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 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 children laugh and relax while learn to love themselves and one another.