With the New Year upon us, it is the perfect time to celebrate! New beginnings, new opportunities, new goals and intentions - we get to start fresh and give birth to our BEST year YET. Over here at Glow, we like to celebrate all the time, so we are starting off the year with a super amazing Birthday Dance, created by our very own Robyn Snow, Daycare Program Lead & Magical Mermaid!
A bit about Robyn: Looking for an emotional outlet, Robyn began practicing yoga in high school and never realized how it would change her life. No matter what curve balls were thrown her way, yoga always called her back and she continued learning and growing within her practice over the years. She made the decision to take her 200-hr yoga teacher training after a year of travel and soul-searching. Upon completion and her background in early childhood development, she knew that working with children was her passion and it was listening to her truth that landed her a position sharing yoga with Glow Yoga Kids. She brings passion and authenticity to her classes, encouraging students to be themselves and grow in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
As the years go on, kid’s birthdays are becoming more and more extravagant. It must have the best entertainment, like a singing tight rope walker or an actual dancing bear. It must have the best food, like a custom cake that could feed a million people or crab tartlets with a side of crème fresh. It must have the most expensive presents, like a full-sized kitchen set with working faucets and a backsplash or a doll with more toys and furniture than your kid has. In all honesty though, what was your favourite part of your birthday growing up? You probably don’t remember any of the gifts you received, or the food you ate. You might remember the entertainment if it was an actual dancing bear… but the thing that sticks with you the most over the years is how special you felt. I remember the classics; a bounce house, a clown, a homemade cake and the whole family getting together to celebrate... well you. It is the love that we remember. So in honor of going back to the basics, the Birthday Dance. If you missed the first post in this series, you'll want to have a look at it as it will give you the background you need to best use our newest addition to the Sun Dance Series.
Stretch up high waves to the balloons,
(Standing in mountain pose, reach arms up & wave)
Hang down low, Sweep the ribbons away from your toes
(Forward fold, reaching down for your toes & sweeping away imaginary ribbons)
Feet jump back, into the bounce house
(Bend your knees, place your hands down and jump or step your feet back to plank)
Belly on the ground, bounce around
(Bending at the elbows, lower your body down to the ground)
Look up at the decorations
(Press the hands into the ground, to straighten the arms into cobra pose, looking at the decorations around you)
Now back at the presents
(Knees under hips, curl the toes under & shift into downward dog)
& breathe & breathe & breathe
(Take 3 big breaths in through the nose and out through the nose, filling the belly BIG like a balloon when you breathe in, letting all the air out when you breathe out)
Feet jump up, just like a clown
(Hop the feet up, into a frog squat, make a silly clown face)
Hang down low, sweep the ribbons away from your toes
(Straighten the legs, forward fold & reach down for your toes, sweeping those ribbons away again)
Stretch up high, wave to the balloons
(Coming to stand, reach both arms up over head & wave to the balloons)
Now Birthday time!
(Hands by your sides, standing in mountain & say Happy birthday!)
Wishing your kiddos all of the love on their birthdays, knowing that it is special because they get to spend it with you. <3