Om Suryaya Namaha – Salute to YOUR Sun!

6:33:59, June 20, 2016 – Summer Solstice
A beautiful poem reminding us to not only tap into our own light but share our light !

Happy Solstice – Happy Sharing – Happy Shining!

Our Deepest Fear
By Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.
We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us;
It’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

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LOVE

By Lori Morrison
Mother, yogi, doula, Littlefeet Yoga® graduate and collaborator and someone I am fortunate to call my friend!

Enough Love?

I love my first child so much, will I have enough love for my second…third etc?

As a doula I have heard this question many times. As I mom of two, soon to be three, I wondered it myself. It has only been through experience and my curiosity into yoga that has allowed me to know, full heartedly that LOVE is not quantified, it is not limited. The more love we experience, the greater it becomes. Love in its simplest most raw form is a healthyheartbasic, core emotion. It is PURE. Real love is unconditional, it doesn’t mean expecting anything in return or labeling what love looks.

If we could go back just for a moment and experience life as a toddler, a child we would maybe remember that feeling of pureness, before labels that open, limitless potential in all things, we could maybe live our lives again from that place of love and curiosity. Being a realist I know I cannot “go back” to being a child, but I can work on being open, and allowing the same sense of wonder and allow love to come into my everyday again. If I can really live from a place of love myself, perhaps my children will maintain their purity of emotion and live from a place of love, and open heart.

Love is Pure and Raw, it comes through the body in its most basic way, the movement in yoga allows to clear away the cobwebs that may tie up the raw emotions, the stillness allows flow, combined all that yoga offers is potential, potential for wonderful things, healing, forgiveness, love, and so much more. I’ve been lucky enough to really explore these ideas from my own practice in yoga, and know that yoga is so much more than what we see on the surface, and so I am grateful for people and programs like Catherine’s Littlefeet Yoga® for allowing space for exploration, for creativity, and for LOVE to be passed down and all around.

Love, Love, it will not run out

 

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Room to Create – 5 ways!

  1. Micro-moments of SILENCE :
    1. Close your eyes
    2. “Before speaking, consider wether it is an improvement upon silence.” Bapuji
  2. Nature
    1. GREEN VITAMIN (trees, fields, nature): in its simplicity, nature offers freedom to do less and enjoy more.
  3. Agenda
    1. Move to doing 5-10% less than what is on your list today.
  4. Prana
    1. Your life energy moving through your body… know where it goes, where your thoughts spend most of their time …. adjust.
  5. BOREDOM
    1. Lots of space to roam –  open moment free of results and filled with room to  create!

When BOREDOM is on, creativity begins! 

Come look at some creations from our classes: http://littlefeetyoga.com/young_athletes.html

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2016

Welcome New Year and Joyous One to ALL!
Bienvenue Nouvelle Année et une Joyeuse à Tous et Toutes!

Wishing you:
” Creative thinking
Inspires ideas
Ideas inspire change. ”
Barbara Januszkiewicz

Being inspired by this quote, let’s add:
Change inspires new
New inspires possibilities

Possibilities inspires freedom
Freedom inspires lightness
Lightness inspires wonder
Wonder is what kids are all about!

Wishing you a year of possibilities, filled with INSPIRING ways to nurture freedom and wonder in yourself and the children in your lives.

And 2016 is a super special year, Littlefeet Yoga® turns 10! Gratitude and Kindness to all!

Come Play, Create, Cooperate, Cooperate!™  Viens Jouer, Créer, Coopérer!™

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Les 3 “C” du Temps des Fêtes!

Nous approchons d’un évènement grandement célébré à travers le monde, précédant Noël, offrant une belle signification à ce temps magique annuel:  LE SOLSTICE D’HIVER.

Qu’est-ce vraiment?
Il se définit comme la plus courte journée de lumière et la plus longue nuit de noirceur.  Le mot “Solstice” provient des mots latins “Sol” pour Soleil et “Sistere” pour S’arrêter.   Un temps naturel d’arrêt pour le Soleil (lumière) avant qu’il reprenne sa force et renaisse.

Qu’est-ce que ça représente?
Un moment de transformation, de renouveau à venir, un moment d’arrêt pour prendre contact avec nous-mêmes, pour constater et apprécier le jeu de la lumière et de la noirceur,  un moment pour ralentir et connecter avec le rythme de la nature, le printemps reviendra.

LES 3 “C”: Beauté de lumière et noirceur – ouvre ton coeur!

En cette période de plus grande noirceur, nous décorons nos maisons de lumières, de chandelles, de symboles solaires.  Avec les enfants, nous éveillons nos corps et leur potentiel de lumière par des activités des 3 “C”:

A. Contentement (Santosha): ” J’accepte qui je suis et tout ce que j’ai à offrir.” 

1.  Le jeu des statues: les enfants deviennent la statue de leur choix, comme au musée, ils doivent rester immobiles pendant un moment, le temps d’admirer leur art. Les bienfaits de la créativité leur permet de réaliser: “WOW, regarde ce que JE peux faire et créer!”

2. Tortue: va voir ta magie à l’intérieur. Essaie face-à-face avec un ami ou parent et lève ta tête pour leur dire: Namaste (mon soleil voit ton soleil)! (voir 1ère photo)

B. Connexion par la coopération: cheminement vers la confiance et la connaissance de son potentiel, vers la compassion.

1. Le tapis musical.  Inspiré de la Chaise Musicale, ce jeu reprend le même concept sauf aucune exclusion: on enlève un tapis à l’arrêt de la musique mais tous doivent maintenant partager les tapis qui restent et créer une posture tous ensemble.

2.  Les boules de Noël: je prends soin de ton dos et tu prends soin de moi pour créer cette image du temps des fêtes. (voir 2è photo)

C. Compassion: ouvrir son coeur et partager son bonheur, créer des petites lueurs

La guirlande: joignez les mains sous les genoux et à 1,2,3, levez les pieds tous ensemble! Vous ne pourrez éviter les sourires et la connexion.  (voir 3è photo)

Bien important….

Les petits lutins adorent jouer, ce qui les fait d’excellents fabricants de jouets. Donc + tu joues, + tu crées de belles choses.

Garder votre lumière toujours bien vivante, aidez les enfants à garder la leur en honorant qui ILS sont, en apprenant à les connaître davantage.

NAMASTE (ma lumière voit ta lumière)
Breathe in light, breathe out peace!


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Et assurez-vous de prendre le temps de vous arrêter pour sentir votre soleil. Voici une belle façon:

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Foundations for a Healthy School

Littlefeet Yoga®

November 3, 2015
Yoga with Kids!

Contributed by Leanne Takman (Teacher Candidate -Comprehensive School of Health – University of Ottawa)


What a treat we had on Thursday October 8, 2015! We were lucky to have a guest yoga instructor visit and introduce Littlefeet Yoga and her instruction method which we can integrate into our practicum or future classrooms. Littlefeet Yoga was created 8 years ago by Catherine Lesage in an effort to extend the focus of physical activity to include the whole body, connected mind, and spirit. Littlefeet Yoga is a unique amalgamation of exercise, creativity and mindfulness that fulfills the criteria of the Foundations for a Healthy School as well as each of the pillars in the Comprehensive School Health cohort.

Catherine Lesage offers a unique insight to physical education as she herself was a teacher for many years before embarking on this innovative journey. The intention of Littlefeet Yoga is to work with children to explore physical activity in an alternative fashion. Through her three pillars: Play, Creativity, and Cooperation she keeps children engaged through learning in a fun environment while demonstrating steps and laying the foundation for sustaining health and well-being.

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In our yoga session we began with breathing exercises. Catherine encouraged us to focus on our breath and the manner in which we breathe. Being mindful while relaxing, we attempt to breath with our abdomen to centre ourselves. Breathing exercises allow the instructor to explain how children and adults alike can understand their inner selves which helps connect the mind and body.


Not only is Littlefeet Yoga a great social activity to practice as a class but it helps connect the class on a deeper level. Since cooperation is practiced and encouraged among students in each session, the school environment will also benefit as students learn to fit into the roles of cooperative individuals. Yoga also offers a calm environment to practice mindfulness which in turn can help relieve stress through keeping oneself in the moment. A less stressed student population will also benefit the social environment.

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Through Yoga we can teach the content of our physical education curriculum while instilling the notion of mindfulness, play, creativity, and cooperation which together build self-esteem and confidence in our students. Students are engaged throughout as the class is based on play, imagination, and exploration. Some poses are incorporated into games, such as Wind in the Trees, which allow the creativity to flow and even enhance the senses as we play with our eyes closed. Getting familiar with one’s body and the space it occupies is an important stage of learning. We practice balance and spacial awareness through multiple games and poses.

Through allowing children to get excited about physical activity, especially through integrating the mind and the body, hopefully children will become more mindful about their routines in general. There is even a pose, Fiery Dragon, which is used to acknowledge emotions and get rid of negative feelings. How can you be sad while imitating a baby dragon? Positivity breeds positivity which leads to healthier students and a healthier school environment.

When I think of yoga I think of an independent activity but with Littlefeet Yoga cooperation is encouraged and even necessary to perform some of the poses such as Umbrella and games like Wind in the Trees. In Catherine’s class there is also time to create your own yoga! Children can relate to the pictures and drawings Catherine provides and can use theses to create a yoga routine or even incorporate their own poses offering a chance for their independence and creativity to shine, how liberating! Children will take this experience home to their families, to show their friends and loved ones. The discourse that follows might even lead to a community wide concentration on health and well-being which we, the Comprehensive School Health cohort, are ultimately trying to promote.

The Comprehensive School Health cohort believes in the interest of the student beyond academia and recognizes the importance of positive relationships/attitudes and healthy active living while fostering autonomy through increased self-esteem, confidence and resilience. Littlefeet Yoga offers an enjoyable and active way to enhance all of the above. Through boosting confidence students will be able to support their own healthy active journey and will create a positive and healthy school environment. I encourage everyone to get involved in promoting a healthy mind and body which will lead to healthy well- rounded students and a healthy school community.

Namaste!

For more information please visit: www.littlefeetyoga.com (now community partner of CSHUOttawa)

Leanne Takman

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Routine de la Nature qui s’endort! Sleepy Nature Sequence!

Om Gaia Gaia Om! Happy Earth Day with Little SuperYogi™ Mama Maala!

Turn off your night lights, turn on your inner light! Sleep tight!
Ferme ta lumière qui t’éclaire, et ouvre ta lumière intérieure! Dors bien!

Graine (seed)
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Tortue (turtle)

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Chauve-Souris (bat)

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L’arbre au repos (sleepy tree)

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La montagne au repos (sleepy mountain – Savasana)

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My sunshine sees your sunshines – mon soleil voit ton soleil! Namaste

Ressources Little SuperYogis™ Resources :  www.littlesuperyogis.com

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Creating IS Relaxing and Learning! (Myths on Creativity)

Einstein may have been known for his Theory of Relativity but as we read in his biography (by Walter Issacson): “…his success came not from the brute strength of his mental processing power but from his imagination and creativity.”

“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”
” To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.” Albert Einstein

MYTHS ABOUT CREATIVITY
My journey through movement, talking with people, teaching families and children, speaking at conferences, allowed me to discover 4 myths about creativity:

  • I am not creative.  It is in you or it is not!
    • We are all creative – we create every day  as we plan for our day! We learn not to be as we grow up as there are less and less opportunities created to explore it – focus being more on performance.
  • How can I teach a 3 year-old to create?
    • Reverse it: how can a 3 year-old teach ME? Do you believe in their potential?
  • Other than dance, movement and kids’ yoga are not really creative.
    • Because it is kids, because it is movement through PLAY , because yoga is experience-based requiring exploration = highly creative
  • Creativity is about the arts, paintbrushes and crayons.
    • We create poses, we create ways to breathe like animals, we create Sun and Moon dances, we create ways to play, we transform popular games into new games, we create ways to do our angles in math, we create ways to solve a problem, well Einstein came up with his theories using his creativity and imagination! Need I say more???

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15 years ago, I did not think I was creative at all.  Over the course of teaching preschoolers however , I re-discovered the power of creativity in my life and  the more I explored it, the more it multiplied.
As a person, it felt good, empowering, it created space/freedom to explore, it allowed a new confidence to try and engage in new forms of creation through arts and movement.
As a teacher,  new possibilities emerged, new ways to teach, new ways to learn, that honour children in who they are and what they love. Their response was phenomenal.
More importantly, I felt I moved from TEACHING to SHARING WITH children.

Supporting our own creative potential actually spills positively onto  children and vice versa so a WIN-WIN situation for all.
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The primary goal of every teacher/educator should be the JOY OF LEARNING through wonder and freedom.  Freedom and wonder can be found in movement through play and creativity, adaptable to subjects and topics.  For that joy will create:

  • Engagement
  • Inspiration due to meaning =  dive deeper in the experience
  • Diving deeper leads to concentration
  • This concentration because it is fun leads to lower stress and relaxation
  • Focusing on holistic learning  first will naturally lead to academic learning.

I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” Albert Einstein

Your imagination station awaits.

BE WHAtournesolT YOU SEE: Here is a sunflower, what other images/feelings does it  bring up within? How could you use your body to become one, become what it represents? Could you do this with a partner? Try, and try again..no agenda, no fixed results, just exploration!

Since Play = meaning for children (their favourite mode of expression) while being the seed for creativity, WHY NOT PLAY MORE TO CREATE MORE!!!

“Play is the highest form of research.” Einstein

Interested in exploring more, in sharing creatively with children? Check out playshops and creative trainings offerings for groovy adults!
http://www.littlefeetyoga.com/workshop_training.html

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How Playing, Creating, Cooperating is linked to Yoga while complementing our educational system!

by Cathie Waugh – perspective from a module 1 graduate.

Play allows the child to discover the way the world and their body works (ie laws of physics, memory, balance etc.) Svadhyaya (exploration of ourselves) could be thought of as a component of play. The child processes the learning and sends it back to the world through their personal creativity (Satya). Creativity is essential for self esteem, the foundation of self love (Ahimsa toward self.) Cooperation (Ahimsa toward others) teaches the children how to connect with other co-creaters for a common purpose.

So much of a child’s education (in school and many extra curricular activities) is focused on directly filling the mind with facts. The format of education is built on performance (did you do it right?). Children sit for long periods of time following rules endemic in the educational process. This is a very ‘left brained’ or linear approach to learning.
Play-Create-Cooperate™ helps to balance this by allowing learning to happen organically moving through the heart/intuition and then up to the mind without the pressure to perform. More of a ‘right brained’ approach. The ‘right brained’(tha/yin) or creative approach is a compliment to the ‘left brained’ (hath/yang) education system.

Play-Create-Cooperate allows children to discover themselves, others and the world in a relaxing, safe format without ‘right or wrong’, ‘winner or loser’ associated. Opportunity is provided to work together achieving a result without the pressure to perform. Being part of a larger exercise reflects what happens in life.

Won’t you come play, create, cooperate™?

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Un sourire – A smile

Let us always meet each other with a smile, for a smile is the beginning of LOVE.”  Mother Teresa

Bonne St-Valentin – Happy Valentine’s Day!

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