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Outdoor Practices + Hatha with Jazz music
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Outdoor classes are by optional donation.
By creating a virtual space of love, safety, and meaningful connection, I believe we can help children more deeply connect with how they feel. By creating a safe space for them to express, children can identify and articulate what is real and present for them.
My intention with this practice is for children, whether it's your child or your own inner child in your adult body, to be empowered to explore and discover ways to move those emotions in a way that truly serves.
For example, if a child expresses that they feel "mad inside their body," we can ask them what they can do with that anger. What so often happens when we express big emotions is a well-intentioned person asks us how they can help to "fix" this. Or someone says, don't be mad, don't cry, don't be sad. While well-intentioned, this is a projection of the other person's discomfort with those big emotions and it does not serve us. What if nothing is broken? What if instead of "not being" in what's uncomfortable, we face it and feel it, and as a result, learn something from it? Feelings are meant to move, not to stagnate.
Play is essential to us all, no matter our age. It puts us in creative space. Creativity is expansive and it helps the body to relax. Simply asking the question, "what can you do with that anger?" without judgement or a plan for what "should" be done demonstrates acceptance and creates space and support. Perhaps they will choose to move. Or breathe. Or create something. Or...
By believing ourselves and others to be whole and capable, the possibility for creative solutions that serve all has space to emerge.
Children are typically more in touch with how they feel than adults are and this is a practice to help them nurture and accept this wisdom.
Each practice will offer:
meaningful connection to something cherished
the option to express via chat or verbally to others
lots of smiles + fun
My higher purpose in this life is meaningful connection, not just to others and the world outside ourselves but also to self, to what is experienced, felt, and processed, to what is possible. The human experience is vast and I believe we need to experience the polarities of our emotions in order to truly appreciate and understand them.
As a woman unable to bear children, I've discovered that my innate ability to nurture and care for others can be channeled into practices such as these. I am a professionally trained yoga teacher and mindfulness coach, and a lifelong student of mindfulness philosophy and practice. That being said, please know that I am not trained in children's development or behaviour.
What I bring instead is my greatest accreditation: my heart.