIGGEST influence has been the ongoing, supportive TBoKY community. It is absolutely invaluable to have a group of people who support you and help you to GROW rather than compete. Business in general can be difficult, but I've found that Kids Yoga is a particularly difficult business to navigate because there are so many emotional ties to what we do. A tendency is to undervalue ourselves monetarily because we care about what we do (which is NOT good business!). I think it's super important to have a group of people to remind you of your value, help you see your worth, and remind you that taking care of yourself (money, self-care, time, etc) is vital to your existence so we can keep doing the important work we do! How can people find and connect with you? Through the Breathe and Play Every Day website. Check out past TBoKY ROCKSTARS here. Also search for them on social with hashtag #tbokyrockstars

Two Lil Words that will Improve Your Biz Big

I’ve got two very important words for you today. Two, little, and yet very powerful words. These two words, if used right, could improve your business. Actually, it could improve your life, but since I am here to share about The Biz of Kids Yoga, we’ll stick with your business. Are you ready for the two words? Here they are: by when. These are the two words that could have you do your business better. They could have you accomplish your goals quicker, your clients register faster, emails replied to speedier, payments made sooner, and your business over all running more efficiently, now! I mean who wouldn’t want that!? You see, we live in a world of over-stimulation, easy distraction, procrastination, busyness and sometimes exhaustion. It can be easy to put off important things like responding to emails, meeting deadlines, paying bills, returning phone calls and other tasks that really and truly matter – especially in biz! The words “by when” can help keep you and the people you do business with accountable and therefore moving things forward.   Here’s what it looks like … A school owes you payment for classes that you taught a month ago. After 30 days of no check, you send them another invoice with a sweet lil note that says, please remit payment by September 20th or a late fee of 5% will be charged. (I am making up the late fee part, but you get my drift. You can hold them accountable to a date you set or else there will be a penalty.) Ideally they hear the “by when” date and they get into action! Another scenario could be when you work with someone like a graphic designer and you are waiting on a new flyer to be made for your business. You can and should ask them, “By when will it be ready?” Now, ideally they give you a specific time and date, like “by Thursday at noon” not “at the end of the week” as that answer is vague and has little accountability. Here’s one more example for how to use these two lil words that are sure to get you the results you want … Imagine that you have a goal to make $500 more a month in your Kids Yoga biz. It can be easy to put this goal off to the next month and then the following month, and then the following. But if you declare a month “by when” you will start earning this additional five-hundy, then you have to take action and be accountable to yourself and your goal. So, try switching it up to something that includes a “by when” date which will be way more powerful. Take a listen to the difference between, “I want to make $500 more a month” versus “By November 30th, I will be making $500 more a month.” It’s all about the “by when” and accountability. With this, you and your biz will succeed. Ok, hopefully you get the […]

Over-delivering

Last week I took one of my closest friends for a Lumpectomy. I drove 45 minutes in Bay Area rush hour morning traffic to pick her up, sat in the Kaiser waiting room from 9am til 3pm, took her back home, cooked her food and then got in my car for a 6pm biz call. Serving my sister like this made me think about how we take care of each other and, also, about over-delivering. So how does this relate to The Biz of Kids Yoga? Think about how you serve your students, schools, employees, colleagues, and community members. Do you stop after you teach them a 45-minute Yoga class that they paid for? Do you walk in & out of the school upon start and end time of class? How about after a Yogi attends a workshop, training or online course of yours – do you follow up with them?   Simply said, do you over-deliver or just give the bare minimum? Here’s another example to help drive home the point. I am working with a Private Mentorship client who is launching her first ever online course on helping Kids Yoga Teachers land their dream job of teaching Yoga in the schools. She is rocking it, but recently needed a lil additional help outside of our scheduled coaching call time. So this past Saturday morning, I graciously hopped on a 30 minute call with her to support her. In addition, I’ve been texting to see how she is progressing. While I am not charging her extra for my time, it’s basically my version of over-delivering. Keeping her happy, us connected, and me inspired. Simply, because I love doing the work I do mentoring Kids Yoga Teachers. So, now I ask you … How can you over-deliver and support your clients beyond what they expect from you? It’s not as hard as it seems and it is as important as I write. Think newsletters with rich blog content, email follow ups about the class you just taught, a special birthday acknowledgement, and phone calls just to say hello & check in. I know you are a heart-centered entrepreneur – it’s why you and I are connected. So, dear one, stay the course and over-deliver to your people. They’ll feel your love, stay involved in your life and your biz, and you’ll too reap the benefits. To over-delivering! Jodi PS – In case you were wondering, my friend got her Lumpectomy results back yesterday, and all is clear! Thank goodness, right!? PPS – In the spirit of over-delivery, (she doesn’t know I am doing this!) click here to check out my client’s online course about landing your dream job teaching yoga in the schools.  

Own Your Tree by NGY Teacher, Joanie Layden

Own your tree. Own it. Make Yoga yours. This principle of Yoga is deeply embedded in the Next Generation Yoga philosophy. When realized, it’s a life-changing concept: one that can be applied within Yoga practice and in the world outside of Yoga. “A tween evolved.” That statement in and of itself is amazing! Watching it happen, knowing that a fundamental of Yoga was a driving force behind it, AND that I had a hand in prompting this enlightenment in a young girl is so powerful and inspiring to me. It, alone, is reason enough to practice and to share the practice of Yoga with kids. Eleanor*, a ten-year-old girl, entered class with an attitude that can only be named as “indifferent”. She half-heartedly held her poses and shared only single word answers during our first few weeks of mat chats. She never caused a raucous and always left class with a thank you. During our fourth NGY session together, we were chatting as a group about “things that we don’t like or make us uncomfortable.” Answers varied from peas to when grown-ups make us do stuff. Eleanor started to open up about how her day is filled with teachers telling her the proper way to complete an assignment so much so that it leaves little room for creativity. She follows a structure at soccer practice finishes her drills just as she was instructed but lacked time to test out skills she had been working on at home. At home, her parents had rules – not just rules – but certain ways they prefer she polish off her chores. Eleanor was certainly not alone in this sentiment. Many of the girls expressed their feelings of confinement, lack of freedom, the need to be like others and how that all leads to losing ownership of their lives. Shortly after this talk, where I mostly just listened, we entered into Tree pose. We sampled some different variations of Tree … foot on ankle, foot on calf, foot on thigh, arms up, arms out, arms holding onto a wall. I said, make your tree your own. Whatever variation of tree works for your body today, do it and own it, it’s your tree. I invited the ownership and watched the invitation silently be accepted as Eleanor owned her tree: free of worry of the rules of tree, free of comparing her tree to others, open to her individualism. Her tree wobbled and morphed has she played around. It was awesome. Eleanor started sharing more in class. She started experimenting more. She stopped looking around at others. She took chances – with victories and defeats. She learned that ever day our bodies are different. She owned her tree and owned her Yoga. I can only hope that Eleanor’s Tree of Life is as free and open as her Tree of Yoga. *names have been changed Joanie Layden Next Generation Yoga Teacher Yardley, PA Helping people move, feel and breathe better has become a major focus […]

Did You Hear the News? NGY is for Sale!

I truly hope this finds you & your loved ones happy & healthy today! I know how full life & your email inbox can be, and I wanted to make sure you are in the loop and heard the big news that I recently announced: Next Generation Yoga is for sale and I am seeking a new leader to transfer ownership to. (If you missed it, you can catch the announcement on the blog.) Big news, right!?   NGY is a thriving small business with a big impact in the world. This year the company entered into its 21st year, and between myself & an incredible NGY team, we have taught nearly a million children, certified over 2300 instructors, licensed hundreds of teachers, and had multiple six figure years in business. Next Generation Yoga is ripe for even more growth, and with the right new leader/s, I know it will continue to soar into the hearts, minds, schools, studios, and homes of millions around the world. As I search for the right person/s to transfer NGY ownership to, I am curious to know … Are you ready for a big life change? Do you desire doing purposeful work? Are you a Kids Yoga lover with a savvy business-mind? Want to lead a successful, international Yoga organization? Do you get excited by location freedom and financial prosperity? If this sounds like you (or someone you know) who is ready to take on a new venture with the purchase and leadership of Next Generation Yoga – email me now, as I would love to have a conversation with you.   Really, truly, if you feel a call of curiosity, inspiration, and interest – I invite you to listen to that pull and email me. Let’s chat about how, with my support, you could take an already existing successful Kids Yoga company to the next level! Looking forward to hearing from you, Jodi  

Say Hello to September’s Featured Trainer: Ana Mateljan

Each month we spotlight one of our AMAZING Next Generation Yoga Trainers so you can see a little of what makes them shine! Say Hello to September's Featured Trainer: Ana Mateljan Read on for a Q&A with Ana! Ana Mateljan, MBA Next Generation Yoga Trainer for 2-7 yr. olds San Diego, CA Q: Tell us a fun fact about yourself. A: I was a girl scout in Mexico when I was growing up. I really enjoyed the outdoors, camping, putting up a tent and spending time with my friends in the woods. My most favorite part of the day was making dinner on the fire pit, baking bread on top of logs and constellation watching very late at night! Q: What was your first experience with Next Generation Yoga? A: My first experience was at the 2-7 yr. old training at Peace Love and Yoga studio in Carlsbad CA and I loved it. I initially wanted to take the training to share Yoga with my two little girls. One thing led to another and then I started my own NGY Kids Yoga classes at studios, after school programs, summer camps, at home, parks and many more, it has been an incredible journey! Q: What are your current favorite 3 NGY Lesson Plans? A: Chakra Yoga-Rainbowland, Spring Fling and Yoga Games! Q: What did you want to be when you grew up? A: Architect, Astronaut or Doctor... and in the end I turned out to do something completely different from all of those. I'm an International Business Major with an MBA. In hindsight, I wouldn't have it any other way! Q: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone wanting to or currently teaching Yoga to Kids? A: Have fun creating your classes and teaching them. The energy we transmit to the children during class is key to our success. Enjoy it all, the planning, the teaching, the conversations with the kids, their ideas, their sing-songs and especially enjoy them! Q: How can people connect with you? A: You can connect with me through my Facebook page or via email. Join Ana for an Upcoming NGY Teacher Training!

Radical Self-Care

Here’s a quick one for you today as I am writing you this just before I pack up my things and head out on a road trip to one my favorite places on earth: Sierra Hot Springs.    The funny thing is that I almost didn’t go.   Why? Because, just last week, I announced the sale of Next Generation Yoga, my 21 year old Kids Yoga company – if you missed the news, you can read about it here – and, it’s been a very busy week. Between emails and phone calls with prospective buyers, let’s just say things have not been slow.   So why would I now choose to head out on a lil camping trip and soak in hot springs when I have plenty to do do do? Because radical self-care is my highest value! And without taking good care of myself, I can’t possibly be my best in biz. And … besides, the resort has wifi & cell reception – so have laptop, will travel!   The truth is, it’s so easy to be busy and put other things in front of taking care of ourselves. I mean how many times do you miss a Yoga class because you are too busy? Or what about sleeping in instead of waking up early to meditate? Or grabbing fast food versus taking the time make a healthy meal to go?   We all do it, and you are not alone. But it has to stop somewhere, especially if we want to be our best selves in biz.   And, since life is all about choices, let’s choose self-care. Really and truly, I want this for you, dear one. Because when you do, I know you can be your best self, ever!   In support of you having radical self-care, Jodi                     PS – If you can’t tell, I am extremely passionate about supporting Kids Yoga entrepreneurs in taking good care of themselves because I know this is where our access towards running our best biz lies! Want support for radical self-care in your biz? Email me to schedule a call to learn more about Private Mentorship with me.   PPS – The Biz of Kids Yoga Mastermind is starting up in September and there are a few spots left with your name on it. TBoKY Mastermind is THE PLACE to be to implement a radical self-care practice so you can rock your biz with support and community by your side. Interested to know more? Let’s chat. Send me an email & we’ll schedule a call time!

Massive Love

I hope this finds you well today and enjoying your beautiful life! This week I made a big announcement to the public that I am putting my company, Next Generation Yoga, up for sale. If you missed the news, you can catch it on the NGY blog & my facebook page. While yes it was extremely scary and vulnerable to publicly share such big news, but I trusted my inner guidance that in order to attract the right person/people to purchase and take over the company, I needed to put it out to the world.  And I am so glad I did.    The response for listening to my heart and acting on it has been wildly inspiring to others and graciously received. Telling the world about my big decision to sell my 21 year old company was no small endeavor, but well worth it. In less than 24 hours I’ve gotten over 300 “likes” with loving comments that have moved me to tears … plus the sweetest emails. Whether you commented or not, I feel you and I thank you for your support, dear one!   Do you have something big to share?   Desire support from your community?   Your loved ones want to love on you. So why not let them do so by letting them in. I did, and it’s been a wonderful experience thus far.   Oh, and while an outpouring of love and support from my friends, family and the Kids Yoga community has been extremely heart warming … the day after I made the big announcement, I received a spot on email from The Universe. It said: Taking massive action on massive dreams amidst massive uncertainties, Jodi, is pretty much where anyone who’s ever done anything massive had to start.    And then things got way easier.    Massive love, The Universe   I mean so much affirmation reflected back to me in a simple, big, bold and truthful act.   Really, << Test First Name >>, what I wanna say is … If I can do it, so can you! Sending massive love, Jodi                   PS – Want to receive daily notes from The Universe? I highly recommend them … sign up for wisdom again nd blessings from Mike Dooley at tut.com.   PPS – The Biz of Kids Yoga Mastermind is starting up in September and there are a few spots left with your name on it. It’s THE PLACE to take massive action with support and community. Interested to know more? Let’s chat. Send me an email & we’ll schedule a call time!

Big Update – Next Generation Yoga is for Sale!

I am writing to let you know of  a BIG update and I thank you, dear ones, for your generous listening and sweet support. Like many in the world, I am moving towards my greater purpose and truest passion. With that comes making space and turning the page to a new chapter. In order to fully lead in the way I desire and do the work that I am feeling called to do, I am putting Next Generation Yoga up for sale and seeking a new leader to transfer ownership to. But why, you ask? This year, I brought Next Generation Yoga into its 21st year in business. I have built an international Kids Yoga empire, and in my heart of hearts, I feel it is time to align my time and attention with a new calling. In order to pursue this wholeheartedly, this necessitates me selling NGY to the right person/corporation. Truly, I have deep gratitude for every day serving the next generation. I look back with pride … in 1998 in New York City, I opened the first children’s Yoga studio in the world. It was just a year and a half later that I authored The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Yoga with Kids. I taught what feels like a million children around the world, mentored NGY Trainers, and together we certified thousands of Yoga teachers internationally. I produced and starred in video, tv and online segments, developed products, and co-wrote original curriculum. I inspired a global community and created a lifestyle of freedom and fun while being the CEO of a company that is financially prosperous. The result of all this today is Next Generation Yoga. Of course, I could not have done any of this alone, and I acknowledge the many loyal collaborators, kids, and community members (yes, you!) who have joined me on this precious path.  Next Generation Yoga is ripe for growth, and with the right leader, I know it will continue to soar into the hearts, minds, schools, studios, communities and homes of millions around the world. I am committed to seeing this company continue to thrive and to attract the right person/people to create a seamless transition.   Is it you or someone you know? Please do not hesitate if you are curious, inspired, and want to know more. Email me now. Thank you for your great support in holding me and my news sacred and I so look forward to hearing from you, whether you are interested in becoming the new owner of NGY or simply to share a truthful moment of what’s next for you. Email me and let’s connect.   Finally, and most importantly, please know that until NGY transitions to a new owner, I will continue to enthusiastically lead the company, with an amazing team of NGY Teachers & Trainers … we remain strong and dedicated – ready to serve and maintain our influence of peace and joy in the world.   Gratefully yours, Jodi

August’s TBoKY ROCKSTAR: Breeanne Macouzet

Each month we feature a ROCKSTAR for The Biz of Kids Yoga (TBoKY). A TBoKY ROCKSTAR is a Kids Yoga & Mindfulness leader who makes a unique impact in their community. Say Hello to August's TBoKY ROCKSTAR: Breeanne Macouzet of Mindfully Evolve Hey Breeanne, tell us about your Mindfulness biz! We are an educational organization driven to bring Mindfulness into families, schools, and communities worldwide. We are a source for online Mindfulness programs with highly effective stress coping techniques, life-changing strategies, and transformational coaching. A TBoKY ROCKSTAR is committed to their Kids Yoga Biz with leadership and contribution to community … What makes you a TBoKY ROCKSTAR? What makes me a TBoKY ROCKSTAR is that I am passionate about empowering our youth so that they know they can make a positive contribution to our world. I want every child to know that they matter and can make a difference. I teach them mindful life skills of compassion, connection, confidence, and resilience. What are you currently most excited about in your biz right now? I'm excited about changing the education system! I love being an educational consultant and sharing Mindfulness with the teachers so that they can influence our children in the best possible ways. What is a personal habit or resource that contributes to your success and that you would highly recommend to other Kids Yoga Teachers? Mastering your mind-set. Knowing when to reset your mind-state. Recognizing the self-sabotaging beliefs and choosing to only focus on the beliefs that support your greatest self. Even when failure comes along, reframing it as this is supporting my evolution and creatively strategizing the next steps with faith. How has The Biz of Kids Yoga influenced your business? The Biz of Kids Yoga™ and Private Mentorship with Jodi’s experience and dedication have given me hope to keep going. When it feels like nothing is falling into place or my hard work isn't paying off in the ways I want, I trust that there is magic behind the scenes unfolding perfectly. How can people find and connect with you? Through the Mindfully Evolve website and on Facebook. Check out past TBoKY ROCKSTARS here. Also search for them on social with hashtag #tbokyrockstars

Back to School with SMART Goals

OMG! How is it already back to school season!? I sincerely hope you are enjoying these precious days and ready for the fun and excitement that is to come. For many of us in the U.S. working with kids, we are on a school-year calendar which is the perfect time to set goals for the days, months and year ahead. But we don’t want to just set any number of goals nor any kind of goal – we want to be smart about setting goals. The acronym SMART is one that I love to use and abide by for all my goal setting. Watch the video blog I made for you to learn how to successfully set just a few goals for yourself and your business for the coming months ahead. Thanks so much for journeying with me, for being a valuable member of my life and The Biz of Kids Yoga Community. Your presence matters. I would love to hear from you. What goals are you setting for you & your biz? Send me an email or leave a comment on the blog so we can all learn from you. In support of you, Jodi PS – Do you need accountability with your goals? The Biz of Kids Yoga Mastermind is a group of like-minded peeps who are also setting goals and working together to make sure they accomplish them. The cohort is forming now, early bird ends August 20th & we start in September. Send me an email and let’s hop on a call and I’ll happily tell you more!

The Healing Power of Yoga by NGY Teacher & Trainer, Joyce McNally

Do you ever wonder what gifts you are truly giving in your Yoga classes? While we all want to make a lasting and positive impact on our students’ lives, the truth is that sometimes, it is hard to tell. Recently, the sweet gesture of a simple gift served as a reminder of the healing power of Yoga and why I love to teach Yoga to kids. One afternoon before the start of class, a student ran up to me holding a gift bag. Eight-year-old Kate* had only been practicing Yoga with me for about a month, so I was surprised but touched by this gift of two beautiful candles. Kate is a sweet spirited student, always bringing a smile to the room and eager to participate and connect with her peers. I thanked Kate and her mom with a big hug, and we started class as usual. During the lesson, I noticed in the background that Kate’s mom was having a quiet conversation with the studio owner. After class was over and the students parted, I mentioned to the studio owner how sweet Kate’s gift was. She then shared with me what Kate’s mom had told her. Kate had gone through significant trauma in her young life and suffered from trichotillomania as a result. Trichotillomania is an impulse control disorder characterized by consistent urges to pull out one’s own hair. This disorder has numerous negative side effects other than hair loss and can even be fatal in some cases. However, Kate’s mom said that since Kate had started attending my Next Generation Yoga classes, she had stopped pulling her hair out and has made great strides in improvement with her disorder. Kate’s mom was beyond grateful that the simple elements of Yoga were so groundbreaking in her daughter’s recovery. I was shocked and saddened to hear about Kate’s struggle, but WOW! Once again, the power of Yoga has shown me how impactful our teachings can be. We can never fully know what happens in our student’s lives outside of the classroom. Trauma, illness, bullying, loss – we can’t possibly predict or assume it. All we can do is offer a space to leave that all at the door. To just exist in the moment, to move together, to breathe. To connect in a positive way to one’s body and self. Kate’s is just one story of the ways that the reach of Yoga extends far beyond the classroom. This one really struck a chord with me. The realization of Yoga to heal and even save someone’s life goes far beyond what I could have ever imagined in bringing Yoga to kids. I can only hope that she continues using Yoga as a tool in her recovery process, and that every child who practices is impacted by the healing powers of Yoga. Joyce McNally Next Generation Yoga Teacher & Trainer Medford, NJ Joyce McNally has been sharing the gift of Yoga with children and families since 2002 and is considered a master […]

July’s TBoKY ROCKSTAR: Dana Robinson

Each month we feature a ROCKSTAR for The Biz of Kids Yoga (TBoKY). A TBoKY ROCKSTAR is a Kids Yoga leader who makes a unique impact in their community. Say Hello to July's TBoKY ROCKSTAR: Dana Robinson of Sweet Feet Yoga Hey Dana, tell us about your Kids Yoga biz! Sweet Feet Yoga (SFY) began in Iowa City, IA in 2006 with toddler and preschool Yoga, later adding classes for babies and teens, Prenatal Yoga and Teacher Trainings. Now located in Crytal Lake, IL (NW suburg of Chicago), we have weekly classes for babies through teens, Prenatal Yoga, Yoga Teacher Trainings for kids 6 weeks-15 years and a Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training. Our Mission at Sweet Feet Yoga is to inspire and empower kids and families in every stage of life, helping them to reconnect and truly be the best that they can be! A TBoKY ROCKSTAR is committed to their Kids Yoga Biz with leadership and contribution to community … What makes you a TBoKY ROCKSTAR? I love to connect with my community...near and far. Within the community, I connect with other like-minded local businesses to collaborate. Whether I work with a locally owned farm-to-table restaurant providing a Family Yoga class along with a locally grown meal or teach a Yoga class at the local toy store, I love to collaborate with others in the community. I also love to teach donation-based Family Yoga and Kids' Yoga classes to raise money for non-profit organizations both near and far. I have been an Africa Yoga Project ambassador both with Team Next Generation Yoga, as well as the lead host along with my family (my amazing husband and 3 kids) for the 2015 Family Seva Safari in Kenya with AYP and Flying Kites Orphanage. I believe in leading by example for my kids and family, for my SFY teachers and trainees, and for everyone around me. I also lead coaching calls for Sweet Feet Yoga trained teachers, leading them to build a solid foundation not just for their Yoga classes and businesses, but also in their personal life. What are you currently most excited about in your biz right now? Starting my Sweet Feet Yoga Foundation Calls (coaching calls) and Sweet Feet Yoga Minis with my kiddos! What is a personal habit or resource that contributes to your success and that you would highly recommend to other Kids Yoga Teachers? Finding balance (set aside teaching time, family time, and business time...clumping them together works for me), Accountability partner and coach, Jodi, and taking time for self-care. How has The Biz of Kids Yoga influenced your business? I loved participating in the The Biz of Kids Yoga™ Mastermind program, because it gave me accountability and a network of like-minded business-women to keep me focused and bounce ideas off of. They were all there with me during my tough move from Iowa to Illinois. These last 6 months with Jodi one-on-one have been amazing for the accountability, the focus and space to grow. Jodi is great at [...]

What to do when You Lose a Yoga Class

I hope this finds you and your loved ones well today and enjoying the beauty of July! If you know me, you know I LOVE to teach in real-time, meaning when something in biz occurs, I look at the lessons and then teach you about it. Now this is a good one, that you won’t want to miss because I know I am not alone when I say that I just lost a school contract due to budget cuts. Yea, it’s super disappointing and scary but there are things we can do to empower ourselves as we manage our way through to the other side. Watch the video blog to learn two things to definitely do if/when you ever lose a Yoga contract.  Thanks so much for journeying with me, for being a valuable member of my life and The Biz of Kids Yoga Community. Your presence matters. I would love to hear from you. Have you ever lost a Yoga class or contract? What were your next steps? Send me an email or leave a comment on the blog so we can all learn from you. In support of you, Jodi PS – Got a question about The Biz of Kids Yoga™? Send me an email as I’d love to support you! PPS – Do you want to become a member of the private TBoKY Community Facebook group? Send me an email and I’ll tell you how! PPPS – I have just 1 spot available on my docket for Private Mentorship. If you are ready to grow your biz but have questions, fears and simply just want to talk to someone who has already been where you want to go – I’d love to be your mentor. Send me an email.

Bringing Yoga School-Wide by NGY Teacher & Trainer Michelle Marcellin

I have been on a mission to positively impact educational settings using the Next Generation Yoga Cards for School-Based Educators as a tool to help administrators, teachers and students. I had the privilege of doing this at an elementary school in Michigan this year and I am here to tell you about it! More and more students are coming to school with stress that is affecting their ability to cope & learn. Teachers are given curriculum and are experts on how to deliver instruction but what happens when students can’t stay focused? In reality, many students come to school tired and hungry, and many struggle with sitting still. Teachers need strategies to help kids express themselves in appropriate ways so their needs can be met. The beauty of the Next Generation Yoga Cards for School-Based Educators is that it easily allows teachers to take a few minutes throughout the day to implement quick breaks based on the needs of an individual student or classroom. It’s like pressing a reset button for teachers and students. At the start of the school year administrators, teachers, & support staff were trained in the first phase of the Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for School-Based Educators and had ongoing professional development throughout the year. During the implementation, administration created a calming room in the school that incorporated the Next Generation Yoga Cards for School-Based Educators, and some teachers created this space in their room as well. Teachers implemented what they’d learned into their daily routines to support a positive classroom environment, to build relationships and meet individual student needs. Students were able to apply what they’d learned during their school day AND at home. This implementation allowed teachers to create a climate in their classroom that was about the whole student instead of just focusing on the academics. Amazingly, it didn’t require a lot of time, but it did allow relationships to be built and, coping strategies to be taught. It also created a place where students felt nurtured and supported. For example, one morning a teacher was doing the One Word Check-In activity from the NGY card deck. This activity invites students to notice how they feel in their body and/or mind and to think of one word to describe that feeling. Then, they share their word with the group one at a time. During the activity a student shared that he was “worried”. Later, the teacher followed up with him and he shared that he was worried because his family doesn’t always get him to school on time to eat breakfast. The teacher was then able to assure him that his breakfast would always be saved and waiting for him at whatever time he got to school. This is just one example that clearly illustrates how teachers can make a world of difference in the daily life of a child with minimal effort and planning. Hooray! Small change for big gains! Sadly, some children are not dealt the easiest hand in life and […]

June’s TBoKY ROCKSTAR: Meghan Jane Stegemann

Each month we feature a ROCKSTAR for The Biz of Kids Yoga (TBoKY). A TBoKY ROCKSTAR is a Kids Yoga leader who makes a unique impact in their community. Say Hello to June's TBoKY ROCKSTAR: Meghan Jane Stegemann of Meghan Jane Yoga Hey Meghan, tell us about your Kids Yoga biz! I share developmentally-appropriate, playful & engaging ​Kids Yoga with children ages 1.5 - 9 years old in Chicago, IL. A TBoKY ROCKSTAR is committed to their Kids Yoga Biz with leadership and contribution to community … What makes you a TBoKY ROCKSTAR? In an effort to make Yoga accessible to all children I lead a weekly "karma" (free) yoga class at a non-profit tutor/mentor program. I am in the process of starting a local Meetup group for Kids Yoga and fitness instructors in Chicago to create more community & share ideas & resources. What are you currently most excited about in your biz right now? I am most excited about the GROWTH my business is seeing. I am in the process of becoming an LLC, and hired my first teacher to lead classes for me! We sincerely hope you enjoyed the EVOLvED Heart-Centered, Mindful Education Teacher Training as much as we enjoyed having you. We're so grateful for your time and participation. Please take a few moments to share your feedback with us so we can improve our training (it really is our baby!) Upon completion, you will be gifted a FREE NGY Lesson Plan. Thank you & Namaste! Name:   Trainer: Select TrainerAmy NuceraRachel Glowacki Teacher Training: 8-hour Certification4-hour Professional Development Did you get what you hoped for/needed? Please choose the appropriate response for each question: 1. Understanding of what yoga + mindfulness are and how the practices benefit students and educators with varied background? Just RightMore PleaseToo Much Comment: 2. Exploration of yoga + mindfulness activities, exercises, poses, and games? Just RightMore PleaseToo Much Comment: 3. Information, resources, and ideas to make yoga + mindfulness fun and appropriate for children in the classroom setting. Just RightMore PleaseToo Much Comment: 4. Did you find the training to be organized and well-structured? YesNoNeeds Work Suggestions: 5. Was there ample time for active reflection and discussion with the class? YesNo Comment: 6. Prior to the course, did you find the information about the Teacher Training helpful and the registration process streamlined? YesNo Comment: 7. Was the general flow of the schedule comfortable for you? YesNo Comment: 8. How did the environment of the training (online or in-person) impact your experience? Comment: 9. Was there sufficient time for questions and connecting with the trainer? YesNo Comment: 10. For our next generation of trainees what would you suggest we emphasize more or less of? More of: Less of: 11. List 3 words that describe your overall experience with this EVOLvED Teacher Training?: 12. Kindly share a comment, compliment and or testimonial about your experience with the EVOLvED Teacher Training that we may use in our marketing materials. Thank you! Comment: Free Thank You Gift To receive [...]

Make the Most of Your Biz this Summer with this Tip

I hope this finds you and your loved ones well today. Can you believe that it is mid-June with Summer right around the corner!? How is it that we are already ½ way through 2018!? For some, Summertime means a boom in biz with Yoga camps and outdoor offerings, but for many, it means a slower teaching schedule will less income on the books. If you fall into the latter category, I see you and know that it can feel like a scary time in biz. But let’s not let fear stop you. Summer is the perfect time to rejuvenate from all the hard work you’ve done thus far, trust in your business ahead and rock out some important projects that your future biz-self will thank you for. Watch the video blog to learn how to successfully keep your business running so that you stay inspired and productive.  Thanks so much for journeying with me, for being a valuable member of my life and The Biz of Kids Yoga Community. Your presence matters. I would love to hear from you. How are you feeling about this Summer ahead? What projects will you work on? Send me an email or leave a comment on the blog so we can all learn from you. In support of you, Jodi PS – Got a question about The Biz of Kids Yoga™? Send me an email as I’d love to support you! PPS – Do you want to become a member of the private TBoKY Community Facebook group? Send me an email and I’ll tell you how! PPPS – I have just 1 spot available on my docket for Private Mentorship. If you are ready to grow your biz but have questions, fears and simply just want to talk to someone who has already been where you want to go – I’d love to be your mentor. Send me an email.

The Importance of Teaching Kids How to Breathe by NGY Teacher & Trainer Samantha Howard

We are constantly telling children: “Calm down.” “Be quiet.” “Sit still.” “Focus.” “Pay attention.” We want them to be still, to transition to a never ending string of “next things” quickly and quietly. When children become upset we tell them to “Stop crying.”, that “You’re fine.”, or, the big one:“Just breathe.” Just breathe, we say…. Science shows us that when our body is in “fight of flight” mode our sympathetic nervous system kicks in – our breathing becomes shallow, our heart rate increases, our emotions are often filled with anger or anxiety. Our body is ready for battle! Our body reacts to stress, anxiety and anger the same way it would react to a lion entering a room. These days our children are constantly facing that lion in the room. They are asked to turn their emotions on and off quickly, they are bombarded with media, opinions, and being told how they should behave. Many are constantly living in this fight or flight mode and it’s exhausting to have their bodies and minds in overdrive all day, every day. Thankfully, there is a tool that can be taught quite easily and practiced anywhere. It doesn’t cost anything, doesn’t require a plug, doesn’t have screens and we all already have it inside our bodies. Conscious breathing, often called “belly breathing”, is an amazing tool that we have right at our fingertips. When we engage in “belly breathing”, we are slowing down our heart rate, bringing more oxygen into our bloodstream and lowering our bodies reaction to stress. When children learn to engage in belly breathing they have a tool that can help them get control over their emotions and stop that feeling of being “squeezed”. In Yoga, we teach this idea of belly breathing, but this is certainly not just for the Yoga mat. Life can get hard for the young people of today. They are bullied, left out, toys are taken, they don’t make the team or their parents are fighting. The life of a child can get hard but teaching them how and when to breathe will allow them to pause, direct their attention to their breath and relax. Case in point: Teaching 3 year olds, there are LOTS of opportunities to stop and breathe. Emotions run high in my classroom! I have one sweet boy who gets worked up every time he feels “wronged”. He begins to hyperventilate with lots of tears. He and I have discovered that if I can sit in front of him – eye to eye – and breathe deep through our nose and out through our mouth, he can relax and manage the situation in front of him without all the stress to his body. Now, I can encourage him from across the room  to “Just breathe, in and out.” and he can manage his emotions all on his own! Powerful stuff! Another example: A child in my classroom began choking on food at snack time. We were able to determine she was safe, but the stress, […]

May’s TBoKY ROCKSTAR: Dana Morris

Each month we feature a ROCKSTAR for The Biz of Kids Yoga (TBoKY). A TBoKY ROCKSTAR is a Kids Yoga leader who makes a unique impact in their community. Say Hello to May's TBoKY ROCKSTAR: Dana Morris of I AM KIDS Tulsa Hey Dana, tell us about your Kids Yoga biz! I AM KIDS Tulsa is dedicated to bringing Yoga and Mindfulness to children in schools and studios in the Tulsa area including Teacher Trainings, Summer camps, Yoga birthday parties and workshops! A TBoKY ROCKSTAR is committed to their Kids Yoga Biz with leadership and contribution to community … What makes you a TBoKY ROCKSTAR? I can't say enough about collaborations and partnerships. I AM KIDS Tulsa partners with several local businesses in our community. Attic Conversations is a non-profit that serves at risk girls. Our partnership has allowed us to teach Yoga to a local alternative High School where most of our students are teen mothers. We also partner with local parks and botanical gardens to bring free community Yoga classes. While this is free to the public our teachers still get paid! The owner of I AM Yoga studio is a good friend and business partner. And me personally, I teach trauma informed Yoga to children and teens in several local psychiatric hospitals every week. What are you currently most excited about in your biz right now? July 2018 we are hosting our first overnight Kids Yoga camp! 4 days, 3 nights! What is a personal habit or resource that contributes to your success and that you would highly recommend to other Kids Yoga Teachers? Collaboration and connections. I could NEVER do this on my own. Being active in my Yoga community and school communities. Making connections and giving of my services. I have been using Sawyer Tools for enrollment and LOVE it!! How has The Biz of Kids Yoga influenced your business? The Biz of Kids Yoga™ helped me take my business to another level professionally. I now have 5 amazing Kids Yoga teachers on my team and we are teaching in 21 schools and studios. The connections and professional friendships I have made are life changing! How can people find and connect with you? You can reach me via email at: iamkidstulsa@gmail.com Check out past TBoKY ROCKSTARS here. Also search for them on social with hashtag #tbokyrockstars

Want to Create a New Biz Offering? Don’t Forget to do this!

Lately I have been mentoring Kids Yoga entrepreneurs in developing new offerings for their businesses. Things like new workshops, Summer camps and online courses! It’s so exciting to create something new and serve the community. Don’t you agree!? But where do you start? Oftentimes, when people want to create something new, they jump right in with their ideas for what to create. But something is missing. We need to hear from our people/customers/community about what it is that they want! We can’t be assumptive and think that we know exactly what they want and how much they will pay. So why not ask them? Watch the video blog about creating a survey for gathering all the information you’ll need in order to create the right and perfect new Kids Yoga biz offering for your people.  Thanks so much for journeying with me, for being a valuable member of my life and The Biz of Kids Yoga Community. Your presence matters. I would love to hear from you. Have you ever created a survey to collect information from your people? Did it work? Confused about what questions to ask? Send me an email or leave a comment on the blog so we can all learn from you. In support of you, Jodi PS – Got a question about The Biz of Kids Yoga™? Send me an email as I’d love to support you! PPS – Do you want to become a member of the private TBoKY Community Facebook group? Send me an email and I’ll tell you how! PPPS – I have just 1 spot available on my docket for Private Mentorship. If you are ready to grow your biz in 2018, but have questions, fears and simply just want to talk to someone who has already been where you want to go – I’d love to be your mentor. Send me an email.

Why Kids Love Savasana by NGY Teacher Puja Shah

“I just can’t believe you got him to be so still like that.” “I’m so surprised that she really likes the relaxation part at the end!” This is some of the feedback I have received after teaching kids yoga from parents who are in awe that their child not only likes Savasana, but LOVES it. Savasana. That total Yogic relaxation at the end of class. To be honest, it can be hard for even the most advanced adults Yogis to come to inner silence and total surrender after rounds of energizing sun salutations. We are, after all, in constant motion. Driving, walking, texting, talking, chewing, typing, the list goes on. Then there is the movement within our mind. The thoughts that seem to keep going…schedules, feelings, regrets, worries, joy filled moments, work, bills…it’s a lot to think about. So when we give ourselves the gift to slow down when we are not accustomed to it, it can take a minute to get there. To arrive in that feeling of stillness. Kids are no different. Between multiplication charts and friends’ birthday invitations to soccer games and swim lessons…their little minds and bodies are also on the constant go, go, go. Although it was over 6 years ago, I’ll never forget a moment during my Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training where I observed Jodi Komitor teach a class of second graders in a local elementary school.  One of the young boys sat up and said, “I wish I could do that all the time,” after feeling that sweet place of stillness in savasana. Savasana comes from the Sanskrit words, Shava, meaning corpse, and Asana, meaning pose. It literally translates to corpse pose and the documented benefits include stress relief…but there are definitely more. I once heard a teacher in India tell me that savasana is the self acceptance pose. He said, “When we surrender our bodies, we are no longer struggling to be anywhere else but on the mat. We breath and we accept ourselves as is.” And for kids…that’s huge. To be able to feel that and just be as is… away from the peer judgement, the parental expectations, the sibling responsibilities, the classroom rules…they are surrendering to the present moment. I feel honored every time I can lead students into this surrender. I am giving them a tool to know when they can feel most clear. That they can always find that place inside, the one that arises when they are not moving. It is a lifelong gift that they can hopefully carry with them wherever they go. I am never surprised at their sweet smiles in savasana when I read them relaxation stories or just allow them to breathe as I play sounds of the ocean. So yes, kids love savasana because they can slow down and just be as they are. Kids love savasana because it is a place of truth and connection for them. And who wouldn’t love that? Puja Shah Next Generation Yoga Teacher Carlsbad, CA Puja received her […]

April’s TBoKY ROCKSTARS: Lani Rosen-Gallagher & Jen Byer

Each month we feature a ROCKSTAR for The Biz of Kids Yoga (TBoKY). A TBoKY ROCKSTAR is a Kids Yoga leader who makes a unique impact in their community. Say Hello to this April's TBoKY ROCKSTARS: Lani Rosen-Gallagher of Full of Joy Yoga & Jen Byer of YoPlay Yoga for Kids® and together: Mindful Yoga Breaks™ Hey Lani and Jen, tell us about your Kids Yoga biz! Lani: I founded Full of Joy Yoga in 2004 in San Francisco, and began teaching in schools, after-school programs, shelters, events and all over the Bay Area. I developed a Kids Yoga training shortly thereafter. I moved to Connecticut in 2007 and have been facilitating teacher trainings, teaching Kids Yoga classes and began creating the Mindful Yoga Breaks curriculum & card deck which works with teachers in the schools. Jen: My inner playfulness & love of Yoga is how I founded YoPlay Yoga for Kids® in 2010. It’s where YOga & PLAY come together. I have over 20 years of Yoga practice & teaching experience. I've taught thousands of children in preschools, public schools, yoga studios, libraries from Florida, where YoPlay® was founded, to around the world from Bhutan to Canada, and many places in between. Mindful Yoga Breaks was created with the intention of teaching teachers to use “breaks” in their day as a way to calm, focus and allow students to be able to self-regulate. We've combined our love for teaching and creating and collaborated to bring this new program to schools, parents, students world-wide. A TBoKY ROCKSTAR is committed to their Kids Yoga Biz with leadership and contribution to community … What makes you a TBoKY ROCKSTAR? Lani: Partnering with many organizations with my donation family Yoga classes - right now all my donations go to IRIS - Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services of CT. I also co-chaired Yoga Reaches Out CT which raised money for 108 Monkeys & Sandy Hook Promise. I also co-founded Mindfulness Month: Yoga for Kids & Families which brought FREE daily videos to homes & schools all over the world in April & October of 2017. Jen: My first classes started as free community classes on the beaches of Florida. I also worked with the local soup kitchen in Fort Myers to offer classes to the families who made us of the facility which then lead to working with an addiction program in developing a Yoga program. When our family decided to travel again I was able to bring YoPlay to many underserved children in developing countries from Bhutan to Thailand and soon Singapore and Rwanda. Mindful Yoga Breaks is partnering with Amal Alliance to bring our card decks/anchor breath program to refugees all over the world. What are you currently most excited about in your biz right now? Working together to bring Mindful Yoga Breaks to schools and teachers all over the world. We have great tools & products and have so many more ideas to share. We can’t wait. What is a personal habit or resource that contributes to your success and that you [...]

What to do When You Don’t Get Paid on Time

I trust this finds you well & enjoying your beautiful life. Last week, I was visiting my family in Florida so this month’s video blog is a lil later than usual. I am sorry about that. Still, it’s juicy and worth the wait. My share for you today is inspired by an important conversation we had in the private TBoKY Community Facebook group which includes 177 dedicated Kids Yoga teachers from around the world – all who have participated in Private Mentorship or one of my live or online courses. The topic: what to do when you don’t get paid on time. Watch my video blog below to learn how to set yourself up for getting paid on time and what to do when you don’t.  Thanks for journeying with me, for being a valuable member of my life and The Biz of Kids Yoga Community. Your presence matters. I would love to hear from you. Have you ever been delayed for weeks, maybe even months without pay? How did you handle it? Send me an email or leave a comment on the blog so we can all learn from you. In support of you, Jodi PS – Got a question about The Biz of Kids Yoga™? Send me an email as I’d love to support you! PPS – Do you want to become a member of the private TBoKY Community Facebook group? Send me an email and I’ll tell you how! PPPS – I have 1 spot available on my docket for Private Mentorship. If you are ready to grow your biz in 2018, but have questions, fears and simply just want to talk to someone who has already been where you want to go – I’d love to be your mentor. Send me an email.

The Many Faces of Yoga Participation by NGY Teacher Devon Laudenslager

Avery hates Yoga. Not a helpful mantra, I know, but this thought-pattern ran through my mind on repeat for two summers in a row during a Yoga Camp that I led. Actually, the second summer it went something more like: Avery STILL hates Yoga! Did she ask to come back to Yoga Camp? An equally unhelpful mantra. This happened early on in my days of teaching Yoga to kids, and I had to remind myself of something I already knew well from my experiences as a preschool teacher: even if a child wasn’t following along with class in a way that looked like they were participating, it didn’t mean they weren’t observing and absorbing. The same goes for Yoga. Participation can look a lot of different ways, and as a teacher it is important to recognize this. I have taught many classes where everything seemed to go magically “right,” where everyone seemed engaged and followed along; the kind of class where you walk away with your Teacher Ego sufficiently bolstered. On the other hand, I have had plenty of classes where a child does their own thing the whole class, or comes for 5 or more classes before they physically move at all, or – as in the case of Avery – a student sits on their mat the entire time looking bored and maybe vaguely annoyed to be there, but then hops enthusiastically into savasana and releases into relaxation in way that could inspire any grownup. The beauty of children, and the beautiful reminder in teaching them, is that they naturally follow their impulses. Children connect with their own authentic selves on a moment-to-moment basis, which, when you get down to it, is an awfully good example of Mindfulness and, well, Yoga. Their participation in Yoga class can look like: Watching Yoga from their mat or somewhere else in the room Listening, without watching Moving all around the mat in creative ways that don’t necessarily mimic the instruction Choosing only to participate in certain poses A whole entire class of savasana Following along enthusiastically with every instruction ? …or any number of behaviors that I haven’t listed. Our job is to provide the best teaching and classroom management we are capable of, and then relax into knowing that every student will respond to class differently, which is exactly the way a Kids Yoga class is supposed to go. As for Avery, somewhere in the middle of her second summer her mother told me that Avery plays Yoga class at home. Avery pretends that she is Miss Devon, asks her parents to lay down in savasana, and rubs their shoulders and feet while they rest. I almost forgot to mention that sometimes participation comes long after a class has ended, in ways that we never see or expect.   Devon Laudenslager Next Generation Yoga Teacher Ridley Park, PA Devon Laudenslager has been working with young children since 2005 – almost her entire adult career. Once she found Next Generation Yoga, she […]

March’s TBoKY ROCKSTAR: Jennifer Scamorza

Each month we feature a TBoKY ROCKSTAR, a Kids Yoga Biz leader who makes a special contribution to the community. Scroll on down to read more about Jennifer & what makes her a TBoKY ROCKSTAR! Say Hello to this February's TBoKY ROCKSTAR: Jennifer Scamorza of Yoga University Hey Jennifer, tell us about your Kids Yoga biz! Yoga University is dedicated to providing an engaging curriculum that meets our students’ needs and promotes the health and well-being of school communities. Our instructors work with students, teachers, administrators and families to help children achieve success in school. We strive to create the optimal climate for positive student outcomes in the following areas: focus, communication, cooperation, creativity, critical thinking, strength and balance, reduced stress, confidence, and self-help skills. A TBoKY ROCKSTAR is committed to their Kids Yoga Biz with leadership and contribution to community … What makes you a TBoKY ROCKSTAR? Yoga University is my passion. I put my heart and soul into the teaching, program development, and outreach on a daily basis and I absolutely LOVE what I do. What are you currently most excited about in your biz right now? I'm excited that Yoga University is well-respected by students, educators, and families and as a result, has been asked to collaborate with organizations and professional development communities this year, such as the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore and NJAHPERD, which supports health and physical education in NJ schools. What is a personal habit or resource that contributes to your success and that you would highly recommend to other Kids Yoga Teachers? I wouldn't be able to do the work I do without a support system. My friends and family have been a huge help. Also, my intern Kylie has brought a new perspective to the business; it makes me happy to work with somebody who cares about it as much as I do. It's important to surround yourself with people who love and believe in you, especially during the more challenging moments. How has The Biz of Kids Yoga influenced your business? Jodi's knowledge, guidance, and support made all the difference. Most of my career was spent managing a classroom of elementary students…not managing a business. I didn't always know what to do. Jodi and the TBoKY community changed that. I'm so grateful for the skills I gained as a result of participating in The Biz of Kids Yoga! How can people find and connect with you? The best way to connect with me is through Yoga University's website. Check out past TBoKY ROCKSTARS here. Also search for them on social with hashtag #tbokyrockstars

What am I Missing in Marketing?

I sincerely hope this finds you and your loved ones warm, safe and peaceful. As the world continues to turn with ups and downs I am reminded of the important work that we do in the world. Kids, families, schools need us now more than ever. Teaching Yoga & Mindfulness is top priority for a healthy global culture. You do good work and I thank you for being a light and so sweetly you! I am absolutely delighted to share this month’s video blog for The Biz of Kids Yoga with you. The topic, marketing, was inspired by a common question I get asked often, which is, “What is the one marketing thing that I can do to build my classes?” The truth is, there is no one thing, dear one. It is many things! Watch my video blog below to learn why it isn’t just one thing, but is all the things!  Thanks for journeying with me, for being an important person in my life and The Biz of Kids Yoga Community. Your presence matters. I would love to hear from you. What are some of the things that you are doing to market your offerings? Is there one in there that you feel tired of doing, and feel like it’s not working? Send me an email or leave a comment on the blog so we can all learn from you. In support of you, Jodi PS – Got a question about The Biz of Kids Yoga™? Send me an email as I’d love to support you! PPS – I have 1 spot available on my docket for Private Mentorship. If you are ready to grow your biz in 2018, but have questions, fears and simply just want to talk to someone who has already been where you want to go – I’d love to be your mentor. Send me an email.

Notice How You Feel: Bringing Mindfulness into the Yoga Experience by NGY Teacher Annie Pearson

If you ask my four year old what her favorite sport is, she will respond with her most recent activity. Likewise, if I ask her when it’s the best time of day to do something, she will respond with “right now!” I love her in the moment attitude! She lives 100% in the “right now”. Yet, as we get older we lose our connection to the “right now” and we tend to focus on the “what next”. Of course, this is a good skill for us to have. We wouldn’t be able to get through the day without planning for the future. But, if we spent all our time thinking about the future (or rehashing what happened in the past) we’d miss out on what’s going on in the moment. Mindfulness is the practice of present moment awareness. As humans, we think, we feel, we move, but how often are we fully present with these actions? Mindfulness is not thinking about the past or the future, but what is happening right now. It is being aware of what you are doing when you are doing it, being aware of what you are feeling as you are feeling it. Practicing mindfulness has the ability to rewire our brains and change our behaviors. We can be more in control of our emotional and behavioral responses. I was recently introduced to Stephen Covey’s 10/90 rule: Ten percent of our lives are determined by what happens to us and 90 percent is determined by how we respond. Wait! What!? Let’s read that sentence again! Ten percent of our lives are determined by what happens to us and 90 percent is determined by how we respond. So, with that said, being able to connect with yourself in the present moment is an amazing tool for regulating our responses (even in children who are still developing that part of their brain!). Yoga is the perfect place to incorporate mindfulness. It is easy to infuse bits of mindfulness in our yoga classes. We are already inviting students to connect with their bodies as they move, breathe, and focus. The next step is to encourage them to notice how they are feeling. Next Generation Yoga’s Everyday Mindfulness Lesson Plan gives some great examples of mindfulness activities that can be combined into a full class. Similarly, NGY’s Yoga Cards for School-Based Educators also provides some Mindfulness activities that can be practiced alone or in concert with other activities. Here are 3 simple ways to infuse mindfulness into your classes: Ring a bell or chime at the beginning or the end of a lesson and ask the children to take 3 mindful breaths paying attention to the breath as it goes in and out. Invite your students to close their eyes and place both hands over their hearts and “notice how they feel” after a round of breathing exercises, a fast paced game, or a round of sun salutations. Help them tune in as a neutral observer: “Notice the difference […]

February’s TBoKY ROCKSTAR: Maura Bradley

Each month we feature a TBoKY ROCKSTAR, a Kids Yoga Biz leader who makes a special contribution to the community. Scroll on down to read more about Maura & what makes her a TBoKY ROCKSTAR! Say Hello to this February’s TBoKY ROCKSTAR: Maura Bradley of Bee You Kids Yoga  Hey Maura, tell us about your Kids Yoga biz! I am a Kids Yoga and Mindfulness educator and the owner of Bee You Kids Yoga Studio. A TBoKY ROCKSTAR is committed to their Kids Yoga Biz with leadership and contribution to community … What makes you a TBoKY ROCKSTAR? My commitment to my business and to the little Yogis I serve is ongoing. I continually strive to learn new ways of sharing Yoga with the kids in my studio and other environments. What are you currently most excited about in your biz right now? I am excited about a lot of things! The growth of my studio and the community of people I’ve met has been so fun! All the parents and kids that have come through my studio doors in the last year have been so much fun to work with. Their excitement and enthusiasm for all things Yoga is contagious! I am also excited about the launch of my Yoga Alliance approved 95-hour Kids Yoga teacher training! I think 2018 will be a huge year for trainings. What is a personal habit or resource that contributes to your success and that you would highly recommend to other Kids Yoga Teachers? It may be a buzzword, but self-care so important, and something I do not practice enough! Taking care of yourself allows you to put your best self out there for the kids you work with. The internet is the #1 resource that contributes to my success, whether is is doing research for a class or training, connecting with other people on social media, or sitting silently using a mindfulness app, it all works for what I need at the moment. How has The Biz of Kids Yoga influenced your business? The Biz of Kids Yoga helped me to find the focus I needed to accomplish my goals. Even when I didn’t know what those goals were, being a part of TBoKY community kept me accountable to follow through on what I set out to do. How can people find and connect with you? Email and Facebook are the best ways to reach out to me. Check out past TBoKY ROCKSTARS here. Also search for them on social with hashtag #tbokyrockstars  

Yoga Sparks Creativity by NGY Teacher Ari Johnson

Yoga has so many benefits for kids: from breathing techniques to understanding their bodies, to staying healthy, and having fun. One of the benefits that I enjoy the most as a Next Generation Yoga Teacher is how Yoga boosts children’s creativity. I currently teach a group of ten amazing girls at an elementary school in San Diego and absolutely love it. I enjoy using the NGY Lesson Plans in my classes, adding my own ideas as well. The students I teach are K to 5th grade, so there are significant emotional and physical differences in the group. At first, I had trouble finding the right sequence to teach. It had to be simple enough for the younger children to follow without boring the older children. I started noticing that when they had to use their imaginations, they were totally focused and interested, and the class would flow beautifully. I started incorporating these types of creative movements and activities into every class. And, bonus, this made class planning more fun for me too! In every class, I try to include some self-directed creative activity or craft. In particular, I enjoy having them draw and color their own suns for sun salutation out of paper plates. I have seen orange, yellow, and red suns, pink suns, suns with sunglasses, suns with bows and hearts, you name it! Giving them the freedom to create their own expression gets them in the flow of the exercise, creating a bond between them and the theme of the class. Sometimes, each child creates their own Yoga pose, and I can tell they absolutely love it!  They immediately start brainstorming, and they always surprise me with the most fun, creative, well thought out ideas. Our winter snow themed class went a little something like this. First we put on our winter boots and went snowboarding (warrior II) pose. We decided to go sledding with a friend (Sledding partner pose), followed by a session of fun ice skating (Ice skating partner pose). Next we made snowflakes, first by ourselves (star pose), and then all together in circle (child’s pose). We practiced “snowball breathing” with cotton balls, placing them on our hands and blowing them to help them fly. Finally we all went back to the cabin to have some hot cocoa and rest (final relaxation). I think NGY helps children feel free to create, without fear of judgement, and that’s when their creativity shines. They aren’t afraid to show their personalities. We practice empathy too, sharing our reflections from class each day. The children feel safe expressing themselves openly, and they learn how to listen and respect the ideas of others. When I started practicing Yoga years ago, I could have never imagined that life would take me on this amazing journey. I am so grateful when I teach Yoga to a child, sometimes for the first time in their life! It has been an incredible experience to teach them and learn from them. Beautiful little things mean so much: two sisters asking […]

Best Biz Tips for Handling Email & Communications

I am absolutely delighted to share this month’s TBoKY video blog with you about how to best handle email and text message communications. I love to teach what I need to learn, and currently I am working on managing emails with grace, structure and ease. I have found that I can be “pulled” by emails, emotionally and in my precious time so creating structure with rules about when I will write emails is wildly helpful. Of course there can be a lot them and I want to be sure to be professional, so responding in a timely manner is also important. Watch the video blog below about how to manage your emails and have ease while you do it!  Thanks for journeying with me, for being a valuable member of my life and The Biz of Kids Yoga Community. Your presence matters. I would love to hear from you. How do you organize your emails? Manage the overwhelm of a full in box? What best strategies do you implement? Send me an email or leave a comment below so we can all learn from you. In support of you, Jodi PS – Got a question about The Biz of Kids Yoga™? Send me an email as I’d love to support you! PPS – The Biz of Kids Yoga™ Mastermind is starting in March! Interested? Send me an email to find out more. PPPS – I have just a few spots available on my docket for Private Mentorship. If you are ready to grow your biz in 2018, but have questions, fears and simply just want to talk to someone who has already been where you want to go – I’d love to be your mentor. Send me an email.

January’s TBoKY ROCKSTAR: Lara Hocheiser

Say Hello to this Month's TBoKY ROCKSTAR: Lara Hocheiser of Flow & Grow Kids Yoga Each month we feature a TBoKY ROCKSTAR, a Kids Yoga Biz leader who makes a special contribution to the community. Lara Hocheiser Brooklyn, NY Flow and Grow Kids Yoga Tell us about your Kids Yoga Biz! I founded Flow and Grow Kids Yoga in 2012. We offer kids yoga certification, in-school yoga & mindfulness programing in Massachusetts & New York, professional development workshops for educators, parents, & clinicians, online printable yoga sequences, ebooks & hard copy kids yoga workbooks. We offer trainings in eight cities on the East Coast & soon, Spain, Australia, & the West Coast of the US! A TBoKY ROCKSTAR is committed to their Kids Yoga Biz with leadership and contribution to community … What makes you a TBoKY ROCKSTAR? My specialty is noticing what needs are not being met & creating lesson plans that teach to those specific needs. Right now the biggest trend I see with children & teens is poor sleep habits & how they are negatively impacted by over-scheduling & technology use. My upcoming book My Yoga Workbook: Healthy Bedtime Habits is my response to this issue. When we do more of what feels good, there's less time for the the things that make us feel not so good. The book provides a relaxing yoga sequence, mindfulness, art, reading activities, & journaling. It's a fun way to guide children to put their devices away to wind down. What are you currently most excited about in your biz right now? I am excited to have schools we have served for a long time & new schools signing up. Each year we grow a little bit, which means mentoring new instructors, forging new relationships, and reaching more children. I am thrilled that when we enter into schools, the students receive their own copies of our yoga sequences. Whether students need something to help feeling empowered, relaxed, or energized, we have something specific and tangible for them. It feels really good to know students can bridge the gap between school & home with their own yoga decks covering the issues they face every day. #lifelonghealthyhabits What is a personal habit or resource that contributes to your success and that you would highly recommend to other Kids Yoga Teachers? No matter how big the scope, I resolve to do a little bit at a time & break things down into reasonable goals. I use software to track my and my team’s progress. I automate pestering myself to move projects along, and when I lose steam, I visualize what getting it done will mean to people–myself included. When all else fails, I take a break & hug my baby girl! How has The Biz of Kids Yoga influenced your business? I already had a lot of product, but before TBoKY I didn't have many practical ways to sell it. I spent a lot of time and money in development and hadn't really thought about how to recoup that to keep fueling the business, or get the materials into teacher, parent, & student hands. Jodi had some practical ideas that have [...]

Well, why not me? by NGY Teacher (and Super-Flexible Support Specialist) Amy Nucera

Last year, I was laid off from my job of seventeen years as a graphic designer. Seventeen years! People who were born the year I started my job were almost old enough to vote. I was good at my job. It was comfortable and familiar, but really I found no joy in it anymore. As scary as it was to have a new baby, a new house, and, for the first time in my adult life, no job, I saw it as the universe’s way of giving me a swift kick in the pants. Shortly thereafter, a post popped up in my Facebook feed for the Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for 2-7 yr. olds at a local Yoga studio. It was the first thing I’d seen in months that sparked an interest in me. Here was a perfect combination my two greatest loves: my children and Yoga. Despite feeling instantly drawn to it, I initially scrolled past thinking, “I can’t completely change directions at this point in my life.” I saved the post though, going back to it often. Little by little, my thinking changed. “Well, why can’t I completely change directions at this point in my life?” With support from my family and friends, I took a huge step outside of my comfort zone and signed up for the Training. Any fears and doubts I had going in disappeared once I arrived. It was one of the best experiences of my life! The NGY philosophy really resonated with me. Share my love of Yoga with my own children and our community at large? Check. Be part of a network of strong, supportive people who truly wish to see each other succeed? Check. Feel personally and professionally fulfilled again? Check. Check. Check. To say that seeing that post changed my life would be a massive understatement. I am now a certified Next Generation Yoga Teacher for 2-7 yr. olds, and soon will be certified for 8-13 yr. olds. I have also since joined the with NGY team in an administrative support capacity which will allow me to help others along their journeys. I feel so incredibly thankful that I found the confidence in myself to take this leap of faith. So if you’re having doubts, tell that little voice in the back of your head saying you can’t do it to shush, because if I can do it you totally can too. Amy Nucera NGY Teacher & Super-Flexible Support Specialist Ambler, PA Amy Nucera is a graphic designer, community volunteer, breastfeeding counselor, and NGY Teacher. Geeky to the core, she loves the library, superhero movies, and collects action figures. She first picked up a Yoga class in college to fulfill a Phys Ed requirement, and hasn’t stopped Namaste-ing since. She lives in Ambler, PA (one of the coolest little towns in the suburbs of Philadelphia) with her fiancée Justin and daughters Zoey (8 years) and Ava (8 months). On the side, she is the designer/owner of A&Z Design.

Biz Tips for When You’re Sick

I am absolutely delighted to be back on the video with you and wish you a blessed New Year – may this one be filled with passion, purpose and a successful Kids Yoga Biz year ahead! The end of 2017 was a challenging one for me in terms of health stuff, but I am feeling on the mend and grateful to share a few lessons I learned about how to keep my biz thriving even while I was resting. Life happens. Snow days, sick days, family emergencies, and so on – but your Kids Yoga biz doesn’t have to stop or suffer. Mine didn’t and I am so grateful to have had support from people like you, a rock star NGY team, passive streams of revenue plus deep trust and faith that it will all work out. Because it always does! Curious to know more? Watch the video blog below about how I moved through a challenging time and the things I did to help along the way  Thanks for journeying with me, for being a valuable member of my life and community. Your presence matters. I would love to hear from you. Have you ever had to take a gentle pause from your biz? What tools did you implement that helped along the way? Send me an email or leave a comment below so we can all learn from you. In support of you, Jodi PS – Got a question about The Biz of Kids Yoga™? Send me an email as I’d love to support you! PPS – The Biz of Kids Yoga™ Mastermind is coming soon! Interested? Send me an email to find out more. PPPS – I have just a few spots available on my docket for Private Mentorship. If you are ready to grow your biz in 2018, but have questions, fears and simply just want to talk to someone who has already been where you want to go – I’d love to be your mentor. Send me an email.

What if? Yoga in Schools by NGY Teacher and Trainer Michelle Gunnell

Teaching has always been a part of me. When I went to college, there was no question about what major I would choose. Fast forward a few years and a major devastating natural (and man-made) disaster later, I found myself in a teaching position exactly where I wanted to be. I was an elementary school teacher in my home town of New Orleans, with 99% of our students who qualified for free and reduced lunch and were personally affected by Hurricane Katrina. The landscape of education in New Orleans at the time, and still today, was different than any other city in America. People came together from across the globe to make a difference in the lives of these kids. When you go to school to be an educator, you learn about all of the different ways students learn best. You learn to approach curriculum so that you are able to reach each of the students in your classroom. You daydream about the difference you are going to make in the lives of your students. And then…you step into a classroom, and most of what you have learned goes out the door. You are given strict orders on how to teach by the school. The level of stress teachers and students face is crazy. Why does this happen? You can imagine my utter disappointment when I felt that I was failing as a teacher. I was struggling with classroom management. I had more stress in my life than ever before, and it was affecting every part of my life. The students were struggling, and I felt I had let them, my coworkers, family, and myself down. I could see the desire these kids had to do well. But I knew there was something we weren’t doing right. I left the classroom feeling defeated. I knew I had to figure out a different way. I took up Yoga again. This time, I fell in love with the practice on a deeper level. I began to hear what was going on in my body by feeling it! I was learning how to respond to the cues my body was giving me in more appropriate and healthy ways: by breathing, moving, and being still. As I began to recognize the benefits for myself, I realized that Yoga and Mindfulness could benefit kids too! Yoga was my way back into teaching. I was so excited! I found Next Generation Yoga and dove into the trainings. I also acquired my 200hr RYT, opened Yoga Krewe with my hubby and sis-in-law, and began teaching Yoga to adults and kids. I remember thinking to myself one night: “What if? What if I had this training before I began teaching in the classroom? How would it have affected the students ability to learn? How would my stress level have been different?” The thoughts were powerful and honestly made me a bit teary eyed. What if? Immediately, I knew I had to figure out a way to get these […]

A Lifetime of Gratitude: An Interview with NGY Teacher Aly Long by Director of NGY Teachers Kelli Mae Willis

I’m sitting down to lunch with NGY Teacher Aly Long, my colleague, teaching partner, and dear friend, on a weekday afternoon. Before we begin eating, Aly pauses to bless her meal, closing her eyes, breathing deeply with her hands together in front of her heart in reverence. It’s something I’ve always admired about Aly; no matter how busy we are or how chaotic the environment, she always pauses to practice gratitude. After a few moments, she opens her eyes and hugs her daughter, who is sitting in her lap. They’ve just returned from a free NGY Storytime class Aly led at the local library. The class had around 100 attendees, so Aly’s daughter is needing some extra closeness after sharing her mama with so many other children. “My heart is so full of gratitude right now,” Aly says, squeezing her little one.   Aly is always working and serving her children and her business, so pinning her down to write a blog is challenging. Instead of having her sit alone at a computer to tell her story, I’ve decided to interview her for this month’s Why Kids Love Yoga blog. What follows are the juiciest bits of our conversation about what keeps her going as an NGY Teacher. KM: Tell me how you got started teaching Kids Yoga. Aly: We had just moved to Olympia. I was checking out preschools for my son, and I took a tour of the Olympia Community School. At the end of our tour, the woman asked what my work had been before I had children. I told her I was a massage therapist and Yoga teacher. She said, “Oh! Would you like to teach Yoga here?” I told her I had attended Kids Yoga classes but had never taught them myself. She said, “Well let’s try it and see how it goes!” I don’t remember exactly what I had prepared or how it went, but I do remember it being really fun! I wasn’t sure the kids would enjoy it, but they did! The school thought is was great. I just fell into it – sometimes I feel like that’s what happens in my life. I agreed to teach Yoga for the children, preschool – 4th grade, for the rest of the quarter. KM: So tell me about the moment that you recognized that Kids Yoga was something you were passionate enough about to make your life’s work. Aly: I feel like whatever we are supposed to be doing is going to happen. In 2007, I spent several months in India with my guru, Amma, at her ashram. When I came back from India, I decided to take a Yoga Teacher Training. I was also trying to decide whether I would continue with a spiritual life, or become a householder. I got a very clear answer at the ashram that I was supposed to have children. I go to see Amma once or twice every year, as much as I possibly can. I saw […]

Yoga is for Everybody! by NGY Teacher Nicolle Sanchez Borne

Our bodies, thoughts, and feelings are without a doubt all linked. Through Next Generation Yoga, we educate the heart and exercise the body while learning we can have fun without competing. That’s one of the philosophies of NGY I fell in love with while going through my first NGY Teacher Training. I also love that we can include children with disabilities and accommodate them to address their individual needs. All of my students learn soon after starting class that it is okay not to be “perfect.” One of my favorite quotes is: “We are all perfectly imperfect.” Not comparing oneself to others, thinking before speaking, and relating to people in a kind and mindful manner is an art form. Teaching our youth mindfulness is very important to me. The skills we learn in our class serve us in everyday life. Children deal with daily distractions and often overstimulation. Yoga can help them manage stress, develop body awareness, build concentration, increase self-esteem, and build confidence. Education requires more than thinking. To improve learning, we must address the physical, mental, emotional and social well-being of our children. Through Next Generation Yoga classes, I feel I am able to do just that. I spoke with Layle Babin, a mother of a student I teach, about her daughter Hayes’ experience in my class. She said this to me and had me in tears. “It’s not always easy for Hayes to feel she fits in since she was born with Down Syndrome. We have tried many activities to get Hayes involved in after school activities like gymnastics and dancing. She needs physical activity. Yoga has been her favorite. She calls it “my Yoga.” She can’t wait to go each week. She shows us poses at home. She has made many friends at her Yoga class who love and encourage her to do the best she can without judgement. Yoga is helping Hayes physically, mentally and socially. It also helps she has Ms. Nicolle, who is such a loving teacher.” My students do not know the depth of gratitude I feel from each hug, smile, picture, letter, mindful rock, and other gifts from the heart I have received. Every gift is special to me and is kept and cherished. The simple moments of life, experienced with awareness and gentleness, help grow mindful caring people. I feel very blessed by the opportunity to combine two things I love so much: Yoga and teaching children. Becoming certified through Next Generation Yoga has given me a clearer, more organized vision to make weekly lessons more meaningful. I will forever be grateful to Jodi, Nicole and Michelle for their guidance and support. Nicolle Borne Sanchez NGY Teacher for 2-13 yr. olds Thibodaux, LA Email Nicolle Nicolle Borne Sanchez was born and raised in El Salvador with an American mother and a Salvadorian father. After high school, she moved to Louisiana to study elementary education at Nicholls State University. She has been teaching children for 24 years. She was blessed to add […]

6 Things I Learned about Biz from a Shoulder Injury

I pray this finds you, your family and loved ones healthy and happy. There is so much going on in the world, between natural disasters, social injustices and everything in between … I find these times so precious and important to express our love. It may have been a while since we last connected, but please know I appreciate your presence in the Kids Yoga community and I pray for your success and well-being. Currently, I am navigating a torn labrum in my right shoulder which has me quite limited physically, challenged emotionally, and doing life and biz quite differently. Even though typing proves to be a challenge these days, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to share a newsletter for The Biz of Kids Yoga with you. So, in the spirit of keeping my commitment and communicating with you monthly, here is a video blog I made for you which includes six things I have learned about business while healing a shoulder injury. You know, things like getting ergonomic, having a supportive team, and taking a social media break. It’s just under 10 minutes, and regardless of whether you have a physical ailment or are just going through a tough time in life, I hope these tips are useful for you and your Kids Yoga biz. I would love to hear from you! Email me or leave a comment on the blog sharing what powerful lessons have you learned during challenging times. In support of you, jodi PS – Even if I don’t respond to your email, please know that I greatly appreciate your brilliant insights, kind words and loving thoughts. You rock!

10 Back-to-Biz Tips

It’s here! It’s that time of year when all across the United States children, educators & Yoga Teachers are going “back-to-school.” Unless of course you are in the home-school arena, and still, I imagine after Summer break, teaching and classes are starting up again soon! This past month, I personally enjoyed splendid long days, road trips, time with family in Portland, soaking in various hot & mineral springs, swimming in lakes, and camping solo for my first time, ever. GREAT NEWS! It all paid off and I am feeling fired up, focused and ready to get back-to-biz this month! Are you? Here’s me on one of my road trips – look closely, Mt. Shasta is over my right shoulder! Yes, I did gift myself with a slow to flow Summer, (and I hope you did too!) by taking some afternoons and long weekends off, checking emails a bit less and a writing break from my blogs for The Biz of Kids Yoga. But truth be told, as a responsible and good business owner, I didn’t turn my business off completely, because that would be irresponsible, but with a lighter routine last month, I have a rejuvenated mind, fresh inspiration and new productivity hacks that I can hardly wait to share with you! As we, in the West turn towards a new season, September’s blog for The Biz of Kids Yoga, includes 10 juicy tips for getting yourself successfully back to biz! Go slow. After a Summer of relaxation, travel, time off, hanging out, and living the easy life, be sure to give yourself the gift of going back to biz, s-l-o-w-l-y. There is no rush to hurry up and try to get everything back up and running immediately. For many, a quick change in routine can be jolting to the human design. It’s important to honor yourself, and your nervous system, by gently easing your way back at it. Avoid any pressure to hurry, catch up and do do do. Take breaks and breaths, make lists and remember, as always, everything will get done. Bring a lil Summer into your Fall. Who says you can’t enjoy the same activities that you do in the Summer all year long? Relaxation, fresh fruit, reading a novel, time away, and playing with loved ones aren’t just for July and August. Yes, the school year can present as a busy time but we are in charge of how we spend our spare time. Based on collective evidence, engaging in Summer activities is highly uplifting to the body, mind and spirit. So why not bring a lil Summer attitude into your biz routine? What if you scheduled dedicated times to work on your business so you could get more done in less time and then enjoy an occasional afternoon off hanging with your family? What if you checked your email during dedicated times or just twice a day so that you weren’t constantly reacting to other people’s needs? What if you were super mindful and […]

Attention Goes Where Energy Flows: The 5 Yamas of NGY Behavior Management by NGY Teacher Melissa Hawkins

Om shanti, sunshine, vegans and essential oils: some of the common stereotypes of a Yoga teacher. As a dedicated Next Generation Yoga Teacher, I am experiencing another stereotype. “Oh, that’s so cute you teach Kids Yoga, how fun!”  I can’t help but giggle at the one-dimensional picture that people often paint when they think of Kids Yoga. Here is an actual photo that a studio I work with posted to promote my classes.I don’t know about you but, that is NOT what my NGY classes look like. Often, they look a little more like this… Of course I love essential oils and cute children. But it’s not all sunshine and smiles. Sometimes it is hard. Sometimes I am brought to tears by the challenges this work brings. Sure, there are traditional Yoga poses with silly names. But teaching Kids Yoga also requires knowledge of child development, psychology, bucket loads of patience, and more. One my greatest challenges as an NGY Teacher has always been behavior management. After much reflection, I am happy to share my commitments to managing classes based on the 1st limb of Yoga: the yamas. Yama means to take a vow. Although I may fall short, I trust that with continued practice, I can build up tapas (self-discipline), and begin to close the gap between who I strive to be and who I am. The 5 Yamas of NGY Behavior Management Ahimsa: Non-violence I promise to invest my interest in you. I will listen to your stories. I will call you by name. I will pay attention to you. I will notice your likes and dislikes. I will be kind. I will be generous with my kindness. I will assume the best. I will trust that you want to be good and kind. If you struggle with this I won’t take it personally. I understand that it is my responsibility to guide, coach and model courtesy in a gentle and loving way that does not single you out. Satya: Truthfulness I will be honest with you. I understand that my words are empowered by consistency, yet sometimes flexibility is required. If there is an exception to a rule, I will let you know why. I will have the courage to show up and be my true, authentic self. I will be open and allow for different styles of learning. I will be realistic and reliable. Asteya: Non-Stealing I honor you as an individual. I honor myself and am aware of my limits. I will take the time to observe my mind and emotions throughout class. I will breathe deeply to notice the truth of what is happening around us. I will remember to connect with the breath and detach from judgment. I give you the gift of autonomy and the opportunity to experience your own failures and successes. Bramacharya: Non-excess I will conserve my energy by knowing my role. I will remember my purpose as a teacher. I will direct my energy towards something positive rather than […]

Inspiration is Everywhere! by NGY Teacher, Deb Wepman

Inspiration is everywhere, we just need to take a moment to appreciate it. Sometimes you just need to dive in, take a risk, and sign yourself up. That’s what I did when I signed up to take the NGY Teacher Training for 2-7 yr. olds with Nicole Koleshis. I was searching for a dedicated Kids Yoga studio for my children when we moved to Seattle. I had an ideal image in my mind based on the Yoga classes I had taken with my son in DC. The circumstances of that experience were wonderful and magical (we both loved get a foot rub during savasana!). Now I learned I was in charge of recreating that experience if I wanted others to share in it. I’ve been teaching NGY classes for over two years. It is one of the most enriching and empowering things I’ve ever done. Teaching children of all ages, I see the students benefit in many different ways. Recently at a preschool, a girl I’ve been teaching for the past year turned to me. She said, “Teacher Deb, I do Yoga and the Om song at home. I do it on my front lawn. I showed my dad how to do Yoga because he doesn’t know how.” It amazes me to know that even 20 minutes of Yoga once a week will carry into the lives of the children we work with. And their parents! At another preschool, a student named “Adam” has some physical challenges and cannot walk independently. But what Adam can do is incredible! He sings “Om” with the biggest grin you’ve ever seen. He can hold plank position and cheer, “I am strong!” He can belly crawl across the room to give me a hug that fills my bucket for days. Most of all, he gives me inspiration every time we practice Yoga together, reminding me that Yoga is for everyone, everywhere. I get inspiration from “Emma,” a nine-year old Yogi at an after school program. Halfway through our 12 week session, I taught the NGY Lesson Plan “Gratitude is our Attitude.” The children were given journals, and we took time to reflect on the day to find one thing that we were grateful for. I encouraged the students to take their journals home as well. At the end of the session, Emma’s mom shared with me that every night before bed, Emma had been writing in her journal, often staying up past “lights out” to make sure she wrote down a gem from her day. Imagine if, as adults, we too made time every night to focus on a gem from the day. Maybe today is the day you start your own gratitude journal? My inspiration for teaching children comes from so many places:  my son asking me to teach Pirate Yoga, my daughter climbing inside the breathing ball, my dog, Rosie, who reminds me with her graceful poses where Yoga originated. It comes from the hundreds of students I’ve taught in the last few […]

Why I am Not Blogging for the Rest of this Summer

Can you believe that it is August already? I really want to know how is it possible that time is moving so fast!? Before we know it, it will be Fall here in the West and that means back to school, cooler weather, apple picking, Thanksgiving, and … you know the rest. The truth is, I want to savor the moment, slooooooowwww down and enjoy the preciousness life. In order to do that, I am choosing to take a big bold step which includes pausing on writing my weekly blogs for The Biz of Kids Yoga. While it may be contrary to what I teach, that consistency is key, I also know that listening to my inner guidance is Queen. So this blog is about the reasons that I wont be blogging for the rest of Summer. Because I want to refocus on why I blog – Taking a break from blogging, just like when we take a break from anything (i.e. social media), we allow ourselves the opportunity to reset our relationship with it and remember what’s truly important. If you know me, you know that I love to share my experiences in The Biz of Kids Yoga. I also have a passion for deepening my relationships with Yoga entrepreneurs around the world while also mutually exploring our challenges and celebrations. Like most, I can lose site of why I blog, and pray that this “cleanse” will help me to refocus. Because everyone needs a break – I remember the days when I did a weekly video blog for four years straight. I loved it, truly! And yet, the weight and pressure of having to do it felt heavy at times. Really, I never missed a week; can you imagine!? That being said, there came a time when I needed to take a break from doing weekly videos. It’s healthy and natural to morph our offerings. Sometimes we come back to them, sometimes we don’t. Having to do things and especially too many things can stifle creativity. Creating space and taking breaks allows for new ideas, creativity, visioning and flow. This Summer, I choose that! Because I want you to miss me – You know that saying “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” Well, in this case, I hope that come Fall you’ll be curious and wanting me to pop back in to your email inbox with new, fresh and juicy content in the form of a blog. I’ll see you then! For now, here’s how to keep in touch with me during the rest of the Summer: Email me – I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to shoot me an email with any biz questions you have, Private Mentorship or to find out about the upcoming online course for The Biz of Kids Yoga. Facebook & Instagram – Those are the two social platforms I hang out on, please friend & follow me there. Of course, I am curious to know – what will you be […]

Got Questions? Let Me Answer!

I truly hope this finds you well today! I just finished leading the Next Generation Yoga Advanced Teacher Training and The Biz of Kids Yoga LIVE! which were both fantastic! I am feeling full of good energy from being in training and guiding Kids Yoga Teachers on their path. Here are the newest groups of grads I had the honor of supporting this past weekend … NGY Advanced Teacher Training Grads The Biz of Kids Yoga LIVE! grads! Just a few days after and I am feeling even more lit up and dedicated to supporting Kids Yoga Teachers! So this blog is super simple: I want to know, what questions do you have about your Kids Yoga biz?  Whether you are a recent Kids Yoga graduate starting up your classes or you have been at it for years – I imagine you must have questions about The Biz of Kids Yoga!? I know, for me, even after 20 years in business, I still have questions about getting the word out, marketing, finances, productivity, product development, and so on and so on! The truth is, the majority of us Kids Yoga Teachers did not go to business school. We went to Yoga Teacher Training where we learned how to teach Kids Yoga, not how to run a business. So be gentle with yourself. It’s ok to feel confused, overwhelmed and unsure. But are you bold enough to take the time to seek help and ask your questions. That’s right, I said, bold enough because it takes courage to ask for help. It also takes vulnerability and dedication. Good news is that when we seek support from others, we are telling the universe that we are for real and ready to move forward with more abundance and prosperity. So dear one, in this moment, as you read this, take a breath, roll your shoulders and know that you can do this! Consider this thought and maybe take out your journal to write a bit … what is it that has you stuck, confused, unsure and overwhelmed with your Kids Yoga biz? Yes, I imagine you love to teach. I also imagine that you would like to do more of what you love, and less of what you don’t, possibly less of the business side of things – or at least learn to work smarter, not harder. I am committed to helping Kids Yoga Teachers with their businesses. So tell me, what is standing in the way of you having your effortless dream biz? I promise to email you back and even better, I promise to answer your questions! Ready, set go – breathe and hit reply now. I can hardly wait to hear from you & thank you for your courage in taking the time to get real! In support of you, Jodi PS ~ Don’t be shy to ask your questions about your Kids Yoga biz. Remember no question is a dumb question. I’ve got you! Hit reply now, and tell […]

Do You Have Shiny Object Syndrome?

I hope this finds you well and enjoying your gorgeous life. All is well over here in the land of Oakland and I am enjoying the pace of the Summer days. Just yesterday I was suggesting to one of my coaching clients that she release any guilt around relaxing more and embrace the opportunity to be more productive by creating Summer hours. Something like getting all the work in and done between 9-1pm. I love this and may even try it on for myself. Especially, if and when we condense our work flow, it is essential to be mindful of that common ailment called “Shiny Object Syndrome.” Never heard of it or think you may have it but unsure how to handle? This blog will help you to understand the “easily distracted disease” and give you a few suggestions for how to heal yourself from it.  They call it Shiny Object Syndrome for a reason 😉 Living in a fast-paced society with constant bombardment of flashy technology and information, it is easy to have Shiny Object Syndrome, (aka SOS.) Couple this with being an entrepreneur with big thoughts, innovative ideas and excitement in your heart – it’s hard not to be distracted all. day. long. Whether you are writing an email and find yourself checking your Instagram and forget about the message you were intending to send OR you often have new ideas for how to grow your Kids Yoga biz and start them but never finish, you may be faced with SOS. It’s ok, it happens to the best of us – me included. So how do we deal with being easily distracted when we know that productivity and focus is the key to success? We put into place a few systems that are sure to hold us accountable and get sh*t done. Here are a few that I love and recommend: Pomodoro Technique. This is by far one of my favorite ways to stay focused and get more done in less time. It’s the number one technique that I use when I have a lot on my plate and concerned about distractions. I love it so much, I wrote a whole blog post about it and you can read it here. Lean into variety. Most entrepreneurs have Shiny Object Syndrome because they like variety. But too much variety can be irresponsible especially when it is not thought through. You can however, find variety in the environments in which you work. Try working from a new location, a café, or co-working with a friend. Just be sure the space is conducive to getting what you need to get done. That it is light, spacious, clutter-free and quiet. Postpone your decisions. When you notice you have a new idea popping up, simply pause and postpone acting on it. Take a few days to a week sit with your idea. Spend time writing about the idea and the time it may take to accomplish it given what you are currently doing […]

Biz Besties

I hope this finds you well & enjoying your beautiful life! Here in the West, we are deep in the gorgeous season of Summer. Fruits and veggies are abundant and so are outdoor activities. I just returned from an East Coast adventure where I had the most fabulous time blending business with pleasure. It was a short trip, just 4 nights, but filled with so much goodness including teaching The Biz of Kids Yoga LIVE! at the ChildLight Yoga studio in Dover, New Hampshire plus enjoying play time with some of my favorite Kids Yoga peeps like Christyn Schroeder of KidPowerment Yoga, Denise Orsulak of All Kids Yoga and Sally Delisle of ChildLight Yoga. These ladies filled my heart with connection, support, laughter and fun! And so did quality time with my Biz Bestie, Lisa Flynn – owner, founder and CEO of ChildLight Yoga and Yoga 4 Classrooms. Not only did we sightsee in the gorgeous and historic Ogunquit, Maine, eat delicious food, stroll the beach, sip wine & coffee, sunbathe, meetup with a few family members, but we also had many juicy much-needed business conversations. Here’s Lisa & I at the ChildLight Yoga studio The truth is being a Kids Yoga entrepreneur can be lonely, scary and overwhelming. It can also be wildly exciting and like the greatest joyride on earth! Having a Biz Bestie and someone to share our deepest fears, biggest failures, exciting times and grandest ideas, is essential. We need someone who will listen, give feedback, and support us along the journey – just like any best friend would. Inspired by my time with Lisa, our long lasting friendship and impact we’ve had on the industry, I want to encourage all Kids Yoga entrepreneurs to seek out a Biz Bestie. It’s easier than you think and here are a few things to help you on your way: Distance doesn’t matter. Lisa and I live on different sides of the country, and still we have a solid relationship. Connect regularly. While Lisa and I recently had the gift of meeting up in person, it’s not often that we do other than at the National Kids Yoga Conference. Still, we make an effort to connect by phone at least monthly. Don’t hold back. Lisa and I share with each other our deepest fears and exciting business ideas. We don’t worry about being judged or competing. We trust and don’t hold back, anything. Collaborate. It may have felt risky for Lisa to host me at her studio given that our businesses are pretty similar, but she saw the light and the possibility, and went with collaboration versus competition. This created so much sweetness and connection between us and our shared communities. Stay open. With similar businesses, Lisa and I are always open to the idea of how we can collaborate. This past trip we tossed around the idea of a book! Stay tuned. Finding a Biz Bestie is simple. Choose someone you respect, admire and want to grow with. […]

20 Lessons I Learned in 20 Years of Biz

Can you believe it is July already? Summer is in full gear in the Western Hemisphere and I hope it’s off to a good start for ya! It’s been a busy time of the year for me especially last month where I celebrated the entrance into my 20th year of biz with Next Generation Yoga.

Growing up with Yoga by NGY Teacher Whitney Davis

Yoga has had such an incredible impact on my life that it just felt right to open up a studio in my town and share the benefits of this practice with my community. Yoga has helped me navigate through grief, parenthood, and so many other chapters in my life. My practice has grown and evolved along with me. Sharing Yoga with kids has always been a passion of mine. I wish I could have experienced Yoga when I was a kid. I believe that Yoga is such a powerful tool; you can practice at any age and it always meets you just where you are. “John” attended my elementary Next Generation Yoga class for the first time almost 3 years ago. It was the first Kids Yoga class that I had taught after moving to my new city, and John’s first Yoga class ever. I was very excited to get to know this new group of kids and hopeful to be able to grow a love for Yoga in their hearts. I remember John in that first class; he was eager to participate and connect with his peers. About 15 minutes after he was picked up, I received an email about how much he LOVED Yoga! He couldn’t wait to get back the following week! I can’t believe how much John has grown over the years. Since our first class together, he has regularly attended NGY classes, and now he even attends some teen and adult classes. He often brings his friends to Yoga, and openly talks about how the practice of Yoga has helped him not only in other sports, but also in school and everyday life. Last week I had the opportunity to hear John speak on the news about Yoga. Our small town experienced multiple losses due to teen suicide. In an effort to help, our studio has connected with youth psychologists to put together a program for our youth. When our local news station caught wind of this, they asked if they could interview one of the teens in our program. I immediately reached out to John’s parents. Despite being nervous, John was excited to be featured on the morning news. John spoke from the heart. In his interview, he encouraged parents and teens to look into Yoga as a playful way of relieving stress, anxiety, and depression. He mentioned that he had started his practice by playing Yoga games with NGY, but later realized that he was learning tools transferable to his life. John uses the breathing techniques he has learned during stressful moments at school. He reads through his affirmation cards to remind himself that he is an incredible person even on his worst days. And he focuses on the meaning of “Namaste” to always trying to see the good in others. It’s stories like John’s that reaffirm that I am doing exactly what I am meant to be doing. Kids and Teens need Yoga just as I have needed Yoga through so many […]

An Interview with Donna Freeman

I hope this finds you well today & enjoying your fabulous month. I wrote you last week about how this month is exceptionally full, in a very good way – celebrating Next Generation Yoga’s 20th Anniversary with a #20memories20years social media series, attending Enchanted Forest Gathering, a visit from my parents followed by a women’s retreat with COR. Even amidst the busy-ness, I am grateful that I still take the time to do what I love. Specifically, I am delighted that I spent 30-minutes with Donna Freeman of Yoga in My School & Kids Yoga Academy doing an interview and talking biz. I always find my story of merging my two passions, kids and yoga, plus my 20 years in business filled with teachings and learnings and I hope you do too! In this interview Donna asks me all sorts of questions and my answers will help you to shorten your learning curve and learn practical tools for your Kids Yoga biz! Click below to watch the interview and get ready to learn what Kids Yoga was like 20 years ago! In support of you, Jodi PS – There is still time and space to join in the fun at one of our upcoming events: The Biz of Kids Yoga LIVE! If you are ready to take your business to the next level with support, community and a light-heartedness, join us!

Are You Busy? Me too!

I trust this finds you well and enjoying your beautiful life. If you are anything like me right now, life is full of exciting business and personal happenings. Actually, most people whom I have been connecting with lately are feeling extra busy, with a slight sense of over-whelm – my friend and I recently described it as life on high speed. Can you relate? For me, it feels a little challenging to have such a full schedule as my constitution requires spaciousness and days of doing nothing. Now don’t get me wrong, I powerfully choose to have a fabulously full month celebrating Next Generation Yoga’s 20th Birthday with a social media series, launching the new NGY School-Based Educators Teacher Training, heading off to Enchanted Forrest Gathering in the redwoods this weekend, plus having my parents visit next week and then a women’s retreat with COR at the end of the month. Deep breaths. Taking a moment to pause amidst all the busy-ness. But, why not have it all – you only live once right!? But I couldn’t do it without taking extra, really good care of myself so that I can be in my full power with balance and success. Here are three things that I am making sure to do this month to help me thrive amidst all the busy-ness. If you too are in busy mode, I invite you to join me in taking good care of so to make a big difference in how you succeed. Ask for help. I am clear, I do not have to do my business or life alone. Whether it is asking my team to help more with certain tasks in the biz, asking a colleague to give feedback on a marketing campaign, or asking a friend to hold me while I shed a tear – the good news is, I have found that people actually want to help. It oftentimes feels edgy and vulnerable to ask, but it’s so worth it to receive their help. Less multi-tasking. Gone are the days when I eat, bathe or poop while scrolling on my iPhone. (Sorry if that’s too much info, but I am pretty sure I am not alone;) Slowing down and being fully present per activity are keys to mindfulness, and who doesn’t want that. Besides research shows that multitasking is not the answer to getting more done because our brains just don’t work like that! Single focusing is. Radical self-care. Taking walks, meditation and Yoga are all priorities in the balancing act of life. So is getting good rest, eating healthy foods, drinking lots of water AND communicating healthy boundaries with friends, family, clients and colleagues. Even if it’s hard, sometimes saying “no” is the best answer because that is what’s true and necessary for having more ease and radical self-care for you. The truth is whether you are in a spacious or busy life cycle, these strategies are essential all year long so regardless, I hope they help! In support […]

Where Kids Love Yoga by NGY Founder, Jodi Komitor

I have been doing a lot of reflecting lately, mostly because this month marks the entrance of my 20th year stewarding Next Generation Yoga. I founded this company in 1998 and it uplifts me to look back on the many incredible memories; like the studios I opened, products I developed, videos I filmed, Teacher Trainings I led, Lesson Plans I co-created, partnerships I made, and Teachers I mentored. Wow! And while all of this remarkably happened during my career, what stands out most in my heart are the many amazing children, places and NGY classes that I’ve had the honor to teach. I say honor, because travelling and teaching so many children in different venues, cities, countries and cultures has truly been a gift. What I have seen and felt, from the children, is life enhancing for all, including me, the children, their families, communities and our world at large. Through Yoga, we have all benefited from their smiles, laughter, self-expression, peace, and kindness. I reminisce that I have shared Yoga with kids of all ages, stages, shapes, races and religions. With their parents present and oftentimes not. In schools, studios, homes, temples, parks, beaches, orphanages, hospitals, prisons, and places I can’t even remember. I have taught them with and without Yoga mats, on the sand, in wet grass, and rocky dirt. We’ve done thematic classes and improv’d lots together, too. Here are a few images to paint the picture! NGY Summer Camp in my backyard in Encinitas Spontaneously teaching a group of kids in Malawi A family yoga event at the Center for Spiritual Living in Encinitas Doing goat yoga before it was popular 😉 At the NGY NYC studios during a photo shoot with Time Magazine   Up close and personal with the Golden Gate Bridge   Somewhere on a rocky dirt terrain   Love and Yoga in Turkey   Partner Yoga in a classroom   Teaching children who live at a prison with their moms in Kenya   Finding peace at a park From New York City to San Francisco, many cities in between, Hong Kong, Malawi, Kenya, Turkey, Canada and Mexico, what I have found in common amongst all the children I’ve taught is that they all long for the gifts of Yoga. That despite any physical abilities, language barriers, or challenging circumstances, they all desire the integration of their body and mind. That they all want to feel centered, grounded and peaceful. That they crave freedom to express their ideas, creativity and joyful spirits. That they want to play and not be held back by rules or limitations. That they want to be accepted, loved unconditionally and united with each other, as one. It’s true. Yoga is the answer for what all children and the world wants – to be seen, heard and loved. Jodi Komitor NGY Founder Oaklans, CA Email Jodi Jodi Komitor is the Founder and visionary behind Next Generation Yoga. She is proud to be ushering NGY into its 20th year in […]

Make the Most out of Your Summer

I hope this finds you well and enjoying your beautiful life. This past weekend in the US we celebrated Memorial Day in honor of the Veterans who fought for our country’s freedom. It is a beautiful, meaningful holiday and is also the informal start to our Summer season. Summer, as you know, is the time of the year that most everyone looks forward to. It’s when many will slow down with work, take a break from teaching, go on vacation and enjoy fun outdoor activities. And while I am all in favor of time off, recharging, festival fun, family and friend adventures and radical rest – I also know that as a successful Yoga entrepreneur, my business requires my attention all. Year. Long. This is a good thing and I have learned how to make the most out of my Summer. What’s great about Summer is that while many kids, families and schools (our primary clientele) are slowing down and going on vacations, it gives us (Kids Yoga entrepreneurs) the possibility of taking time off from working so hard in our businesses and get productive, working on our businesses. Simply said, we can back off of teaching so many classes and focus on creating those things we don’t typically have the time for, like plan new workshops, build a website, make marketing materials, start-up projects, develop products, write contracts, organize finances or just put better systems in place. What if we made the most out of this summer and worked with spaciousness? What if we used this summer for strategizing and marketing so that we are ready to rock the school-year ahead? What if we made the most out of this Summer with smart business planning? Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying to not relax or play this Summer, rather set yourself up for success by doing some things and putting some pieces in place that your future self will thank you for. Besides, I highly support working from the most inspiring environments this Summer. Making work fun in the sun with my laptop … lakeside! Now I get it, you probably don’t want to work that hard this Summer or maybe you are hustling with Kids Yoga Camps or you don’t feel like you have the time to dedicate because you have all those personal goals, too. And isn’t Summer when the livin’ is easy?! Yes, it is and so too can be your business. Especially when you have a coach on your side. I am entering my 20th year in business with Next Generation Yoga. But even with this great milestone, there were times when I was working on and growing my business that I felt overwhelmed, scared and uncertain with low productivity. That my long to-do list never got done and my greater vision for what I truly wanted was blurry. The truth is that we are relating human beings who need support in life and business. Personally, what I need in my business is […]

Happy Mother’s Day and Birth as a Metaphor in Business

I hope this finds you well & that you had a lovely Mother’s Day. I am not a Mother in the sense that I have a physical child in my life, but I am a parent in that I have birthed and raised Next Generation Yoga, my Kids Yoga business. The truth is, if you have a Kids Yoga biz, meaning you are teaching and getting paid for your services, then you too are parenting. Whether new to the industry or not, (btw I am bringing my babe, NGY, into its 20th year next month) – we are guardians, caretakers and nurturers and it’s something to be proud of. The idea of celebrating being a Mother to my business, plus the PleasureCEO seminar that I attended two weeks ago and what I learned from Sheila of Ecstatic Birth, has me inspired to write about birth as a metaphor in business. Let’s start from the beginning. For some, getting pregnant or dreaming up a biz, is not easy. It can be challenging, time consuming and mind exhausting. For others, it just happens overnight, clear as crystal. Regardless of how fast or slow it takes you to launch your business, it is an important choice that should be made with thoughtfulness, planning and clear intentions – just like when you decide to get pregnant and have a baby. Your intentions for birthing a business will be the very same energy for how you raise it. Here’s me in my mother-like role teaching kids in Kenya Once you do get pregnant, and your business is like a fetus ready to grow, then there are important things to do to nurture it during the gestation period. Feed your biz with healthy foods that will nourish you both. Read books, listen to podcasts, and do your research so you can learn lots about growing a business. Get good rest so you can be at your peak performance. Implement really good self-care so your well is always full. Consult with professionals like business coaches – they know how to guide you to get the results you truly desire. Surround yourself with others who are starting up a business as they too can support you. Think strategically about what to name your business. Invest wisely as you’ll need to spend some money to set up and get your baby biz all ready for the life it is about to have. You know, do all the same things one does when pregnant with a human baby. The early stages of a business are essential, and just like pregnancy, there can be challenges. You may feel sick to your stomach about what you are creating. You may have a hard time sleeping because you are anxious and uncomfortable. You may even decide that raising a business is not for you, and that’s ok too. But being fully committed and taking good care of you and your babe are truly what matters. Be gentle with yourself, you are up to […]

Are You a PleasureCEO?

I hope this finds you well today & enjoying your beautiful life. I am feeling so alive these days partly because my best friend is visiting me here, in the Bay Area, and we’ve been laughing a ton, dancing for days and connecting on a deep soul level. She is also a Yoga entrepreneur, and a Taurus, with location independence so it’s sweet that we get to co-work, play and celebrate our birthdays. Here’s us driving into San Francisco this past weekend. In addition to the sistership I am deeply experiencing, I am also feeling the flow and inspiration from a workshop I attended last week, called PleasureCEO. Now while you may conjure up a bunch of different ideas about what it means to be a PleasureCEO – first, I want to share that it was super inspiring to be in a room, for three days, with 40+ female CEO’s, from around the world, all who are rocking their unique businesses. When was the last time you surrounded yourself with successful entrepreneurs? Personally, I find it highly motivating, valuable and refreshing to my personal and professional growth to attend a business seminar with like-minded peeps. Here’s what I learned about being a PleasureCEO: Do business from a more feminine place. As a successful business woman, this is something I am confronted by but am going to do my best to take it on. The truth is, I (and most people regardless of their gender) who are successful do biz from a masculine approach – we tend to lead with and implement things like structure, strategy, independence, and go-go-go to get things done-done-done. When we incorporate these masculine virtues, I believe they help our businesses to be successful. In fact, we need them. However, since I am a woman, why not also implement the traits that are natural to the feminine, like surrender, receptivity, sharing and flow. Letting go of what doesn’t serve in biz, receiving more from others, co-creating and sharing ideas as well having a more go-with-the-flow attitude all can help to have a natural and balanced relationship to how we do business. 2. Take pleasure breaks. You have probably heard me talk about how much I love Pomodoro’s during working days where I work for a set amount of time and then I take a break. Well, why not bring a lil pleasure into work breaks and do something that truly honors our deep desires. Things like eating a piece of decadent dark chocolate, caressing a feather on your skin, slowly smelling a fragrant flower or taking a warm bath with essential oils. All of these things are highly sensual which is also a quality of the feminine. I’ve been incorporating more pleasure into my daily work days, and it’s had me feeling a lot more relaxed, alive and ready. Here’s me at the PleasureCEO event taking a break and receiving the caress of a rose. 3. Immerse in sistership (or brotherhood.) As the world turns and life happens, […]

Finding the Work I Love by NGY Teacher Leslie Ratekin

A few years ago, you might not have been able to imagine me rolling on the floor, giggling with a group of children practicing Yoga. I worked for the University of Phoenix for seven years. I had a comfortable paycheck, full benefits, and a 9-6 Monday through Friday schedule. It was repetitive and safe, but it wasn’t fulfilling. My work was definitely not what I loved. In October 2015, an old friend from Omaha suggested that I attend a Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training. “It’s so much more fun than teaching adults!” She was absolutely right. I fell in love with the NGY style, and began to imagine a new full time job for myself teaching Yoga to kids.   Eight months later, I started to go for my dream. I took on teaching as many NGY classes as I could. I completed another NGY Training. And I quickly confirmed how much I loved sharing Yoga with kids. Finally I made the huge decision to quit my job and take the plunge into entrepreneurship. I started Jodi Komitor’s The Biz of Kids Yoga Mastermind, created a business plan, and did everything I could to work hard. Opportunities flooded in! I brought the first NGY program to an elementary school in North Park, San Diego. The sessions filled up and even had a lottery for a waiting list! I received lots of positive feedback from parents, including: “Thanks for helping my child find her thing!” I loved seeing how Yoga changed children’s lives and how they could use Yoga tools off the mat. While I found joy in my daily work, I was also challenged by the reality of entrepreneurship. Previously, I had a consistent paycheck since I was a teenager. Now I really learned the meaning of “time is money.” I had expected my business to grow quickly, and now understood that developing a successful business, when you are self employed, takes time. I continue to find so much joy in bringing Yoga to kids, and I am still grateful that I took the leap. My Kids Yoga business is growing, slowly, and that’s okay. I continue to work on my business and I am still inspired by every NGY class that I teach. Even with these challenges, I get to enjoy my work every single day. That makes all the difference. Leslie Ratekin NGY Teacher San Diego, CA Email Leslie Leslie began her yoga journey in 2007 as a way to a healthier lifestyle. She completed her 200 hour Registered Yoga teacher (RYT) training through Spirit of Yoga in August of 2013 in Tempe, Arizona. She relocated to San Diego, California in March 2014. Leslie has completed the Next Generation Yoga Teacher Trainings for 2-7 yr. olds, 8-13 yr. olds and the Advanced Teacher Training. Leslie currently teaches Next Generation Yoga classes in elementary schools and pairs her Yoga business with substitute teaching for special education.

How do You Know When to Give Up or Let Go?

I trust this finds you well today and enjoying your beautiful life! I am getting this blog out early to you as I will be in a workshop, called PleasureCEO, on Monday – Wednesday. It’s all about doing business from the feminine and I can hardly wait to tell you more about what I learn. For now, I am sharing about my recent trip to the Red Cross, where I attempted to donate blood. I was super excited about it as it has been a while since I have done so and I really love being of contribution. When was the last time you gave blood? Well, despite my enthusiasm and desire for doing so, unfortunately my veins were not cooperating and were playing roly-poly, avoiding the needle. That was the case, not just on one arm, but both. So sadly, while I tried my best with all good intentions, I couldn’t give blood last week. The wonderful, kind-hearted staff at the Red Cross highly encouraged me to come back – perhaps I will, but likely I will not. Here’s me at the Red Cross “trying” to give blood. While I kinda felt like a failure in my blood donation attempt, I also knew that it wasn’t really my fault, and that given the circumstances, I needed to let it go. Truly, I gave it my best but clearly it just wasn’t meant to be. This scenario had me connect even deeper to the question that one of my Private Mentorship clients recently asked me about her newborn Kids Yoga biz, she said: “How do you know when to give up and let go?” What a profound question, I thought, and I have been pondering it ever since she asked. My experience of having to give up/let go at the Red Cross has helped me get some clarity, and as always, I would love to hear from you about, how do you know when it is time to give up or let go of something? No matter what the scenario is, giving blood or working in your Kids Yoga biz, there will always be challenges along the way that may have you wondering about whether it’s time to give up and let go. Here are a few signs that may be evidence that it is that time: You no longer feel it in your heart. Not all projects, businesses, or dreams are meant to last forever. It’s possible that that original idea that once filled your heart is no longer your passion or desire. Be gentle with yourself as there is nothing wrong with changing your mind. It’s your life, why not choose what makes your heart happy?! You feel exhausted. If teaching a class, or creating a new project in your Kids Yoga biz has you feeling exhausted – physically, emotionally & mentally – then it may be time to let it go. Life is precious and meant to be joyful, resourcing and full of life force not draining, energy-sucking […]

Today I Rise & So Can You

My Birthday was on Monday and I am still riding the wave of joy, celebration and acknowledgment. If you took a moment to call me, send me a text, email, Facebook message or post on my wall, I am deeply grateful. It really means a lot that you paused to honor me, and I thank you from the depths of my heart. I am excited to share with you something that I did at my party that I am still surprising myself by. I did a “performance!” Me, in my “dress rehearsal” Now, you should know that I don’t consider myself an actress, by any means, and I have not performed anything since I was six years old. And while teaching Kids Yoga can be theatrical and entertaining, in its own right, this felt wildly different as it was amongst my friends and community. But here’s what had me go for it: I thrive on pushing my edges and getting out of my comfort zone. I believe in commitment and when I say I am going to do something, I do it. I was first introduced to this piece, Today I Rise – The Initiation, in November right after the election, last year. It moved me to tears and inspired me to wake up, take action and go for the life I truly desire. I was so struck by the poem that I made a commitment to watch it every day. Three weeks in, I decided I wanted to “perform” it … on my Birthday. Gulp! And so, for days, weeks and months, I watched the video every morning. Oftentimes, it was the first thing I did as it truly helped me to get out of bed. Then, I began to memorize the lines. I would go on my walks and recite the words, oftentimes messing them up. I wasn’t exactly sure what the “performance” was going to look like but when I was ready, I started to move my body in ways that felt expressive and true to the essence of the poem. This felt horribly awkward! I knew I needed help and so I asked an acting coach/friend to work with me and help me move through my awkwardness, stagnation and fear. With her support and accountability, I dedicated myself to practicing daily. I cried and pushed through. I resisted and surrendered. I laughed and got compassionate with myself. I felt a lot of feelings during my preparation, which were all part of the journey to getting me to that magical moment when I “performed” in front of 30 of my friends. OMG! I am honored to share my “performance” with you, my beloved global Kids Yoga family. Just click the video below. Whether you watch the piece or not, what I really want you to know is that saying “yes” to doing the performance, successfully, is a lot like saying “yes” to doing something successfully in business. As I see it, below are the parallel truths that go […]

Get the Word out about Your Biz!

I know you may be enjoying a little Spring break this week, and if you are, I wish you lots of rest, rejuvenation and light-hearted fun … Actually, I wish that for you whether you are or aren’t on an official break; It’s what life is about, right!? While I am not on a proper break of any kind, I am finding moments of relaxation as I need it in order to fully thrive in my biz. One of my favorite things to do these days is to walk around Lake Merritt in Oakland and then have a seat to soak up the earth and sunshine. I highly encourage you to get your movement on, daily, as it’s essential for keeping the mind sharp, ideas flowing and creativity alive – all which are important for successful Yoga entrepreneurism. Here’s me lakeside, visioning my biz! Recently I sent out an email offering peeps the opportunity to ask me any Kids Yoga business related questions. Supporting teachers, like you, is a passion of mine and I’ll do anything I can to help you have a successful Kids Yoga biz. So if you have any questions related to The Biz of Kids Yoga, feel free to email them my way! Anyway, one courageous Kids Yoga Teacher asked me a simple yet perplexing question that I’ll answer in today’s blog. She asked: How do I get the word out about my Yoga biz? Whether you are a new teacher or have been at it for a while, I imagine that you often ask yourself this same question. I know I do, especially every time I launch a new class, course or product. So how do you get the word out about your Kids Yoga biz? Here are five must-do’s: Tell everyone you know what you are up to. This may seem obvious, but so many forget to tell even their closest friends what they are up to. And while your besties and family may already know about your Kids Yoga classes, what about other peeps in your community? I mean seriously, what about the bank teller who handles your deposits, your Yoga Teacher at the studio, the person who bags your groceries, or the school librarian? While I am not saying you need to start bragging or be weird or socially awkward around people you don’t know, but you could simply start up a conversation with them and see where it leads. You never know who has a child or knows someone who is interested in what you are offering. Word of mouth is the best way to grow your biz and trust me, I have experienced gaining new business from the most random referrals. Being a Kids Yoga Teacher means being an active member in your community, so why not share and talk with others. Like I said, you never know where it my lead you and besides, if you want have a booming business, then you better be committed to spreading your […]

10 Must Do’s for Growing Your Biz from the Start!

I trust this finds you well and enjoying your beautiful life! It’s full on Spring in Oakland, California and I have been loving the wild flowers and quiet time in the woods. Nature is truly where I feel my best. It’s where my mind soothes like no other and ironically, my business creativity ignites, bountifully. It’s amazing how new ideas bloom by simply being in a quiet and inspiring setting. How about you? Where do you do you refresh and get your biz brain beaming? Playtime and inspiration amidst the wild flowers! To me, it’s obvious that it’s the season where not only are the flowers blooming but so too are new businesses. I have heard from many Kids Yoga Teachers lately that they are ready to jump start and grow their biz, for real! If you are serious about growing your offerings, making money, and having an impact on the world, there are several important things you must do, right from the very start. I am so passionate about being professional and excited to share with you more on this topic. Here are my 10 must do’s for growing your Kids Yog biz from the beginning: Treat your biz like a biz – Right from the very start, it is essential that you start treating your Kids Yoga business as a business. Yes, that’s right – even if you are teaching just a few classes right now but eventually want to offer more, you have a business simply because you are accepting money for your services. Don’t wait till you are making the kind of money you desire to start treating your biz like a biz. Do. It. Now. The alternative is to treat your business like a hobby. Meaning, work on it when you have the time, spend more than you make, wing its success and hope that it all works out. Use professional language. When appropriate, call yourself a Yoga entrepreneur versus a Yoga Teacher. This is a powerful shift and others will perceive you differently when they hear that you own a small business. I know this can be confronting, but try it on … try doing it the next party you go to and when you meet someone new who says, “What do you do?” Schedule mindfully. I have heard from many Yoga entrepreneurs that they have a hard time being productive – a very important skill that you need in order to run and have a successful business. I recommend that you use a calendar. Every week, schedule times in your calendar to work ON your biz by making appointments with yourself. Be sure to honor and keep your appointments just like you would any other appointment, like going to the dentist or teaching a Yoga class. This appointment is just as important as any other. Know your worth – Do your market research and tune in to your emotional truth about how much you deserve to be paid for your services. Stay strong […]

Spring Growth by NGY Teacher Kara-Lee Ruotolo

Happy Spring everyone! This is the time of year that I am often seen crouching down low, smelling tulips. Yesterday I was literally lying on the dirt and grass in order to reach them! Taking time to enjoy the fresh smell of flowers brings me back into myself and reminds me of what really matters. This is a kind of mindfulness. I love this definition of mindfulness; it’s so simple and straightforward. “Short moments of awareness repeated many times become more automatic, become more accessible over time.”  Moments like these are the most precious. I have found that when I tend to my own mindfulness, I feel more available to share and teach the children in my life. Over the past week and a half I have been teaching the Next Generation Yoga Lesson Plan: Spring Fling. I love watching the kids nestle into their child’s pose as seedlings, waiting in quiet anticipation as I walk around to nourish each seed with “soil” and a gentle sacral press. It brings me such joy to see their smiling faces and relaxing bodies. This quiet time for germination is essential for all of us to grow. While on a silent retreat this past November, I wrote these Haikus in reflection during my germination time. I am rooted deep. My roots are growing deep down. I say Namaste. Letting go of thoughts. Not very easy to do! Practice often now. This time on retreat gave me space to reflect on my next steps, and the new name of my business. It was an incredibly challenging, beautiful, and affirming time. My new business name arrived after a meditation: Colibri Kids Yoga ~ Rooted in Joy. Colibri is Spanish and French for hummingbird, the symbol of joy. As Kids Yoga Teachers, it is just as important for us to take time in our own relaxation pose, whatever that may be. It allows us to hear our own call from within. We are all so unique and beautifully connected! I’ll leave you with a quote that was recently shared with me during the Spring Equinox. “Whatever you can do, Or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, Power and magic in it.” – Goethe Kara-Lee Ruotolo Next Generation Yoga Teacher Seattle, WA Email Kara-Lee Kara-Lee Ruotolo has been practicing Yoga in Seattle since 1995 and began sharing her love of Yoga with children soon after. She holds her Masters degree in Education and Mental Health Counseling and has worked as a Child and Family Therapist in Seattle Public Schools, a Social Worker for Public Health, and an Instructor and Therapist for kids with special needs at Bellevue College. Kara-Lee has completed the Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training courses for 2-7 yr. olds, 8-13 yr. olds, Advanced, Biz of Kids Yoga, and Every Kids Yoga for Kids with Special Needs. Kara-Lee also has completed the Mindful Schools Essentials course and is presently enrolled in Mindful Schools Fundamentals. Her favorite thing about teaching Kids Yoga is watching the […]

Biz Strategies that Make a Difference in Your Kids Yoga Biz

Recently I asked members of The Biz of Kids Yoga Community, “what is the number one thing that has had the biggest impact on your business?” I found their responses super inspiring that I’ve compiled them and would love to share some of them with you. I hope their insights and wisdom help to propel you in becoming introspective, attuned, focused and professional with your Kids Yoga biz – all important mindsets for Yoga entrepreneurs. Keep in mind these wise words come from those who are dedicated to their career as Kids Yoga Teachers. They are either graduates of The Biz of Kids Yoga LIVE!, the 101-Online Course, TBoKY Mastermind, or have worked with me in a Private Mentorship setting. A few of us from The Biz of Kids Yoga Community! Regardless of whether you have taken a program in The Biz of Kids Yoga, you can still ask yourself the question, “What is the number one thing that has had the biggest impact on my business?” Here are 11 faves and what some TBoKY Rockstars have to say: Mentors that inspire! (This one was a super popular response and many said “ditto!”) Community! (Also, had multiple “like’s” and “yes” responses!) When I started taking myself & my biz seriously, that was a game changer. When I saw myself as an expert + a biz woman + Yoga Teacher my mindset shifted and I feel fearless, excited & confident!! #entrepreneurpower! Learning when to ask for help. Knowing that even if I can wear all the hats, my time and resources are best spent when I engage others to do the parts of my business that I am not an expert at. The TBoKY community has been instrumental in helping to guide this. When I bring others on to help it keeps me accountable to my goals and timelines, and enlists others to be excited and to cheer for my businesses success. Managing my time in the most efficient way. Setting goals with a completion date! Always keeping a positive attitude & keeping love forefront in my heart. Always learning! When Jodi said: “listen to what people are asking from you.” Celebrating the small successes along the way to the big successes. Awareness of SOS – shiny object syndrome! Being aware of SOS and staying focused helps stay on task and knock out your to-do lists and leaves so much space left over for dreaming big! I hope these brilliant responses inspire you to ask yourself the important question, “what business strategy is making a big difference in my career?” When we get clear on what it is, then we lean into it and can exercise that skill even more. Trust me this works! So, take a breath, and a moment – it shouldn’t take more than that, because your one thing is so obvious to ya … hit the reply button or leave a comment below and share, “what ONE strategy is making a big difference in my Kids Yoga biz?” […]

Give Your Biz a Name

I hope this finds you well and enjoying the beginnings of the new season. Here in the Bay Area, Spring has sprung and I am so enjoying time outdoors. A favorite Spring activity of mine is pausing to hug a tree. What’s yours? Seems like new beginnings are in the air as many Kids Yoga Teachers have been asking about how to give their biz a name. This is such an important question and one not to be taken lightly. I have heard that professional naming organizations spend up to six months carefully choosing a name for a company so you should definitely plan to spend at least a few weeks if not more. Of course, a biz name can also come super quick, like mine did. The name for my company, Next Generation Yoga, came alive when I was in the car with a few friends playing with names for my then new Kids Yoga biz. It was in 1998, right around the time when everything was Y2K relevant and “next generation” something. Do you remember those days? Well on that car ride, it was a friend who said, how bout, “Next Generation Yoga!” And boom it resonated so deeply and was the start of something relevant. The truth is, the name of your biz is really important and should not be taken lightly. The right name can make you the talk of the town, help people find you easily and give you instant credibility and success. The wrong name can leave people confused about your offerings, forgetful that you exist or turned off by your branding expression. Here are tips and to-do’s for giving your biz a quality name. Enlist help from friends, family and experts. Like most things in biz, don’t try to do this alone. Not only is it more fun, but you’ll get great feedback and insights from people that you might have missed if you did this process alone. Invite some peeps over for dinner, wine or tea and have a biz naming party. Know what you want your name to communicate. Your biz name should reinforce the key elements of your biz. The more your name clearly communicates, the less explaining you will need to do. Consider including words like “Yoga,” “Mindfulness,” “kids” so that people are clear on your services and not left wondering what it is exactly that you do. Choose a name that appeals to the kinds of customers you are trying to attract. Think comforting and familiar words that makes people feel warm inside versus unfamiliar abbreviations, puns or nicknames that only you understand. Include your personal name or not. If you know that your Kids Yoga biz will remain all you, and that you will be the only person teaching and working in the biz, no matter how much you grow in the future, then consider using your own personal name in your biz name. For example, Jodi’s Kids Yoga. But, if you aren’t sure and you have […]

Keeping Calm While Growing Your Biz

I trust this finds you well today! Last week I sent out an email inviting you to ask me any question about your Kids Yoga biz. If you missed it, you can catch it here. I am so excited by what has been coming in and wanted to share this one with you in hopes it inspires you too … Thanks for the blog post and the invitation to ask questions! I am considering taking a huge leap from being a classroom teacher for 10 years to teaching Kids Yoga full time! I’m going to be honest … It scares the sh*t out of me but I’m pretty sure if I don’t do this I simply won’t feel right. So here’s what I am wondering … How do you avoid putting so much pressure on building a Kids Yoga business? I am so moved by this question because I have been in this woman’s shoes. I was a former school teacher (for just three years) and made that leap from employee to self-employed when I started up Next Generation Yoga almost 20 years ago! Even with all the fear, I did it because, like her, if I didn’t – I wouldn’t have felt right! And I am so glad I did make that leap! But trust me, it hasn’t always been rainbows and unicorns and I learned a lot along the way, especially about pressure while building the biz. So whether you are currently teaching part-time, desire to go full time or you have already busted through that transition, the real question at heart is, how do we stay calm in biz and avoid all the pressure as we build? Here are a few tips, tools & thoughts that have worked for me in keeping calm while growing my biz. Go slow and remain responsible. While yes, it can be exciting to think about switching careers over night, it’s important to go slow and remain responsible. At the end of the day, we have bills to pay, and jumping into a new career can take time to build, (see next bullet.) Consider how you can slowly transition perhaps by maintaining part-time work so that you can continue to earn an income while building out your passion biz. There is truly no rush and the best businesses have grown with slow, organic growth while the biz owner stays calm with current responsibilities. Know that it takes time. You know that saying, “Rome wasn’t build in a day”? Well, I can not tell you how true it really is when building a Kids Yoga biz. Seriously, it truly takes time to create, produce and build new things. While we may desire immediate success for our new offerings (like a new Kids Yoga class, camp, workshop, product or teacher training) we must be gentle and recognize that it really takes time to build these things out. To name just a few, there is the development, budgeting, marketing AND of course your life as […]

Got Questions? Let Me Answer!

I truly hope this finds you and your family well today! Today’s blog is super simple: I want to know, what questions do you have about your Kids Yoga biz?   Are you confused, overwhelmed and feeling unsure? Whether you are a recent Kids Yoga graduate starting up your classes or you have been at it for years – I imagine you must have questions about The Biz of Kids Yoga!? I know, for me, even after 19 years in business, I still have questions about getting the word out, marketing, finances, productivity, product development, and so on and so on! The truth is, the majority of us Kids Yoga Teachers did not go to business school. We went to Yoga Teacher Training where we learned how to teach Kids Yoga, not how to run a business. So be gentle with yourself. It’s ok to feel confused, overwhelmed and unsure. But are you bold enough to take the time to seek help and ask your questions. That’s right, I said, bold enough because it takes courage to ask for help. It also takes vulnerability and dedication. Good news is that when we seek support from others, we are telling the universe that we are for real and ready to move forward with more abundance and prosperity. So dear one, in this moment, as you read this, take a breath, roll your shoulders and know that you can do this! Consider this thought and maybe take out your journal to write a bit … what is it that has you stuck, confused, unsure and overwhelmed with your Kids Yoga biz? Yes, I imagine you love to teach. I also imagine that you would like to do more of what you love, and less of what you don’t, possibly less of the business side of things – or at least learn to work smarter, not harder. I am committed to helping Kids Yoga Teachers with their businesses. So tell me, what is standing in the way of you having your effortless dream biz? I promise to write you back and even better, I promise to answer your questions! Ready, set go – breathe and hit reply now. I can hardly wait to hear from you & thank you for your courage in taking the time to get real! In support of you, Jodi PS ~ Don’t be shy to ask your questions about your Kids Yoga biz. Remember no question is a dumb question. I’ve got you! Hit reply now, and tell me what you want to know more about in The Biz of Kids Yoga. I promise to write you back!

An Unexpected Yoga Experience by NGY Teacher Pam Davis

When I first became certified to teach Kids Yoga, I thought … What’s next? I had so many thoughts of how I could use this newfound love that it was almost overwhelming, but I knew I had to just dive right in. Naturally, my path took me to teach in studios, which was great and pretty easy. I had a built-in client base and a beautiful space to share the practice. While I loved teaching in studios, I kept finding myself drawn to other opportunities, at Ivviva or Athleta, teaching free classes and spreading the word about my studio classes. While those are great options (and provide fabulous Yoga wear in exchange for teaching,) I just knew there had to be more. And then one day I found it. I was asked to teach at an afterschool program for girls in 6th-8th grade, many of whom had no experience with Yoga. This group in particular was an interesting one. Many of the girls came from “broken” homes and low-income backgrounds. Some were more challenged than others, and the Yoga program was a way to keep them safe and off the streets until parents would be home from work. I knew it would be a challenge working with a large group (50+,) outdoors, and with a wide age range, but I had the perfect solution. I began taking educational learning points from Next Generation Yoga Lesson Plans and combining then with Partner Yoga to create an overall theme of empowerment. During the 60-minute class, I am not sure who had more fun, me or the students! Everyone was participating, and many girls worked together that may not have otherwise interacted. By the end of the class, I had split the girls up into groups to share a partner pose. This culmination signified empowerment to them, and then of course we ended with a large circle and NGY’s signature chant, “Together We are ONE.” The next day I received this email from the program’s coordinator: “Oh my goodness – thank YOU so much for everything!!! The girls are still talking about your awesomeness. We can’t thank you enough for your support and for being there for our girls!!” And this is just another reason of why we do what we do. Together we ARE one, and experiences like this show us we are where we are supposed to be, doing what we need to do to truly impact lives. Pam Davis pameladavisyoga@gmail.com Melbourne, FL Pam started her Yoga journey in 2003 as a way to de-stress from work and decompress from marathon and CrossFit training. Over the years the importance of a deeper Yoga practice has taken Pam off her mat and into the teaching and training role. She obtained her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certification through Yoga Works in Southern California and completed the Next Generation Yoga Teacher Trainings for 2-7 and 8-13 yr. olds, as well as the NGY Advanced Teacher Training. Teaching as a licensed NGY Teacher and seeing […]

Don’t let Fear Stop You!

I hope this finds you well today. It’s early in the morning and I am happily writing you from a cozy window seat in my apartment in Oakland. The sun is rising and it’s quiet – it’s truly my favorite time of the day other than dusk. My mind is fresh from meditation and I feel inspired to share with you about an important topic that we all experience as Kids Yoga entrepreneurs. It’s the thing that wakes us up in the middle of the night. The one that attempts to stop us from taking the next big step in biz. The one that sometimes is in the driver’s seat but should really be in the back. Can you guess it? Yep – you got it. It’s fear. Fear is something that comes with being human, and especially shows its true colors when we are in business for ourselves. The truth is, it doesn’t matter how much Yoga we do or how many times we say positive affirmations, fear of failing arises and challenges us along the way. Interestingly however, fear can be a good thing. It lets us that there is something very big ahead and it needs to be taken seriously. That we should be mindful and strategic about our next steps. The key, however, is to not let fear stop you from having or creating what you truly want. Here’s my story with fear … You may or may not know, but I have been in biz with Next Generation Yoga for 19 years and trust me fear has shown up many times along my journey. Of course, at the beginning of starting up NGY, I was scared because I struggled financially to get my business going. I was afraid that I would have to go back to being a classroom teacher and give up my passion for teaching Kids Yoga. I lost sleep at night because I was so scared. Also the time I opened my first studio in New York City. I was desperately scared that no one would come and that I would be stuck with overhead expenses and a signed three year lease. And those times that I felt overwhelmed and scared when I developed new products like the NGY Teacher Trainings, The Biz of Kids Yoga 101 – Online Course, and my Private Mentorship program. Would anybody be interested in them? And of course, when I spent a bunch of money hiring a business coach. I felt scared that I was overspending and wouldn’t make my money back. Oh and right now – I even feel a bit of fear writing this blog. Like will anyone read it and will it be helpful? So yea, fear pretty much comes along for the ride BUT I don’t let it stop me because then I wouldn’t have what I truly want. Here are three common fears that most Kids Yoga Teachers, including myself, face and how to overcome them. Not knowing where to start. […]

NGY Trainer, Pam Davis, RYT

Pam Davis, RYT NGY Teacher + Trainer NGY Trainer for: Yoga + Mindfulness for ages 2-12 Pam started her Yoga journey in 2003 as a way to de-stress from work and decompress from marathon and CrossFit training. Over the years the importance of a deeper Yoga practice has taken Pam off her mat and into the teaching and training role. She obtained her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certification through Yoga Works in Southern California and completed the Next Generation Yoga Teacher Trainings for 2-7 and 8-13 yr. olds, as well as the NGY Advanced Teacher Training. Teaching as a licensed NGY Teacher and seeing the success stories of other members of the NGY Teacher Community inspired Pam to want to lead the NGY Teacher Training for 2-7 yr. olds and become an NGY Trainer. Pam enjoys teaching both children and adults in studios, community centers, fitness centers and volunteering her time at after-school programs. Seeing the transformation that children experience from Next Generation Yoga is truly inspiring and the reason behind Pam's love for NGY. Pam is blessed with a wonderful husband and a beautiful daughter who often inspires her classes and creativity.

Make Money While You are on Vacation

I hope this finds you well & enjoying your beautiful life! I just got back from spending 5 sweet days with my family in Florida. Aside from the gorgeous weather, it was such a treat to be with my parents and brother. While I handled a little bit of emailing and business, I mostly unplugged and was able to be fully present with my loved ones which felt so good on so many levels! Here’s our final selfie just before I left for the airport. I am sure you will agree, there is something luxurious and fabulous about taking a vacation, and it rocks even more when you make money while chillaxing which is what happened for me this past week. First, I want you to know that I am not here to overwhelm you and this blog post is not about me bragging or making you feel less than, because I know that if I can make money while I sleep, you can too. (Reminder – I am a former school teacher with zero business background. I seek help and learn from business mentors and coaches so I can grow personally and professionally … and, as always, I recommend you do the same!) Second, I know some of you reading this may be early on in your Kids Yoga biz, but regardless of how many years you have been at it, I imagine that you would like to earn money while you sleep. That you would like to be able to go on vacation, and still watch your bank account grow while on the beach. That you would like to do what you love, work less and make more. Truly, I don’t mean to be assumptive, so just tell me as I would love to know, do you now or in the future want to make money while you sleep? Shoot me an email and tell me your vision! Personally, I found it very exciting and empowering that at the end of each business day, when I checked the total income from the batch of credit card settlements that came in, that even while I was at the pool and watching movies with my family, I still made some money. So, no, I didn’t go to teach a Next Generation Yoga class, lead an NGY Teacher Training or work with any of The Biz of Kids Yoga Private Mentorship clients, but yes, I do have my biz set up so that I can earn money even while I am on vacation. This is because I have scaled my Kids Yoga biz and put into place passive revenue streams. Good news! It’s easier than you think and I am happy to share with you two kick-ass ways for how to grow your Kids Yoga biz and make money while you are on vacation, aka while you sleep. Hire teachers. There will come a time in your Kids Yoga career when your biz grows bigger than you. Whether you physically are […]

Saying Thank You

I trust this finds you well, healthy & enjoying your beautiful life. I missed writing you last week as I was sick with that nasty cold that has been going around and was also resting and recovering from leading six days of the Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training here in San Francisco. The training was epic and I am happy in my heart and body to be on the mend! Here is a pic of our 2-7 yr. old graduates … Say hello to 19 new Kids Yoga Teachers! During the past few weeks I have been asked about and also contemplating, on my own, the very concept of giving thanks. Mostly because lately I have been receiving a lot of gratitude and also because I have been giving a lot too and so I have been noticing what it looks and feels like to give and receive. Specifically, how do we say thank you to a studio who hosts an event that we led? How do we honor that teacher who subbed for us? Or what is a meaningful way to acknowledge the colleague who gave us a valuable referral? And what about when a student gifts us with a present, how do we let them know we appreciate the sentiment? Or that parent who gives a social media shout out in praise of our class, how do we acknowledge their time and generosity? These things matter! I am sure you will agree, saying thank you, giving thanks & having an attitude of gratitude is important to do, not just on Thanksgiving, but all year long. When we take time to show our appreciation, it lets other people know that we care about them. That we recognize their efforts and how they show up for us in the world. That they are an important person to us. The truth is, acknowledgment, specifically in biz, is one of the greatest ways that we can connect with others, deepen our relationships, build trust, and grow our business. Simply because, business growth is all dependent on the quality of business relationships. Makes sense right?! Well, just like giving thanks and letting people know that you care matters, so too does not saying, “thank you.” When we miss that moment to give thanks and acknowledge another, it can be damaging to the relationship. I know this first hand, as I recently hooked a colleague up with a new (and big) teaching opportunity, and I never heard a single peep from her. No “thank you,” no nothing. Ouch. So don’t miss out on giving thanks for that sweet referral, student gift, studio host, teaching sub, generous mentor, or social shout out. Here are a few ways to show your appreciation that will help to deepen your relationships and grow your business. Tell them. Words of affirmation are powerful and when shared in person, with eye contact, it can be really moving and inspiring. Send an email. A simple email expressing your gratitude will most […]

From our NEW Director of NGY Teachers by NGY Teacher Kelli Mae Willis

I have been to a lot of trainings. Like a lot a lot. If you don’t believe me, read my bio! My resume includes certifications in AcroYoga, CircusYoga, two 200-hour RYTs, Waldorf, etc etc. I recently joined the Next Generation Yoga Teacher Trainer team and became the Director of NGY Teachers because after experiencing several NGY Teacher Trainings and working with the amazing NGY Teachers, I can tell you, these gals have got it all. I am delighted to welcome this new role to my career and excited to share some of the things I value so deeply about the NGY philosophy. Child. Centered. Classes. If you’ve worked with children, you already know the benefits of “child-centered” learning. When it comes to Yoga, we can get pretty particular about what a class is supposed to look like. Some people shy away from Yoga for kids because they imagine a classroom chanting “Om Namah Shivaya” and doing synchronized Sun Salutations. Next Generation Yoga’s child-centered approach lets Yoga fit kids, rather than asking kids to imitate adult yogis. As a Waldorf Teacher, I am a huge proponent of meeting children where they are, and teaching them in developmentally appropriate ways. Children are sometimes made to learn too much too soon – something reflected in the phrase “Kindergarten is the new first grade.” Next Generation Yoga highlights the importance of developmental stages and crafting Yoga classes to suit the age group in each class. The beauty of NGY is the recognition that children are natural yogis, and that a mindful attitude is what turns ordinary movement into Yoga. As a teacher, this means that I can always stay open to the energy and enthusiasm of the group. I encourage creativity in my students, I improv and add Yoga whenever possible, and I have a blast in the process! I can never run out of teaching ideas because every group and every child offers thousands of new possibilities. AND – wink wink to the teachers – letting the kids be involved, included, and creative keeps THEM engaged too! That means I spend less time managing behavior and more time practicing Yoga. And because classes don’t have to look any particular way, I am also free to teach anywhere to anyone. Yoga outdoors? At the zoo? At a daycare? In someone’s home? NGY Teachers use what they’ve got and make it Yoga, and that makes us truly flexible! Modeling During Teacher Training Perhaps you’ve experienced something like this before. A presenter might say, “Punctuality is of the utmost importance,” but arrive 15 minutes late to the next session. You’ve got to practice what you preach! And in fact, your students will take away much more about how you presented yourself than the words you say. Children, especially young children, learn primarily through modeling and imitation. In Waldorf education, early childhood teachers strive to be “worthy of imitation.” And guess what? Adults learn a great deal from modeling and imitation as well! What I love about […]

A True Story & A lil Pep Talk

I trust this finds you well today. It’s early morning as I write you this and I just finished my meditation and journaling practice. I am heading into Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training this week and I have a full plate of to-do’s. I am sure you can relate to the feelings of overwhelm and angst before a big event. Thoughts like, will I get it all done? Will I miss something? Will I have time for myself? Lots on my mind but I am trusting … because I know that it always gets done, and it always works out! Wouldn’t you agree? In fact, in today’s blog, I am sharing with you about one of The Biz of Kids Yoga Mastermind participants who had this exact experience; she was overwhelmed with her biz, but it worked out for her, because it always does. Of course, it only works out with persistence, focus, attention and dedication. We need to be proactive in our biz in order to get the results we truly desire. Here’s how it went down … yesterday afternoon I checked our wildly supportive, private TBoKY Community Facebook group filled with 140+ Yoga entrepreneurs who are graduates of The Biz of Kids Yoga LIVE!, the 101 – Online Course, Mastermind & Private Mentorship clients. One of our members posted: “Celebrating the receipt of my first contract for my entire school district – all three schools!! Excited, taking longer breaths. I know I’ve been on radio silence for a bit but I have been following you all. Thanks for all the support and now back to freaking out a little. Holy Cow!” I was so inspired and excited for her mostly because I know how long she has been working towards this goal. In fact this was her plan over a year ago when she was in The Biz of Kids Yoga Mastermind. You see, in biz, things take time to happen. While we would love to have them happen over night, or even yesterday, they just don’t. The over-heard saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day” is one that all Kids Yoga entrepreneurs should repeat to themselves on the regular. I have had biz goals, dreams and desires that I thought would happen quicker than they did. There were times where I wanted to give up, let go and throw the towel in. But I didn’t, because I am dedicated to my goals and dreams. I also know that things truly take time to build and that if I don’t have persistence, focus, attention and dedication then they definitely won’t happen. So dear one, as I head into NGY Teacher Training and I put aside my long list of things to do in order to make my goals come to life – I leave you with this … Sometimes our road to success looks different than we think. Sometimes it takes a lot longer. Sometimes we want to give up. And, sometimes, we don’t ever see the end […]

How Much to Charge?

I trust this finds you well and in the groove of the new year. Life’s been settling in for me as I continue to nest in my new home in Oakland. It feels good! This week marks my 10 years living in California. I remember leaving New York City, with my dog Chants, and following the Sun across country till I landed in San Diego. I feel so grateful for my roots as an east coaster, my expansion to the west, living in southern and northern California and all I have learned along the way. It’s truly amazing to look back at how I have personally and professionally transformed over the years. Here’s me & Chants on the afternoon we arrived in Del Mar, California As I look back on the years that I have been in the Kids Yoga industry – one thing I know for sure is that my class rates have changed depending on whom I was teaching, where I was living and my experience level at the time. So often I hear Kids Yoga Teachers asking, “How much should I charge?” This is a very good and important question but truthfully difficult for me, without knowing more details, to answer. So, I’d like to empower you with tips for getting clear on what you can and should charge. Here we go … Know your class. The number of students, their needs, the location and time teaching will all influence how much you can charge for your Kids Yoga classes. When determining your pricing, be sure to ask these questions: Is it a small class of eight students or less, or large like 20 or more? Is it a private session or group class? How long is the class – 30 or 45 minutes? Do the kids have special needs or are they typically developing? Is there a drive of 30 minutes or more or is the class at a local/home studio with no commute at all. Take into consideration all these pieces in order to get clear on how much to charge. Obviously, small classes with 8 kids who are typically developing and being taught at a nearby studio for just 30 minutes will be less pay than a larger group or kids with special needs where you would need to drive a bit for a 45 minute class. Note – private classes are always a higher price point. Own your level of experience. The price I charged for teaching when I first started out is very different now that I have been in business with Next Generation Yoga for almost 20 years! With more experience comes a higher pay rate. Once you have been teaching for over 3, 5, 8 & ten years – you are more seasoned at your craft and can charge more for your services. Let this be an invitation for you to confidently increase your prices with your more years of teaching. Do some research. Because each city, state and country […]

Best Way to Get Sh*t Done!

I trust this finds you well! We are into week two of 2017, and if you are anything like me, perhaps you are feeling excited about what’s ahead but also a lil overwhelmed about all there is to do to make what’s ahead, happen! It’s all good, and it’s why I want to share with you my number one tool for getting sh*t done! In fact, I am even implementing this practice as I write – it’s called The Pomodoro Technique. A lil background of The Pomodoro Technique … There once was an Italian graduate student studying in Florence – I know, sounds glamorous, right? Well, he knew the power of chunking his time and breaking down his studies so that his mind could absorb and learn, successfully. Spending endless hours studying felt overwhelming and didn’t seem to work. He used a timer, yes, in the shape of a Pomodoro tomato, to study in small increments followed by short breaks to refresh his body and mind. He became a master at learning, simply because of this technique. I personally learned about this technique from one of my biz mentors, Racheal Cooke. While I don’t always practice Pomodoro’s, whenever I do, I find I am highly focused and productive. I get more done in less time and feel alert both physically and mentally. I am actually committing to do this technique more often because it is so influential in me getting sh*t done! If you are someone who gets overwhelmed easily with so many tasks, benefits from structure and enjoys checking things off your to-do list, then I invite you to join me in practicing this technique! Here are suggestions for implementing The Pomodoro Technique: Get clear on your to-do’s. I am sure you have an everlasting list of things you need to do for your Kids Yoga biz. You know, emails, invoices, social media posts, etc., etc. Be sure to keep your list clean, updated and accessible. I personally enjoy using an app called Trello which syncs with my iPhone and desktop. Once you are clear on your to-do’s for the day, then it’s time to take action. Take action. Have a seat with your to-do list and get clear on how long each item will take you. Identifying the time frame for each task, helps to successfully bang the item off your list. For example, I estimated I would spend one hour on this blog post. You may designate 45 minutes for emails, 30 minutes for social media, and 40 for invoicing. Up to you, whatever it is – set your timer and go to work. Feel free to use your phone timer or go old-school with a Pomodoro tomato timer. Turn off all distractions. This is pretty much the MOST important thing for successfully getting sh*t done. When I do Pomodoro’s I put my phone on airplane mode and turn off all notifications including email, Facebook and instant messengers. I do not want to be interrupted during my […]

Balance in Teaching Adult & Kids Classes by NGY Teacher & Trainer Charlotte Light

I started my own Yoga practice about 15 year ago in what felt like a rigid, structured and formal studio environment. It makes me giggle thinking about how far Yoga has spread over the years. Now, I see Yoga classes offered in schools, outdoors, on paddleboards, even in grocery stores – yes, that’s why I giggle! This is a reminder that Yoga is a gift anywhere AND to anyone interested in teaching or trying it out. After completing a 200-hour Teacher Training program with CorePower Yoga, I started teaching as many adult classes as I could. I noticed how both nervous and excited I was starting out and recall my body feeling rigid with anxiety. This loosened overtime, as any Yoga Teacher can attest to having a few nerves here and there while teaching! I even remember one of my old managers saying, “Why are you being so professional while teaching class? I KNOW how quirky you are, show that side of Charlotte as well!” The game changer for me as a Yoga Teacher happened when I enrolled in Next Generation Yoga’s (NGY) Teacher Training for 2-7 yr. olds in Seattle, WA. I felt like I was given a gift. I already had the capability of guiding adults through a Yoga class clearly and accessibly and NOW I could infuse the fun, child-like exploration and creativity that comes from Kids Yoga. As I started to let loose with adults, I noticed more of my students were smiling while practicing Yoga. I also noticed more students trying on new poses and were lighter with their transitions – they seemed like they were channeling their inner child in class. Today, in my adult classes, I infuse mythology, constellations, and even under-water themes that I teach in Next Generation Yoga for kids classes and they LOVE this refreshing take on CorePower Yoga! I’ve found my skillset for teaching kids and adults goes both ways. My background in teaching adults allows me to be super clear and concise while teaching kids. This helps to make my NGY classes accessible, successful and most importantly, safe. I dive deep into my “kid voice” as we explore Ancient India, an African Safari, or A Walk in the Woods and am able to turn on my “adult voice” if there becomes a need for safety or behavior management. These voices, kid and adult, serve different purposes and help create a well-rounded class for any age. It takes a lot of energy and self-care to teach full-time and it truly is a gift. For me, my vitality is at its highest when I am teaching both adult and kids classes, regularly. I notice that I walk away more grounded after teaching adults, and more creative, loving and sympathetic after teaching kids. Each of these emotions enhance feelings of balance and sustainability as a full-time Yoga Teacher. I am so thankful for my adult training and especially to NGY, for opening my door to the playful, creative, loving side of […]

3 Tips for Powerfully Envisioning Your Kids Yoga Biz in 2017

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season! For me, it certainly was a beautiful end to a challenging year where I practiced radical self-care and a whole lot of nesting in my new home. In between signing my lease and building my new altar, I went to Wilbur Hot Springs with a girlfriend, which was such a treat to my body, mind and soul. I chose a super mellow and intentional New Years celebration where I meditated in the eve and then on New Years Day, I gathered with women, in ceremony, as we released the old by throwing pebbles in to the ocean and then planted intention “seeds” in the grassy sand. Here’s me letting go of the old & the “seeds” I planted for 2017! For many Kids Yoga Teachers, whom I connected with, they too enjoyed slowing down, being fully present with loved ones and taking time either working on their biz or fully unplugging from it for a much-deserved break. No matter how you spent the holidays, working or resting, I do hope that you took some time to envision the future of your biz for without an image of what you want to create, there is no access to reaching your goals. I am inspired to share with you three tips for powerfully envisioning the future of your Kids Yoga biz in 2017. Set SMART goals. You may have heard this acronym before, and it’s such a goodie that you wont want to miss it when you set this years biz goals. While the words may vary, to me, SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Right & Time-bound. These are the words that you’ll want to make sure you are aligning with your biz goals. I could go on and on about the importance of setting SMART goals, but I think this article says it best. While we’ve got a long (and exciting) year ahead of us, in an effort not to hit overwhelm, it’s always best to set just three goals at a time. This way you can really focus on accomplishing these goals and then start again. I personally enjoy working towards three or six month goals. One of my current three month goals is to get an affiliate program for our Lesson Plan Club up on the Next Generation Yoga website by March 1st. What about you? I’d love to know, what are your SMART goals?  Choose one word. It’s easy to get overwhelmed in biz and or distracted by shiny objects because there is so much great opportunity in our Kids Yoga industry. BUT … when we choose one word to focus on, and run our business intentionally by, it helps us to stay focused and centered. Being clear on your 2017 intention word will help you to make all decisions from this place. For example, if your word is “Collaboration,” then when opportunities arise and include the possibility of working with another, and of course it feels like the […]

Ending My Adventure Tour + 5 Biz Lessons Learned

I hope this finds you warm, well & full of wonder during these holy days. I can hardly believe 2016 is coming to an end! It certainly has been a year full of celebrations & challenges – I know you know. I am excited to be closing out the year with the end to my “adventure tour.” I spent the past seven months living home-free, working remotely, travelling, exploring different cities, staying with friends, Airbnb-ing, subletting and simply enjoying life and Next Generation Yoga with location freedom. I have learned so much about myself and how to run a business on the road which I’ll share with you below. This week I moved into a new apartment in Oakland, California. I love this town for its culture, diversity, creativity and energy. In some ways, it reminds me of my beloved New York City. In other ways, it is like no other. It is a concrete jungle, yet full of nature, like the gorgeous Lake Merritt and the surrounding Redwood forests. I look forward to immersing in my new town with a socially active community while growing personally & professionally in new ways this coming year. Here’s me post signing my lease with my keys & garage clicker in hand! Many have asked about my “adventure tour” and how it’s been for me and so as it comes to a close, I feel inspired to share with you the top five lessons I learned in how to run a Kids Yoga business no matter where you live. The cool thing about these learnings are that they are tools I’ll for sure implement even now that I am settling into a fixed home. These lessons are so powerful and transferrable that I invite you to try them on, too. Start my day with me. Over the past seven months, I cannot tell you how many different beds I have woken up in. While it’s been super fun and adventurous, I am looking forward to having consistency and comfort of my own digs. One of the greatest things I did for my personal well-being and business productivity, during my “adventure tour,” was committing to starting my day with me. This included a morning ritual of self-care such as drinking hot-water, meditating, journaling, yoga-ing and watching this inspiring video. On my most disciplined days, I did all of this before checking my voicemail, text messages, emails and social media. I noticed that when I did this, my mood was elevated and my work flow was super productive. I intend on continuing this ritual as I know how good it made me & my biz feel. Schedule time to work on my business. Being home-free meant a lot of time on the road, transitioning from one place to another, and then settling in and grounding from all the travels. As well, lots of fun distractions like visiting with friends and checking out new sites. At times, I felt ungrounded and in Ayurveda-terms, vata-deranged. In order […]

Blessing for the Children of the World by NGY Teacher Nicole Koleshis

As we enter into the last month of 2016, I’d like to offer the following words as a reminder and inspiration for all who care about and want to make the world a better place for the next generation. For the Kids Yoga teachers, school teachers, loving parents and grandparents, proud aunts and uncles, coaches, nannies and tutors, these words are for you. Hold them close to your heart and come back to them as often as needed to stay connected to why you do this work, why you’re loving and raising your kids the way you are, and why you stand for the next generation. We offer our prayers and blessings for the children of our world that they will raise their heads in confidence and lower them with humility. We pray that the children of our world will be lifelong learners. That they will gain knowledge, grow in understanding, and find true wisdom. We pray for the children of our world to see the beauty in their lives and the goodness in people. May they be able to close their eyes in restful slumber and open them in appreciation of the beautiful morning light. We pray for the children of our world to hear the small still voice inside. The intuitive, soulful voice, the one that brings calm. Their own voice, the one that encourages good choices. And the voice of Spirit, the perfect combination of holy and humanity. We pray for the children of our world to speak carefully. May they raise their voices in defense of the weak; to speak soothingly to those in need. May they use words that are productive and kind. We pray for the children of our world to be flexible. When the time is right for compliance, may they bend. When it is in their best interest to stand their ground, may they have strength. May our children know the truth and not be stubborn in harmful ways. We pray for the children of our world to love and trust with abundance. May they be attracted to their soulmates when the time is right. May their hearts be permeated with joy everlasting. We pray for the children of our world to use their arms to embrace life with gusto. May they hug often and eagerly reach out to others in friendship and love. We pray for the children of our world to be generous. May they share often as a way of living open-handedly. May they raise their palms in prayer and praise. We pray for the children of our world to walk with purpose. May their legs take them to great places where they will thrive and prosper.  Our prayer for the children of our world is for delight. May they often feel their toes curl up with pleasure. May they be happy. May they have the chance to be women and men who enjoy surprise and appreciate the little things in life. This blessing was adapted by Nicole Koleshis […]

‘Tis Always the Season to be Giving!

I trust this finds you well today. I am writing you from my friend’s home in Oakland. I am still on my “adventure tour” where I am living home-free & working remotely. It’s been a wonderful journey these past eight months where I have had the joy of connecting with new and old friends. So many of them have opened their homes and hearts to me … at times, it’s moved me to tears and I am so profoundly grateful. On the daily, I aim to give back all that I have received. (More on that below!) This past weekend I did something I haven’t done in a loooong time & that was going out dancing with a group of women. Truly the music, dance and sistership moved us all closer to oneness. Such a gift! Here we are at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco – post dance party with Rising Appalachia. Go see them if and when they come to your area, they rock! As I reflect on all the goodness and generosity that has shown up in my life these past several months, I feel inspired to blog on the topic of giving. Yes, I know the holidays are before us and so many see this as THE time to be big-hearted, but I want to invite you to consider how you can build in philanthropy, giving or seva (the Sanskrit word for self-less service) as a regular part of your Kids Yoga biz. But before we get into practical ways to give and how that will support you and your business, let’s pause to recognize and connect to the beauty of giving. Arianna Huffington, in her book, Thrive, names it so sweetly. She says, “We mostly focus on the good giving does for others – the good it does for our community. But just as profound is what it does for us. Because it is really true that while we grow physically by what we get, we grow spiritually by what we give.” So if giving lifts and lights us up, just as much as it serves others, why not make giving a regular business practice – all. year. long!? Imagine how attractive you’ll be to customers when you make donations on the quarter, offer scholarships on the regular, share content consistently and give your time selflessly. Consider this is to be your marketing. This is the way to magnetize others to your biz. Yes, the holidays are a wonderful time to gift gifts, make donations and contributions, but again, what if you built generosity into your Kids Yoga business, regularly. I say “’tis always the season to be giving!” Here are a few giving suggestion for you to implement all year long. Note: not only will these have you feeling good inside, and attracting new students to you on the outside, but you may also be able to write off these as tax deductions. For more accurate information about write-offs, do contact your financial […]

5 Self-care Activities for Yoga Entrepreneurs

I hope this finds you well and nourished from time spent with loved ones. In the U.S., this past week, we celebrated our gratitude during the holiday of Thanksgiving. I personally had a unique experience, awaking super early to be with the Indigenous people at Alctaraz for a sunrise ceremony which included dance, song, story, fire and prayer. This was probably one of the most intentional ways I have ever spent a Thanksgiving and I am deeply grateful I went. Here’s Michael Franti singing a tune for 5000 of us at sunrise. Going forward, it feels like it’s all about the holidays. While for some this may be the most wonderful time of the year, for others, including myself, it can produce stress, anxiety and feelings of loneliness. All this coupled with the current state of our world affairs, in my mind, now more than ever, we need to take really good care of ourselves. In last week’s blog, I wrote about how during these intense times, self-care isn’t just important, it’s critical! If you missed that entry, you can read it here. Knowing that you are a beautiful, compassionate, heart-centered Yoga entrepreneur, I imagine that you have a good sense of how to take care of yourself. However, when times are busy with business and family, and sometimes stressful, we all could use a lil reminder of some of the best ways to practice self-care. Here are five of my favorite self-care activities specific for Yoga entrepreneurs: Get enough sleep. I know you have probably heard a bazillion times to get 8 hours of sleep. But somehow, being a busy Yoga entrepreneur, and working late hours gives you an excuse to miss out on good rest. No time to sleep? Too much to do? Got midnight inspiration? I know, I’ve been there! Trust me when I say the science is spot on – we need solid sleep to be at our best, most productive, kindest, and inspiring leaders. Do whatever it takes to go to bed at a reasonable hour so you can wake up and be fresh for the new day. Oh, and while I wouldn’t replace a cat nap with night time sleep, I do encourage taking them! Move it. I am probably preaching to the choir here, but how often do you miss a Yoga class, forget about taking a walk or skip out on your movement routine because you are too busy or tired!? Don’t think you have to do a whole Cross-fit class or lift heavy weights, but when energy is stuck, the mind feels full and the joints are tight – move the body to come back into balance. And to avoid mental and physical stagnation, do some Sun Salutations first thing in the morning, go for a gentle walk after a meal or bust out your favorite song and have a lil dance party at home. Moving the body, regularly, will keep the mind alert and the body flexible. Socialize with supportive […]

Self-Care Isn’t Just Important, It’s Critical!

I sincerely hope this finds you well today. It’s been a whirlwind for our world this past week, actually this past year, with so much change and transition, social uprisings, environmental surges, plus the loss of so many wonderful artists and leaders. And now the recent U.S. election has our global community on high alert. Without going on a political or social rant, I want to simply share that I am feeling all the feels these days and I imagine you are as well. You are a Yogi with compassion. You have a big heart. You care about our earth. You are committed to our future generations. Peace is your way. It’s why you teach Kids Yoga and do the work you do. I honor and thank you for your dedication to making the world a better place. During times like these, and then add on the upcoming holiday season which can bring up even more heavy emotions, it is essential to take good care of yourself. I know for me, lately, I have been practicing radical self-care because if I don’t, I find myself in a vortex of suffering, depression and anxiety. One thing I have been doing weekly is Floating. Have you heard of it? In a silent, pitch-dark tank with 12 inches of warm water and 80+ pounds of salt – for an hour, all you do is relax … and float. It’s physically and mentally profoundly amazing and I highly recommend you take the plunge and check it out. Given the current state of our world, today’s blog is all about self-care. But first, why is self-care so important? As Yoga entrepreneurs, when we are overwhelmed, over-worked and under-resourced, oftentimes self-care is the first thing to go. While we may know better, we are human, and we can get too busy to go for a walk, to breathe deep, to go to a Yoga class, to eat slowly, to take time for ourselves or be present with our loved ones. We feel like we have to push push push and go go go in order to get sh*t done. But this doesn’t work. Not for you, not for me, not for our families, not for our biz. The truth is, self-care isn’t just important, it’s critical! The good news is that when we choose self-care, we actually can be more productive in our life, in our relationships and our business. Self-care prevents burnout. We have all been there before. We push ourselves to the place where we can’t do anymore. We want to give up. Maybe you started your Kids Yoga biz but are feeling overwhelmed with it. You want to quit. When we implement a regular and radical self-care practice, we avoid the possibility of a potential burnout. Self-care reduces the negative effects of stress. A small amount of stress is actually good for you and your biz because it will help motivate you. However, too much stress can wipe you out physically, spiritually and […]

Consistency Matters

I hope this finds you well today. I am writing you from the Bay Area where I have been enjoying settling in lately. It’s been 6-months since I have been living “home-free” and while I am loving it, I can feel my spirit getting ready to land in a place to call home. Until then, I will continue to explore, adventure and enjoy the freedom. Recently, I have been ruminating on the concept of consistency. And no, I am not referring to the thickness of a substance or viscosity, though I do have a very sensual side to me and enjoy experiencing and exploring different textures. I am speaking about regularity. There are things that we do in our life on a regular basis because it makes us feel a certain way. For example, last week I started eating a dish called Kitchari. My Ayurvedic doctor, Scott Blossom, recommended that I eat it consistently for a year. “OMG, a year!?!” I bet you are thinking. Well, I thought the same thing (and still am) when he suggested it. He preaches food as medicine and if I want to see a radical shift in my health, including curing the psoriasis on my skin, then I need to be consistent. (Well, at least 70-80% of the time, he said.) Well if consistently eating Kitchari could clear up my skin, I believe that being consistent with other practices can and does influence our life, relationships and business. And since I am committed to supporting you with The Biz of Kids Yoga – let’s look at how consistency plays a role in business. When I think about how being consistent can impact and make a difference in business, I think of the following: Market consistently. Whether you are sending email newsletters or doing social media posts, make your marketing campaigns regular and consistent. Choose how frequently and when you will send out emails as well as when you will post on social platforms. Stick to it. Period. Not only will your clients expect and look forward to hearing from you, but you will stay top of their mind for all things Kids Yoga. Use your calendar to help you stay consistent. Teach consistently. If you commit to teaching a Kids Yoga class on a certain day for a specific amount of time, ie. a six-week series, then do just that. There is nothing worse than a teacher constantly subbing out their classes. Parents and kids will pick up on your lack of commitment and vice-versa, when you show up consistently, your students and the families will feel and trust your dedication. This is so good for business. Manage money consistently. For many Kids Yoga Teachers, invoicing, collecting money, budgeting and managing money is oftentimes not the fun part of the job. It is easy to fall behind with invoicing and collecting monies from schools, studios and students. If you want a steady stream of income, value your worth, and desire others to respect your […]

Kids ARE Yoga by NGY Teacher Karen Davis

Kids don’t “do” Yoga. They ARE Yoga so it’s no wonder that they love Kid’s Yoga. Have you ever watched a child eat a cookie? Time stands still and it is just her and the cookie in their own sweet existence. She devours it intentionally, one bite at a time, with her whole being and with purpose and enjoyment. In this moment, you are in the presence of their “now.” As you watch with clear eyes, something familiar and long forgotten stirs inside of you. Your breath stills and you begin to remember what you have forgotten. Children possess a mind that is open and aware, not influenced by the past and previous knowledge. They freely think and act while they discover and create their world moment to moment. They are fearless and unburdened by mental chatter. This state of being, that is free of past perceptions and judgements, is living enlightenment. As we get older, this beginner’s mind gets buried and we begin to forget the now. Thoughts become habits. These habitual thoughts lend us to assumptions and limited ways of thinking and, in essence, we go on auto-pilot. A habit no longer resembles its original thought much like an oak tree bears no likeness to the acorn from which it grew. Have you ever gone on a journey to somewhere new and your eyes are filled with wild wonder as you take in all of the sights and sounds? Time seems to slow to a “waiting for Christmas” crawl in the most delicious way. The camera in your brain is firing off flash synapses at massive speeds attempting to take all of it in and process it. When all your synapses are firing, you are focused and in the moment. Your mind feels electric. Welcome to childhood – when every moment is a new adventure full of endless possibilities. A former instructor, on the topic of inner self or soul, told us to watch a child and there you will find Atman. I asked him how we, as parents, caregivers and teachers, help to preserve that state in our children. Essentially, we don’t. We must respect that each child has his or her own path to follow, that they are their own beings and must have their own experiences in order to create their identity so that one day they can self-realize. We can, however, gift our children with a healthy template to mindfully navigate life’s challenges. Kahlil Gibran the artist, poet and author wrote on the topic of children in his poem, “The Prophet”: You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows […]

Authentic Marketing

I trust this finds you well & that you had an enjoyable Halloween earlier this week. How fun was it to see all the pics & posts of kids dressed up in costumes – that is truly my favorite part of the holiday!! This year I decided not to dress up, instead, I looked at what “costume and mask” I wear daily. And that one is to look good. To show you that I have my shit together. To prove to you that I am attractive, sexy, feminine and cool. Over the past 6-months, I have grown to know my desire for approval all too well. It’s exhausting, actually. So, while the veil was thin, during this past all hallows’ eve, and in an effort to put to death an old part of me that no longer serves and welcome in truth and authenticity ~ I posted about my “costume” along with this picture of me that, to me, looks scary and ugly. Well, the response on social media was incredible. I got over 180 “likes” (60 of them were “love” buttons) and over 50 comments. (Btw, it was fascinating to see how some people loved this pic, and how I think it’s horrible. More evidence that shows that we are own worst critics.) In last week’s blog, I shared tips for authentic marketing. If you didn’t resonate, I invite you to think again because the post I recently put up was a true example of authentic marketing. If you missed it or want to check it again, you can read it here. I am so passionate about authentic expression because, aside from our own personal healing, I know that it makes a difference in the lives of others. When we show our true colors, when we speak our truth, when we expose the realness of who we are, our fellow humans can connect to us. They can relate to us. They lean in to us. They want more of us. This is authentic marketing! I have another example for you. Last Sunday, I awoke experiencing feelings of aloneness and sadness. When I listened to my inner voice, I was craving companionship and connection. I am currently single, and was desiring waking up with someone. That morning I chose to go to a community dance in Sausalito that I had never been to. While I knew my friend Charlie was going to be there, (he goes regularly,) I wasn’t certain I would know anyone else. Clearly, I was pushing my social anxiety edge, especially after awaking feeling lonely. As the room filled with warm bodies and I moved mine to the music, I physically got hot. Underneath my ¾ sleeve shirt, I was wearing a bralette, but I was also covered in psoriasis on my torso. My authentic-self wanted to take off my shirt and dance freely in just my sports bra. But I was nervous about exposing my skin. What would people think? Would they judge me? Would they […]

Marketing Tip: Take Off Your Mask

I trust this finds you well and enjoying your beautiful life! I am happily writing you from my home-base town, San Francisco, after spending 2 ½ weeks in Southern California. I am so grateful I chose to drive the Pacific Coast Highway back north as I really got to recharge my busy battery by slowing down with beach-time and 24-hours at the magical Esalen Institute, in Big Sur. If you have never been, or ever heard of it, I invite you to check it out – it’s so worth it! Here’s me enjoying some r&r in the bee hive swing at Esalen. As you know, next week is Halloween. It is a time where many get dressed up in costumes, put on masks and pretend to be someone or something they are not. Halloween is also, always, the holiday that reminds me of one of my favorite marketing strategies, and that is to take off the mask you wear. Like it or not, believe it or not, we all wear a mask on a regular basis. We pretend to have our sh*t together, we act fearless, overly-nice, or even more spiritual than we really are. I recently read a quote about this very truth, by Bonnie Pfiester, that I love. She says, “Most people wear a mask all year. Their masks are designed to hide fear, sadness, failure & flaws. No mask of money, muscles or makeup, can ever truly cover our sin. Why hide? We all fall short. If everyone took off their masks, they’d realize we all look a lot more alike than we think. We are all human.” When we put on a mask to cover something about ourselves that we don’t want others to see, really what we are doing is hiding, separating or disconnecting from our human family. Pushing others away is not a good way to do business or even market yourself. If you want to attract people to your Kids Yoga business (which is what marketing is all about,) then wearing a mask and covering up certain sides of you will help to magnetize customers. Instead, try these three strategies for taking of your mask and marketing yourself, authentically. When someone asks you how you are, tell the truth. So often, when someone says, “How are you?” we quickly answer with “good.” Try pausing for a moment, taking a breath, and instead of being on auto-pilot, answer truthfully. You may be surprised with how good it feels to really share honestly that “I am feeling a little sad today” or “I am feeling a bit anxious right now.” Mostly because it feels good to be truthful and your reply will likely invoke some sort of emotional response and connection to another. When we are honest with our feelings, others relate to us, because they too have those same emotions. This is awesome for attracting people into our lives. Post something vulnerable on social media. Most people think that being vulnerable is showing weakness. […]

Want to Become the next TBoKY ROCKSTAR?

I hope this finds you well today! I am writing you from gorgeous Encinitas, San Diego where I just wrapped up the Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training for 2-7 yr. olds. It was fabulous and I am so happy to get to spend some extra days down here enjoying the beach life, catching up with old friends, (I used to live here,) and also working remotely. Trips like this make me realize how grateful I am for setting up my life by design. Have you heard about the social media series that is happening this month, called The Biz of Kids Yoga ROCKSTARS!?! Each day, a member of The Biz of Kids Yoga community is being featured on my social channels for their commitment, leadership and contribution to the Kids Yoga movement. In their own way, they each have dedicated their lives to sharing Yoga and mindfulness with children and created a business that is truly ROCKSTAR status. It is an honor to recognize these Yoga entrepreneurs as they are impacting the lives of many, including mine! Here are 4 TBoKY ROCKSTARS – click here to check out some of the other ROCKSTARS!                                       One of the greatest traits that I admire so much about these TBoKY ROCKSTARS is their commitment to grow, learning & willingness to be in community. TBoKY ROCKSTARS have humility and know that they cannot do their biz alone. TBoKY ROCKSTARS ask for help, and help others. TBoKY ROCKSTARS don’t let time or money stop them from having the life & biz they truly desire. TBoKY ROCKSTARS stay focused on their goals and help others to do the same. How do they do this? Well, most have participated in The Biz of Kids Yoga Mastermind – an online 6-month group coaching program that offers accountability, education and support for Kids Yoga teachers. Many TBoKY Mastermind participants started out lost and confused in their biz, but as ROCKSTARS do, they asked for help, got the support they needed and made the necessary changes in their biz. It’s been amazing to watch them grow – check them out for yourself! Personally, I am so proud of all of The Biz of Kids Yoga ROCKSTARS for their strength, courage and willingness to learn, grow & collaborate. Do you want to learn how to grow your Kids Yoga biz? Do you want accountability, support and coaching? Do you want to become one of The Biz of Kids Yoga ROCKSTARS? If yes, consider joining these ROCKSTARS in the next TBoKY Mastermind that starts up in November. Read their testimonials and how being a part of The Biz of Kids Yoga community has changed their lives and businesses like no other. If you are ready to become the next TBoKY ROCKSTAR – let’s chat! Send me an email with a little bit about yourself, and let’s hop on a call to explore you turning your Kids […]

Do You Want Support, Community & Accountability?

This past weekend I had the honor of co-facilitating a Yoga business session atThe National Kids Yoga Conference in Washington DC. To say it was AMAZING is an understatement. The room was full of vibrant, heart-centered and dedicated Kids Yoga Teachers. In a casual, round-mat-style discussion, we covered topics including the importance of practicing radical self-care, avoiding burn-out, getting paid your worth, welcoming growing pains, choosing passionate projects, having support and so much more! We had just 90-minutes, but we could have gone on for days we were so inspired! Me & my co-presenters: Lisa Flynn of ChildLight Yoga & Yoga 4 Classrooms, Shari Vilchez-Blatt of Karma Kids Yoga & Pleasance Silicki of lil omm yoga. The consensus of the group was a desire for ongoing support, community and mentorship. My heart was beaming as I too am passionate about these things. In fact, this is the foundation and what I am known for with my work in The Biz of Kids Yoga. I create community while mentoring Kids Yoga Teachers. One of the ways I do this is in a group Mastermind program. This 6-month course is a structure where Kids Yoga Teachers get support, community and accountability from myself (someone who has already been where you are) and their peers. Are you a Kids Yoga or Mindfulness Teacher? Do you want to grow your business? Desire community & a network of like-minded peeps to support you? Got questions & need mentorship?  If you said yes to any of the above, you crave support & accountability from a coach (that’s me!) in an intimate group with other high-level Kids Yoga Teachers then The Biz of Kids Yoga Mastermind is for you! The TBoKY Mastermind is forming now with a fabulous group of devoted Kids Yoga entrepreneurs. Join us and get the support you need to grow your biz! Early bird registration closes October 15th … if you are curious to know more, send me an email and let’s hop on a call! In support of you, Jodi

Kids Yoga Off the Mat by NGY Teacher Ana Mateljan

When I discovered my personal Yoga practice over seven years ago I realized how much further Yoga goes in life beyond just stretching and making me limber. It’s a truly a tool that helps me to remain centered, balanced and calm. So if Yoga does this for me, I knew it can also help my children! Inspired by the possibilities, I did some research and attended a Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training. Amazingly, after I took the training, a door opened with new life skills for my kids. Since taking the NGY Teacher Training, my kids love to practice Yoga! Like many, they do so at home with each other. You know how kids like to play “family” or “doctor” or “teacher” with their stuffed animals? Well, my kids play “Yoga” with each other. Often, Emilija (age 6) teaches Elena (age 3) an NGY sequence including warm ups, standing postures, cool down poses and relaxation. Emilija plays music and guides her sister through a class with movements and breathing exercises. It is precious and priceless. But beyond just the physical movements, like my Yoga practice, they are gaining so much more! Emilija has positively learned how to create, teach and lead a Yoga sequence on her own. She even sometimes creatively uses a children’s book to convey a sweet Yoga-inspired message to her little sister. She incorporates imagery and a lot of educational learning. Emilija is empowered and poised, which to me, are incredible tools for life! When Elena can’t follow her sister’s instructions, Emilija is kind and modifies the pose for her. She listens to her needs and displays patience. When Elena is in Deep Relaxation, Emilija lovingly massages her head, strokes her hair and rubs her feet. All the sensorial aspects of Yoga bring them closer together, understanding that love and care are essential for sisters. Now, that’s when they are practicing Yoga in the living room. But how do they bring this practice off the mat? My girls are kind with other kids, they follow directions at school and show respect to their teacher in class. They are natural gracious leaders. I have witnessed them use their Yoga breath during tantrums which help to self-regulate and calm themselves down. Their breathing is their tool of choice which helps them to find balance again and carry on with their day in a more positive way. Giving kids the skills to lead, understand, breathe and self-regulate, to me, is Kids Yoga off the mat. They bring the tools with them everywhere they go and with everyone they meet. They do this because they practice Yoga on a mat, but they apply it off the mat! Next Generation Yoga is who my kids are, how they talk, how they touch, how they love and how they show up in their community. They have found a safe, nurturing and calm place on their mats, and they have developed the capacity to find that same safe place within themselves, even without the […]

Work/Family Balance

I am writing you from the East Coast where I am travelling. I spent five days in New York City, am currently in Florida and, this weekend, I head to Washington, DC for the National Kids Yoga Conference. This trip has been a combo of work and play as I led The Biz of Kids Yoga LIVE! at Karma Kids Yoga in Manhattan, am currently visiting my parents down South and can hardly wait to present at the conference this coming weekend. If you will be there, please send me a quick email so we can plan to meet up. As you know being a Yoga entrepreneur can be a lot of work, and the truth is, we all need a lil down time. While I am not completely unplugging, while with my parents, I opted not to do a weekly video that I always do in a private Facebook group for The Biz of Kids Yoga community. Keeping my integrity, I let the group know in advance. One of the members of the group acknowledged me and said: “Here’s to being a good example of work/family life balance.” I so appreciated this comment and it inspired me to share with you a few tips for creating work/family balance. Since my family and I are spread out across the country and we seldom get to spend in-person time … it is important to me that when we are together, I am fully present with them. Here are a few things that I do that really help me to get the most out of my family time while still managing my business from the road. Let go of the guilt. Even with a full plate and lots of work to do, when I am with family, I let go of any guilt of putting my biz on hold. Rather than feeling worried or stressed for not working, I recognize that time with my family is truly priceless and I can totally afford to take a pause. My business will always be there, my family may not. Put down the devices. Sitting on the couch or at the dinner table with a loved one who’s on their iPhone can be disconnecting and disappointing. I oftentimes choose to take device breaks where I won’t check my email or go on social media, so I can be fully present with my family. I always feel more connected with them when I do this. Work when it works. Since time with family is precious, and so is my Yoga biz, it is essential to find the right time to work. Whether it is first thing in the morning while the fam is still sleeping, when they are doing their own thing midday or late at night, I find time that works to work. I just make sure it’s not taking away any time from being with my loved ones. Be here now. Of course I am not perfect at this one, but I do my […]

How to Be a Professional Kids Yoga Entrepreneur

I trust this finds you well & in your groove! I am feeling mine. I am pretty sure you know about my Adventure Tour. If not, I’ll share … since May, I have been living “home-free,” staying in different parts of the Bay Area & working remotely. This past week I arrived at a friend’s place on a sweet island called Alameda – it is in the East Bay and just about 10 miles from San Francisco. I have learned so much about myself during these past few months and have loved the adventuring that I experience, every day! While at times I have felt a bit ungrounded, I have also had long stretches of focus and productivity. Namely now as I am currently putting the finishing touches on my new online course, called The Biz of Kids Yoga 101. I am so excited to share it with you and know it will be so useful for you as you step more into your power of being a Yoga biz owner! Stay tuned for more deets when it’s ready! Filming day for The Biz of Kids Yoga 101 For now, I am happy to deliver today’s blog about showing up as a professional Kids Yoga entrepreneur. Now when I say being professional, I don’t mean that you need to be up tight or too serious – but I do believe that if you want to have a successful business teaching Kids Yoga, then you should match your actions with your intentions. I am excited to share with you suggestions for how to be a professional Kids Yoga entrepreneur: Use professional language. When appropriate, call yourself a Yoga entrepreneur versus a Yoga Teacher. This is a powerful shift and others will perceive you differently when they hear that you own a small business. I know this can be confronting, but try it on … try doing it at a cocktail party when you meet someone new! Schedule mindfully. I have heard from many Yoga entrepreneurs that they have a hard time being productive – a very important skill that you need in order to run and have a successful business. I recommend that you use a calendar. Every week, schedule times in your calendar to work ON your biz by making appointments with yourself. Be sure to honor and keep your appointments just like you would any other appointment, like going to the Dr. or teaching a class. This appointment is just as important as any other. Manage your money. Regardless of where you are at in your business, just starting up or been at it for years, you’ll want to be sure that you are keeping track and managing your income and expenses. Nothing is worse for a business owner than being clueless around finances and hoping that it all works out in the end. Try using an app like Mint, Quicken or QuickBooks or just use an excel doc or pen and paper. No matter what, just be sure […]

3 Mistakes Kids Yoga Teachers Make

I trust this finds you well & enjoying the back to school season! I am happily writing you from the grass while lounging near Lake Merritt in Oakland. It’s a gorgeous time of the year here in the Bay Area and having the freedom to work outside has my gypsy entrepreneur heart feeling very happy. I am curious … what makes you happy? Let me guess … teaching Kids Yoga? Full classes? Attending Yoga Teacher Trainings? I am with you as I love those things, too. I also love supporting Kids Yoga Teachers with their business and seeing them thrive! Recently, I was chatting with a Kids Yoga Teacher who mentioned that she would like to see her business be a bit more successful. She wanted things like full classes, financial abundance and more Yoga offerings. Interestingly, in the same sentence she said was considering taking another Teacher Training. While she already has her Kids Yoga certification x2, it got me thinking, and wanting to share with you, what steps are really necessary to having business success and the 3 common mistakes Kids Yoga Teachers make when they want to grow their biz. So here they are: They take more Yoga trainings. While completing a Kids Yoga Teacher Training is essential to learning how to share Yoga with children, once you have your certification (especially if you have taken a reputable Teacher Training) then you most likely already have all the tools you need to get out there and teach. Taking more courses on how to teach Kids Yoga is not going to help you to grow your business, rather learning business strategy and marketing skills will. Instead of spending your time and financial resources on Yoga trainings, consider studying entrepreneurism, hiring a business coach, joining a mastermind, listening to inspiring business related podcasts, and reading biz books. (BTW, as I write this I am inspired to write a blog post of all of my favorite biz-related resources – stay tuned for that!) I promise you, taking another Teacher Training isn’t going to get you more kids in your classes nor will it make you more money, but learning to be a Yoga entrepreneur will. They treat their business like a hobby. Oftentimes Kids Yoga Teachers see their classes solely as a passion. Don’t get me wrong, I hope they do see their teaching as a passion, however, they forget that their passion can also make them money while they are doing what they love to do. In addition, they undercharge for their services and focus on their offerings only when they have the time. If you want your classes to fill, business to grow, and bank account to boom – then it is essential that you charge your worth and commit to working on your business, consistently, not just when you feel like it. Said with love, stop treating your business like a hobby, and get serious about how you can do what you love while making a living doing it. I […]

Back to School Business Basics

It’s here! It’s that time of year when all across the West children, educators & Yoga Teachers are heading back to school … unless of course you are in the home-school arena, and still, I imagine after a fun-filled Summer, learning and classes are starting up again! I love this picture of my Facebook friend and Kids Yoga Teacher community member who posted her enthusiasm for starting up her Yoga classes this week! I mean, seriously – she’s gorgeously proud that she is doing what she loves and getting paid for it … and she should be! For many of us the back to school season can feel like a fresh opportunity to put new and important business practices into place for the months ahead of Yoga happenings. I thought this to be the perfect time to share with you a few biz basics that you won’t want to miss and are sure to help you in building a successful year ahead. Set goals – While most see the New Year as the time to set goals, for those of us working with children and in the school setting, now more than ever seems like the right time to go through this process. Get clear on how many classes you want to teach this coming school year? How many students? How much income do you want to earn after expenses? The fourth quarter is a powerful time to look at where you want to be by the end of the year.  So make sure you are on track now. Set realistic goals and devise a plan to make them come true! Review your profit and loss reports – Where do you stand right now? Are you making money and in the black? Or in debt and swimming in a sea of red? If your profit is larger than expected, then it may be a good time to make a purchase (ie. new computer, roll of Yoga mats, props, etc.) that you’ve been holding back on that can be depreciated. I recommend that you ask your accountant to explain the depreciation rules but know that it’s in your favor, especially when your income is more than your expenses. If your profit is less than expected, it may be time to reevaluate your methods and seek some advice. Take a physical inventory of your products & props – As a Kids Yoga Teacher we have lots of goodies that help us to make our classes come alive. Books, puppets, playlists – the list goes on. But there is nothing worse than going to teach a class and not having the suplies you need or worse, not knowing where they are. Microsoft Excel is a fabulous tool to use to organize your “stuff” including class themes, materials and quantity. In addition, if you sell products, like t-shirts and Yoga mats, now is the perfect time to make sure that you have exactly what you need in order to serve and sell to your […]

Little Yogis A-Z by NGY Teacher Heather Leap

Kids’ Yoga classes are popping up all over, and for good reason. Kids have fewer opportunities for exercise or rest during their day and face increasing academic and social pressures at school. Many after school programs, designed to help kids achieve more and more, add to their stress. Yoga offers kids a chance to slow down and connect with their breath, providing tools to combat the chronic stress and busy-ness that can lead to poor health and emotional challenges. Want more specifics? Here are 26 Alpha-Benefits of Yoga. ADHD reduced. Studies of children with attention disorders indicate that when kids are taught meditation, their hyperactivity, impulsiveness and inattention decrease. Build balance. Poses that require standing on one leg build core strength and concentration. Cooperation. Yoga for kids can include games and partner poses that build interpersonal skills. Decrease stress. Through both movement and mindfulness, yoga helps minimize the strain from academic pressures, media saturation and the fast pace of modern life that can keep kids in a chronic state of high alert. Empowerment. Yoga poses are tough! A good kids’ yoga class is a safe and nurturing space for kids to try new things. Fun! If it’s not a part of a kids’ yoga class, you’re in the wrong place. Silly songs, games and an opportunity for laughter should be part of every class. Gross-Motor Skills. Bend, reach, stretch, lunge, roll. Yoga gets kids moving. Healthy Choices. Learning to tune into their body and breath helps kids pause before making decisions. Imagination. Hop like a frog. Fly like a bird. Can you make your body look or feel like a boat? Joy. Moving, laughing, breathing and working together all increase a child’s happiness. Kinesthetic awareness. Partner poses in yoga increase kids’ understanding of where they are in space. Language enrichment. Yoga classes expand a child’s vocabulary through stories and by incorporating the names of body parts, animals and more. Minimize Medication. Practicing yoga, with an emphasis on meditation skills, has allowed some children to reduce or eliminate their need for attention-deficit drugs. Non-competitive. Yoga invites children to listen to their own needs and to move in ways that are safe and enjoyable, without comparing themselves to others. Organs. Exercise and the upright posture emphasized in yoga combat slouching and give your child’s internal organs room to function optimally. Proprioceptive awareness. Practicing yoga poses improves nervous system function and improves children’s felt-sense of how their body is connected. Quality Time. Chances are your yogini will want to share yoga and mindfulness practices with you at home, giving you a new way to connect. Reading Skills. Yoga incorporates rhythm, songs or chanting and movement, all of which build the pathways young children need for future reading success. Self-esteem. Learning new skills and meeting challenges increase confidence. Time-Out to Tune-In. Savasana, lying still with eyes closed at the end of class, is often the kids’ favorite part of yoga. Uplifting. Increased heartrate and respiration have been shown to improve mood. Visualizations. Exercise the imagination while teaching kids to […]

How to Spread the Word About Your Classes

I trust this finds you well & enjoying your beautiful life! Can you believe it is September, already!? How is time going so fast! This month is a special one for many of us who will be attending the 3rd annual National Kids Yoga Conference in Washington, DC. Will you be there? If yes, send me a quick email letting me know so we can be sure to link up. There is nothing more magical than learning & connecting with tribe! (Here’s me with some special friends & colleagues from last year’s conference. Do you recognize any of these Yoga biz rockstars!?) Recently I sent out an email offering you the opportunity to ask me any questions you have about your Kids Yoga business. Supporting teachers, like you, is a passion of mine and I’ll do anything I can to help you have a successful Kids Yoga biz. So if you have any questions related to The Biz of Kids Yoga, feel free to send them my way by email. Recently, one courageous Kids Yoga Teacher asked me a simple yet perplexing question that I’ll answer in today’s blog. She asked: How do I get the word out about my classes? Whether you are a new teacher or have been at it for a while, I imagine that you often ask yourself this same question. I know I do, especially every time I launch a new course or program. So how do you get the word out about your Kids Yoga services? Here is my A to her Q: Tell everyone you know what you are up to. This may seem obvious, but so many forget to tell even their closest friends what they are up to. And while your besties and family may already know about your Kids Yoga classes, what about other peeps in your community? I mean seriously, what about the bank teller who handles your deposits, your Yoga Teacher at the studio, the person who bags your groceries, or the school librarian? While I am not saying you need to start bragging or be weird or socially awkward around people you don’t know, but you could simply start up a conversation with them and see where it leads. You never know who has a child or knows someone who is interested in what you are offering. Word of mouth is the best way to grow your biz and trust me, I have experienced gaining new students from the most random referrals. Being a Kids Yoga Teacher means being an active member in your community, so why not share and talk with others. Like I said, you never know where it my lead you and besides, if you want to have a successful business with booming classes, you better be committed to spreading your own good word! Oh, and when you do get a “bite” and someone expresses interest in your classes, do be sure you have a business card to give them, but better yet a […]

Together We are One by NGY Teacher Michelle Gunnell

I wish I had a picture from my class at the library today to share. I wish I could transport the feeling that I held inside of me out to others, as I walked out of the building. It was the most loving and sweet feeling … it moved me to tears. Literally. Wiping away tears as I ended class and walked away. I’ve been teaching a Next Generation Yoga class at the local library for a little over a year now. But this summer, with word spreading about Kids Yoga and with kids out of school, the class has grown exponentially. On this day, there were nearly 45 kids – a wonderful GUMBO of kids! (That’s what we call beautiful diversity down here in New Orleans! It always comes back to good food!) We had fun, we moved our bodies in and out of Yoga poses, we used the breathing ball to learn how to calm our bodies and minds, we danced … we relaxed … we sent love and peace to ourselves and to others. As the children lay in Savasana, aka “do nothing” part of Yoga, eyes closed, we imagined that we were on a cloud drifting in the sky above. The sun shining down on our faces. A beautiful rainbow leading down to earth where everyone we know and love was looking up at us, proud, sending us peace and love. We reciprocated, sending peace and love back down to earth. To our loved ones. To the world. Soon, the meditation came to an end, the kids slowly sat up, and as we do at the end of every Next Generation Yoga class … we closed by bringing our palms together and saying: Palms pointing to ourselves, “There is Light inside of Me” Palms pointing to someone else, “There is Light Inside of You” Palms pointing to the whole room of kids and caregivers, “And, Together WE ARE ONE!” As I pointed across from me in the middle of this beautiful closing, there was a young boy, about 9 years old whom I recognized from the beginning of the class. He didn’t really want to participate, because he could see that he was the oldest kid in the class, but his caregiver encouraged him to do it with the other little kids they had come with. I could tell that he was feeling a little “too cool” for Yoga with the little kids … but over the course of the class he really got into it. I was impressed! I pointed to him, looked him in the eyes, and with every ounce of love that I had … I sent it ALL to him, letting him know that I SAW HIM, I APPRECIATED HIM! And you know what happened? He kept his eyes on me, unwavering, and as he spoke to me, I could feel that he SAW ME, THAT HE APPRECIATED ME and he really GOT IT, if even for just that moment he could […]

Got Mentorship?

I hope this finds you well. Can you believe it is August already!?! How is time moving so fast? As I look back on the past two months, and how I have spent my Summer … it’s been mostly healing a torn ankle tendon, practicing self-care and connecting 1:1 or in small groups with friends. Here is a sweet pic of me with some girlfriends this past weekend … Depending on where you live in the world, this month, for some, Kids Yoga Teachers are still enjoying time off from teaching and time on with family and friends. For others, it is almost time for back to school. And, of course for our friends on the other side of the globe, they are dreaming of Summer months ahead. 😉 Regardless of where you live and what you are doing right now, if you are committed to your career in the Yoga biz, it is always time to think about mentorship. You may have heard my story and how I struggled starting up Next Generation Yoga. It was back in 1998, in New York City, where I was a former Special Education Teacher and clueless about marketing, finances and all things business. I had a clear passion and desire to teach Yoga to children but felt confused, scared and totally alone in how to make it happen. I grasped trying to figure it out on my own and feared having to go back to into the classroom. But deep down, I knew that there was a way for me to bust through and learn what I didn’t know. And one day it happened! At Equinox Fitness, I walked into my Yoga class and my teacher introduced himself as a coach helping Yoga Teachers with their business. While I didn’t know anything about coaching, the idea sounded perfect. I also didn’t how I was going to pay for it, but I was sold & found a way to hire Michael Port as my business mentor. What I learned from Michael was basic business strategies. He was an expert in the business of Yoga and he taught me what he knew. He was my cheerleader and held me accountable when I wasn’t able to do so myself. Hiring a business mentor was the best decision of my life simply because my career reflected success. I learned how to market myself, got a website, my classes started to fill to capacity and I was slowly and confidently building a solid Kids Yoga business. From my early days of working with Michael, I learned the immense value of having a mentor. In fact, I whole-heartedly admit that I am successful in my business, love & personal life because I’ve got mentorship. Do you? Having an intimate relationship and the support of a mentor on a regular basis is truly priceless. Here are some ways that having a mentor will help you to be successful in your Kids Yoga biz … A mentor will help get […]

The Success of a Kids Yoga Teacher

I am super excited to share with you this blog post about what real success as a Kids Yoga Teacher looks like. But first I want to tell you about something special that I did last weekend. I married myself – OMG! I have always wanted to get married, and I still do – but I thought, why wait? Why not marry myself, now?! Over the years, I have heard about this concept of self-marriage, but it was only about 10 days ago that it really resonated with me. You may know, I am on an “adventure tour,” healing a torn tendon and really going deep with emotional healing – I thought the timing was perfect. I could now commit myself fully to me. So I decided to elope! Yep, just me and my friend who led a beautiful shamanic ceremony. It was perfect and a day I will remember for the rest of my life. If you are interested in learning more about my experience, reading my vows & seeing pix – you can do so here. While I love to share my updates with you, let’s shift gears and talk The Biz of Kids Yoga. Specifically, what does it mean to be a successful Kids Yoga Teacher? The truth is that success in the Yoga biz is different for everyone. Doing meaningful work, creating your own schedule, making a specific amount of money, teaching X number of classes, getting consistent likes and engagement on social media, an updated website, sub-contracting teachers, an international brand, products for sale, or being the local go-to person in your community are some of the many ways people define Yoga biz success. The truth is, everyone is different and everyone has different goals for their Kids Yoga biz. The good news is that Yoga success will change on a regular basis. So while one year, you may calculate your success based on the number of students you teach, in another year you may be happy with having teachers work for your biz. For me, while once I was a “successful” Yoga studio owner in New York City, today I am happily able to run Next Generation Yoga from anywhere I live. In this moment, amongst other things, my success is defined by having location independence knowing that I can do my meaningful work from anywhere in the world. Now get this … Recently, I asked a few Kids Yoga Teachers, whom I mentor, about what success was for them – here is what they said: Running into two of my Yoga families at the grocery store last week made me feel successful. Having a business that I love and that not only financially supports me but supports many other women in my business! Being known as the Kids Yoga Teacher in my small town. That people recognize that I run a Yoga business and it’s not just a hobby. Having kids tell me they use what I have taught them.  Creating a life that does […]

The BIG Difference Between Yoga Teacher & Yoga Biz Owner

I am still hunkering down in Oakland & healing a torn ankle tendon which has been giving me lots of time for self-reflection, connecting with good friends and taking really good care of myself. Have you ever had a time in your life where you were simply asked to pause, slow down & just be? I’d love to hear from you if you have! Resting my ankle on a boat on Lake Merritt, Oakland 🙂 Today’s blog is about the BIG difference between Yoga Teacher & Yoga biz owner. Now while you may resist the idea that being a Yoga Teacher means being a business owner, I want to offer you the simple notion that if you are collecting money for your services (aka your classes) then you do in fact have a business. Let’s call it a small biz. As a Kids Yoga Teacher, if you can own the simple statement of “I am a Yoga business owner” then you are already ahead of the game and on your way to Yoga biz success. I say this because I know so many teachers who resist the fact that they are in business for themselves and they struggle filling their classes, making money and growing their offerings. Why? Because they treat their business like a hobby, not a business. They work on their marketing and promotions when they have the time versus being proactive and putting time on their calendars. They don’t charge their worth and hope that they make enough money to cover their expenses. They grasp for how to make their classes successful and don’t invest in themselves to learn business education. Can you relate? So what is the BIG difference between a Yoga Teacher & Yoga biz owner and why is this important? It may seem obvious to you, which is good news, that being a Yoga Teacher is just that … you go to schools, studios, private homes, community centers to teach classes. But what happens when you leave? How do you get paid? Who follows up to schedule another class? And when do you know that it’s time to book a new series? Good questions, right? Well, these are the questions that the Yoga biz owner needs to tend to. Yep, that’s you – the same person who also plays the Yoga Teacher completely switches roles and must think strategically, logically & visionary-like so to make sure that you can continue to do more of what you love – teaching Kids Yoga! So while the fun may happen while you are teaching, it won’t carry on unless you commit to stepping into the role of being a Yoga biz owner. I’d like to suggest six things for you to commit to as a Yoga biz owner and they are: Market yourself Face your finances Be organized Schedule time to work on your biz Invest in your biz / professional development Surround yourself with other Yoga biz owners I invite you to spend a few minutes […]

Be a Yoga Entrepreneur

I am writing you from Oakland, California where I am currently enjoying my adventure tour. I am staying at a friend’s place that overlooks this majestic & diverse city and I am truly loving it! Today’s blog is about something I am super passionate about and that is being a Yoga entrepreneur – which is quite different from being a Yoga Teacher. You see when we say yes to having a small business, whether that means we teach one or 15 classes a week, we wear two different hats: an entrepreneur hat & a Yoga Teacher hat. While both hats are equally important, they are drastically different. Let’s start with the Kids Yoga Teacher hat. This is the one you wear when you are actively teaching your classes, leading a birthday party, facilitating a teacher training or running a special event. It’s when you are working “in” your business. Again, it’s a very important hat to wear & I imagine you are already very good at this role! Now let’s talk about the other hat – the entrepreneur hat. Sometimes this if not a favorite hat to put on, but if you want to be successful with your Kids Yoga biz, then it is a hat to get comfy wearing. If you don’t enjoy putting on this hat, trust me you are not alone. As a biz mentor for Kids Yoga Teachers I often hear my clients struggle with the business side of things. Why? Because, most Yoga trainings teach you how to wear the Kids Yoga Teacher hat, not the entrepreneur hat. Further, most don’t have the innate skills it takes to run a business. But, if I, a former special education teacher, can be successful wearing the entrepreneur hat, so too can you! Here are 6 tips for being a successful entrepreneur: Grow Slow – No one says you have to quit your day job or hurry up to become a successful Yoga entrepreneur. In truth, you’ll want to expand and grow your biz slowly and organically. While you may be super excited to go all in with your Kids Yoga passion, it is essential that you honor your commitments including financial and family responsibilities. Educate Yourself – You have probably invested in a course or many to certify you in teaching Kids Yoga. Equally important is to spend your time and resources on educating yourself in how to run a small business. This may mean reading books, listening to podcasts, taking courses or hiring a business coach. All are necessary for learning and growing as a Yoga entrepreneur. Discover Your Niche – While it may seem exciting and necessary to teach all ages and stages, it actually is not the best business move. Choosing a small population that delights you and one that you can really focus on will help you to best serve them and also attract ideal clients to you. It may seem counter-intuitive, but trust me, it’s better to go narrow than broad. Find Ways […]

Ready to Grow Your Kids Yoga Biz?

One of the things that I am extremely thankful for is the opportunity to work from anywhere. Currently, I am on an “adventure tour” where I am a digital nomad, living home-free, visiting different cities and working remotely. How cool is that!? In just 2 months (even with the ankle injury) I have been to Ashland, Portland, Seattle & all over the Bay Area – sometimes working from a café, a friend’s home, poolside & even bed. Working poolside 🙂 The truth is that when I look back on my career as a Kids Yoga entrepreneur, I couldn’t have always done my life or business like this. In the first 5 years of my biz, I was the owner/manager/teacher/administrator/receptionist/book-keeper and everything else for the Next Generation Yoga studios in NYC and for many years after that I was tied to a home with classes to teach. It’s really only been in the past few years where my life and business have gone from location dependent to freedom and independence. It feels really freaking good to have grown my biz like this! Do you have a dream of growing your Kids Yoga biz to the place where it doesn’t matter where you live? You can travel, teach and still make a healthy income regardless of your mailing addy? Or maybe you are perfectly content, and still want to grow your Kids Yoga biz to a place where you can take vacations whenever you want or simply just not work but still have your biz work for you, even when you sleep. 😉 Good news is that you can! If I can do it, I know you can too! And, don’t worry – it doesn’t happen overnight, or even in a year. Building a successful business to a place where income is sustainable & abundant takes time, focus & dedication. I am inspired to offer you my greatest suggestion for growing your Kids Yoga biz whether you desire location independence, to work from home or simply want to make more money doing what you love and that is to: treat your business like a business! If you are serious about growing your offerings, making money, and having an impact on the world, it is essential that you start treating your small business as a business. Yes, that’s right – even if you are only teaching a few classes right now but eventually want to offer more, you have a business. Don’t wait till you are making the kind of money you desire to start treating your biz like a biz. Do. It. Now. Schedule time to work on your business, track your finances, vision your future, putting systems in place are just a few of the things that are essential to treating your business like a business. And, I am not joking when I say these things are essential to success in biz. The alternative is to treat your business like a hobby. Meaning, work on it when you have the time, […]

Tell Everyone You Know

Lately I have been asked an important question about how to be successful when offering a new class, workshop or training. Left and right it feels like Kids Yoga Teachers have been wondering, “What is the best way to get the word out?” This may seem obvious, but many fail to do it. Consider that you recently graduated from your Kids Yoga Teacher Training. You are excited about sharing your newfound passion for teaching Yoga to children. But you are scared to let people know. Perhaps you are shy. Or maybe you just don’t think anyone cares. I beg to differ! If you were to scroll through your cell phone contacts, wouldn’t you agree that a high percentage of people in there care about you? Don’t you think that they would like to know what lights you up and is new and exciting in your life? Guess what?! Yes, they would! More than we think, people do care and want to know about our fabulous lives. So, why not tell everyone you know about what you are up to?! Or at least start with the people whom you feel safe with. Make a few phone calls, schedule in-person meetings, send some emails. If you are feeling nervous, don’t be afraid to lead with, “I am feeling scared about my new business venture and would love your support in listening to what I am up to.” Social media is powerful platform for sharing your business developments with your “friends” and “followers.” You do not need to create new accounts for every platform out there, but do use the one(s) that you are familiar with. You’ll connect with people most authentically when you feel comfortable with the platform. So, whether it’s blogging about your Yoga journey or sharing photos of your classes on Instagram, start posting on a consistent basis. If you are interested in teaching Kids Yoga at a certain studio, make yourself known in the community. Taking classes at the studio will build connections as you get to meet the staff, owner, teachers and other students. Who knows what parent, owner or new Yoga friend will invite you to teach a Kids Yoga class? Telling everyone you know about what you are up to does not mean that they are going to sign up for your classes. They may not even have kids. But they likely will keep you in mind and perhaps tell someone else about you and your Kids Yoga biz. Stay open and positive. You never know who will help to bring you your next customer! So dear one, now I ask you … who are 10 people whom you would feel confident sharing your business adventures with? How and when will you tell your exciting news with them? Leave a comment on the blog with your questions and let us know how it goes! In support of you, Jodi

Are You Insured?

While there have been very few, if any, lawsuits reported stemming from injury in a Kids Yoga class, it is still essential to take appropriate legal and professional protection for yourself. Personally, from my biz perspective, purchasing general liability insurance (aka “slip and fall” insurance) is a must have before taking on any teaching opportunities. God forbid, a parent considers you liable for their child’s injury. With an active insurance policy, you will receive fair protection. These days general liability coverage for Kids Yoga Teachers is highly accessible as there are more and more companies that offer insurance specific to Yoga instruction. My personal preference and whom I have had my insurance with for 18+ years is Philadelphia Insurance Companies. I think you will find that paying an annual fee for insurance is low cost, especially when compared to the price tag of an average lawsuit. Typically, a policy ranges from $50-$500 per year depending on the number of hours that you teach, the style of Yoga you offer and whether you have a mobile enrichment program with teachers working for you, a studio or are an individual instructor. Here is a handy chart I found by The National Association of Complementary and Alternative Medicines which has a comparison grid for different Yoga insurance polices with various providers. Be aware that some of these wont write international policies and may be outdated. Oh and just a side note … that while many popular organizations like Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance offer insurance, they are not the provider and the actual policies are underwritten by separate insurance policies, such as Philadelphia. Keep in mind that while sometimes a Yoga studio and academic school may provide some form of general liability insurance, they most often will not cover you, the individual instructor. I have found that most studios and schools require that you have your own insurance policy. Once you set up your insurance policy, the company will likely supply you with a template for a waiver, which releases you from any liability up to the coverage that you have. If by chance, your insurance company does not support you with this, you can access a free template online. For extra precaution, I recommend that you have a lawyer review this document so you can be guaranteed that both you and your students are adequately protected in the event of any issues. Finally, as always in biz, make sure to do thorough research of each company and potential polices so that you’ll have peace of mind regarding your insurance selection for your business. Sound good? Let me know! I’d love to hear your questions and experiences with securing the right insurance plan for your biz. Leave a comment here on the blog and let us know what you have found to be useful and or confusing. In support of you, Jodi

#1 Practice for Yoga Biz Success

I am currently writing you from Portland where I am hanging out with my brother, sister-n-law & my adorable niece & nephew. I am feeling so blessed to have the freedom to work here while on my “adventure tour!” (If you haven’t heard the news – I recently put all my stuff in storage and am traveling while working remotely, connecting with loved ones, meeting new friends, collecting experiences and living adventurously! Not bad for a Yoga entrepreneur!?!) With more time on the road, I have been inspired to think about what is the one practice that makes me a successful Yoga biz owner. While everyone measures success differently, I am pretty proud to say that this month, Next Generation Yoga, my Kids Yoga biz, is entering its 19th year in business. I truly believe that I could not have succeeded in biz for this many years unless I had a daily practice of self-care. I am sure you will agree that while running a Kids Yoga biz is super fun, creative and, for sure, a dream job – it certainly has its challenges. Owning a Yoga company (no matter how big or small) requires a ton of patience, commitment and energy. It’s not always easy and the truth is, if we don’t take really good care of ourselves, then we never can have the success in biz that we truly desire. Simply said, we need a strong mind and a healthy body to roll with the ups and downs of being a Yoga entrepreneur. I know it to be true that if I didn’t start my day with a daily practice of self-care, my mind and attitude would not be ready to handle the day-to-day biz. How do I know? Because I have done it. Yep, I have skipped out on my morning practice and it’s made a difference on my productivity, my choices and my interactions with people (Kids Yoga classes included!) Now, I know life can be busy for you with kids, classes, relationships and hobbies … and, I also know that we all have the same number of hours in the day. From what I have read, studied and learned – the busiest (and most successful) people in the world implement a daily practice of self-care because it is what keeps them grounded, focused and balanced. Kinda like Yoga 😉 And, while I prefer to do my self-care practice first thing in the morning, I know some may not have the time or luxury to do so. Personally, I have found that a morning practice helps to set the tone for the rest of the day. I recommend if you can give yourself even just 15 minutes every morning (translate – wake up earlier!) you wont be sorry. To fill you in, my morning self-care practice consists of meditation, prayer, hot water, morning pages & some form of movement. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not perfect at any of these and I don’t expect [...]

14-18 Test Lesson Plan

Testing the lesson plan for 14-18 year olds and the rss feed.

Wednesday Wisdom ~ After 4 Years, I am Taking a Break …

On today’s ‘Wednesday Wisdom’ I share some big news with you. Ready … here it is … after 4+ years of putting out a weekly video blog, I am taking a break!! I can hardly believe it myself, because I have never missed a week of vlogging, but for some reason I am feeling called to hit the pause button, now. I admit I feel a lil guilty and a bit sad about stopping my weekly video blogs, but on the flip side, I am also excited! Taking a pause will give me the freedom to look at how I want to share my message with you differently in the future. It will also give me the space to focus on some other areas of my biz and life in a new way. Can you feel me? As well, choosing to pause on my blogging is giving me the opportunity to really look at the things we do simply out of commitment or obligation and how we feel when we decide to stop. Check out this week’s video blog about my choice to take a pause on something I have been committed to for so many years. I would love to hear your wisdom! What are the things that you have done consistently in your life and then taken a break from? How have you dealt with it and how did hitting the pause button make you feel? Please leave a comment on the blog so we can all learn from you! All love, jodi PS ~ With deep humility, I thank you so much for all of your support over these past 4+ years and for being on this journey with me! For now I will just leave it at “I am taking a pause from doing a weekly video blog.” But stay tuned … I will be back!

Tuesday Tip ~ Charge Your Worth

On today’s ‘Tuesday Tip’ for The Biz of Kids Yoga I share the message that it is important to charge your worth. One of the most common questions I get asked from Kids Yoga Teachers is how much they should charge for things like private lessons, birthday parties or family classes. The thing is, you need to look at the market where you live in the world to determine what your rates should be. I live in the Bay Area, so if you are on the East Coast or in Tennessee or Colorado, what you should charge will be very different. So basically, you have to do your research … check out what other Yoga Teachers in your town are charging and then use that information as a gage to determine your rates. And, YES, you should be charging for your services! People tell me that they have a hard time charging because they feel that the spiritual nature of Yoga should not have a price put on it. But know that you are bringing a very valuable service to children and families you are working with just like any other professional service. You absolutely deserve to get paid for your Yoga classes! Check out today’s video blog and learn why it is so important to do your market research to find out the best rates to charge and then don’t be afraid to charge them! OK, Kids Yoga Teachers … now it’s your turn! Your action step is to do some research into what others are charging for Yoga classes in your area and then get comfy with charging for your services! I would love to hear from you – let me know how your action step goes and please leave a comment on the blog, facebook pageor send me an email at jodi@tboky.com with any other topics you would like me to talk about in an upcoming ‘Tuesday Tip.’ In support of you, jodi

Wednesday Wisdom ~ What’s Your Super Power?

On today’s ‘Wednesday Wisdom’ I want to know, what super power do you wish you had to call upon whenever you needed it?! Recently, I had a situation where a friend said something that affected me, and I wish that I had been able to speak my truth to her immediately. This is a hard situation to be in because when unsettling things happen, we tend to ignore them and let things build up inside of us and that’s just not good for anyone. So, for me, I wish my super power was to be able to speak my truth in the moment, right away, no matter what situations arise. I think we all wish we had some type of super power and I wonder … what would yours be? Are you longing to be a fantastic musician or socially connect with others even when you’re feeling insecure? I know there are tons of things we all wish we could do better, but what is that one power you wish you had? Check out this week’s video blog about finding your Super Power! I would love to hear your wisdom! I am so curious to know ~ what super power do you wish you had that you could call upon in the moment whenever you needed it? Please leave a comment on the blog so we can all learn from you! All love, jodi

Tuesday Tip ~ Consistency Matters

On today’s ‘Tuesday Tip’ for The Biz of Kids Yoga I share the simple but important message that being consistent and keeping commitments matter! You may notice a different background for this video, and YES, I am filming from my bed! I just finished 6 amazing days of leading Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training and today is my day of rest. That being said, I made a commitment to myself and you … and know the value of consistency ~ so why not film in bed! Really, the important message here is to stay committed and follow through with what you say you are going to do. Whatever it is; marketing, social media, teaching classes … it’s key to be consistent and committed even when you are tired, un-showered or just don’t feel like it. If there is a specific day you are scheduled to do something, then don’t let anything get in the way of completing that task – even if you have to film from your bed! Check out today’s video blog and learn why it is so important to be committed and consistent in your business. OK, Kids Yoga Teachers … now it’s your turn! Your action step is to evaluate the things you need to do in your business and when they need to get done. Then make sure you stay consistent and committed! I would love to hear from you – let me know how your action step goes and please leave a comment on the blog, facebook pageor send me an email at jodi@tboky.com with any other topics you would like me to talk about in an upcoming ‘Tuesday Tip.’ In support of you, jodi

Wednesday Wisdom ~ Try Something New!

On today’s ‘Wednesday Wisdom’ I share the importance of trying something new in your life. I just got back from my first ever session of Pilates! I have never done Pilates before but I was inspired by my Dad who has been practicing Pilates for a while now and has totally changed his body. My body has been the same for years because I do the same things; Yoga, dancing, hiking, and I really wanted a change. But more importantly, I want to try something new. Pilates is not only changing my body but it is challenging my brain as well. It feels good to be thinking and moving in a different way. I really enjoyed doing Pilates but the most important thing for me was trying something new. We all need to change it up once and a while! Could be little things like taking a different route to the store or breaking a habit you have had for years. Just get out of your comfort zone and challenge your brain and your body to new adventures. Check out this week’s video blog about getting out there and trying something new! I would love to hear your wisdom! What new things are you trying and how does it feel for you? When you try new things how does it challenge your brain and your body? Please leave a comment on the blog so we can all learn from you! All love, jodi

Tuesday Tip ~ Track Your Leads

On today’s ‘Tuesday Tip’ for The Biz of Kids Yoga I share the importance of organizing and tracking your leads. Your leads are the people that have expressed interest in your business but may not be ready to purchase from you right now ~ and they are super important, right!? At  Next Generation Yoga, we have created an organized spreadsheet to track our leads. There are separate sections for Teacher Trainings, birthday parties, whatever the interest, and columns for the customer’s contact info such as name, email and phone number. We note what conversations we have had with the customer and when we need to follow up with them next. Then every time we make contact, we add a column detailing the conversation and the next follow up date. This document is so important because if you don’t keep good track of your leads, they can easily get lost out there in outer space! It is not only important to create this document, you must also get in the habit of looking at it every day. Stay on track with who you need to follow up with so you can convert your leads into paying customers. There is so much going on in a Kids Yoga biz and this method of lead tracking is something that has worked very well for my biz. Check out today’s video blog and learn why it is so important to create a lead tracking spreadsheet, make it your own and get in the habit of using it every day. OK, Kids Yoga Teachers … now it’s your turn! Your action step is to create your own spreadsheet to keep track of your leads and then use that document on a daily basis to follow up with potential customers. I would love to hear from you – let me know how your action step goes and please leave a comment on the blog, facebook pageor send me an email at jodi@tboky.com with any other topics you would like me to talk about in an upcoming ‘Tuesday Tip.’ In support of you, jodi  

Wednesday Wisdom ~ People Really Want to Help

On today’s ‘Wednesday Wisdom’ I share a short and simple message that people really do want to help. Recently, I needed to move some furniture and was kinda hesitant to ask for help because I just didn’t want to put anyone out. But I went for it and reached out to some “men with muscles” and was so relieved by the quick and positive responses I got. They were an immediate “yes, whatever you need.” How cool is that?! This just reminded me that people really do want to help each other. We may feel guilty about asking, and try to do everything ourselves so we don’t bother anyone, but I think that we are actually doing a disservice to others by not asking for help. People really do want to be there for us. When we ask, not only do we get the help we need, but we help others feel good as well! Check out this week’s video blog about reminding ourselves that people really do want to help! I would love to hear your wisdom! Do you graciously go out there and ask for the help you need? What has been the response? Or do you feel guilty and hesitate to ask because you think you are putting others out? Please leave a comment on the blog so we can all learn from you! All love, jodi

Tuesday Tip ~ Stay Connected to Your Goals

On today’s ‘Tuesday Tip’ for The Biz of Kids Yoga I share the important message of staying connected to your goals. It’s a new year and I’m sure you have set some goals, intentions and dreams for your biz in 2016. But here is a question for you; have you ever set a goal for yourself and then a few weeks later you have totally forgotten about it? Like it just goes poof ~ right out of your head! Here’s the thing, it is so important when we set goals and intentions to write them down and keep them front and center! Seriously, I mean make sure that goal is right in front of you all the time. Jot it on a sticky note; use a white board in your office, whatever works best for you. Just make sure your goal is always close by where you can connect with it on a regular basis. Otherwise we forget, and all those great goals we have set go right out of our heads as the busy new year gets going. Check out today’s video blog and learn why it is so important to keep your goals close by where you can see them. Then watch the way they actualize and manifest for you! OK, Kids Yoga Teachers … now it’s your turn! Get connected to your goals! Your action step is write down your intentions, dreams, desires, whatever you want the new year to bring. Keep those goals nearby and look at them on a regular basis. Share with us ~ what are you up to in the new year?! I would love to hear from you – let me know how your action step goes and please leave a comment on the blog, facebook page or send me an email at jodi@tboky.com with any other topics you would like me to talk about in an upcoming ‘Tuesday Tip.’ In support of you, jodi PS ~ Hope all your dreams come true ~ this year and every year!

Wednesday Wisdom ~ Tending the Tender Heart

On today’s ‘Wednesday Wisdom’ I share how I am tending to my tender heart. Yep, fresh off a good morning cry, I may not feel or look my vibrant self today, but with a strong commitment to the truth and being authentic with you, what’s real for me is that I am experiencing a break-up heartache. And so instead of making up some other random vid, I want to share with you how I am dealing with the feelings and powerfully tending to my tender heart. First, lots and lots of crying which feels really good because I am releasing deep stored emotions. I’ve also been surrounded by friends who have been witnessing my process and also spending time alone, in silence. Walks in nature, healing baths, dancing, music and massage are working for me too, right now. And for what’s really carrying me through this deep healing is feeling all the feelings that are arising. Not numbing, rushing or pushing them away but rather allowing time to have time. Through all this conscious healing, I trust I will know my truth and thyself, even more. Check out this week’s video blog about the wisdom of tending the tender heart. I would love to hear your wisdom! How do you move through heartache? What special ways do you support your healing process? Please leave a comment on the blog so we can all learn from you! All love, jodi PS ~ Wishing you so much sweetness in the new year! Thank you for your love and support. For being in my life and for loving each other!

Tuesday Tip ~ Set Goals & Stay Focussed

On today’s ‘Tuesday Tip’ for The Biz of Kids Yoga I share the importance of setting goals and staying focussed. It is almost the end of the year and maybe your thoughts have turned to what you want for your biz in 2016. I find that sometimes, when the new year comes, we have tons of great ideas running through our heads and we can easily become distracted along the way. So here is a great tip; hone in on just a few things that you want to accomplish in the first 3-6 months of the year. Picking 2 or 3 things to focus on is helpful when all those distractions start coming your way. It is easy to get all excited by the “shiny objects” that pop up every day, but don’t lose focus. Get clear on your  goals and stay with them. That way, when those distractions appear, you can check in with yourself and see if they are in line with your goals. If not, put them aside for later. Check out today’s video blog and learn how vital it is to keep your laser focus on your short term goals in the new year! OK, Kids Yoga Teachers … now it’s your turn! Get crystal clear! Your action step is to determine what your short term goals are for the next 3-6 months. Really know them, write them down where they will be easy to focus on. That way, when potential distractions come your way you won’t be tempted to go off track! I would love to hear from you – let me know how your action step goes and please leave a comment on the blog, facebook pageor send me an email at jodi@tboky.com with any other topics you would like me to talk about in an upcoming ‘Tuesday Tip.’ In support of you, jodi PS ~ Thank you so much for being on this journey with me! It is such an honor to connect with so many of you from around the world. I am deeply grateful for you all and wish you a happy, happy everything!

Wednesday Wisdom ~ Some Really Good Advice

On today’s ‘Wednesday Wisdom’ I share some really good advice I recently received ~ be with what’s uncomfortable. You probably know, the holidays can bring up all sorts of different feelings for each of us; some people love this time of year while some absolutely dread it and just want it to be over. I am somewhere in between. For me the holidays bring up feelings of loneliness and triggers around over-consumerism. It is easy to want to “run away” and unplug for the season like I did last year when I went to Hawaii. I was thinking about doing that again this year but when I shared that with my coaches they gave me great advice; don’t escape ~ be with the discomfort. I love this advice as I want to feel all my feelings, even what’s uncomfortable. So, this year, instead of escaping somewhere and unplugging from the holiday, I am going to embrace it. I am willing to be uncomfortable and am committed to staying here in the Bay Area and welcome whatever comes my way. Check out this week’s video blog about the wisdom of just being with discomfort. I would love to hear your wisdom! What do the holidays bring up for you and how are you committed to facing those feelings? Please leave a comment on the blog so we can all learn from you! All love, jodi PS ~ Whatever the holy daze bring up for you, I am wishing you love, connection & presence.

Tuesday Tip ~ Year in Review

On today’s ‘Tuesday Tip’ for The Biz of Kids Yoga I share the importance of taking time to reflect and celebrate your wins and accomplishments from this past year! We all know that we must set goals for the new year, and it is easy to jump ahead to all those new and exciting things we want to create but we must not forget about what we just accomplished! So, I encourage you to review your year ~ look back at your calendar and really connect with and celebrate your wins. Those of you who know me know that I like to use a technique called Mind Mapping. The Mind Map is a great tool to lay out all of the segments of your business and help bring them into focus (plus it winds up looking like a really cool piece of art!) So at this time of year, I pull out my calendar and last year’s Mind Map plus my finances to see all of the high points and wins from the year. Not only is it fun to look at the accomplishments, but it gives us an idea of how we can & should move forward with our biz. Check out today’s video blog and learn how vital it is to be proud of your year in review! OK, Kids Yoga Teachers … now it’s your turn! Whatever your method is for keeping track of your year I highly recommended that you take a few minutes and review. Your action step is to look at your wins, your celebrations, relationships and accomplishments from this past year. Let us hear about them – share with us what you were truly “wowed” about this year! I would love to hear from you – let me know how your action step goes and please leave a comment on the blog, facebook pageor send me an email at jodi@tboky.com with any other topics you would like me to talk about in an upcoming ‘Tuesday Tip.’ In support of you, jodi PS ~ Check out my favorite way to look at your year in review by doing a Mind Map exercise.

Wednesday Wisdom ~ Play!

On today’s ‘Wednesday Wisdom’ my sweet lil niece, Lia Jean, and I share about the importance of bringing play into your life! I just got back from spending precious time with my family in snowy Black Butte, Oregon where I spent lots of time playing with Lia and my nephew, JJ. We had tons of fun doing stuff like sledding, playing board games, ping pong (I won!) and swimming! It was so fun to watch Lia and JJ’s “all in” attitude as they went sledding and their enthusiasm made me want to join in. But, I didn’t have snow pants and my adult-self was worried about getting wet. Lia had the perfect answer and told me “don’t worry about it, Aunt JoJo, it’s just snow!” I love that and desire more of that “don’t worry about it” attitude into my life! As adults, I realize, we just don’t play often enough and usually only when there are kids around. It was great to get out and play with the whole family ~ all the adults felt so free, alive and healthy playing around these beautiful kids! Check out this week’s video blog about bringing “all in” play into your life! I would love to hear your wisdom! What do you do to bring the light and freedom that comes from playing into your life? Do you need to be around kids to play or can you let loose and get that “all in” feeling on your own? Please leave a comment on the blog so we can all learn from you! All love, jodi

Tuesday Tip ~ Gratitude All Year Long

On today’s ‘Tuesday Tip’ for The Biz of Kids Yoga I share how important it is to bring gratitude into your business all year long. Here in the U.S. we celebrate Thanksgiving in November so we all associate gratitude with this time of year. We tend to become our most gracious and thankful selves throughout the month. But I offer that including gratitude in your business model all year longwill actually help to grow your business. Find little ways to show your gratitude. Maybe just a quick phone call to acknowledge someone or an “old school” handwritten card to say hi and thanks. Perhaps a shout out on social media or even a little gift for your most loyal customers. When you offer this type of gratitude all year long ~ people will take notice. They begin to trust you more which leads to them wanting to continue doing business with you. You can never go wrong with showing gratitude any time of the year ~ it will make all of ichhe relationships in your life deepen and grow. I am so grateful for all of you, every day! Thanks so much for being on this path with me and for sharing your special gift with the world! Check out today’s video blog and learn how vital it is to build gratitude into your business as an everyday practice! OK, Kids Yoga Teachers … now it’s your turn! Your action step is to bust out your calendar and actually schedule times throughout the year to show gratitude to the people that mean so much to you. Really get a game plan together to bring gratitude into your business model all year long ~ not just in November! I would love to hear from you – let me know how your action step goes and please leave a comment on the blog, facebook page or send me an email at jodi@tboky.com  with any other topics you would like me to talk about in an upcoming ‘Tuesday Tip.’ In support of you, jodi

Wednesday Wisdom ~ That lil Voice Inside of You

On today’s ‘Wednesday Wisdom’ I share about the importance of recognizing that lil voice inside of you and making friends with it. I just got back from DC where I attended and spoke at the National Kids Yoga Conference ~ it was AMAZING! You may have heard that I won the Kids Yoga Service Award which was truly an honor and is now forever embedded in my heart. The award was given on Friday night, and I was so grateful but by Sunday night, after the conference, that lil voice inside my head had started chattering away. You know which one … the voice that isn’t always so nice. Mine was saying; you didn’t do enough, you didn’t say enough, you didn’t engage enough and so on. All that noise from that voice inside me was speaking so mean to me and I just wanted to tell it to “go fu*k off!” Or at least be nicer to me! Seriously, what I really want to share is that even when we have these great successes in life, that pesky lil voice inside our head can make its appearance. How is it that we strive to be so nice to others and we allow that inner voice to speak so critically to us? So, my new thing is to tell that nasty lil voice to “go fu*k off” and be nice to me! Check out this week’s video blog and focus on making friends with your inner voice! I would love to hear your wisdom! When you hear that critical lil voice inside your head, what do you do to make it stop? How do you recognize that it’s there and that you must make nice with it? Please leave a comment on the blog so we can all learn from you All love, jodi PS ~ An extra special THANK YOU for your support in my winning the Kids Yoga Service Award and for joining me on this journey!

Tuesday Tip ~ You are Exactly Where You are Supposed to Be

On today’s ‘Tuesday Tip’ for The Biz of Kids Yoga I share the simple but important message that you are exactly where you are supposed to be on your path in business! These days, it is so easy to get caught up in the “compare and despair” phenomenon, especially if we spend too much time on social media. I am sure you know what I mean … focussing on what others are doing, making their life better than yours ~ this always makes us second guess ourselves and wonder if we are good enough!?! Trust me, I know this well! Personally, spending too much time on social media becomes toxic and unhealthy for me. I look at what others are doing, what new things they are creating and wonder if I am “measuring up.” But then I pause … and remember this; whatever stage of the journey we are in, just starting out or with 5 or 10 years of experience, we are all exactly where we are supposed to be!  Check out today’s video blog and learn how important it is to trust that you are exactly where you are supposed to be on your journey! OK, Kids Yoga Teachers … now it’s your turn! Your action step is to check yourself ~ are you comparing yourself to others and going down that scary rabbit hole? Repeat this mantra ~ I trust ~ I trust I am perfectly, exactly where I’m supposed to be right now ~ I trust! I would love to hear from you – let me know how your action step goes and please leave a comment on the blog, facebook pageor send me an email at jodi@tboky.com  with any other topics you would like me t