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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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Sat Nam Tree

Grounded Yoga By: Marlie McConnell

Grounded- means happiness to me, it means kind hearted and calmness. It’s something that everyone needs at some point.

Yoga-is a point of view or how you see something different than others.

Grounded Yoga- a point of view that thinks about peace and grouping with others thoughts.

I have been tacking yoga for almost four years and I love it so much.

Yoga is very fun and a little challenging too. I have been doing yoga for 4 years, and I love it. It helps me to concentrate within. Yoga is what makes me flexible in other things I do, like ballet. The meditation really helps. Once I was a little frustrated in the car but I crossed my legs into easy pose and closed my eyes and when we got home from our big drive everything had gone away.


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About Marlie:


Marlie-McConnellMy name is Marlie McConnell. I am nine years old. I live in Atlanta, Georgia and was born here. I have been doing Yoga for four years. I started yoga in Kindergarten because I wanted to try something new. I think it is the best. I go to Wesley International Academy where I also have been learning to speak Chinese. I like to be able to speak Mandarin Chinese because it helps me talk to people who don’t speak my language. I love Art. Making clay sculptures, painting, pastels, and drawing is fun for me. I love to write comics. That’s where I use my drawing skills. In school I really like to write and read. My hobbies are baseball, ballet, Grant Park Singers, piano, and riding my bike. I really like to travel. I have been to visit Costa Rica, Spain, Aruba, and Puerto Rico and have even driven across the United States. I love to travel with my family and see new places and things that I don’t normally see in Atlanta. I have a dog named Red. I like to cuddle and play with him. I have a fish named Ge Wang.


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I’m delighted to introduce Lauren, Certified Grounded Kid to you. This is her third year in the Fernbank Elementary after school yoga club. She leads by example how to go from ungrounded to grounded in 60 seconds and I continue to learn from her example.



Have you ever felt like your heart is closed or you’re too stiff to move?

Hi I’m Lauren Stephenson and I used to be like that. Then I did yoga. That changed in the best way.

I became more flexible, open- hearted and many more!

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on your positive side. Like if you forgot your homework at home and you have no idea about anything on the page.

Yoga helped me with that too.

Even if you’re an adult, it can still help. I hope you like it as much as me.


Lauren-profileI am Lauren Stephenson. I am in the fourth grade at Fernbank Elementary. I LOVE animals. Especially birds and mammals. I also like thinking and being in nature. I love yoga.


Create Your Own Deck of Cards

“Whatever follows I AM will find you.” This sentiment can be expressed in so many ways. “Like attracts like,” “Energy follows thought.” However we choose to express it, the belief that our thoughts influence how we feel, act and interact in the world is undeniable. This idea is a rich theme and one I’ve explored deeply in Grounded classes. The following activity can serve as an introduction, a culminating project, or an ongoing art activity throughout a class series. These beautifully telling photos are from a special 3 hour Grounded gathering with some of my long time students and a few brand new ones.  

Discuss this concept with your students. Create a list of all the different emotional states they can think of. Share examples from other decks of cards (see resource list).  Make sure that the students understand it is natural and important to feel the whole gamut of emotions and that this deck is to serve as a reminder of who they are at the core of their being. A good example to guide this understanding is that the sun is always there, even when it is hiding behind clouds in a thunderstorm. Talk about the power of affirmations. Have the students pick one particular positive heart quality word and ask them to remember a time when they felt that way. When was it? Where were they? How did it feel in their body? Who were they with? Incorporate as many senses as possible into the recall. Repeat this guided visualization often during the process of creating the deck of cards.

What You’ll Need:

  • Index Cards – 11 or more per person.
  • A box to hold the cards. I used a small gift box typically used to hold jewelry.
  • Watercolors & Paint. I included metallic paint.
  • Markers & Pens.
  • Examples of affirmation cards and a word bank of heart qualities for inspiration.
  • Paper for brainstorming.
  • Time & space to create.

What To Do:

After brainstorming on paper, write or paint the “I AM” statements on individual index cards. Illustrate and write a sentence that further explains the statement on the same side of the card. Design the other side of the all of the cards alike. 

If you’ve never used an affirmation deck or angel cards, I suggest doing so before leading this activity. Then you will be able to incorporate your own experiences and lessons and teach from an authentic place. There are many ways to use the cards. Some people pull a card each morning as a message for the day. Others use the cards to help tune inward to find answers for specific questions.

These Create Your Own Deck of Cards are intended to empower kids with the knowledge that they are in control of their thoughts and innately good, worthy human beings.

How To Use: 

Shuffle the deck until you have the urge to stop. Turn over the top card, read it and contemplate the message. While shuffling, if a card happens to drop from the pile, take it as a sign that it is meant to be your card. You can’t make a mistake with these cards because they operate with the law of attraction. This means that you will always pull the card that is right for you at that moment in time. The cards validate what you already know to be true and help you manifest the awesome life you were meant to have.




Music: “I Am” sung by Guru Singh. Album, A Game of Chants 

“I Am The Light Of My Soul” & “I Am Happy” & “Sa Ta Na Ma” sung by Snatam Kaur. Album, Feeling Good Today


“I Am Happy, I Am Good” by Shakta Khalsa. Album, Happy.

“I Am What I Am” Grounded Pose (click for ideas)


I Am: Why Two Little Words Mean So Much by Wayne W. Dyer, Kristina Tracy and Stacy Heller Budnick (Mar 15, 2012)


I Think, I Am!: Teaching Kids the Power of Affirmations by Louise Hay, Kristina Tracy and Manuela Schwarz (Oct 15, 2008)

Manifest Your Magnificence (64 Affirmation Cards for Kids 6-12 Years Old) by Susan Howson and Mike Polito (2002)






Atlanta Yoga Movement


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