Positive HealthWellness

Looking for positive and healthy ideas for yoga, children’s fitness and tasty recipes? Well, Positive Healthwellness has you covered. Here are some of my favorites.

  1. 7 Poses to Ease Menstruation  (I have tried these poses and they definitely ease my cramps)!
  2. 7 Peanut Butter Recipes For the Child in You (My son and I are dairy free and gluten free and these are yummy)!
  3. The Best Workout For Bad Knees (I recently had knee surgery from a torn meniscus and grateful for other ways to exercise)!

Happy Reading,

Rachel : )

 

A Time to Teach and A Time to Rest

Thank you for popping by, I am taking a sabbatical from teaching until my kiddos go back to school. Until then, I hope you browse around and explore some articles and inspirations. I would love to hear from you and connect, you can reach me at rachel@rachelglowacki.com.

Conscious MOMents

So you’re in the checkout line and your toddler grabs a candy bar. You say, “no!” and turn to reach for your receipt… and then… you turn back to see the tiny crumpled face… it’s all scrunched and you hear the long intake of air. You know what is about to happen. You can hear the scream before it’s audible to everyone else nearby.

Don’t you just want to do that sometimes? Crumple and cry like a three year old. It looks so freeing. (Be honest, no shame here.)

We’ve been there. Life doesn’t stop for you to catch your breath and respond in the perfect way. Life is full and fast and can be unrelenting. In the heat of the moment you snap. You feel everything at once… how tired you are, how loud they are, how embarrassing this is… and then it’s all over, you’re yelling, your day is ruined… and then you feel bad and they feel bad…

*record scratch

Pssst! There is another way!

Rachel and Jessica here!

We’ve been there. We’ve had the checkout line moment… several, in fact. And not only have we lived to tell about it, we’ve learned to experience it in new ways. And we have some insights to share about compassionate parenting.

Sometimes you just need to take a MOMent.

We’ve created a workshop to take you through a new experience, to empower you to do things… differently. When those moments happen (*cough, daily*) you will have the tools you need to change your habitual responses and to begin to show up in a new way. You know, like those moms in the commercials.

The Conscious MOMents workshop is a “how to” course that focuses on the ways we can get ourselves calm before we engage with our children.

We will share…

  • practical tools that work
  • experiential role playing
  • powerful guided writing exercises
  • in-depth group discussions

ABOUT JESSICA & RACHEL

We are mothers and yoga teachers who have journeyed together through years of tears and laughter involving the most terrific and utterly terrifying MOMents of our lives raising our children. We are blessed and grateful to share some of our bloopers and victories and how we continue to learn and grow through them with more and more grace while creating more and more space for pure connection.

Not only for moms, but also for anyone who works with children and desires to learn ways to engage consciously and compassionately.

Conscious MOMents

Transform yourself, Empower your children

Thursday May 11

Isle of Palms

10AM-1PM

$75

The day includes

  • An intimate gathering at a retreat-like private Isle of Palms home
  • Our go-to tools, information and resources (in a handy packet for your reference)
  • Light Lunch sponsored by Five Loaves Cafe

Space is limited. Reserve your spot or ask questions at Jessica@JessicaRueger.com

Short on time?  click here:  paypal.me/JessicaRUEGER and you’re guaranteed a space, we will send you an email with all the details!

We are here for you and look forward to being on the parenting journey with you!

With Love,
Jessica Rueger and Rachel Glowacki

Reserve your seat here: paypal.me/JessicaRUEGER

 

Compassionate Parenting Workshop

 

 

Do you ever find yourself wishing you could show up differently for your child(ren)? Do you long for your interactions to be more heartfelt, more meaningful and more intentional? As parents, we understand how easy it becomes run on autopilot due to our own conditioning. Our modern lives keep us so busy rushing from one activity to the next and as a result we tend to lack compassion with ourselves and our children.

This workshop is a “mini-boot camp class” designed to help you learn how you can interrupt your conditioned responses and choose how to engage with your child(ren) with compassion. We will guide you through meditation, life-changing writing exercises, role playing, personal reflection and in-depth group discussion. We will also share our findings from the latest research showing how compassion strengthens the brain and improves the quality of our relationships.

We are mothers and yoga teachers who have journeyed together through tears and laughter on the most insanely terrific and utterly terrifying ride of our lives; raising our children! From nursing throughout the nights to hair raising tantrums, to the first visit home from college, to sending them on a study abroad, we will share stories, tips and techniques that are sure to enhance your relationship with yourself and with every member of your family.

Valentine’s Day Month Special rate: $65.00 throughout the entire month of February.

Beginning March 1st the workshop rate will be based on a sliding scale of $80-100.

pay here:

paypal.me/JessicaRUEGER

Back to School Jitters?

backtoschooljittersimageOriginally published on K-12.org

It’s still hot and sunny, but school is around the corner and your child or maybe YOU have back to school jitters. The first step is to recognize that school jitters are normal and a natural bodily response to change. There is a mixture of feelings going on for all of us; we are sad the summer is coming to an end because we had more flexibility in our schedules, we are excited to reunite with friends and regain structure again, we are nervous if we don’t like our teachers, so the combination of excitement and anxiety makes our tummy and heart feel all jittery. After we acknowledge and communicate to ourselves and children that this is “NORMAL,” we are able shift and create peace in our mind and body. It’s a great way to bond with your child and share that in life we are going to feel nervous, worried and excited and we have the power to take over our jitters with our thoughts and breath!

Here are two simple activities that can help you and your children move past the jitters into a calmer state of mind.

Calming Jar Activity–This simple exercise works wonders! All you need is a mason jar with a lid, water and glitter. Fill the jar to the top and add glitter. Shake the jar and watch the glitter float and spin around. This is an illustration of how our worries and fears swirl around in our minds. When we pause, take a breath and watch the glitter settle to the bottom, it remind us  when we are still, our thoughts will settle like the glitter and we will see clearly and feel calm again. Breathe in and Breathe out: I am calm.

Squeeze and Breathe–Is a breath technique that helps with frustration, anxiety and anger. Interlace your hands and place your hands on your belly. Release your head and gaze at your belly as you squeeze your hands together and breathe in and breathe out 5x. Feel yourself gain control over your fluttering emotions as you squeeze and breathe and melt your nervous system back into homeostasis.  Breathe in and Breathe out: I am peace.

Turn the corners of your mouth upright and watch your children move past back to school jitters into back to school peace.

Evolution of Acceptance in the World of Kids Yoga

Originally published on k12yoga.org

Dear Kids Yoga Teacher,

Place one hand on your heart and the other hand on your belly and take three long slow deep breaths. Visualize yourself as an eagle soaring back in time to capture a bird’s eye view of the landscape of yoga then and to what is to come; notice that in 1976, only 5 million people practiced yoga compared with the 20 million people practicing today-quite a leap! This increase is significant to keep in mind as we take a look at how yoga in schools is growing and being challenged as a violation of the 1st Amendment in cases such as the lawsuit in Encinitas Union District in California and the recent banning of ‘namaste’ at Bullard Elementary in Kennesaw, GA. These two instances have been resolved with sensitivity and respect, and it is our job to continue to teach self-regulation yoga techniques in a public-school friendly way. If you are wondering how to keep yoga in alignment with the 1st Amendment, check out this article called “3 Ways to Keep Yoga Pea-Cey!”

The intention of this letter is to encourage you to stay the course in the kids yoga movement and be reminded that you are plowing a new path for children to learn how to de-stress with their body and brain. With any new movement that grows at rapid speeds, there will be tidal waves, like lawsuits and protests against the very thing that ushers in peace, but don’t lose heart, get defensive or angry because patience and tolerance will unite both sides.

The evolution of acceptance grows at a slow pace, and yoga in schools is at the beginning phase of this process. Let’s take a look how these familiar and frequent terms in public schools don’t make us question the constitution today….

  • Olympics– “The Olympics in the 6th century BC was held every four years during religious festivals honoring the god Zeus.” The games were named after Olympia in southern Greece, where the ancient games were played. Today the entire world watches, supports and says the word “Olympics” without any thought to its religious origin.
  • Lacrosse–Lacrosse was a gift to us from the Creator, to be played for his enjoyment and as a medicine game for healing the people. The Haudenosaunee people know that all creatures, no matter how big or small, are significant and have a contribution to make to the overall cycle of life.” Now there are school lacrosse teams nationwide without question to whether or not they violate 1st Amendment
  • Planets and Days of the Week– The planets and days of the week are named after gods. Venus was the Roman God of love and Thursday is named after Jupiter, the thunder god in Latin as well as the Germanic tradition. These words stem from religious origin and are taught in schools, but again, there is no concern of violating the 1st Amendment when learning about the planets and days of the week.
  • Yoga– will be just like the word olympics, lacrosse, planets and days of the week in generations to come.

Now bring your attention back to your breath, feel your heartbeat with your hand and feel your other hand rise and fall as you gently breathe in and out. You soar back to right now in 2016 with the awareness that you are right in the middle of the evolution of acceptance. Turn the corners of your mouth up right and smile that you get to teach children to breathe and connect with themselves, as you focus your intention on the “tools” that help children, rather than the “terms” that cause barriers, so that the kids don’t miss out on the gift that yoga brings to the mind and body. Let’s soar above controversy and embrace the process.

From my heart to yours,

Rachel

 

The Tale of Three Trees Yoga Lesson Plan

The Tale of Three Trees A Traditional Folktale retold by Angela Elwell Hunt

 “Adapted from THE TALE OF THREE TREES by Angela Elwell Hunt,
published by Lion Publishing, all rights reserved.”
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Reading Tale of Three Trees by Leigh Webber                                         Leigh Webber Photography
Looking for an unique way to share the Easter message with your children that will increase their faith and literacy through their heart, mind, soul and strength? Well, look no further…
I am so proud to partner with Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt. With over four million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 125 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to non-fiction books, to novels.
I believe that God’s ideas and truths are best presented to kids through story, for our Creator is the most wonderful storyteller ever; which is why we are delighted to share The Tale of Three Trees brought to life through the modality of kids yoga. The intersection of story and movement increase literacy and comprehension, so put your faith into action and move along to The Tale of Three Trees with us.
The Tale of Three Trees originator is unknown, but it is a timeless tale that reveals how our dreams and hopes have been planted in our hearts long ago and how over time, they actually come into fruition in mysterious and sometimes painful ways. This folktale is a beautiful story to help young and old see how forgotten and shattered dreams come to life more than we can ever ask, dream or imagine!
Bible Story/Verse/
Godly Principle
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Sometimes our hopes and dreams get shattered, so we think…
We are going to read “The Tale of THREE TREES: A TRADITIONAL FOLKTALE,” retold by Angela Elwell Hunt.
Breathwork Simple Seated–Close your eyes and picture yourself sitting on a mountaintop. Breathe in and out slowly, as you dream about what you want to be when you grow up.
Read Story.
Warm-up Mountain Pose–“Once upon a mountain top”
Forward Fold–Dream about what you want to be when you grow up
Reverse Swan Dive–3 times to represent the THREE TREES
Pose Series Star Pose–The first little tree said–“I want to hold treasure.”
Boat Pose–The second little tree said–“I want to be a strong sailing ship.”
Tree Pose–The third little tree said–“I want to grow so tall.”
Mountain Climbers–“One day three woodcutters climbed the mountain.”
Child’s PoseCat/Cow/Donkey–The first tree was “filled with hay for hungry animals.”
Canoe Pose–The second tree was “ too small and too weak to sail an ocean.”
Plank Pose–The third tree was “confused when the woodcutter cut her into strong beams and left her in a lumber yard.” What happened?
Are their dreams coming true right now? No.But, many years later…
Happy Baby–“The first tree knew he was holding the greatest treasure in the world.”
Boat Pose–“The second tree knew he was carrying the King of heaven and earth.”
Cross Pose–”The third tree knew that God’s love had changed everything.”
Cool Down Seated Forward Fold–Breathe in and out slowly and think about the THREE TREES.
Knees to Chest–Wrap your arms around your shins and give yourself a big hug.
Gentle Spinal Twist–Know that wherever you turn God is with you making your dreams come true.
Resting Bedtime Pose–Relax your whole body like you are resting to go to sleep. Close your eyes and breathe in and breathe out. Think about the dreams of the trees and how their dreams came true. God plants dreams in our hearts and sometimes the way our dreams come true, don’t always go as we plan. But–“It made the first tree beautiful. It made the second tree strong. And every time people thought of the third tree, they would think of God.”
Simple Seated–“That was better than being the tallest tree in the world.”
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Game/Craft

Picture book of “The Tale of THREE TREES.”

A Palm Sunday Yoga Lesson Plan

 

Palm Sunday KHY Pic

With Palm Sunday around the corner, I wanted to share with you a prayerful and playful way to bring the Palm Sunday story alive through a Christ centered yoga lesson plan. I am grateful to Thomas Nelson Publishing for granting me the rights to use excerpts from the Jesus Calling Bible Storybook! It’s one of those bibles that young and old need to get hold of, so if you don’t have it, it is worth getting–http://www.thomasnelson.com/jesus-calling-bible-storybook.

 

Bible Story/Verse/
Godly Principle
Palm Sunday – “Palm Sunday” from the Jesus Calling Bible Storybook, pgs. 204-205. Yoga lesson plan written by Rachel Glowacki,(E-RYT, YACEP) .

“Hosanna! Hurray! The Son of David is here!” (pg. 205 )

Hosanna means that God saves.

Breathwork Palm Breath–Close your eyes and lift the palms of your hands in the air. Inhale your hands your wide. Exhale and close your hands. Repeat 3x.
Read the story about Palm Sunday. Remind class that before Palm Sunday, Jesus taught the disciples how to pray. Let’s warm up with a Son Salute.
Warm-up The Lord’s Prayer to the SON Salute
Our Father—Mountain Pose with hands at heart centerWho art in heaven—Mountain Pose with lifting arms up towards HeavenHallowed be thy name—Forward Fold

Thy Kingdom come—Halfway lifted with hands resting on shins

Thy will be done—Plank Pose

On Earth—Melt to the floor

As it is in Heaven—Cobra or Upward Facing Dog

Give us this day our daily bread—Downward Facing Dog

Forgive us of our trespasses—Warrior One (Right Foot) or Modified Lunge

As we forgive those who trespass against us—Warrior One (Left Foot) or

Modified Lunge

And lead us not into temptation—Forward Fold

And deliver us from evil—Roll up slowly to Mountain Pose

For Thine is the Kingdom—Mountain with arms reaching up towards sky

The Power—Mountain with arms reaching left

The Glory—Mountain with arms reaching right

Forever and Forever—Mountain with arms reaching back overhead with a

gentle back bend

Amen—Mountain with hands back at heart center

Pose Series Donkey Kicks–Jesus rode through the city on a donkey

Gate Pose–The gates were open for Him to enter

Table Pose–During the Passover Feast, there were was yummy food at the table

Mountain Climbers–The crowds ran to see Him!

Child’s Pose flow to Kneeling–Wave your palms in the air! “Blessed is Jesus, who comes in the name of the Lord!” (p. 205)

King on a Donkey Pose (aka Horse Stance)–Jesus rode into the city like a King

Forward Fold–The religious people shook their heads and said–No, he is not! Shake your heads no. Shake your heads yes and say–“YES, HE IS.”

Cool Down Knees to Chest–Read Devotional from the Jesus Calling Bible Storybook by Sarah Young.

Gentle Spinal Twist–God is with us at all times.

Resting and Reflection Rest on your back, close your eyes, lengthen your arms alongside your body with your palms lifting up. Smile and thank God that you are in the palms of His hands.
Music/Props/

Game/Craft

Bring in palm branches and have each child wave the branches three times and say together–“Hosanna! Hurray! The Son of David is here!” (p. 205)

 

Taken from Jesus Calling Bible Storybook by Sarah Young Copyright 2012 by Sarah Young. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson. www.thomasnelson.com

 

 

Veronica Walsh

Picture of me veronica

Five years ago today my dear sweet friend, life teacher and mother figure Veronica Walsh went to Heaven. If you know her or not, her final words at the start of this new year will leave an everlasting impact on your heart. Watch video below for inspiration and hope for 2016! Cheers to all of our loved ones on Earth and in Heaven who encourage us to make the most of each day. Thank you Veronica for being that person, eternally grateful.