Jack and It's Yoga Kids are 18 years old

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My "happy baby” boy just turned 18 years old. He’s my youngest so it’s a major milestone. I also birthed It’s Yoga Kids® when Jack was born. That means IYK is an “adult” too. What’s a mom to do?

MELTDOWN. And I did. I met my mom friends for our cold plunge at Crissy Field (Yep, 11 minutes a week in the bay!) the Friday before his birthday and I bawled my warm salty tears into the freezing salty water. A lot! Then, I dried off, shivered, equalized and realized…

I can’t nurture my son the way I did when he was young, nor can I do that for IYK. My children have grown. My business has grown. They don’t require the same amount of effort or energy anymore. None the less, I still need to show up for them the way they need me to and they can show up for me the way I need them to.

Jack is adulting. He’s responsible with school, service and work. He’s taking on more household duties and I’m sharing that load because he will be the guy to do his fair share. He’s balanced socially and he’s healthy, active and fun! I couldn’t love him any more or any less.

That’s true for IYK too. I’ve loved this business from its infancy through the terrible twos and into it’s teens. We’ve trained thousands of teachers affecting millions of children. We can do more. While I’m so excited for Jack to reach his goals independently, I’m also excited to reach mine. Look for new programs from me coming soon with the full IYK Warrior Training and NEW classes that unite physical fitness and mental health like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. I couldn't be more excited! (And that's Jack playing piano in the background.)

Mental Health Awareness Month

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It’s Mental Health Awareness month and let’s just say the kids are not alright. Neither are the adults. The mental health epidemic is at an all-time high impacting our families, our friends, and our futures.

11yrs one struggles from the onset of mental health symptoms before they receive a diagnosis

Hospitalization rates are up 25%. Many of the kids admitted were 11 to 14 years old — with girls being the majority. Suicidal or self-harming behavior led to a 33% jump.

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-14 

50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24

86% of kids constantly feel worried about schools and friendships

1 in 5 adults suffers from mental health problems like anxiety and depression

A “growing use of social media” among children has been linked to depression symptoms. Experts spotlight a failing US health care system, adding “the hospital ends up being the place you go when all else fails.” They're calling for an increase in mental health services in communities and schools.

That’s where we come in. Yoga is preventative medicine. It bridges the gap between fitness and healthcare. We’re on a mission to train 10,000 parents and teachers to make immediate impact on kids’ wellness. Oh, and you can make money too. You can learn our proven system in 8 days and become a game-changer in your community. I’ll show you how.

Kids and Family Yoga Mother's Day

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The 100 days of May is upon us. It’s comprised of Mother’s Day and often hectic end-of-school year demands. Perhaps no coincidence, it’s also Mental Health Awareness Month.

Maybe AI can help you take items off your To Do list? Even with the overwhelm, to manage it all, I do yoga. It helps me handle whatever is coming at me more clearly, calmly and collectively.

Recently, I was struck by these lines in Maggie Smith’s poem:

“Let me love the world like a mother.”

“Let me be tender when it lets me down.“

I love the way she is attuned to the simultaneous heartbreak and wonder of the world -- and her determination to keep on loving it. Isn’t that what we do for our children? Love them no matter what, and they love us too, even when they say, “I hate you!”

For all the giving you do, Mother’s Day is for you to ask for what you want and to receive it or maybe even be surprised! What do you want?

  1. Breakfast in bed - make sure it comes with a clean kitchen!
  2. Alone time so you can refresh and renew - hello spa day!
  3. Activity time so you can play together - hello Mother’s Day family yoga event!

Whatever you do, I hope it’s just for you. Listen to the Hella MomVersations podcast to learn more about how moms like to celebrate. Happy Mother’s Day!

Kids and Family Yoga Earth Day

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The world only has until the 2030s to stop “irrevocable damage” to the planet. By 2050, twice as many city dwellers won’t have access to safe water.

For Earth Day 2023, we need to act (boldly), innovate (broadly), and implement (equitably). Businesses, governments, and citizens — everyone accounted for, and everyone accountable. A partnership for the planet.

Here are 3 ways to celebrate Earth Day:

1. Spring Cleaning time — According to the American Cleaning Institute (yep, it’s a real thing), 78% of Americans participated in spring cleaning in 2022. That may be because it benefits for your mind and your body. 

2. Avoid “Forever chemicals.” Recently, the EPA proposed a limit on six types of forever chemicals, aka PFAS, in drinking water. However, there are thousands of other types, and many are still being added to products people use daily — from food packaging to cosmetics.

3. Clear your body and mind. Strengthen, stretch and de-stress with yoga and a special project to help the planet. Have fun, take meaningful action and level up awareness.

A portion of proceeds benefits EarthDay.org. What will you do? Get inspired, take action and be a part of the green revolution. Sign to show your support. For Earth Day I...

…will push for climate literacy

…will grow trees

…will support Sustainable Fashion

…will help end Plastic Pollution

…will attend a cleanup 

…will Vote Earth

…will see you at yoga

I look forward to hearing what you’ll do.

Women's History Month and Men Yoga

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As Women’s History Month comes to an end, we celebrate and advocate for the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. But for all our advances, problems persist for girls, women and mothers.

Key stressors include constantly worrying over children and childcare, unreasonable expectations at work, partners not stepping up, and politicians who can't enact helpful policy. But women are not resigned, they are reprioritizing — putting their own wellbeing first — because no one else will. Here’s how yoga helps ease some issues.

1. Girls are hitting puberty early — like 8 years old. Children diagnosed with precocious puberty almost doubled between 2016 and 2021, with a sharp post-2020 spike. When researchers investigated possible reasons that more girls were entering puberty sooner, they focussed on three main factors. One was stress. Yoga for girls and teens strengthens, stretches and de-stresses their bodies and minds. It also reduces period pain.

2. Maternal mortality rates went up 40% in 2021 compared to the previous year according to a recent CDC report. That’s about 33 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. Despite medical advancements, the US — one of the wealthiest countries in the world — has seen a rise in the maternal death rate for years. Black women are nearly three times more likely to die during childbirth than white women. Prenatal yoga can help pregnant people sleep better, reduce back pain and ease the birthing experience.

3. Gender inequality with the average woman earning just 82 cents for every dollar earned by a man and the imbalance of unpaid labor at home. However, both men and women are likely to live longer with a growing body of research showing that advances in women's rights benefit everyone. Yoga is for everyone to balance energy. Men and women benefit equally from regular mindfulness, movement, and meditation practice.

So to all the women and female-identifying peeps who brave the day, show up with open hearts and empower, motivate, and inspire you to always pursue your wellbeing every day and all year round…. thank you. 🙏

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