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What Is Your Spirit Animal?

Posted on November 27, 2019 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

By Jessica Brown

Recently my daughter asked me what my spirit animal was.  I was totally stumped by this question, mostly because admittedly I had no idea what a spirit animal really was.  

I was curious,  so I  decided to go on Professor Google to see what they had to say.  According to, "In certain spiritual traditions or cultures, spirit animal refers to a spirit which helps guide or protect a person on a journey and whose cha...

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Defending The Little Mermaid

Posted on November 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (1)

By Diana Scharf


I’m really sick and tired of hearing everyone complaining about The Little Mermaid. People suddenly seem to feel that this adorable children’s story is anti feminist because Ariel “gives up her voice for a man.” Well, I’m sorry Keira Knightly followers, but this just shows me that you weren’t paying enough attention to the strength of Ariel’s character.


Before Ariel even saw the prince, she was o...

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The Magical Powers of OM

Posted on November 15, 2019 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

By Jessica Brown

Learning about the word Ohm is critical for every yoga practiotioner, especially when teaching children.   OM is a sacred sound gnerally known as the sound of the universe.  Its vibration begins in our solar plexus (third eye) and ends in the chest.  

Most people know it as the part of a routine as the way we begin and end a yoga class.  However I am here to tell you that the word OM also has super powers!  That's right...just like superma...

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Why We Are Awesome

Posted on November 8, 2019 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

By Diana Scharf

Last week I taught yoga to a class of 6th graders and a class of 7th graders, back to back. As part of our centering (and empowering) process, I went around the circle and asked each student to tell me one reason they are awesome. The 7th graders had no trouble with this whatsoever, as they clearly know they are awesome. The 6th graders, however, were interesting because in addition to telling my why they were awesome, they also wanted to tell me why they were not aw...

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Meditating With A Topsy Turvy Twist

Posted on November 1, 2019 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Free Topsy Turvy Yogi Children's Meditation at:

By, Jessica Brown

If you have been following our social media lately you know that we are currently working towards our 200-hour adult yoga training with the very talented Sinda Anzovino from Yoga Journey.

To quote the Grateful Dead, “What a long strange trip it’s been.” When I...

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Dear Judgemental Members Of Society...Yes, We've Noticed!

Posted on May 24, 2018 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (3)

By, Jessica Brown

Dear Judgemental Members of Society,

Let me put it simple. WE ARE TIRED!

Since they were two years old people have been telling us our perfect little angel is …..well…not perfect.

Since they were three we have been compensating by overscheduling them with activities so they could make up these imperfections.

Since they were four we have been playing catch up with all those who we believe ou...

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Posted on May 9, 2018 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

By, Diana Scharf

Ever wonder what your kids think you do all day? As we approach Mother’s Day, we asked our students, ages 2-6, “what do mommies do?” Here is what they said:

THEY DO HOUSEWORK. We got a lot of answers relating to housework, with cleaning leading that category. Big shocker there! (I’d kinda like to know why Daddy doesn’t clean, but that is another blog for another time!) Other answers included washing dishes...

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Posted on May 2, 2018 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

By, Diana Scharf

Anyone else glad that we are FINALLY having spring? I love spring. I love the robins on my lawn, the tiny buds on the trees, and the tulips that crop up everywhere. It’s a perfect time to be mindful.

Spring is the most sensory season. (Or at least the most pleasantly sensory one). Step outside and close your eyes. What do you notice? Birds chirping? The sweet smell of flowers? The gentle breeze on your skin? The sunshine on your face? ...

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Shadows Of Imagination

Posted on April 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

By, Jessica Brown

I remember when I was little I used to have sleepovers with my friend Jennifer (Happy 34th Friendaversarry!). We would stay up for hours trading stickers…not the digital

These stickers did not come off once you placed them in your sticker book.

What I remember the most is the games and stories we would make up simply by stuff that we already had. There were no trips to the toy store before a play date.  A...

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Posted on April 12, 2018 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

By, Diana Scharf

I love to google “Pinterest Fails.” There is nothing funnier than seeing a picture of some perfect Martha Stewart-like creation, followed by the picture of how it actually comes out when a mere mortal tries to make it. Some of them are pretty sad! I love that people take enough pride in these failures to post them online. Even better, I love that most of them add the caption, “Nailed it!” Because let’s face it, we should take pride in ...

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