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Empowering you to explore mindfulness and movement with youth. What began in 2009 as a way to connect with other leaders in the kids yoga community has grown into the longest running kids yoga podcast. Donna Freeman is passionate about all things yoga. She covers a wide variety of topics aimed at highlighting amazing work being done and providing tools and tips for immediate use in your life, classes and work. She is the founder of Yoga In My School and the author of 'Once Upon a Pose: A Guide to Yoga Adventure Stories for Children.' She can be found on Instagram @DonnaKFreeman. Become a supporter of our show with a donation https://yogainmyschool.com/?p=13405

Yoga In My School Donna Freeman

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Empowering you to explore mindfulness and movement with youth. What began in 2009 as a way to connect with other leaders in the kids yoga community has grown into the longest running kids yoga podcast. Donna Freeman is passionate about all things yoga. She covers a wide variety of topics aimed at highlighting amazing work being done and providing tools and tips for immediate use in your life, classes and work. She is the founder of Yoga In My School and the author of 'Once Upon a Pose: A Guide to Yoga Adventure Stories for Children.' She can be found on Instagram @DonnaKFreeman. Become a supporter of our show with a donation https://yogainmyschool.com/?p=13405

    Mindfulness for Kids with Chanel Tsang of the Peace Out Podcast

    Mindfulness for Kids with Chanel Tsang of the Peace Out Podcast

    Join Donna Freeman, host of the Yoga In My School podcast, and Chanel Tsang, host of the Peace Out podcast, as they chat about mindfulness for kids, podcasting, science and mindfulness, live events, and building community.

    Highlights
    1:38 Who is Chanel Tsang
    5:30 The power of mindfulness for young children
    7:16 The learning curve in starting your own podcast
    9:45 Hurdles and rewards of podcasting
    13:30 Mindfulness + Science = Peace Out Podcast
    17:19 Ocean Code Word Challenge
    19:50 Saturday June 22 Special Live Event
    21:52 What's next for the Peace Out Podcast
    24:15 Where to find the Peace Out Podcast

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    • 27 min
    Looking Forward with Drew of YoKid and National Kids Yoga Conference

    Looking Forward with Drew of YoKid and National Kids Yoga Conference

    Host Donna Freeman chats with Drew, Executive Chair of the National Kids Yoga Conference. We discuss the past, present and future of the conference, the value of community, and the importance of self-compassion and inward observation.

    Highlights
    1:20 What has kept the YIMS podcast going
    6:01 Intro to Drew, his background
    19:35 Busyness and Self Compassion
    25:29 Drew's involvement with the Kids Yoga Conference
    30:39 Changes and conversations
    33:50 NKYC Offerings - Fostering professional and personal growth
    36:44 Invitation to get involved
    41:42 Take pride in your work and share it

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    • 47 min
    2021 in Review and Anticipating 2022

    2021 in Review and Anticipating 2022

    This past year has been interesting. Filled with struggles, continually navigating Covid 19 protocols, investing in self-exploration and care, questioning the patterns of the past, and empowering one another to find our voice. 

    In this mini-episode of the Yoga In My School podcast host Donna Freeman looks back over the past 12 months. Themes of trauma informed practices, empowerment, and celebrating our passions/pet projects were clear but not without some controversy thrown in.

    Then she looks toward 2022 and how themes of literacy, accessibility, social justice, school yoga across the curriculum, and more passion projects are waiting to be explored. It's going to be an amazing year. May you walk forward with hope.

    Thanks for listening/watching. 
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    • 17 min
    Mindful Hanukkah Toolkit with Andrea Creel

    Mindful Hanukkah Toolkit with Andrea Creel

    Hanukkah, often called the festival of lights, is an annual Jewish celebration of the of the re-dedication of the temple in Jerusalem and the miraculous burning of sacred oil for eight days.

    Andrea Creel of Shining Kids Yoga shares insight, tools, and resources to foster mindfulness during this festival. Listen for tips on how to be nourished by love and light in your family, kids yoga classes, adult yoga classes, and personal devotion.

    There are a ton of resources from this conversation. See below for the links.

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    0:04 Welcome to the Yoga In My School podcast
    2:15 Intro to Andrea Cree
    4:39 Combining kids yoga and Jewish holidays
    6:20 What is Hanukkah
    10:39 Inviting mindfulness to Hanukkah
    13:22 The Hanukkah kids yoga game
    17:06 Bringing Hanukkah into kids yoga class
    19:06 Celebrating the Light themes in adult yoga class
    23:32 Yoga and Jewish faith
    29:00 Respecting Jewish holidays
    34:10 Final thoughts on mindful Hanukkah
    35:44 How to connect with Andrea/Shining Kids Yoga

    RESOURCES:
    Zen Guide to the Holidays

    Blog post on Hanukkah yoga activities for children
    Online Dreidel Spinner

    Yoga/Sanskrit Mantra to chant during Hanukkah:
    Om Asatoma mantra
    Another mantra that can be practiced is using a mala to chant the Hebrew word "Shalom" 108 times (shalom means peace or welcome)

    Rabbi Yael Levy A Way In Jewish Mindfulness
    Alef-Bet Yoga Book for Kids
    Double the Fun Yoga Cards
    Yoga Pose or Dare Card Game
    Mystery Pose: A Yoga Guessing Game Book

    Connect with Andrea
    www.shiningkidsyoga.com

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    • 41 min
    Finding Your Voice with Betty Larrea

    Finding Your Voice with Betty Larrea

    Learning to express your voice authentically is a journey of self discovery. If you are striving to align your offerings with your true self, or navigate changes in your voice/offerings over time, then this episode is for you. Betty Larrea, of Be Yoga Be Love, shares her experiences as she has moved from the corporate world, to the kids yoga world, to being an author, mother, and book doula.

    Highlights include:
    0:04 Intro to episode
    2:24 Betty's background
    7:06 What does it mean to find your voice
    10:50 Hurdles that Betty experiences when finding her voice
    18:05 Tools that help clarify your voice
    22:30 How to face the fear of what others think/judgements
    28:18 Calming your inner critic
    33:59 Advice for finding your voice

    Connect with Betty
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    • 44 min
    Alabama School Yoga Controversy: Cherry Picking Yoga for School Use

    Alabama School Yoga Controversy: Cherry Picking Yoga for School Use

    This episode of the Yoga In My School podcast challenges the restrictions placed on teaching yoga in schools in Alabama in the newly passed (May 2021) bill. Guest Crunch Ranjani explores questions raised by the bill that all yoga teachers, school administrators, and legislators need to ponder and discuss. Have a listen, spend some time considering all points of view, and let me know your thoughts.

    Highlights:
    1:45 Background of school yoga in Alabama
    3:35 NOTE: Alabama Senate HAS PASSED THE BILL (May 21, 2021) see show notes below for reference
    4:40 Initial reaction to lifting ban of yoga in Alabama schools
    5:58 Less positive reaction to the new Alabama school yoga bill
    6:55 What is cultural appropriation of yoga?
    10:45 Why are people worried about Sanskrit?
    16:25 Is some yoga better than no yoga?
    21:31 Guidelines vs Illegal
    28:20 Questions raised by the Alabama school yoga bill
    33:30 Invitation to have the conversation

    Read Crunch's article - Teaching Yoga in Schools: Examining the Questions Raised by the Alabama Bill

    March 11, 2021 AP Article re passing of bill in the Alabama House of Representatives
    May 21, 2021 NPR article re passing of bill in Alabama Senate

    Connect with Crunch

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    • 37 min

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