If I would have know at 13 years old when I was first introduced to yoga that I would be doing what I do now, teaching yoga, I might have taken my practice a little more seriously! The fact that I was interested at that young age back in the 80's at a time that yoga wasn't the mainstream that it has become was pretty amazing. I have my mother to thank for that inspiration and for the times that we practiced together on our family room floor!Tags: partners, community, Garden Club, Together We Stand, education, family
laugh verb \ˈlaf, ˈläf\
1 a : to show emotion (as mirth, joy, or scorn) with a chuckle or explosive vocal sound b : to find amusement or pleasure in something <laughed at his own clumsiness> c : to become amused or derisive
2 a : to produce the sound or appearance of laughter b : to be of a kind that inspires joy
Children laugh just for the fun of it, from the heart, as they play. They don't rely on understanding a joke or developing a sense of humor. They just laugh. In Grounded, we teach that Joy is a quality of the heart that can be cultivated and we show how laughter inspires joy through poses such as Laughter Hero, Laughter Milkshake, Oompa Loompa and Mountain Range Laughter.Tags: Untagged
The week before college life officially started at Belmont Abbey College, the Student Life department held one of its biggest and most important trainings of the year for its Resident Assistants. "RA's" are some of the most influential student employees on campus. They represent the college in helping new students settle into resident hall life, assist in planning social events, lead discussions, report maintenance concerns, serve as a resource to campus information, lend a listening ear and comforting shoulder to cry on, perform room checks, work in the hall office and much more.
Needless to say, the RA position entails a great deal of responsibility, but these students are ready and capable of giving even more light and love back to those they serve. With all of the trainings, seminars and long check-lists to prepare the resident halls for new student orientation, the RA's wanted one more important thing to prepare them for this celebratory new year of college. . . to get GROUNDED!Tags: Grounded, college, teens
Dr. Suess’s “The FOOT Book” is a delightful tribute to the diverse and multifaceted world of feet. In honor of his fun and quirky rhymes, I have put my best foot forward here, in a whimsical approach to show how to work your feet. When you keep your feet in line, you will stay in line. Clearly listen to your feet and discover where they tend to go. Do they turn out or in? Are they crooked? Do you tend to have low back pain or knee pain? Often this can be traced to your feet.
When you have clarity in your feet, your life will be sweet.
As Abraham Lincoln said “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”
Through our programs, we endeavor to “ground” kids, teens, and adults via yoga, laughter, and elevation. But what exactly does it mean to be grounded? By formal definition courtesy of the Merriam-Webster on-line dictionary….
sensible and down-to-earth; having one's feet on the ground: mentally and emotionally stable : admirably sensible, realistic, and unpretentious
Have you ever felt not worthy? Maybe you lacked Self-love or maybe you didn’t surround yourself with goodness at the time. Who we surround ourselves with is who we become. If we surround ourselves with downers we begin to feel down. If we surround ourselves with happy, joyous, and delightful people we become more happy and joyful. If we were to eat junk food every single day we would begin to feel down and ucky. When we eat healthier we experience delight and Self-love. Honor Your Self! Surround yourself with goodness. “The first step toward awareness is being willing to look at yourself and your life without judgment or self-criticism.” (Iyanla Vanzant) Awareness opens the heart to new possibilities.Tags: Self, Yoga, Movie, Despicable Me
Charlotte's Web is a celebration of the quiet virtues. It reminds us to keep a soft tender heart, accept our true nature, and value the unique gifts of our friends. The two main characters of Charlotte's Web, Charlotte and Wilbur, highlight the awareness of our own unique inner story.
Charlotte, the spider, represents our highest self who provides wisdom and help from above. She reminds us that we are never alone. She provides a higher, bigger perspective from her vantage point high up in the rafters. She brings a calm wisdom into an anxious situation, bolstering Wilbur's self image by spelling out his best aspects. She represents our INHALE.
Become sensitive and aware of your breath.
Wilbur, the pig, represents our vulnerable self that is at the center of our awareness. Wilbur is consistently caring and engaging. He forms a bond with Charlotte because he sees her beauty. He is accepting and compassionate and joyfully celebrates life. He represents our EXHALE.Tags: humble, charlotte's web, literacy, sun salutations, solid ground flow
The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling has many meanings. I have found the meaning to be Love Conquers All But as you look more closely at the inner-workings of her books you figure out that each book represents a different Chakra. Chakras are energy centers located along the midline of the body.Tags: Seventh Chakra, Sixth Chakra, Fifth Chakra, Fourth Chakra, Third Chakra, Second Chakra, First Chakra, Poses, Energy, Harry Potter, Chakras
Three years ago...a five year old Grounded Kid said her favorite pose was "Flat Like a Pancake". It was actually not an official pose, but rather a transitional phrase from Gratitude pose to Snake pose. To honor the wisdom and innocence of this child, we decided to make "Flat Like a Pancake" a pose that's part of the Grounded Elevator Series. Read on to see how to griddle some pancakes the "Grounded" way.Tags: Yoga, Grounded Pose, Grounded Elevator Series, Flat Like A Pancake