Friday, December 19, 2014

Give the Gift of YOGA

Give the gift of YOGA this holiday!  Still have someone on your list?  Give the gift of yoga!  I'm offering a special on private sessions between now and December 31st--a 30 minute or 1 hour session of yoga, in the comfort of home,  personalized to meet the needs of the yogi.  We'll develop a personal practice to strengthen, s-t-r-e-t-c-h and balance!  A gift of yoga not only helps the gift receiver, but the whole world will be a better place!  :-)  Maybe the gift of yoga should be in your own stocking?!

Package 1 -- "Untangle Your Tinsel" -- $150
30 minute sessions for $30 ea - buy 5 get 1 free!

Package 2 --  "Shine like Rudolph’s Schnozz" -- $250
1 hour sessions for $50 ea - buy 5 get one free!

Package 3 -- “Believe in YoursELF” -- $100
Four 30 minute sessions

Package 4 -- “Frosty Improved--No More MELTDOWNS” -- $165
Four 1 hour sessions

Package 5 -- Family Yoga -- “WHOs can Soothe Grinch!”
30 minute sessions for $30 ea - buy 5 get 1 free!--$150
1 hour sessions for $50 ea - buy 5 get one free!--$250
Four 30 minute sessions--$100
Four 1 hour sessions--$165

OR Try a class practice!

Package 6 --  “Santa Special”
Buy a “Six Pack” Class Pass for Pisgah Yoga -- $48

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

Our last practice in 2014 was a BLAST! We explored our connection to nature and God through songs, movement, stillness, aardvarks, and essential oils! Join us in January for a NEW Start to a NEW Year:

Wednesday, January 7 - Eat Lightly
Wednesday, January 14 - Breathe Deeply
Wednesday, January 21 -- Move Freely
Wednesday, January 28 - Gaze Intently
**Topics explored will be based on Will Johnson's book about Rumi

4:30-5:30 for Kids & 5:30-6:30 for Adults
@ Pisgah Lutheran Church

$12 for drop in or $40 for all sessions OR
Apply 4 classes (or however many you attend) to the $48 “Six Class Pass” ($8 a class)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Start to a New Year

Wednesday, January 7 - Eat Lightly
Wednesday, January 14 - Breathe Deeply
Wednesday, January 21 -- Move Freely
Wednesday, January 28 - Gaze Intently
Topics explored are based on Will Johnson's book about Rumi

4:30-5:30  for Kids & 5:30-6:30  for Adults
@ Pisgah Lutheran Church

$12 for drop in or $40 for all sessions OR
Apply 4 classes (or however many you attend) to the $48 “Six Class Pass”  ($8 a class)

Sunday, November 16, 2014


It was great to meet folks at Gilbert Elementary School this past week!  Looking forward to working with y'all again.  I've added you all to my email group--if you'd rather not receive these emails (and this goes for anybody), please let me know.  Every now and then I share a tip or advertise what we're studying.  I also post on a ZipaDeeBee Facebook page. If you're a Facebooker, please "like" the page!

At Gilbert we were "thankful," and we'll do a "thankful" practice at Pisgah Yoga this week.  Kiddos classes are 4:30-5:30 and People Taller than Me (that would be most adults) is 5:30-6:30 at Pisgah Lutheran Church's Large Conference Room on Wednesday evenings.  This month we're studying 1 Thessalonian 5:16-18.  We've been joyful and explored prayer, and Wednesday we'll be thankful in all circumstances.  Join us if you want to and your schedule allows!  It's $12 drop in or $8 if you purchase a $48, 6 class pass.

In December, Pisgah Yoga will check out AARDVARKS!  The first week of December is "Aardvark Week."  We'll discover how aardvarks are unique, just like people.  We'll sing "Aardvarks are Our Friends" and try some partner pose fun.  We'll consider connection to nature and Source too.  Join us December 3, 10 and 17!

On Wednesday, 11/12, we considered how prayers are quiet, in our heads/hearts, or shared aloud.  Sometimes we read prayers, sometimes we pray for the heart.  We sing prayers too:

"Waves of Mercy"

"I Will Call Upon the Lord"

"Simply focusing for a minute on the experiences in our lives we're grateful for shifts our thinking to a calmer, more content perspective, which can immediately uplift and comfort us.  When we make the expression of gratitude a regular practice--whether we make a daily written list or a mental tally of things we're grateful for as we start or end each day--we train our brain to shift to a positive mind-set more efficiently and maintain a healthier, more optimistic perspective." The Mind Up Curriculum, PreK-2--Thank you for sharing this resource, Colleen!


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Joyful Experiences

We had joyful practices yesterday! We explored heart openers and lifted our spirits with a heart healing meditation. The kiddos tried a whiff of the Young Living "Joy" blend of essential oils: bergamot, ylang ylang, geranium, lemon, coriander, tangerine, jasmine, roman chamomile, palmarosa and rose. 

Turn up the corners of your mouth with this happy dance:

You might want to practice your windmill arms:

and jolly juggling skills in preparation for this zipaDee-DANCE!

Tomorrow night is FAMILY YOGA at Pisgah. We'll dig into Irish/Celtic mythology and learn about Dagda. He was a big, jovial, boisterous fellow believed to have both super-human strength and appetite. He was considered the god of life and death, banquets and magic. Should be another joyful evening at Pisgah!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Family Yoga

Guilt vs. Shame

On Wednesday, we explored guilt (I made a mistake) vs.shame (I am a mistake). It's healthy to feel guilty and to follow up on that feeling. What did you learn from the mistake? What would be a better choice next time? How do you clean up? Do you need to apologize? On the other hand, shame is unhealthy. We are striving for excellence, not perfection, but when we fall short we need to recognize the difference between making a mistake and being one. All God's Critters Have a Place in the Choir. Each of us has a way to make the world a better place like no one else can. We gotta get done what we're on this planet to do! We played around with snakes and sang Boa Constrictor ( Thank you, Sandra Padgett, for making this people-sized puppet years ago! The the fun continues! We talked about how shame can "eat you up." We also sang Dem Bones Gonna Rise Again and reminded about the mistake Adam and Eve made . . . Praise God for forgiveness and second chances, third chances, fourth chances . . . Join us next week when we let go of "stinkin' thinkin'!" We'll practice the law of attraction--"what we think about, we bring about." Meet you on the mat!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

"Branching Out"

I'm in Chicago for my final training in my 95 hour Children's Specialty Yoga Certification!

This weekend is tackling the topic of Yoga and Teens.  "People Taller Than Me" is not my strong suit, but seeing as I live with a couple of teens and one preteen, it's good stuff for me to learn!

Here's what I learned at school today:

Partner Poses develop social skills, empathy, trust and compassion.

Many conditions (distractibility, defiance, bossiness) may actually be sensory based.  Sensory Integration is how we take in info through our senses and then respond to the world appropriately.  If this process is "out of whack," yoga maybe a way to balance the disregulation and thereby improve the conditions.

Meditation strengthens your power and ability to control your mind.  Your mind will wander.  That is what it is designed to do--produce thoughts.  Meditation practice strengthens the power to choose to bring the mind back to a chosen point of focus.

Teens have grown up bodies, but not grown up reasoning skills.

Yoga is a science, the student is the scientist and the body, breath and mind are the experiment.

Yoga is a self-initiated practice.  Yoga is happening on the inside.  You can't experience the benefits if you don't practice.

Elements of a Teen Yoga Class:  (1) strengthening (plank, warrior, chair, triangle), (2) challenging, (3) fire in the belly, and (4) resting and restorative

Many of these ideas are good for people of ALL HEIGHTS!  Stand tall on a Thursday!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

It's YOGA Month!

September is the official National Yoga Month (a national observance designated by the Department of Health & Human Services) designed to educate about the health benefits of yoga and to inspire a healthy lifestyle. If you've been curious about yoga, this is the month to try a practice!

Yogis in 1st-5th Grade are invited . . . 
"All God's Critters Have a Place in the Choir"
September 3, 10 & 17, 4:30-5:30 in Pisgah's Large Conference Room
$12 for drop in, $30 for all sessions, or apply 3 classes to a $48 "6 punch pass" (=$8 per class)
We'll be thinking about all the animals that boarded the ark and how each is specifically designed and unique for its habitat! Yogis will explore how people are also special! We'll recognize and celebrate each participants' talents and abilities and how these make the world a better place when used vs. "saved."  Tomorrow we'll get started thinking about our feathered friends!

And for "People Taller Than Me" .  .  . 
We're thinking about Philippians 4:6-8 on Wednesdays, 5:30-6:00 in Pisgah's Large Conference Room
Wednesday, 9/3 -- "Whatever is Right & Pure"
Wednesday, 9/10 -- "Whatever is Lovely & Admirable"
Wednesday, 9/17 -- "Whatever is Excellent or Praiseworthy"

I don't have a Family Yoga Class currently scheduled, but these are my FAVORITE practices to lead.  If your family or group of friends want to get together, I'm glad to work with you!  I have my little red wagon, and if Pisgah's Large Conference Room is unavailable, I can roll to a space that is?!

May you be happy.  May you be free from suffering.  May you be peaceful and at ease.  Meet you on the mat!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Next Up at Pisgah Yoga

Next up at Pisgah Yoga, we're digging into Philippians 4:6-8!
Philippians 4:6-8New International Version (NIV)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
We're gonna think, move, and breath "such things."

Wednesday, 8/27 -- "Whatever is True & Noble"
Wednesday, 9/3 -- "Whatever is Right & Pure"
Wednesday, 9/10 -- "Whatever is Lovely & Admirable"
Wednesday, 9/17 -- "Whatever is Excellent or Praiseworthy"

All practices are 5:30-6:30 in Pisgah's Large Conference Room.  Please join our fun when you can!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Belly Breathing

We use the Hoberman Sphere to simulate belly breathing! Thank you, Mrs. Hudson, for sharing your toy so we could practice a big, big breath!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Do the BEST you can!

Our Peace Builder today was Professor Wangari Maathai of The Greenbelt Movement.  Here's a video Mrs. Byrd Fort shared:


Yoga Camp Makes Me HAPPY!

Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof! Can you smile when practicing side plank? YES, if you are HAPPY! Yoga Campers are having fun.

Therapeutic Applications of Yoga for Children Training, July 20-26

I enjoyed a wonderful week in IL learning about the therapeutic applications of yoga for children with these beautiful people!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Rainbows and Treasures

I thought it was cool to catch a rainbow last night!  

We did explore so many treasures this week with your kiddos, and I just wanted to thank you so much, once again, for the opportunity to learn and grow together this week!

Yoga video is at

Here is a link for the slide show of pictures :)

Smilebox Playback
Created with Smilebox
Preview by Yahoo

Thank you to those who shared feedback already!  If you have a chance a to let us know what you liked best and how we can make camp better, please let us know:

FREE Apps and DVDs to explore more:  
Apple:  SuperStretch, Relax Melodies Seasons, Breathe 2 Relax, YogaKids Lite
Android:  Ocean Sounds to Relax and Sleep, Yoga for Kids Lite, Yoga 4 Kids Lite 
These VHS/DVDs are available through Lexington Public Library System:    

Let me know if you find other resources you enjoy!

Articles to explore about why we are passionate for "mindfulness for young people!"

"Why Children Need Mindfulness As Much As Adults Do" --

Get Grounded – Stable Yoga Poses for Kids --

"How Meditation Changes Brain Frequency" --

Thanks to Mrs. Val Byrd Fort for sharing her time and talents with Yoga Camp!  To know a good book to read everyday this summer, follow her on Twitter: @MrsByrdFort  Friend her New Providence Elementary Library Facebook Page to know other great ideas.  Val and I met years ago when she was learning to be a library lady!  I am so thankful for her friendship, and I am a better person for knowing her.  

Happy 4th!  Enjoy freedom today and EVERYDAY!  Make choices that make this world a better place,

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Yoga Camp Day Three

It was another colorful day!  Today we explored more about peace and how it truly begins within each of us.  ;-)

Here are some strategies to try when having trouble getting along with others:
chance (flip a coin, rock/paper/scissors, roll a dice)
agree to "erase," "reset" or "do over"
take turns
get help

We learned about Cesar Chavez as a Peace Builder.  We read several fun stories: Frog's Breathtaking Speech by Michael Chissick, Flight School by Lita Judge and Peanut Butter and Jellyfish by Jarrett J. Krosoczka  We practiced a couple meditations:  A Handful of Quiet by Thich Nhat Hanh and Sa Ta Na Ma.  I'll try to remember to send these home tomorrow.

We look forward to sharing with you about what we've been up to this week!  If you are available, we'll see you at 11:30-12:00 for our Grand Finale!

If you have time, we'd appreciate your feedback on the survey linked here:

Thank you for sharing your kiddos with us!  It's been a joy to learn and work together this week,
D'Etta and Val

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Yoga Camp Day Two

Today we concentrated on healthy choices and positive attitude!  We reminded ourselves about what is in our Circle of Control (our thoughts, actions, decisions) and how to use the "whole brain" in our heads!

Our yoga practice explored trees, and we need to be more like 'em.  We discussed how trees grow roots for a strong foundation but are flexible and bend with the wind and endure all kinds of weather.  Trees are helpful and provide us fresh air to breathe and shelter/furniture and for some animals a home!

Our "party trick" posture was L handstands or "Banyan Trees."  During final relaxation we tried out relaxation clothes, wash clothes soaked in water with a few drops of lavender, peppermint and rosemary essential oils.  Some folks preferred the lavender eye pillows!

Our Peace Builder today was Professor Wangari Maathai of The Greenbelt Movement.  Here's a video Mrs. Byrd Fort shared:


Mrs. Byrd Fort shared her famous smoothies with us!  The recipe is blueberries, pitted dates, spinach, banana--mix with water and BLEND.

We discussed mindfulness while eating and encouraged shopping the perimeter of the grocery store!

Looking forward to tomorrow.  We'll complete preparation of our technology presentation for our Grand Finale Program, Thursday, July 3, 11:30-12:00.  It's blue and/or purple day!  We'll concentrate on getting along with others and what to do when we have trouble with that .  .  .

Thank you, again, for sharing your children with us!  We are having a BLAST together,
D'Etta Broam and Val Byrd Fort

Monday, June 30, 2014

Yoga Camp Day One

We had a WONDERFUL 1st day of Yoga Camp!  Thank you for sharing your child with us.  :-)

Here's some talking points for you if your child did not clue you in to the fun we shared today:

Today we introduced ourselves and our favorite animals.  We had several dogs, a couple horses and monkeys, one purple and red giraffe that eats apples, and a dragon! We pretended to be animals, just like Elephant and Piggie's I'm a Frog!, during our yoga practice today.

Our emphasis was on introducing yoga as a balancing act of what's going on in your brain, body, and heart/feelings.  It's more than just pretzeling your body!  We strengthened our core and worked on recognizing how each person can make the world a better place like no one else!

We tried out belly breathing/crocodile breath, alternate nostril breathing, and breath of joy.  Our party trick yoga posture was "crow."  Our inversion was "legs up the wall." Kiddos enjoyed final relaxation and especially enjoyed trying out the lavender eye pillows.

Our project of the day was "gimp."  You can Google all kinds of knots/stitches with plastic lanyards, but we practiced the "box" today, because we DON'T want to be "boxed in."  We want to be "FREE" to be who we are to make the world a better place like only we can.  :-)

Our Peace Builder of the Day was Jane Goodall.  We read The Watcher by Jeanette Winter.  We played the Peace Builders game to remind ourselves WE are Peace Builders.

Tomorrow we emphasize "healthy choices."  The colors are yellow and green.  Thank you for signing the waivers, these are for my insurance. I told the kiddos, these are the "I-know-I-could-get-hurt" forms.  Also, let us know if you're okay with us taking pictures of your kiddos.  We would like to make a video for us to enjoy--this will be available online but will be password protected.

Looking forward to more fun on Tuesday!

Friday, June 13, 2014

ZipaDeeBee YouTube Channel

My daughter Hannah has been helping me with this project!  Tonight we did the yoga moves with "Lord, I Lift Your Name on High."  The name of the ZipaDee-Dance is "Balance at the Beach!"  There is a "how to" video if you'd like to watch the "set up."

My husband and oldest two Broamlettes built me a beach in the front yard a couple weeks ago .  .  .  I always wanted a "House at the Beach" but now I have a "Beach at my House" .  .  . I love these people!  Have fun s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g, STRENGTHENING and breathing with this silliness.

Side Bends and Windows

We had 7 yogis at last week's Pisgah Yoga! WOW!  We explored lateral bends, but I wanted to do a better job of explaining why stretching your side is beneficial.

Side bends bring balance to your entire body. They lengthen the abdominal muscles, hips, and thigh muscles, while improving flexibility in the spine.

Side bends also stretch the muscles between the ribs (the intercostal muscles). These muscles can get short and tight in daily life, due to time spent sitting and slouching. Tight intercostals can weaken your posture, resulting in neck and shoulder tension. They also prevent a full range of motion in the ribs, which can restrict your breathing. Stretching out the intercostals will open up the ribcage and lungs, which will improve your breathing capacity. It will also relieve respiratory conditions, such as asthma, allergies, and colds.

Additionally, side bends stretch the abdominal muscles and digestive organs. This aids and regulates digestion, elimination, and metabolism.

I'm enjoying yoga with Deni at Edisto Beach!  This week she shared a fun quote that went something like this:  You are not in charge of the people who come into your life, but you are in control of who to throw out the window .  .  . What a hoot?!  She described "a friend" that called and hinted about visiting with her at the beach, and this person does this often.  But wait there's more .  .  .  this guest brings 2 dogs that are not house trained .  .  .  Deni shared that you have to throw some folks, gently and lovingly "out the window!"  What kind of cleaning up do you need to do?

If you get to Edisto Island, Deni Ashby teaches at the Education/Civic Center 8:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9:15 on Fridays.  Her classes are $12 and she's worth every penny.  :-)

Looking forward to stretching and strengthening with you in July!  Namaste,

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Pisgah Yoga TODAY, 5:30-6:30, for fun and for FREE!

There's no charge tonight because it's our only yoga in JUNE!  Come explore "lateral bends" and Ecclesiastes 3 -- "To Everything There IS a Season!"

SuperStrech Yoga App Tweeted today:
Yoga sets us INWARDLY FREE. Happiness is our birthright. As we get older we get more closed, shut down, insecure, effected by opinions of...

Rick Warren shared in The Purpose Driven Life:  You discover your role in life through your relationships with others.

Come hang out with some good people this evening.  Breathe, stretch and GROW.  You may not feel like "a room without a roof" but you'll experience "freedom" and "discovery!"

Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Spring Cleaning

At Pisgah Yoga tonight, we talked about "cleaning up," inside and out.  Yogis call this "sauca," a personal observance or "niyama."  I shared a little about Marla Cilley, aka "The Fly Lady."  Her site is and she has lots of tips to get you started on clearing clutter in your house and heart.  Her books are Sink Reflections and Body Clutter.  I appreciate the way she encourages "Fly Babies" to set a timer and focus on decluttering for 15 minutes.  There's only ONE WAY to EAT AN ELEPHANT and that's ONE BITE AT A TIME!  Fifteen minute efforts day after day add up to SUCCESS!

Our Jesus Calling by Sarah Young thought of the day was that God gives us His Peace in ALL circumstances, even the cluttered spaces of our lives.  Psalm 23:4 -

Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

We also reviewed the energetic effects of backbending, grounding, and folding.

Backbending postures like bridge, snake, fish, and reaching back during extended mountain are mood lifters!  Mira (my teacher in Chicago) describes these movements as opportunities to dust the clouds off your heart.

Grounding postures like plank, triangle, warrior, and tree provide stability.  If you are feeling overwhelmed or scattered, these help with focus and concentration.

Folding postures like mouse, forward fold, wide legged forward fold, "poor man's massage" have a calming effect on the body.  These soothe the nervous system, encouraging "rest and digest" mode vs. "fight or flight."

Saturday is Family Yoga at Pisgah, 12:00-1:00. We'll celebrate Mothers!  It's $9 for adults and $4 for kiddos.  If you have a pass for the month or punch card, you may use this for payment.

June 4 Yoga at Pisgah is a FREEBIE CLASS!  Ask your friends and neighbors to join the fun!  We will not have classes for the remainder of June because of vacations and Vacation Bible School.  We'll be back in action Wednesday, July 2.

Looking forward to meeting you on the mat, sooner than later!  NAMASTE

Saturday, April 12, 2014

What I've Learned on Day 2 & 3

Rabbits (and people) will live anywhere!

There is a cycle for all:  creation/birth, growth/maintenance, death/destruction.  If you hang on long enough, it will end.  In regards to an unpleasant feeling, don't stuff it, feel it.  It will end.

Where you put your attention is "where the flowers will grow."  Our conscious attention is creating our world.  What do you want your world to be?

Yoga is stilling the fluctuations of your mind.  It's effort and surrender, two wings of a bird.  Do your best.  Make an effort.  Let it be easy.

When I'm having difficulty with a relationship, I need to think about what I can do to change the experience.

Love connects.  Judgement and intolerance pinches off or separates folks.

We can make a choice on how we show up in a situation.

Some people share the teachings of Jesus as a wise person, not the Savior, the Son of God.

You can use your toes to pick up marbles, and it's fun!

Your breath can be a "softening agent."

Animals (and anything in nature) do not do anything against their own well being. "Trees are always telling the truth!" People do, all day long .   .   .

Every story is really one story, a Hero's Journey.  What is your story?

When the server asks if you want slaw and french fries, it's good to clarify if that's ON the side or ON the sandwich!

You can get a lot of exercise in the city.  I've walked 12 miles in the evenings so far (2 mi Thursday + 5 mi Friday + 5 mi today).

Yoga Trainings in Chicago give you a chance to catch up with good friends!  Tomorrow Maria and her husband are coming to the city so we can visit!
Thank you, again, for your love and support in helping me be here to learn and grow.  Tomorrow I have to teach people "taller than me."  Send me some happy thoughts!  At this time tomorrow, I'll be two thirds done with this project!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pisgah Yoga next week is TUESDAY, April 8 @ 5:30-6:30

I'll be off to Chicago April 9-14 for another four day training!  Thank you for your prayers.  I'm hoping I'll know more what I'm doing this time around .  .  . :-)

Tonight's topic was the TEN COMMANDMENTS:  1-4

Here's a catchy video I found online about the "Old School Rules":

We did the Handful of Quiet Meditation to begin class.  We discussed how we can't HEAR God's voice if we're always TALKING .  .  .

We discussed Cheryl Strayed's book Wild.  I was touched by how we try to fill the hole in our heart with all kinds of stuff -- food, shopping, relationships, drugs, alcohol, even "to do lists" -- these choices are self-destructive.  The good Lord is the only way to fill the hole .  .  . In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:6

As we were singing I Love to Tell the Story at tonight's Lenten Service this line struck me:  it satisfies my longings as nothing else can do. So taking the time to be quiet and breathe affords God the opportunity to work in our hearts!

I'm kind of preachy for a yoga instructor .  .  . but  I love to tell the story!

On Tuesday we'll check out Commandments 5-7!  Come s-t-r-e-t-c-h, strengthen, breathe and G-R-O-W with us.

Meet you on the mat!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Body Confidence Practice #4

We enjoyed our wrap session today!  We reviewed the lessons we've learned during the past three weeks.  We divied up the yoga practice and had yogis teach the final practice together.

breathing/centering--Gabi shared "pinch your nose breath" and Sa Ta Na  Ma meditation

warm up--Olivia led cat/cow

Sun Salutations--Kaitlyn taught these!

work--Mrs. Broam shared "Freeze/Flow/Flop" and we took turns stopping the music.  We also shared "opposite" postures to remind ourselves if we have "stinkin' thinking" we need to turn those negative thoughts around:

bow/wheel, warrior/reverse warrior, snowball/star, plank/slide, boat/down dog

balance--Caroline shared tree and 3 legged dog

floor--Kaitlyn shared "rock the baby" and Ashton taught "Superman"

We closed with a twist and final relaxation.  Today's meditation was A Handful of Quiet by Thich Nhat Hanh.  Kiddos took home some pebbles to give this one a try at home.

We made "promises" before leaving today.  For example:  I promise to remember the folks I can trust and talk to when I have questions.  I will be honest with myself and others.  I have confidence in my body and spirit.  I am b--YOU--tiful.  I will talk kindly to myself and others.

Thank you to Gabi for sharing her yoga ball.  We used to modify some postures like warrior, rock the baby, wheel and plank.

I thoroughly enjoyed sharing these ideas with your young ladies!  I hope we will meet on the mat again soon.  Thank you, again, for participating in this series!

I'll be teaching Kids Yoga at Pink on Saturday, April 8, 12:00-12:45.  During Spring Break, if you are in town, I'll be doing a series on prayer, 12:00-1:15 on Tuesday, 4/15, Wednesday, 4/16 and Thursday, 4/17.  You can come to any or all of the fun!  :-)


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tonight's Yoga

Today we zeroed in on "faithfulness"-- our 8th fruit of the spirit!  We talked a little about Dr. Seuss' Horton the Elephant (Horton Hatches an Egg) and God's Daniel (The Holy Bible).  We touched on Rick Warren's The Daniel Plan.  This plan includes faith, food, fitness, focus, and friends.  We shared about the faith component.  Faith is the foundation of The Daniel Plan (and the foundation for every part of our lives).

We did some hip work:
Windshield Wipers
Leg Stretches w/ strap
Warriors, Crescent Lunges
Side Angle
Seated Tree

I forgot to mention PRAY is the Lenten Word of the Week.  Next week is GIVE.

On Sunday, March 16, 2:00-3:00 we'll explore Leprechaun Treasure!  We wrapped up tonight with The Irish Blessing, kinda fitting for March's "Season of Green!"

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind blow at your back,
May the sun shine warmly on your face.
May the rain fall softly on your field,
and until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

AMEN and NAMASTE, Yogi Friends!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The EYES have it!

While in Chicago, I learned about "eye exercise" or yoga for your eyes!

Here's a fun video where Paul McCartney teaches about this:

These are cool to know to strengthen and relax the muscles around the eyes.  These exercises help develop focus and concentration.  During an age of more screen time, preventive exercises like these can help you achieve good eye health throughout your life!

If you're a little nauseous when you try, start slower.  The eye muscles, like all muscles, will strengthen over time.

EYEEYE Mateys?!

Chinese New Year

We enjoyed 7 families (19 yogis) at Saturday, January 11th's Family Yoga Class!  Thank you to Pink Lotus Yoga Center for keeping Family Yoga on the menu!  We had some fun with Chinese Love Knots and reviewing our Circle of Control (I'm in charge of what I think, see, say, feel and do)!  We pretended to be animals in The Great Race by Dawn Casey.  We relaxed and practiced Eline Snel's "sitting still like a frog."  We also read Smile a Lot by Nancy Carlson.  We wrapped up class with that BEST yoga posture, a grin from ear to ear.  Munching on fortune cookies on the way out the door, we reminded ourselves that we have CHOICES (how we think and see, what we say, feel and do) and are in charge of our FORTUNE.  Chinese New Year is January 31.  2014 is the Year of the Horse. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Books Worth Barking About

Here's a GREAT book to go with the game, "Yogi Operator!" It's called, _Bark, George_ by Jules Feiffer ( George the dog "meows," "oinks," "quacks," "moos," etc. It would be a quick, fun read to set up the game! It would also be easy to incorporate cat, pig, duck, cow postures as you share. Another fun book about animal sounds is _Who Says a Dog Goes Bow-Wow?_ by Hank De Zutter. This one is out of print though and maybe difficult to locate . . . Happy Reading! WOOF WOOF

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Meet You on the Mat @ Pisgah Lutheran Church

Here's our game plan for tomorrow, next week and the next!

Wednesday, 1/22/14, 5:30-6:30 -- Martin Luther King, Jr. -- PEACE and Nonviolence (Ahimsa)

TUESDAY, 1/28/14, 5:30-6:30 --  Chinese New Year -- Discovering Personal Strengths

Wednesday, 2/5/14, 5:30-6:30 --  Groundhog Day Fun -- Facing Fears

Thank you for taking care of yourself and MEETING ON THE MAT when you can!

Thought from Deni, Edisto Beach Yogi:

No matter what age...Yoga will keep the body and MIND young.  This is the message that I try to spread to all those that ask me about the practice of Yoga. It's not just about the body looking good...there is so much more to it.  Yoga gets richer and more wonderful with age.

Friday, January 17, 2014

FAMILY YOGA on Monday, January 20

The Large Conference Room at Pisgah Lutheran Church is AVAILABLE on MONDAY, January 20 from 12:00-1:00!

If you've wanted to try Family Yoga but never have or if you've enjoyed a class in the past and wanna come out for more fun, PLEASE JOIN US!

Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat (if you have one) or a beach towel will work too.  I have 6 extra mats if you'd like to borrow one.

We'll explore PEACE and NONVIOLENCE on Martin Luther King's Birthday Holiday.  A Family Yoga class involves breathing, stretching, and strengthening muscles.  The skills we practice on the mat translate to flexibility and resilience as you navigate your days.

The cost will be $9 for adults and $4 for children.  Checks should be made payable to "Zipadeebee, LLC."  Zipadeebee pays $1 per person attending to Pisgah Lutheran Church from this fee.

"Call it a clan, all it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.  Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one."  Jane Howard

Have some fun MOOving with your family and Mrs. Broam on MONDAY!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

BEE Kind

We enjoyed sharing "KINDNESS" tonight!  KINDNESS is one of the fruits of the Spirit.  KINDNESS is shared via body language, word choice, tone of voice and actions.   When others put ICK on your heart, it's IN your CIRCLE OF CONTROL to respond with KINDNESS .  .  .  not EASY, but it's YOUR CHOICE.

I opened up a book Julia shared tonight:  Carry on Warrior, Thoughts on Life Unarmed by Glennon Doyle Melton.  The dedication includes a quote by Rev. John Watson:  "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." I love when I notice the Spirit at work.  :-)

Sunday is "Relax and Renew" from 2:00-3:00.  Let me know if you are coming so I can bring enough props to keep you comfy as you stretch.

On Wednesday, January 22, 5:30-6:30 we'll dig into GOODNESS, our next fruit of the Spirit to explore.  

We will meet TUESDAY, January 28, 5:30-6:30 the following week because I will be on a plane to Chicago on Wednesday, January 29 during our regularly scheduled time.

YOGA TIP for today -- BOAT posture develops balance, poise, and concentration as you strengthen your abs!

FLOAT YOUR BOAT on down to Pisgah--we're missing a lot of familiar faces this new year!  Take care of you, and we'll hope to meet you all on the mat sooner than later!


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Kickin' Off the New Year with YOGA

Kickin' Off the New Year with YOGA

Try Sadie Nardini's Kick of Fire Flow! In her book The 21-Day Yoga Body, she decribes" kicking over logs" and shares ways to KICK a Habit, KICK a Thought or KICK Start a Project!  KICK it up a notch in 2014 with YOGA.