Last week was a heck of a week – I was on the Space Mountain of emotional roller coasters. It was the second week my husband was away. He’s […]
5 Ways to be Mindful During a Pandemic
Mindfulness Ideas We Can All Do During a Pandemic We are certainly living in a time of high uncertainty. As the days of COVID-19, with it’s social distancing and sheltering […]
Quiet, Cozy & Reflective
Lately, probably due to the season, I have been practicing Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra or yoga sleep is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. It can be a […]
What Lights You Up?
Most of the December holidays center around LIGHT. The lights of the season serve to brighten up the darker days, warm us when we feel chilly nights and bring a […]
6 Tips To Help Your Child With Change
The only thing in life that is constant is change. ~Heraclitus It may be constant and it may be happening all around us and everyone does experience it […]
Fantastic Fall Stories & Yoga For Kids
Growing up in eastern Canada, Fall was always a magical time of year for me. With its vibrant red and orange maples to the yellow birch and all the hues […]
Why Teach Mudras To Kids?
Why Teach Mudras To Kids? Children love mudras! Many children and people around the globe use mudras. Mudras (pronounced moo-drah) are usually practiced with yoga, breathing exercises, relaxation or meditation. […]
Out of this World Yoga & Stories on Space
My youngest daughter is all about space these days. It all started on our camping trip last month when we slept under the stars and saw the Milkyway while having […]
Five Reasons Why Families Should Go Camping
My family never went camping but my husband being the Eagle Scout he is has a plethora of experience. I love the outdoors, being in the woods, smelling the pine trees, taking in the colors of the wildflowers and feeling my feet on the uneven dirt paths, fill my cup.
We spent 7 days in a tent, cooking over a Coleman stove and campfire and peeing in the woods and I loved it!
5 Reasons Why Every Family Should Go Camping
Yoga is a Laughing Matter
When was the last time you laughed like this…. where you snorted, or were doubled over in a belly laugh? With Summer in full swing, it’s time to let loose […]
Five Reasons Why Kids Need Time Outside.
Springtime just makes me want to play outside. I want to explore everything that’s new, smell all the fresh flowering blooms and listen to every new birds’ song. This is […]
Put Down Your Electronics!
There is so much I love about technology. It allows me to stay in touch with my friends and family from all over the world, especially when we’re traveling in […]
3 Books to Get you Moving & Playing Yoga Mindfully this Spring
There are so many things I love about Spring. The changing weather, the smell of fresh cut grass, the sounds of birds chirping and seeing all the new growth. “Things […]
New Year, New Mindset, New Results
Bears, turtles, and snakes, this is the time of year where animals hibernate and slow down. So why do all of us want to start the year with the “GO […]
I AM GRATEFUL FOR YOU!
I am grateful for all of you who support my passion for the work I do to bring mindfulness and yoga to children to help improve their lives. To show […]
Change is our Constant
It’s fall, my favorite time of year. Especially when I get to be up north to see all the colors. As we transition into this new season I am […]
Like a Boat in a Storm
For today’s blog post I invited my dear friend and colleague Lani to be a guest blogger and share something very personal and intimate with you. It is her story […]
Let’s All Be Bored This Summer! 5 Ways to Bust Your Boredom
Bored, I’m so bored, bored bored bored. I’m bored to death, audible heavy sigh. Bored, bored bored. Is this a common and recurring chorus in your home this summer? […]
Our family just spent 2 months in the country of Bhutan. If you are unfamiliar with our wanderings you can check us out at Byers Without Borders and if your […]
Let’s Go yoPlay Outside
Here is a fun lesson you can do with a friend. Partner poses are fun, they’re a great way to connect through movement. Look into each other’s eyes, connect through […]
How Do You Spend 27 hours on a Plane with 3 Kids and Not Lose Your Mind
As many of you know we left the comforts of home to travel to the other side of the world to do volunteer work with the organization Health Volunteers Overseas […]
New Intentions, New Year!
As the new year begins, people tend to try to fix what they think is wrong with them by declaring a new years resolution. It’s that quick fix- going […]
Your PRESENCE can be the best PRESENT
How Your Presence can be the best Present ever! It’s that time of year when it’s all about buy buy buy and getting more stuff. Right now you may have […]
Breathe Your Power!
When you think of holidays you think of joyous times, happy memories, family, friend food and gift giving, but along with it, there is the hustle and bustle and STRESS […]
Farewell & Thank you!!!
And just like that it’s over. A decade of wishing, a year’s worth of hard planning and scheming, and here we are looking out at the frighteningly short and narrow […]
YoPlay Away! Kids yoga can go anywhere.
Prior to my arrival in Bhutan, I reached out to the Early Learning Center, in Mothitang, to organize some volunteer work for the girls and myself. Having spent two years […]
Bhutan, Advanced Settings:
Bhutan, Advanced Settings: Bhutanese consider it impolite to say no. So they have many different forms of yes ranging from “very unlikely” to “it is certain”. If they say yes […]
Bhutan basics: National Bird- Raven Favorite Food- Anything with chilies Fridge settings-Winter, Summer, Monsoon Toilets- squat (bring paper unless adept at the Asian bidet, water bucket and a scoop) They […]
Lunch with Lamas
The snows held off. This past weekend we finally made it out of Thimphu, our guide, OR nurse Sonam. I couldn’t be more proud of the girls. They stoically endured […]
In Dzongkha, Druk Yul is the name Bhutanese give their country. It translates to Land of the Thunder Dragon. They should call it Land of the Thunder Dog. Packs of stray […]
We had planned a weekend excursion to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. But the Himalayas had other plans, and surprised us with a spring snow. With the 10,000 foot […]
We’re in the News!
Thank you, Gabby Cullen for writing a great article about kids yoga and mindfulness and including YoPlay Yoga for Kids® as it’s feature. Check it out! Click the picture […]
Himalayan Adventure: Our First Few Days
98% of a big fat Himalayan adventure is figuring out the mundane. How do you charge a laptop, make a local call, find bathroom cleaner. Our first days in Bhutan are […]
We Made It!!!
We made it! 41 hours total travel time from our driveway in Rockwall to our apartment in Thimphu. Dallas-Seoul-Bangkok-Calcutta-Paro. 22 hours actual time in flying metal tubes. As you can […]
V-Day is for Visas
This blog post is written by talented husband Bill……. V-Day is for Visas At two weeks to departure and still no travel Visas, I awoke again with knots in my […]
30 days to Bhutan!
It’s hard to believe. Our family’s big Himalayan adventure was first dreamt up 6 years ago. But it was just a year ago when we took the first step and […]
Discover the Power of Group Yoga
One of my favorite things to do is get my students involved in each other’s success! When the kids are helping each other perform the movements and encouraging each other, […]
Why Stretching Means Everything
Stretching is the absolute most important thing for growing and developing bodies. With less children being active throughout the day, it becomes increasingly important for them to get their stretches […]
Welcome to YoPlay Yoga for Kids
YoPlay Yoga For Kids® incorporates playful yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques helping children learn to stretch and strengthen their bodies, be mindful, release stress, feel better about themselves […]