I Am Who I Am – Mantras & Mandalas

Does it feel true now or is it a good reminder? 

This is what I ask my students after they pull a card from the Elemental Mantras & Mandalas set. (The card in this photo may appear larger – it’s a prototype) Time and time again I am struck by the sincere consideration students give this question before sharing their truth. This, itself, is yoga.

As was the process of birthing this project. It was pure joy working with artist extraordinaire Ruth Meagher, a Grounded Trainer, whose company Core Yoga for Youth serves children in and around Montclair, NJ.  Ruth reveals, Creating art is at my core, it brings me joy to make art and share it with others. My hope for these mandala cards is that they brighten your day, encourage you to discover who you truly are, and spark your limitless creativity.

She hand drew 55 color coded  mandalas, 11 for each of the 5 elements (Space, Earth, Water, Fire, Air) and 11 additional black and white ones for you to color. She also created the illustrated guide to drawing your own mandala. Mandala means circle. The center circle of a mandala reminds us to always stay connected to our own center. They are a symbol of our inner and outer world. They represent cosmic order and harmony found in nature and help us to create that balance within ourselves. Focusing on or coloring a mandala is a form of visual art meditation. Each gorgeous mandala reflects a virtue of a particular element. Students have loved tracing the mandalas with their finger to tune in or relax before resting pose, focusing on it during balancing poses and feeling the energy in the colors.

On the other side of the card, the virtue is written along with an I Am statement to affirm that since all 5 elements exist within our own constitution, so do these virtues. The mantra I Am holds an enormous amount of power to influence your life. A positive mantra creates positive energy, positive feelings and positive actions. Your subconscious mind does not know the difference between reality and chatter in your head; it believes what it hears. These I Am mantras operate under the law of attraction. When you repeat the mantra, it awakens that quality within yourself. These cards validate the virtues of your true nature and help you remember what you are made of so you can live your best life.

Additionally, the virtue is further defined to clarify meaning and its relevance to every day life. The kids have said these are great for building vocabulary and I couldn’t agree more. In writing these cards, I tried to use language that would make sense on different levels, depending on the life experience of the reader. So far, so good as people age 6 to 60+ have enjoyed using them.

These heart sourced, gut confirmed, double checked by intellect words are expressions of language as an art. The reader makes the interpretation and in this way, the cards become even more meaningful with each interaction. One way to use your set is to pull a card each day. By paying attention to how you are living the virtue, you’ll cultivate and balance the associated element within yourself. Use the mantra as a centering thought and inspiration for purposeful action throughout the day.

In class, students have thoughtfully matched element cards to a particular Grounded poses. They remembered a time when they embodied that quality in their own life and linked the mantra to their breath while practicing the pose. Imagine being in Camel pose, breathing in I Am and breathing out Light-Hearted – a virtue of Air.

They’ve created elemental sequences and mini flows where breath, movement and mantra kept them connected and in their own zone simultaneously. I’ve had some of the most fun and profound classes of my career using these cards! They really do serve to bring out the best in everyone.

Peace, Amy

Press Release: Grounded Kids announce they’ve gone Square.

Press Release

Grounded Kids announce they’ve gone Square.

May 23, 2018

Atlanta, GA– Locally owned Grounded Kids announced today that it will no longer be offering rectangular products, and will focus intensively on offering square products effective June 1, 2018.  Company officials are expected to communicate this monumental shift in strategy to both certified and not yet certified Grounded Kids Teachers later this week via Facetime Live.

Grounded Kids officials expect this incredible change to improve yogic confidence and widen, lengthen and strengthen all kids who dare to practice yoga.  In addition to square pose cards and other productive and pretty products, Grounded Kids will continue to share their incredible workshops and trainings with wise people.

About Squares

A square is a planar figure with four equal straight sides and four right angles. A square is the quadrilateral of least perimeter enclosing a given area. Dually, a square is the quadrilateral containing the largest area within a given perimeter.[6] Indeed, if A and P are the area and perimeter enclosed by a quadrilateral, then the following isoperimetric inequality holds:

with equality if and only if the quadrilateral is a square.

And squares are really cool.

How Square Shapes will improve emotional/social intelligence

The square shape will permit children to reach a more harmonious state and to have the courage to not only be there but to also be square. The abundance of right angles are directly correlated with the abundance of right action.  In a square with all sides being equal, children can take into account equally all sides of a situation. As evidenced by the poses called “See It From My Side” and “I See It From Your Side” where children actually create right angles in their bodies it is clear that Squares are considered a “Fair” rectangle and induce a fair emotional state of being.

In recognition of the tremendous amount of societal pressure on kids and teens to ultimately achieve “hipster” status, Grounded Kids would like to make “being square” a viable alternative, and perhaps a more hip way to not be a hipster.

Grounded Kids has  recently uncovered deeply hidden knowledge about the sacredness of squares will be sharing this publically.  A square has transformational properties and even has two equal triangles in it.   More information is expected to be released.

About Grounded Kids

Grounded is how to funnel negative habitual pattern surges down through the nervous system and into the earth and transform these surges into higher energies of creativity, courage, compassion, strength, and connection. Grounding gives us the power to self-elevate to our highest destiny.

Kids collaborate in their revolutionary methodology. Together they learn how to ground when unsettled.  Energize when feeling sluggish.  Focus when distracted.  Take the high road of responding instead of reacting impulsively.

For more information,

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To learn more about going square, please contact

groundedkids.com

Yogavator Operator, Media Relations

Office: (678) 974-5198

LOVE as an ACTION in Middle School

Yogi Bhajan taught us

“LOVE has two polarities-conditional and unconditional.

Conditional LOVE has expectations, which give us pain and joy.

Unconditional LOVE gives us ecstasy, self-fulfillment, self-respect, self-esteem, and knowledge of our higher selves.”

We connected to our lineage of teachings at Renfroe Middle, our training ground.

Our Step 2 teachers led the way….

We rooted into our legs so energy can serve building the energy in our hearts.

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