Thursday, January 27, 2011

Developmental Music at Silverlake Playgroup, Los Angeles

Emma, Age 2, Playing Pentatonic Glockenspiel

Auris has spent years perfecting the tones of their musical instruments and their Pentatonic Glockenspiel is among their finest. The Glockenspiel uses a five-tone scale which is specially attuned to children's aural needs.  
Pentatonic instruments are recommended for early childhood and widely used in Waldorf schools.  You Are Your Child's First Teacher: What Parents Can Do With and For Their Chlldren from Birth to Age Six

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Toddler Yoga

"Hey Bets! My daughter keeps asking me to show her yoga poses, cause she sees me do it, but i don't know exactly what to show her that would be interesting and productive at her age... she can't really do any poses yet... so do u have any info anywhere on yoga poses for toddlers?"

Good question! All babies, in fact, all children under age seven, learn the most through imitation so you doing yoga in front of her is the perfect start!  Get her a mat of her own because it is a special place for her own practice and gives some structure, make sure you announce "yoga time!" even if it is a five minute session.

The best thing would be to find a teacher with expertise in teaching yoga to toddlers and their parents who will be able to "play" yoga with your child; however, if that is not an available option where you live or you want to supplement at home, here are some great products for home use:

You can do the Yoga Kids dvd together, she will be able to do more of them if she sees you do them in front of her.  Also, you can help her find the poses by adjusting and spotting her.  The songs are sweet and the poses are very kid friendly.

A great yoga reference book for parents of young toddlers.

Snatam Kaur is such a wonderful kundalini yoga practitioner that I am compelled to recommend this dvd though I have not yet seen it myself.  Can't wait!

Remember you can do yoga with babies as well and a great reference book is Itsy Bitsy Yoga, same author (different book than the toddler):

Friday, January 21, 2011

Baby Yoga Class LA and Worldwide!

Finally someone who makes my baby yoga classes look pedestrian!  We love dads and especially way out baby teachers:

       "Lena Fokina: either she just killed dinner, or she's doing double baby-yoga." 

A great! baby yoga book for practicing at home:

If you are part of the chosen yogi parents and want to take a baby, toddler or kid yoga class here in Los Angeles contact

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Final Silverlake Session 01/17-02/17, Play Group Los Angeles

Last play group before maternity leave, come join the fun!

There is no theme for this session just a 4-week pot of favorite developmental play activities!

Thursdays 10:30AM, open class/private home Silverlake, CA.

4 week session fee $65, sign up by 1/20.


"I Made It Out of Clay" Playgroup, Silverlake, Los Angeles

As part of our Holiday-with-Me class we learned to spin dreidels, played and cut shapes with homemade colorful dough, and made our own clay!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Storytelling as Healing

This is a must read for parents. Even if you do not become a storyteller yourself, the book is filled with insight and enlightenment about how to communicate with children in ways that are profound for THEM. It is well-written and refreshing, and it is not a parenting book yet becomes one.