Kids Yoga and Mindfulness Camp SF

With New Year’s resolutions barely set (and maybe even dissolved), parents nationwide start thinking about summer. The summer camp scramble to sign kids up begins in January. Limited spots and large demand often lead to a highly competitive environment. Many parents (mostly moms) have a summer-camp spreadsheet color-coded with registration dates and cross-referenced to work calendars and vacation travel. Because it’s an art, and a science, to manage 12 weeks of no school.

A 2019 survey from the Center for American Progress found that for three-quarters of parents, securing summer care was at least a little bit difficult. Only one-fifth of all parents are stay-at-home so accessibility and affordability matter - especially for working parents.

How can you stay calm and get set for summer? Here are some ideas…

1. Forget the frenzy for far away camps and check out local summer camp guides like this one from San Francisco Bay Area Moms. There may be new programs you didn’t know about that are worth checking out from a valuable resource.

2. Team up with another parent, or your class, to create a list of recommended camps they may be attending. Enrolling in camp with a friend is fun for the kids and sharing the task of identifying camps and securing spots is more efficient and rewarding for you.

3. Engage your child’s interests and expose them to something new to expand their skillset. Working with several weeks of camp, it’s easy to select their favorite activities and introduce them to something new. Education and enrichment, especially outdoors, deepens their experience.

Growing comes from challenge, so look for camps that create a “safe container” to explore and make new connections. And definitely try our Presidio camp if you live in San Francisco.

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Kids Yoga Family Event Lunar New Year of the Rabbit

The lunisolar calendar keeps track of the moon and sun’s different phases. It’s used by many ancient cultures to determine the Lunar New Year—that's why the holiday falls on different dates each year.

This year, on January 22, 2023, it’s the Year of the Water Rabbit. The sign of Rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture and 2023 is predicted to be a year of hope. People born in a year of the Rabbit are believed to be vigilant, witty, quick-minded, and ingenious.

In yoga, we embrace these characteristics in our practice. Like a rabbit, we can be gentle, quiet, elegant, and alert as well as quick, skillful, kind, patient, and very responsible. Furthermore, sometimes reluctant to reveal our minds to others, perhaps with a tendency to escape reality, but always faithful to those around us.

At IYK, we are inspired by all cultures and we incorporate them into the experience for kids and families to enrich themselves with not only with the physical practice, but with the mental, emotional and social benefits of learning together. We welcome everyone so they can get to know themselves and share their voices. It makes us better and complete to be inclusive and celebrate a variety of cultures.

Attend our upcoming IYK® HighVibe Event for Lunar New Year to learn a soothing exercise, Bunny Breath, and much more!

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Kids Yoga Family Event MLK Day Stars

“But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr.

This quote was in Dr. King's final speech the night before his assassination: I’ve Been to the Mountaintop speech - April 3, 1968, Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist, one of the most prominent leaders in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. An African American church leader and the son of early civil rights activist and minister Martin Luther King Sr., King advanced civil rights for people of color in the United States through nonviolence and civil disobedience.

It’s true that seeing the stars only happens when it’s dark. It’s the contrast that allows them to shine so bright. But I wouldn’t stop there. Much like thunder only happens when it’s raining, there are no rainbows without rain.

There are sad truths in our past, present and likely our future. We are each tasked with the call to achieve and lead like the stars we are. We can be our best and make the world a better place. We do this by being connected, connected within ourselves and with others. We do this by choosing love and using our voices to demand equality and achieve the American Dream for everyone. We must rise as Dr. King called us to.

Start by uniting your body, mind and heart at our upcoming IYK® HighVibe Event to honor MLK Day.

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Kids Yoga New Year Smart Goals

The last week of the year is a time for rest and reflection. It’s quite an exercise to remember all that happened during the year. I go through each month mentally to remind myself of where I’ve been and where I’m going for the year ahead.

This year started with the significant loss of my beloved 100 year old Granny. I was the privileged one to be there for her last breath in the night. February was a blur, but we celebrated her life in March. The spring ushered in an intern from France who helped me launch the IYK® Sports training program. In summer, my daughter was home from college. We hosted IYK® Camps and traveled to see my parents in SoCal. Fall was a flurry with new school year programs starting, and now, holidays are here. And the birthdays…yes, another year.

It seems, the older I get the faster time goes. Did my wishes for the year come true? This brings me to the idea of intentions and goals. Some things stay the same for me year after year and some things change. Some things are in my control, and some things aren’t. Did I do my best? Yes, I did, with what I had. Do you I have more to do. OH YES, I DO!

In yoga, we often set intentions at the beginning of class. An intention is an inwardly expressed idea of what you want for this experience like to stretch, release tension or feel stronger and calmer. Intentions are open-ended, they include a bit of wishing and wonder.

Goals are often expressed outwardly, they are specific and measurable. They’re also more absolute, you either reach them, or you don’t. How do you make your wishes come true? Through action. It’s not enough to know what you want, you must actively move toward it. Even if you fall short, you are getting closer.

For me, I hold intentions for myself, and my relationships, as well as goals, both short-term and long-term, so I can make my wishes come true. This is the SMART way to achieve and lead like a STAR! How about you?

Get the FREE GUIDE How To Make Your Wishes Come True: 3 strategies to get the confidence and resilience you need to have what you want, everyday.

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Yoga Secret to Giving and Receiving Best Gifts

Do you agonize over the perfect gift?…There’s a lot to unwrap with our Happiness Lab experts.

First things first, remember why we give gifts: we feel better when we give to others. However, people who get gifts don’t always appreciate the thought that was put into giving them. Seeing the recipient’s response is key because it draws you closer to the receiver which satisfies a relational need.

Here are a few secrets to satisfying gift giving and receiving:

1. Give them what they want! Instead of guessing, and risking getting it wrong, which is extra deflating, get it right by asking them what they want. No surprise here: no one wants to pretend they love a present they don’t need.

2. If you are giving money…have a conversation about how you spent it to get the well-being boost on both sides. Including a card with a personalized note makes it all the more meaningful.

3. The best gifts are shared experiences. Co-experiences like Family Yoga are ideal. Nothing can replace coming together. According to research, gifts of frequency are better than intensity. Spreading gifts out over time creates anticipation and ongoing connection. We need things to look forward to.

Ultimately, gift giving and receiving is about listening. When you take the time to connect, and respect, what your partner, parents and kiddos want, life is better. That’s why Santa’s List is so important and so helpful. Do drop heavy hints and give the gift of health and happiness this year.

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