Since 2006, YoKid has faciliated over 4,620 kid's yoga classes in the DC area, providing the gift of yoga to more than 2,000 kids and teens. Many of lil omm's own teachers and students have worked with YoKid and we're proud to share their message about #GivingTuesday.
In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, check out YoKid's Story here.
Then, help YoKid reach their goal to fund 57 new classes!
Finally, share this message with a friend!
Learn more about YoKid and their progams for under-served kids & teens.
What can your donation do?
$15 provides 1 yoga class for a child.
$25 provides 1 eco-friendly yoga mat for a child.
$90 provides 6-weeks of yoga for a child.
$150 provides 1 yoga class for up to 20 children.
We thank you in advance for your donation!
What have kids and teens said about YoKid?
92% report that yoga helped them with concentration.
88% report that yoga helped them feel calm
88% repost that yoga helped them feel healthy
85% report that yoga helped them with patience.
What has yoga done for you and your family! Share with us!
Attention Yoga Teachers: Help transform a community; experience a new culture; work with people living in poverty; see your yoga in action; discover all that you have to offer!
We Go; We Give; We Teach Yoga. We host teams of teachers to travel to Haiti to work with children and/or adults. Trips are generally eight days long and the cost is $1,500 plus airfare. A two-week trip costs an additional $1,000. Team sizes vary, with a maximum of four people.
We look to staff our teams with yoga teachers, especially those experienced teaching children, classroom teachers, special needs educators, child mental health professionals, child care workers, artists who work with children, etc. A wide range of backgrounds enhances the work.
To apply to join a trip to Haiti, please fill out a Volunteer Application form online.
lil omm is a proud retailer of Soul Ku products.
SoulKu's mission is "to help people connect on a deeper level. Each product is created to bridge the gap between wanting to say/do something kind and actually doing it. We believe it is one of the most important things we can do as humans and we know that there are immeasurable rewards in giving, inspiring and experiencing connection.” Which is perfectly articulated in SoulKu’s company mantra, “Give. Inspire. Connect. Receive…Pass It On.”
Next time you are in the studio, pop into our shop and see what beautiful gifts we have to share with your loved ones (yourself included).
Soul Ku Pendant Necklaces
The item that started this global phenomenon-- Soul Ku Pendant Necklaces. Coming in a variety of crystals and stones, we now carry higher end gems. Crystal and stone necklaces are $16, while the gems are $40. Styles include rose quartz crystel, opaline, garnet, lavender, aventurine, turquoise, agate, noreena jasper and more! To learn their meanings and intentions visit our shop!
Soul Ku Candles
Essential location candles made from soy, grape-seed, coconut and almond oils, shea butter and vitamin E. Fragrances are infused with a variety of essential oils and are 100% skin safe. In Joy, Love, and Abundance. $30/candle.
Soul Ku Stone Remedy
Remedy stones can be left in the bottle or taken out to put in a purse, car, pillow, or anywhere that is most beneficial for you! Stones include: Cornelian to empower, energize and amplify joy. Green Aventurine to activate prosperity, abundance, and opportunity. Amethyst to boost inner strength, healing, and protection. Rose Quartz to open the heart and gather peace. $16/bottle.
Did you know lil omm is an official distributor of Pangea Organics? We will be receiving a new shipment of items just in time for the holidays! What else? Whole Foods will no longer be selling Pangea's products, so lil omm is the place to shop! Can't wait? Check out our online store.
What is Pangea? Pangea Organics is a well-known clean, organic skin care line sold internationally. Products are free of chemicals, dyes, and are known to be therapeutic for the mind and body. The organization is dedicated to sustainability and beauty--inside and out.
Pangea products make great gifts! Come and sample some of the products in our Mom's Night Out: An evening of self-care, yoga, and reflection on Friday, December 6 @ 7:45pm. Mothers of all ages and stages are welcome to enjoy each other, spa goodies, wine, and chocolate! Cost: $20/person. RSVP.
Learn more about Dr. Erin Gabrielson, who leads our Infant Massage Sessions @ lil omm. The next session will run on Mondays, November 18 - December 9 @ 5:15-6:15pm. Register.
I was first introduced to infant massage while I was a psychology intern at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, training in the specialty area of infant mental health (Yes, even infants have mental health, which includes their social and emotional development). It was at this time that I learned of the benefits of infant massage and saw first hand the rewards of infant massage for both caregivers and their infants. From my first encounter with infant massage I was determined to learn more and become certified as an infant massage instructor in order to share this technique with more people. Now, in addition to being certified as an infant massage instructor through Infant Massage USA, which is part of the International Association of Infant Massage, I am also a licensed clinical psychologist.
As I mentioned before, within clinical psychology I have specialized in infant mental health and child development. Working with babies and parents is what I do! I received my doctorate from Pepperdine University in 2010 and more recently completed a Post-doctoral Fellowship in the Child Development Program at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. I now work in private practice and also teach group and private infant massage classes.
The benefits of this natural and practical technique of promoting bonding are what first drew me to infant massage and continues to be what I love most about teaching infant massage. The benefits of infant massage are many, including: increasing and helping regulate sleep, reducing fussiness and colic, helping with gas and teething pains, helping babies (and parents) relax, and even decreasing cortisol (stress hormones) levels in infants. Above all, though, learning infant massage offers adults another way to interact and bond with the infants in their lives, while also learning to read their babies cues and communicate through loving touch. I also love teaching infant massage classes because they bring together new parents and their babies, so we can all learn from each other while sharing our experiences and expertise. Although teaching/attending infant massage classes is somewhat of a new concept in American culture, using infant massage strokes is very old in our human culture, so much so, that I find formally learning infant massage strokes just helps to release a natural instinct we all have to love the babies in our lives.
I hope to meet many of you in one of our upcoming 4-week infant massage series at lil omm and I welcome any questions you have about infant massage and incorporating this into your routines of loving and caring for your baby. Register for the next session, beginning Monday November 19.
Grammy nominated Jai Uttal is a pioneer in the world music community with his eclectic “East meets West” sound. Blending a unique mixture of reggae, ska, and samba rhythms as a backdrop for call and response, dance-oriented Kirtan. He now makes music to unite hearts and cultures and bring peace. Originating in devotional Bhakti yoga, his concerts of kirtan create spiritual connection and compassionate community.
lil omm is excited to collaborate with Grace Productions, Willow Street Yoga, Oneness-Family School, and Circle Yoga to welcome Jai to DC on November 9.
This mix of such playful stories as the Elephant, the Monkey and the Little Butter Thief and simple, back-and-forth chants in Sanskrit and English will open our hearts to the mysteries, miracles and love that surround us.Purchase tickets here or by calling 1-800-838-3006
Kirtan Evening of Ecstatic Chant
Jai Uttal, Gaura Vani and Friends perform "Kirtan! Evening of Ecstatic Chant" November 9 at 7:30 pm at Oneness-Family School/St. John's Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, MD to guide us home to ourselves and into a sense of divine presence.
Kirtan! An Evening of Ecstatic Chant will lift the spirit and inspire you to dance and even sing. This sacred music form of kirtan is for all people: there are no experts, no beginners, and the practice itself guides us home to ourselves and into a sense of divine presence and joy.
Purchase tickets here or by calling 1-800-838-3006
Yoga: The Art of Transformation Exhibit
The world's first exhibition of yogic art explores yoga's rich diversity and historical transformations, including its philosophies, transformational goals, and importance within multiple religions. The exhibition also examines the roles that yogis played in society.
when: Oct. 19, 2013-Jan. 26, 2014
where: Sackler Gallery
For more info and related events, click here
Join lil omm teachers and students on Thursday, 10/24 at the Sackler to explore the exhibit together! We will meet at 10am in front of the Sackler. Please RSVP so we know who to expect!
The Essence of Yoga Lecture
Yogi and author Graham M. Schweig examines the many facets of yoga as he explores its core traditions and its role in modern life. Is it a religious, spiritual, or simply a physical practice?
when: Thursday, Nov 7 @ 6:45pm
where: Sackler Gallery
More Info and purchase tickets here
** This post was written by Jai Fuller and Jamine Ackert appearing on the Omega site on June 25, 2013. Click here for the full article and more on Omega**
Yoga can help girls listen to what’s happening on the inside and cultivate a sense of safety in their mind and body. When girls feel safe, they can be more confident about resisting negative and harmful messages coming from outside themselves.
In a survey as part of an ongoing study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 40% of 9-and 10-year-old girls surveyed have tried to lose weight. According to a study from the National Institute on Media and the Family, at age 13, 53% of American girls are “unhappy with their bodies.” By age 17, this percentage is 78%. The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders reports that at least 8 million people in the United States have an eating disorder and 90% of these are women, whose conditions began in their teens.
Founder of Khalsa Camp, Jai Fuller agrees that the messages and images a girl receives from the media can be very disempowering, instilling the idea that they are not good enough as they are. “But the practice of yoga can help,” she says. “Girls can awaken to the innate power and wisdom they were born with. Through breath and mantra (ancient self-affirmations), they can literally rewrite the limiting thought patterns that sap their confidence and creative abilities,” she says.
The practice of asana (posture), pranayama (breath control), and meditation, empowers girls to develop concrete practices to connect them to their own bodies and to a larger sense of self-worth. Jamine Ackert, who leads yoga classes for inpatients and outpatients of the Eating Disorders program at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, speaks to the value of confidence cultivated through yoga.
“What yoga can do for girls when practiced in an appropriate way,” writes Ackert, “is help them listen to messages from inside their own bodies. When girls are more confident, they make better choices and have a chance of being more truly self-expressed and creative. I’ve seen it with my own daughter, not just with traditional asana practice, but with awareness and attention to signals from the body.”
The practice of yoga gives girls a taste of what it can feel like to step out of the noise of the world for a moment, and step into an experience of the Self. It challenges them to connect to their deep inner strength, where they can begin to transcend physical limitations and learn to rely more on their own spirit. Girls learn that the well of power and wisdom they carry within is deep, and that what they are capable of is boundless.
With daily yoga practice, girls can thrive—not judge, not compare, not starve—and take their place in the larger community.
This September, lil omm will be offering a 10-week Yoga for Teens Session (9/20/13-11/22/13).
In this session led by Dena Kahn, the full spectrum of Yoga is used to help teens build a healthy attitude towards themselves, their bodies, and the stress of teenage life. For more information on the 10-week session and for registration, click here.
Monday 6:30pm Prenatal Yoga 2 with Leah Musico
Tuesday 7:45pm Prenatal Yoga with Mina Simhai
Wednesday 12:30pm Prenatal Yoga with Gayatri Rauch PLUS Childcare
Thursday 6:30pm Prenatal Yoga with Michelle Cohen
Saturday 1pm Prenatal Yoga with Amy Dara
Prenatal Students are welcome to Amy Dara’s Restorative Yoga Class on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month @ 7:45pm. From now through 12/31 lil omm students may bring a friend new to lil omm to Restorative Yoga for only $10.