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Author: Kelley Sue

Kelley Sue, Certified Elevated Grounder, Mother of two, Photographer, B.F.A Art Educator, teaches Grounded Yoga and Mindful Meditation to individuals ages 3 to 83. She also photographs children and families. If Kelley Sue is not on her mat practicing yoga, she is homeschooling, cuddled up reading to her children, photographing or creating art.Kelley Sue enjoys teaching a balance of artful alignment, mindful meditation and playfulness while embracing the joys and benefits of yoga. She is passionate about embracing life in all forms and feels that love is one of the most powerful forces on this planet. Through motherhood, yoga and art she strives to make this world a better place.

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Lillarose, Grounded Student, Age 10

(Grounded elevating student since age 3.)

 

It was a rainy day… A perfect day to do yoga to set my day straight and to breath in my emotions.  Sometimes we feel happiness, sometimes we feel sadness, sometimes we feel joy and even stress.  There is good stress and there is bad stress.  It’s okay to feel these emotions.  Let’s honor them all, let’s talk about it and let them guide us to be the best we can be.  The Focus Five Prepare to Thrive sequence will help anyone who needs to be calm, relaxed or to become more confident.

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Moving on….

Our children have an opinion and I feel it is important for them to be heard. In my classes I welcome discussion and I let my students know that their opinions matter. Yesterday’s classes were magically healing. My Thursday morning class at LEAD Homeschool in Avondale Estates started off the day with heart opening poses and balancing poses. My afternoon class at Decatur Yoga was very similar but we went deeper within ourselves while wringing out the muck so we could create more room for positive and clear communication (the perfect way to end the day).

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UP-UP-UP With a Fish!

At the local Barnes & Noble families joined together for storytime and yoga to celebrate Dr. Suess’s birthday and Read Across America Day.  I was inspired by Dr. Suess’s “The Cat In The Hat” and Co-Founder, Cheryl Crawford’s Grounded Blog Post, “Suess Sutra 1-1: Big Picture Play of Conciousness”.

We tuned into our highest Self and listened to our small, limited and fearful side, inviting both to play with one another in a little game of “UP-UP-UP With a Fish!”. In Cheryl Crawford’s blog post, “Suess Sutra 1-1: Big Picture Play Of Consciousness” we are reminded that once we tune into our Highest Consciousness we begin to understand why we are here and where we should go. Our Highest Consciousness watches over us and helps steer us in the highest direction. By creating a lesson with a series of poses families invited their Highest Self (The Cat) and limited Self (the fish) to play together. By doing this we created space within ourselves by getting wider with each breath in and taller with each breath out. Now that’s elevation!

“Look at me! Look at me! Look at me NOW! It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how.”

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Close your eyes if you wish and breathe into your heart. Lets introduce 3 tricks along with the Cat that will help the fish along the way. Take a deep breath in through your nose. Breathe into your heart. Breath out through your nose. Continue to follow your breath. By bringing your hands together and placing your pinky and thumb fingers together, opening your three middle fingers in Lotus Breath lift the fish Up-Up-Up and support him along the way. Remind him that he will not fall,

“Have no fear!
You will not fall.
You will not fall.
I will hold you up high…”

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Intention Tower 2

Intention Tower

Intention Tower 2Gratefully, I wake up every morning, breathing, heart beating and mind wide open. As I breathe into my heart I pray, “God, thank you for this day, thank you for this breath and thank you for this life.” I am passionate about living life through peace and love rather than through fear and hate. My passion in embracing love pours forth in my teaching and my parenting. We are all born with love in our hearts and taught to fear later in life, and at a very young age. This is one huge reason why I chose to become Grounded Certified. As a mother and wife I attempt to fill our home up with the power of love. Each morning I begin my ritual, curtains opened, sunshine pouring in, incense burning and candles lit. I have hot tea or coffee brewing and as I wait I practice the Sun Salutations to get my juices flowing. I begin to feel love dangling on the curtains, flowing through the air and seeping into my pores. Maya Angelou once said she is convinced that negativity has power. And if we allow it to perch in our house, in our mind, in our life, it can take us over. With love it is the same. My sophomore year of high school, at Shamrock High School (now Druid Hills Middle School), Coach John DeVore taught myself and my fellow peers the importance of setting intentions. He said, “write it on a Post-It and put it on your mirror or your wall to look at every morning.” I started doing this and I felt the universe shift around me. When I was about twenty-two I received a life changing gift from my Aunt Ellen, a box of intention cards. Words like integrity, strength, and grace filled my bedroom and settled in my heart. It is those tiny cards today that I share with my family in an attempt to create peace throughout our day. Marianne Williamson, author and speaker said “God created us to co-create with Him a world of harmony and peace and joy, which the love in our hearts gives us power to do. With every thought, we choose heaven on earth or hell on earth, for ourselves and for all the world. We have the power to bless or blame, to forgive or judge. With our thoughts we have the power to honor or mock, to believe in miracles or deny the possibility that they ever happen. When our minds move in harmony with love—through forgiveness or prayer or the simplest tender thought—then mountains move and the universe shifts.”

In my family we practice gratitude and we teach each other the importance of compassion. I teach Grounded Yoga to children of all ages and although I often begin each practice with a word of intention I wanted to create a game. Somehow I wanted to incorporate the intention cards. I wanted the game to lift my students up so they could go out into the world and lift others up as well. So, my five year old daughter and I sat down and brainstormed. Nothing. A few days later we came across some scrap pieces of wood left over from a tumble tower game. The idea blew up in my mind like fireworks! I grabbed a variety of permanent colored markers and my daughter and I got straight to work. We wrote an intention on each block, decorated them and began building our Intention Tower.

To set an intention is to have a purpose or plan in mind, to direct the mind and to aim. When we lack intention, we stray and often find ourselves surrounded by chaos. But with intention, we become aligned and our eyes open to the miracles which surround us.

Intention Tower is easy to create and can be played in a variety of ways. Build your tower and carefully pull your intention without peeking. Pull an intention block per class or per day until the tower falls and rebuild. Another way to play is to have children sit in a circle around the tower. Each child will take a turn choosing a block and/or intention. When the tower falls remind children that when we fall we must pull ourselves back up.

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sounds

soundsIn celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday we learned how to work our feet and our hands.  Just as Suess’ Mr. Brown Can Moo!, Mrs. Cat can MEOW!   In “Mrs. Cat Can Meow! Can You?”  A Poem of Wacky, Wonderful Noises – While Clawing the Mat we allowed our inner animal out on the mat while paying close attention to our hands and feet. Are they wacky?  Are they flat?  Are they clawing the mat?  When practicing this wacky flow while making Suesserrific noises you too will learn the importance of clawing the mat.  In playing “Stop Foot, Go” (a zany spin on the all time favorite game, Musical Chairs) and studying the 4 corners of our feet we checked on our left foot and our right foot making sure they were fuzzy fur feet.  While “Roaring”, “split – splatting” and “meowing” along with Mrs. Cat we learned that when our four paws are aligned we feel more steady, more grounded, and in balance with the universe.

To push ourselves farther and to study our hands more thoroughly, we used a block in forward fold

FxCam_1332603901140throughout this silly flow and colored a Feet and Hands coloring page inspired by Grounded teacher, Vanessa Braun’s Mandala picture.

Mrs. Cat Can Meow!  Imagine That?!  ~ A Poem of Wacky, Wonderful Noises – While Clawing the Mat

by Kelley Sue Hardin

 

(Inspired by Dr. Suess’ book “Mr. Brown Can Moo!  Can You?”)

 

Oh, the wacky, wonderful sounds

Mrs. Cat can make!

 

She can sound like RAIN

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Dibble, dibble

Dibble, dop

Dibble, dibble

Dop, dop, dop

 

She can sound like a LION

In Pride Plank while clawing the mat

“ROAR!”

 

She can sound like a DOG

In Down Dog

Ruff!  Ruff!  Ruff!

She can whisper, whisper

In Dark Seed Light

Like the soft whisper of a BUTTERFLY

She can hover over her mat

And spread her wings

FLAP!, FLAP!, FLAP!

While lying on her belly

In Flat Like a Pancake

 

With fingers spread wide

And her back puffed up

She can HISS!

She can CLAW!

She can stick her tail up in the air

And MEOW!  MEOW!

In Cat Scratch Fever

 

She can sound like a HORSE

KLOP!  KLOP!  KLOP!

In No Table Yes

Imagine that?!

 

She can sound like THUNDER

BOOM!  BOOM!  BOOM!

In Go To Your Room!

She can even slam the door

SMACK!

 

She can sound like a CLOCK

In Do The Twist

While moving her hands

Just like this… Tick, Tock

Tick, Tock

Tick, Tock

 

She can SPLIT!

She can SPLOT!

She can sound like a BUG

In Baby Got Back

Oh, the wonderful sounds

Mrs. Cat can make.

All while clawing her mat.

 

Why don’t you try them out?

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