Yoga In My School

Yoga In My School

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

Episodes

November 10, 2022 31 min

The incredible Hala Khouri is our guest in this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast.
Hala brings her extensive expertise in somatic experiencing, psychology, social justice, movement, and mindfulness as we discuss trauma informed parenting. Discover parenting with curiosity and awareness of our own conditioning so we can be more sensitive to the complex reality of raising another human being.

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1:10 Who is Hala K...

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Lately there has been a huge increase in interest regarding breath work and exercises for kids and teens. In this episode Donna Freeman, founder of Yoga In My School, shares some amazing information about the benefits of breath work/ pranayama for calming emotions, balancing the brain, stimulating energy, improving focus, and much more.

Find Pranayama for Kids and Teens booklet here
Watch Pranayama for Kids Playlist on YouTube

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In this episode Donna chats with Ashley Fontes, founder of Read and Yoga, a Mom, author, and yogi who combines her loves to share the joy and benefits of yoga with children. Ashley's neurodivergent children have inspired her to combine beloved children's books with movement to provide them with life skills of literacy and self regulation. She is real, raw, and an amazing example of doing your best and exceling amidst the bu...

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Sarah Henderson is an expert on yoga for everyone, especially yoga for those outside the norm. Come along in this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast to explore yoga for individuals with developmental delays and disabilities. Discover the beauty of accessible yoga and see the many ways to adapt and expand the practice of yoga to empower and enable all people.

Highlights
1:32 Welcome Sarah Henderson
6:42 Overriding Principles when...

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March 31, 2022 35 min

In honor of Autism Awareness Month we are diving into neurodiversity.
In this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast guest McAlister Grenier Huynh, otherwise known as The Neurodivergent Teacher, explains neurodiversity, why it's an essential consideration in the classroom, top tips for teaching SEL so that self-regulations becomes a natural skills, and so much more. You will especially appreciate Autism Acceptance Spirit Week ...

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Have you ever not seen yourself in the yoga community? Wondered where were others like you? SonJoria Sydnor's story begins with not being able to find black kids doing yoga as an example to her family. She set out to change that. The resulting book Our Family's Doing Yoga and Social Media presence @BlackKidsDoYoga represents black families practicing yoga. Its real, its genuine, and your are going to LOVE it.

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February 9, 2022 29 min

Do you include books in your kids yoga classes? Are you interested in writing your own kids yoga book? If yes, you're are going to love this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast. Donna Freeman, host, chats with Robyn Snow of Glow Yoga Kids to discuss her journey from kids yoga teacher to kids yoga book author. Plus we'll explore her creative way of sharing literature with kids using yoga and mindfulness.

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2:05 H...

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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 = Pe...

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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 conver...

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December 30, 2021 17 min

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 cl...

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November 28, 2021 41 min

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 devo...

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November 18, 2021 44 min

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.

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0:04 Intro to episode
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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.

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1:45 Background of scho...

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Discover the wonderful world of phonics and how to use yoga to teach emergent readers essential language decoding skills.

This episode of the Yoga In My School podcast hosts Hilary Grierson of Bear Foot Yogis based in London, UK. Hilary is passionate about teaching children through play and has developed a kids yoga phonics card deck to do just that. Wondering how phonics cards are different from alphabet cards? Why kinaestetic lear...

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The Saskachewan Indigenous Yoga Association (SIYA) is changing lives as they invite healing and growth through movement and meditation.

In this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast we chat with Dawn Deguire, co-founder of the Saskatchewan Indigenous Yoga Association. Discover the amazing work happening throughout the province through their yoga teacher training scholarship program and grass roots approach to bringing the healing...

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August 27, 2021 43 min

Initiate change in education through embodied consciousness and freedom. Dive into a new level of self-awareness in learning environments as our amazing guest Abbi Wills, co-founder of Shanti Generation, explores what it means to teach embodiment, student power, and self-compassion in order to facilitate optimal learning and growth.

HIGHLIGHTS
1:53 Intro Abbi Wills
7:08 Sovereign Bodies Learn Here
12:00 Facilitating Optimal Learning
15:...

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Sun Salutations, Half Moon Pose, Star Pose, Moon Salutations, and more invite yogis to look to the skies.
In this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast guest Doreen Foxwell of The Children's School of Yoga shares her creative new Astrology Meets Kids Yoga curriculum. We discuss the impact of the pandemic on her business, following your passions, curriculum writing, acknowledging your kids yoga teachers, and more.
If you are p...

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In this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast we explore bringing the joy of music and multiculturalism into your homes, yoga studios and kids yoga classes.

Guest Dan Storper, founder and CEO of Putumayo World Music, shares his love of music and the world. The new Putumayo album Kids Yoga Dreamland is a beautiful compilation of eclectic world melodies to invite relaxation and sleep.

1:30 Intro to Dan Storper and how Putumayo World...

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Are you interested in writing a kids yoga book? Yes? You need to listen to this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast as Susan Rose, newly published author, shares her experience and insight from diving into the process during the Covid pandemic. Fifteen months later she has published two books with a plan for a series. It's been a learning curve from which you can benefit.

Note: There are some audio lags in this recording du...

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In this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast the delightfully genuine Jen Berg shares insights and practices on using percussion instruments in kids yoga class. 

Jen is quick to remind me that she is not a professional drummer and that is what makes her the perfect example of following the heart and sharing what you love authentically. She provides 

Highlights include:
2:15 Intro to Jen Berg
4:07 Drumming in kids yoga class
6:54 How...

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