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Workshop: Kids’ Yoga in Daycare

Learn to Use Yoga Within the Childcare Setting

If you’ve ever considered incorporating yoga into your childcare programming, we have just the training for you. Sing Song Yoga® is an award-winning international kids’ musical yoga program in which song lyrics instruct children how to get into the poses. Our offerings include an iOS app, a DVD, a School Program (Book/DVD), a full Sing Song Yoga® Teacher Training and various professional development trainings.

This Sing Song Yoga® in Daycare Workshop is designed to provide participants with ideas and new understandings to use the program tools to incorporate Sing Song Yoga® into the childcare setting for children ages 2-11.

Participants will…

  • learn how to most efficiently use the Sing Song Yoga® App and the Sing Song Yoga® DVD within the childcare setting*
  • learn basic sequencing guidelines of poses
  • learn basic brain and body systems
  • learn some benefits of yoga
  • experience the 49 original SSY poses
  • experience some yoga-based activities
  • learn some ideas for incorporating yoga as part of the natural childcare environment
  • experience and leave with the manual, “Using Sing Song Yoga® in the Childcare Setting: a supplemental resource guide to support childcare providers using Sing Song Yoga®
  • take home the Sing Song Yoga® DVD

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Teaching Sing Song YogaDeb Weiss-Gelmi, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, found her roots in teaching children through songs as an elementary school teacher. Her major in child development, her Masters in Literacy K-12, and teaching Sing Song Yoga® in a variety of settings for 9 years has further deepened her understanding of developmentally appropriate practices for children and fuels her passion for relating with children in powerfully unique ways. The learning environment Deb provides encourages children to explore their surroundings and themselves more deeply. Trainees are welcomed into her unique world of children allowing them to experience kids in this way. Deb has 16 years combined experience practicing and teaching yoga to adults and children and is thrilled to pass on her rich knowledge and passion for children and yoga.

* The Sing Song Yoga® iOS App is only available for Apple Products (iPhone, iPod, iPad). Most of the training will also be applicable for those childcare providers using the DVD to teach SSY, but a portion of the training will be demonstrating the app. Furthermore, it is assumed that the facility, in which the participants of the SSY PD intend to use our program with children, will have a means for projecting the content of the App or DVD onto either a large TV or a screen for children to experience the program learned through this SSY PD.


Sing Song Yoga Charity of the Year 2017 – Kids Food Basket

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Sing Song Yoga® is grateful to partner with Kids’ Food Basket for our 2017 Charity of the Year. They have been empowering communities to alleviate childhood charityhunger in southwest Michigan for nearly two decades. Their magic stems from their nearly 250 volunteers who prepare, pack and deliver Sack Suppers to nearly 7500 children in 42 schools EACH week! And to top it off, 33% of their volunteers are kids!

In 2010, Kids’ Food Basket founder Mary K. Hoodhood was recognized by President Obama by awarding her the Presidential Citizens Medal for her advocacy and service.

From Kids’ Food Basket: One in five Michigan children experiences hunger, and we are working to change that. Hunger robs kids of their energy, health and dignity. Lack of consistent, nutritious food limits cognitive development and leave kids unable to concentrate in school. When kids get the nourishment they need, they are able to come to school ready to learn. Kids’ Food Basket mission is simple; empowering communities to attack childhood hunger so that young people can learn and live well.

Through our Sack Supper program, kids get well-balanced, nutritious evening meals, filling a gap that schools and parents often can’t afford. Kids’ Food Basket serves children who attend schools where 70% or more of the student population receive free or reduced-cost lunch.

Every Sack Supper contains one serving of fruit, one serving of vegetables, one serving of protein and a healthy snack. Each Sack Supper is a ready to eat, evening meal, that help children grow in mind and body while teaching healthy habits. We know when kids get the nourishment they need, they are more likely to miss less school, perform academically, graduate on time, and go on to be able to provide for their own families. We are playing a critical role in breaking the cycle of poverty.

Kids’ Food Basket is the largest organization in West Michigan focused solely on childhood hunger. We strive to put an end to childhood hunger using an approach that:

  • Serves kids directly. Every week day, nearly 7,500 children at 42 schools in Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa Counties receive Sack Suppers, funded by their respective communities.
  • Creates an engine for volunteering. Each week day, nearly 250 volunteers prepare, pack and deliver these Sack Suppers.
  • Empowers kids to help each other. Through volunteering and educational programs, we help kids understand the challenges of hunger, and give them the opportunity to lead projects that benefit fellow kids. Around 33% of hours volunteered at Kids’ Food Basket come from youth under the age of 18.

Each Sack Supper is powered by the love and support of our community. By partnering with individuals, families, businesses, food resources, other nonprofits, schools and teachers, Kids’ Food Basket helps ensure that lunch is not the last meal of the day for over 7,500 kids in West Michigan.

There are over 9,500 children in Ottawa County alone (home of Sing Song Yoga) who are considered food insecure and may not know when or where their next meal will come. Kids’ Food Basket introduced the Sack Suppers program at Woodside Elementary in Holland in the Spring of 2015. By Spring of 2016, teachers are already reporting “monumental” changes in the behavior of their students. She attributes improved attendance to kids knowing they’ll get that Sack Supper. “They are able to get their work done during class, and they bring their homework back. That’s huge,” she explained.

As of today we are serving over 500 students each week day in Holland at three elementary schools; Woodside Elementary, Holland Heights K-7 and Jefferson K-7. Visit our website www.kidsfoodbasket.org to learn how you can join the attack on childhood hunger!

Find and “Like” Kids’ Food Basket on Facebook and Twitter!

Thank you Kids’ Food Basket for being extraordinary leaders for our kids and for allowing us to partner with you this year!


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Can I Package My Heart? Kids Yoga Teacher Training

It’s midnight. Lying in bed. Lights are out. I can’t sleep. My brain is revving, can’t stop thinking — how could I start teaching yoga to kids? I’m a kindergarten teacher. I’m a yogi. I can teach yoga to kids. I want my 3-year-old to learn about yoga while she’s small… etc., etc., etc. Suddenly, I think – SONGS! I start humming a tune. I turn on the lamp, hoping not to wake my husband, sit up — more like jump up! Grab my note book and start writing… until dawn.

These became the first versions of the first songs that would eventually become a series of songs in which the lyrics instruct children how to get into the yoga poses, now known as award-winning, international Sing Song Yoga® for kids.

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Fast forward 8 years. I’m sitting at my computer staring at a blank page pondering what would be the most important information to teach at a Sing Song Yoga teacher training?  What do I have in my brain that I now use intuitively to teach this program? How do I package it for teacher trainees in a way that would allow others to provide a similar experience for kids throughout the world? What are the key components of Sing Song Yoga that can be replicated across the globe to provide families with the magical environment that makes this program a powerful experience for kids and families?

My teaching is a culmination of years of experience teaching young children andsing song yoga parent child class
providing a welcoming environment for families. I’ve studied child development, education, brain research, yoga, parenting styles, and family structures. I have a unique natural connection with children, being able to see through their eyes, to feel their little hearts, to intuitively know what allows them to open up and what makes them retract. How in the world can I pull all of this together to assist another teacher to most fully understand children through my eyes and through my heart. Can I really do that? Can I teach another person my perspective that makes Sing Song Yoga what it is?

The songs, the poses, and the activities are lovely, fun and unique in and of themselves and some can even be found in our DVD and app, but they are only a part of what makes the live Sing Song Yoga class what it is. It’s the learning environment created by the teacher within which those pieces perfectly fit.

For the most part, our society tends to teach children in a controlling structure. In a “well-behaved vs. naughty” paradigm, in which adults see it as their responsibility to control children (and their parents) to behave in THE way that is most fitting and most proper to succeed in our society. The overarching premise that you need to learn to “behave this way” and know “these things” and you will do well. Sameness. Conformity.

To the contrary, Sing Song Yoga seeks to provide experiences to empowerIMG_2852 children and families to reach for who they are and shine in their own unique ways. To explore and feel a freedom in our environment. One in which parents are freed from the underlying feeling of needing to demonstrate that they are good parents by the way their child “behaves,” or by the skill-level their child achieves. An environment in which children feel a sense of freedom and excitement of new challenge and calm, without feeling the pressure to measure up to some prescribed expectation of behavior and result.

How, in the world can I teach someone to understand my perceptions of a truly child-centered, explorative, open environment? To feel this at their 2016-06-11 13.29.01core. To shift paradigms. To then take this shift and re-create it within their own learning environment, laced with the essence of Sing Song Yoga — Empowerment; “I am strong, smart, creative and worthy. I have a unique voice and I have the power to make the world a better place!”

For the last year and a half, I have dedicated 90% of my work time to pulling together, adapting and tweaking my information to best vividly draw a picture for teacher trainees to experience my world, my vision, my weekly environment I provide for children. For these trainees I attempt with all that I am to open my heart to give a glimpse of my deep understanding and passion for what helps empower children within our Sing Song Yoga environment for the brief amount of time we have them in our class. I’m not seeking to change the whole world. But it is my desire, within the context of my teacher training, to allow trainees who are well suited for this program, to fully absorb my heart which holds the space for this open learning environment.

I was asked if I have policies in place for parents during the live classes because of the infamous “helicopter parents.”  I so appreciate this question because it led me to explain my feelings on parents’ freedom with an open door policy. From the very first Sing Song Yoga class, as an extension of who I am, I removed the physical foldable wall dividers to be sure that parents felt welcome in our class – either as an observer or as a participant.  Making policies that would limit the experiences of all families, because of a few parents, would go against the open environment I seek to provide. Most every parent has their child’s best interest at heart. Truly. And some might actually stretch their thinking from the interactions they observe and/or experience in our class – maybe not all, but some. For most families, parents being present in a class enriches the experience, if only providing a platform for later parent/child discussions. In addition, if parents have the opportunity to observe a child-led environment, they might be more likely not only to listen to their child a little more closely that day, but also, just maybe, hold a newer standard for the environment within the other programs for which they sign their kids up.

The much anticipated weekend arrives.  I’m sitting in the beautiful Yoga Studio in Grand Rapids, 2016-06-10 17.45.15-2Michigan gazing appreciatively at the yoga props each immaculately organized in its proper place, and the materials I have just hung up on the walls. The very first trainees will arrive in a few moments to begin the process of learning to be a Sing Song Yoga teacher.

They arrive. We explore, dig deep, share, create, explore, dig deep, share, create…

The final minutes of our very first Sing Song Yoga 2016-06-10 20.34.10Teacher Training are upon us. It’s the end of the last of 3 days of intense study, laughter, creation and idea sharing. The creative, smart, empowering women who took the plunge with me were giving me the feedback that provided me with a big fat “yes!” to my questions. Yes, I can invite others into my world of children and families. Yes, others will begin to see my vision, my standard of truly child-centered learning environments.  Not just the fancy buzz 2016-06-12 12.23.52words — but the real thing — felt fully by the teacher, exuded through their hearts and into the hearts of the families who join their class. And finally, yes, other teacher trainees will find value in the full program – not just learning the songs and the poses, but the true essence of Sing Song Yoga.

My heart overflows with appreciation for these two women, each with their own unique powerful strengths, giving me the necessary feedback, for my ability to share my heart and vision, and for feeling a big “Yes” for moving forward with the highest of expectations for future teachers in this program across the nation and around the globe.

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If you happen to share this vision of a child-centered, explorative, open learning environment, and have an interest in taking the Sing Song 2016-06-12 12.46.32Yoga Teacher Training this November in Grand Rapids, Michigan, check out our Teacher Training page.  It’s not an easy training. Work is involved — but meaningful work that will give you the tools to provide a rich, child-centered environment, in which yoga, songs and laughter naturally fit.


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Kindergarteners Loving Yoga in School

What do you get when you add 230 seasoned kindergarten yogis, a big school library and some fun-loving teachers? Fantastic yoga fun!!

It was such a blast teaching Sing Song Yoga to several groups of kiddos at McFall Elementary in Thornapple Kellogg Schools yesterday morning! Happy faces, big hugs, warm hearts, high fives, singing yogis… Pure bliss!

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Teachers and students at McFall have been using either the Sing Song Yoga App or DVD in their classrooms for the past 4 years.  I certainly experienced their yoga wisdom in their poses, in their singing and in the way they appeared to have absorbed the essence of the program; empowerment — I am strong, smart and worthy and I matter!

Thanks heaps for inviting me McFall! I’m so grateful for the time with your kiddos!! The heart goes pitter pat!

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Family Yoga Night @ The GRCDC

Family Yoga is such a lovely concept! Yoga is often defined to mean ‘union’ or ‘connection.’  It’s so brilliant that the Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center created an evening of bringing families together through Sing Song Yoga at school – allowing for connections on several levels!2016-04-18 18.09.38

As often happens within new unfamiliar experiences, our evening together began with some of the children feeling a bit nervous and unsure. But as soon as we started rolling, they warmed up and soon fully engaged in our Family Yoga Night.

“The mission of the GRCDC is to continuously expand the potential of children, Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 9.26.28 AMthe experiences of educators and the involvement of parents within the diverse community of Grand Rapids, MI.” Thus, using yoga as one of their tools for moving toward their mission makes perfect sense.

Thank you GRCDC for inviting Sing Song Yoga into your welcoming space to explore and play with yoga with your lovely families. I so enjoyed our time together!

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