FLVillagers joined together with their lil ones in tow on Saturday August 20th with FLV's very own Playdate For A Cause (PFAC) Leader, Crystal D'Angora.
This was our first workshop where the children were included in the class and it was definitely a nice change that I know all the families appreciated. I loved the way Crystal interacted with the kids along with the engaging activities that she provided for them. She showed us a combination of movement, breath, and meditation methods to strengthen and lengthen our entire bodies that emphasized on balance, strength, and flexibility, as well as Kundalini techniques taught by Yogi Bhajan. Not only what is a fun physical workout but the inclusive exercises Crystal showed us are proven to improve children's proprioceptive and developmental awareness.
Here's a little bit of history about our beautiful Crystal:
Crystal D'Angora combines nearly 10 years as a certified Kundalini and children's Yoga and Pilates instructor and an eclectic background in theater, dance, Kundalini and Hatha yoga to create a holistic fusion of physical expression and discovery. After teaching theater to homeless and abused youth through Los Angeles Free clinic's "Project Able," she attained a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC, Los Angeles in Literature and Child Development. Her own yoga experience, which began in 1995, re-ignited the same sense of playful freedom from her youth in theater and dance, but also offered additional methods to heal physically, mentally, and emotionally.
- Hot air balloon -Tuning in
“First we want to make the riding basket”
B. Prayer Pose – Rub the hands for “Hot air”
“The air in our balloons have to get hot to make it fly. Can you pretend to make a fire by rubbing your hands together?”
C. Mantra –“Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo (I bow to the teacher in my heart) or Ohm (the sound of the Universe).” This reminds you to listen to your body when it tells you how it feels (i.e. if it needs a break or an extra rest.
“Wow! You were really flying.”
2. Yoga Hokey Pokey - (Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskar)
Start slowly with basic steps only:
You bring your hands up high. Bring your hands down low. You jump right back and slither like a snake. You bring your tail up high and wag it like a dog. Start all over again! Then begin to add parts such as warrior jumps, (...Bring your tail up high and jump it to and fro, etc.). This is also a great opportunity to invite children's creative suggestions!
These were just a couple of examples of the family fun we all got to experience! It was definitely an amazing way to share some quality time with our lil ones, as well as get some exercise (physically and spiritually).
The following are some pictures of this evening...
|Look at that nice form!|
|Wow! Look at that head stand!|
|Touch your toesies!|
A message from Crystal:
I have direct experience with the effects that this powerful yoga has on young students and have noted ongoing progress in their lives as a result of a weekly practice. We, as parents, can share and spread these teachings and techniques with our children to connect more deeply every day. Using this mindful and playful practice, let's help to create healing communities for the next generation across the world."