Wednesday, September 29, 2021

zipaDeeBee Yoga has "Gone to the Dogs?!"


We yoga-ed to Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion today at PCDM!  Harry made a not so great choice and got very, very dirty.  He started off as a white dog with black spots, but he ended up as a black dog with white spots??!  His family was able to wash him and clean the outside of him.  What happens when you make not so great choices like Eve and Adam did in "The First Sin" Bible Story? It's kind of like your heart gets dirty when you make mistakes like that.  God can clean up a dirty or broken heart! YEA for JESUS!  Yea for a reminder He always forgives us when we make "not so great choices" and sends us back out into the world to try and try again. #YAYforYOGA #JesusLovesMe #Forgiveness

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Prayer zipaDeeBee Bangle

Prayer is a "phone call" to God, a conversation "day or night." Prayer keeps you "on track" and helps you feel "the peace and love of God in your heart."

Phone Charm -- standing in mountain, hands to belly.  Breathing four counts in and four counts out, moving arms to "twenty minutes 'til" and "twenty minutes past" on the inhale  [your arms are the hands of a analog clock, reaching to 4 and 8] and back to your abdominals on the exhale~2x

Sun/Moon Charm -- repeat the above movement, now breathing in and out for 5 counts, arms reaching to 3 and 9 or fifteen minutes past or 'til the hour~2x

Train Charm -- Breath in and out for 6 counts on your third effort.  Ten 'til or ten minutes after the the hour [2 and 10] with your arms~2x

Heart with Cross Charm -- Breathe in and out for several deep breaths, standing in mountain, hands crossed over your heart


"SON"shine Bangle

When practicing discipleship,
read your Bible (book charm) -- INHALE, reach arms high to the sky

talk/pray to God (phone charm) -- EXHALE, reach arms to your toes

listen to the Good Shepherd's voice (sheep charm) -- INHALE, halfway lift and lengthen

celebrate the peace of God living in your heart (heart with cross charm) -- EXHALE, forward fold

walk His ways (feet charm) -- INHALE, reverse swan dive

live abundantly now and forever (butterfly charm) -- EXHALE, palms together, thumbs to the heart

This sequence is a "half sun salutation!" #shineON #zipaDeeBeeBaublesandBangles

Friday, September 24, 2021

My Sankalpa

A "sankalpa" is a "heart felt desire," "an intention," or "resolve to do something."  My personal sankalpa during the Spring of 2021: 

Bee Charm -- I Am Present -- BEE in the Moment, not stuck in the past or fixated on what might happen next -- MOUNTAIN POSE

Cat Charm -- I Am Curious -- Ask questions!  Consider possibilities! -- FORWARD FOLD

Book Charm -- I Am Open -- Be ready and available for something new -- REVERSE SWAN DIVE

Warrior Charm -- I Am Strong -- I can do hard things! I have before, I will again -- NAMASTE HANDS


BEE Anchored zipaDeeBee Bangle

BEE Anchored Yoga Camp Commercial:

BEE Anchored Song: Sing to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It" while you move and build an anchor!  

Verse 1 -- Work your "Lungs" to Clear Your "Brains" with Circle Breath (Brain charm) 
Verse 2 -- Side Plank to Strengthen Your Heart/Spirit (God's Got This charm) 
Verse 3 -- (Smiley Face charm) -- Locust Pose for a Smile with Your Whole Body
Verse 4 -- Angle Your Try with a Triangle Pose (Triangle charm)

Psalm 100 zipaDeeBee Bangle

Whole World Mudra -- 1Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth!

Praise Hands -- 2Worship the Lord with gladness:  come before Him with joyful songs. 

Palms together, Thumbs north and south -- 3Know that the Lord is God:

Slide and Bend, Hold ⅔ of fingers -- it is He who made us; 

Slide back to palms and Twist  -- and we are His People and sheep of his pasture.

Slide, Bend and Hold ⅔ on the opposite side -- 4Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise.

Slide back and twist to prayer hands -- Give thanks to Him, and praise His name:

Thumbs up -- 5For the Lord is good;

Heart Mudra -- his love endures forever;

Hold hands over heart -- his faithfulness continues through all generations.


Wednesday, September 22, 2021

He's Got the Whole World In His Hands

And He built the whole world with His hands!  We celebrated the story of creation with our yoga today at PCDM!  

Day 1, light and dark, heavens and earth: Whole World Mudra, stretching tall to reach the heavens 

Day 2, sky: Stand tall and imagine you see the sky with clouds! How would it be to sit on a cloud?  Try chair pose to sit and ponder . . .  oh, it might be challenging to sit on a cloud??

Day 3, dry land, plants, and seas: Tree, river, ocean waves, flower pose, flower mudra 

Day 4, stars, moon, and sun: half sun salutations, crescent moon pose, star pose 

Day 5, animals that fly: Warrior III, Eagle Mudra

Day 6, land animals and people: monkey, elephant, down dog, lion's breath, mouse, and breathing ball (Hoberman Sphere)

God rested on the 7th day!  Mrs. Deborah recently shared several ways we can rest and "recharge" -- rest your mind, take a break from devices, go outside for fresh air + sunshine, sleep more, do something you love! Mrs. D loves YOGA! You can do yoga to rest! How will you take care of you?

Thursday, September 16, 2021

We Have CHICKEN Power!


We learned about being a good listener with our yoga today!  When you listen, use your ears, eyes, head and heart and rest your chicken wings (hands) and chicken lips (mouth) so you aren't an "Interrupting Chicken?!" Yoga helps keep your body calm for listening. Try a "big squeeze" to self-regulate --  squeeze muscles groups (muscles in your hands, arms, face, tummy/seat, legs, feet) tight, tight, tight and then relax . . . Other good "books! books! books!" to cluck for:  Big Chickens by Leslie Helakoski, Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman and Chicken Little by Rebecca and Ed Emberley. #zipaDeeBee #selfcare #feelingclucky #lovetolisten

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Yoga is MAGIC!


Today at PCDM, Preschoolers and After-Schoolers explored how yoga is like MAGIC!  We discussed how breathing can be like magic when you calm and strengthen yourself with each deep breath.  We practiced moving and breathing.  We pretended to be butterflies, dogs, trees, giraffes and monkeys.  We took a magic carpet ride to the beach with our yoga!  We used our imaginations to enjoy the ocean, experiencing crab, fish, sea turtles, dolphins and sharks. Looking forward to more magical adventures on Wednesdays with Pisgah CDM🎩🐇