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"Open Your Heart" video with Laurie Berkner! 


I had SO MUCH FUN making this video with my friend--and kids' music superstar--Laurie Berkner. We met back when I saw that she was playing a solo holiday show in my town, and I reached out--I love to collaborate--would she like any harmonies or violin to back her up? We had a great time on stage that day--I sang harmonies on a few songs (including one she asked me to sing just at soundcheck, I'd never heard it in my life...), and I played fiddle on her classic "I Really Love to Dance."

A few months later I…Read more

Dance for the Sun 2.0! Podcast

Actually, the official title is "Dance for the Sun: 2015 Remix," but you get the idea. Nearly ten years ago, when I released my first album, Dance for the Sun: Yoga Songs for Kids, I had no idea how much the title song would be used by kids' yoga teachers far and wide as a fun, musical way to teach sun salutations. I love going to an event like the National Kids' Yoga Conference, asking how many teachers use this song, and seeing tons of hands go up!

The original version was created back when I was…Read more

Mindful Moments for Kids! 


RELEASE DAY!
It's always so much fun when I can finally share what's been cooking behind the scenes for months and months. Maybe you’ve been following the countdown on social media--we've had fabulous blogger partners reviewing this new CD and giving away a free Mindful Moment for the past ten days--and release day is finally here! I'm really proud of this one: I’ve been working with children, yoga, music and mindfulness for a decade now, and it all comes together in this new album out today: Mindful… Read more

Rainy-Day Recess: Bring on the YOGA 


I recently did my first in-service presentation on mindfulness and yoga to the entire faculty at a local elementary school. I hadn't done this before, but I have a great relationship with the school, and was asked to do it by the principal. She's incredibly open to new ideas, and is trying like hell, under tough circumstances, to improve her students' lives. 

So, drawing on a decade of my own experience, plus compelling research I learned at The National Kids' Yoga conference, I began by presenting a case…

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Backseat Yoga Breaks!  Podcast

Last fall, the wonderfully smart, hilarious Mindy Thomas of SiriusXM Radio’s Kids Place Live asked me to create a series of yoga breaks for her listeners, along the lines of the ones I put in between songs in my live shows. Except...as they were for radio, I wouldn't be able to actually demonstrate anything. Oh, and the other thing--they would be aimed at kids BUCKLED INTO CAR SEATS. What kind of yoga could they possibly do?

Turns out--they can do A LOT.  When I got to work on it, I realized...they can…Read more

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Mindful-moments
***NOW AVAILABLE!!***
MINDFUL MOMENTS FOR KIDS
 

"Every household with small children needs this CD!" 
-Creative Mom Blog

 "Kira's calm voice captivates our students, and her kid-friendly imagery helps kids focus and self-regulate. The exercises make them feel content, safe, and connected to their classmates, and the positive messages coordinate with concepts we are teaching the youngest of students." 
-Nicole Keane, school counselor,
Walnut Ridge Primary School

 

“Mindful Moments is an amazing collection of minute-long exercises to relax and calm your body and mind. The kiddos are obsessed with these moments and they are fantastic for winter days!”
 -Mommy Makes Time 

 

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  • "I teach Yoga to autistic young children in Israel. I love your song Dance for the Sun. I have translated it to Hebrew...
Thank you for all your wonderful work with yoga for children."
--M. Alkaly, in an email

#kidsyoga#yoga#danceforthesun
#mindfulness#music#children
#yogaforkids#sunsalutation
    "I teach Yoga to autistic young children in Israel. I love your song Dance for the Sun. I have translated it to Hebrew... Thank you for all your wonderful work with yoga for children." --M. Alkaly, in an email #kidsyoga#yoga#danceforthesun #mindfulness#music#children #yogaforkids#sunsalutation
  • Me & LB. 
@laurieberkner #laurieberkner #musicforkids #openyourheart #newvideoalert
    Me & LB. @laurieberkner #laurieberkner #musicforkids #openyourheart #newvideoalert
  • "Open Your Heart" video release day! 
@laurieberkner and I had no fun at all shooting this vid for her sweet song...link below 
#kids yoga #boatpose #openyourheart #musicforkids #laurieberkner #partneryoga
    "Open Your Heart" video release day! @laurieberkner and I had no fun at all shooting this vid for her sweet song...link below #kids yoga #boatpose #openyourheart #musicforkids #laurieberkner #partneryoga
  • It's Free Download Friday!
For nearly ten years, kids' yoga teachers have been using "Dance for the Sun" as a fun, musical way to teach sun salutations to children. Did you know we just re-recorded this song, adding new vocals, piano, and some sweet new kids' voices--and it's one of the bonus tracks on the newly released Mindful Moments for Kids album? Get it free, today only...and please let me know what you think!

Get your free track at kirawilley.com

#freedownloadfriday
#fridayfun
#kirawilley
#mindfulmoments
#sunsalutations
#yoga
#kidsyoga
#yogaforkids
#remix
#newrelease
    It's Free Download Friday! For nearly ten years, kids' yoga teachers have been using "Dance for the Sun" as a fun, musical way to teach sun salutations to children. Did you know we just re-recorded this song, adding new vocals, piano, and some sweet new kids' voices--and it's one of the bonus tracks on the newly released Mindful Moments for Kids album? Get it free, today only...and please let me know what you think! Get your free track at kirawilley.com #freedownloadfriday #fridayfun #kirawilley #mindfulmoments #sunsalutations #yoga #kidsyoga #yogaforkids #remix #newrelease
  • Late-breaking holiday news: Santa, kind and thoughtful soul that he is, brought me a well-loved, four-string tenor banjo. Yippee! 
Now, who's going to give me lessons? 
#bluegrassbaby #thingswithstrings #oldcrowmedicineshow
    Late-breaking holiday news: Santa, kind and thoughtful soul that he is, brought me a well-loved, four-string tenor banjo. Yippee! Now, who's going to give me lessons? #bluegrassbaby #thingswithstrings #oldcrowmedicineshow
  • Release day for Mindful Moments for Kids!! 30 simple, quick ways to help kids de-stress, calm down, and focus. Thanks so much to everyone who followed our #MindfulMomentsCountdown! 
Today's free track, "Send Good Thoughts," is one of the most important of all: it helps children develop the vital quality of compassion for others.

Think of someone you love, and imagine that person is standing in front of you. Think of something really nice you could say to that person. Say your really nice thing quietly, in your mind. Now think of someone else--someone you don't know as well, or someone who may be having a hard time right now--and think of something really nice you could say to that person... Get the full track at kirawilley.com!

Also, a huge Thank You to Jeanna at Mommas Bacon  for your post!
Make sure to visit her cool site! https://www.facebook.com/mommas.bacon

#mindfulmoments#yoga
#kidsyoga#releaseday#kids
#kirawilley#calm#inspire
#focus#energize#destress
#mindfulness#thankyou
    Release day for Mindful Moments for Kids!! 30 simple, quick ways to help kids de-stress, calm down, and focus. Thanks so much to everyone who followed our #MindfulMomentsCountdown! Today's free track, "Send Good Thoughts," is one of the most important of all: it helps children develop the vital quality of compassion for others. Think of someone you love, and imagine that person is standing in front of you. Think of something really nice you could say to that person. Say your really nice thing quietly, in your mind. Now think of someone else--someone you don't know as well, or someone who may be having a hard time right now--and think of something really nice you could say to that person... Get the full track at kirawilley.com! Also, a huge Thank You to Jeanna at Mommas Bacon for your post! Make sure to visit her cool site! https://www.facebook.com/mommas.bacon #mindfulmoments#yoga #kidsyoga#releaseday#kids #kirawilley#calm#inspire #focus#energize#destress #mindfulness#thankyou
  • Day 2 of the #MindfulMomentsCountdown! Today's sweet, free track helps children develop self-awareness and gratitude.

Take a long breath in, and let it all the way out. Think of something kind you've done for someone. Maybe you helped someone in your family with something at home,
or you helped a friend at school. How about something kind that someone else did for you? Maybe someone did a really nice thing for you recently. Think about how it made you feel... Get the full track at kirawilley.com!

Also, Thank You Jenny at www.mamanaturale.ca for our Mindful Moments post! Check out her blog! 
#mindfulmoments#yoga
#kidsyoga#kindess#kirawilley
#mindfulness#kids
    Day 2 of the #MindfulMomentsCountdown! Today's sweet, free track helps children develop self-awareness and gratitude. Take a long breath in, and let it all the way out. Think of something kind you've done for someone. Maybe you helped someone in your family with something at home, or you helped a friend at school. How about something kind that someone else did for you? Maybe someone did a really nice thing for you recently. Think about how it made you feel... Get the full track at kirawilley.com! Also, Thank You Jenny at www.mamanaturale.ca for our Mindful Moments post! Check out her blog! #mindfulmoments#yoga #kidsyoga#kindess#kirawilley #mindfulness#kids
  • Day 3 of the #MindfulMomentsCountdown...I think it's going to rain! Today's free track is super fun, and helps kids focus--they really have to pay attention to create the sounds of the rainstorm.

Rub your hands together to make the sound of the wind, it's really picking up! I feel a few raindrops...tap your finger and thumb together to make the sound of the raindrops coming down. Now it's really starting to pour!  Hands on your lap, make the sound of the rain pouring down, faster and faster! 
Get the full track at kirawilley.com!

Also, check out our blog post on http://kidscangroove.com/

#mindfulmoments#yoga
#kidsyoga#kirawilley#kids
#rainstorm#mindfulness
    Day 3 of the #MindfulMomentsCountdown...I think it's going to rain! Today's free track is super fun, and helps kids focus--they really have to pay attention to create the sounds of the rainstorm. Rub your hands together to make the sound of the wind, it's really picking up! I feel a few raindrops...tap your finger and thumb together to make the sound of the raindrops coming down. Now it's really starting to pour! Hands on your lap, make the sound of the rain pouring down, faster and faster! Get the full track at kirawilley.com! Also, check out our blog post on http://kidscangroove.com/ #mindfulmoments#yoga #kidsyoga#kirawilley#kids #rainstorm#mindfulness
  • Kids have so little time when absolutely nothing is required of them. Consider this Mindful Moment a small, precious gift of calm for your child.

Today's free track, on Day 4 of the #MindfulMomentsCountdown, is the DO NOTHING MOMENT. It’s from the "De-Stress" group on the album.

For this one minute, there’s absolutely nothing you have to do, except of course, breathe. So, let's just focus on that. Close your eyes if you want to, and just feel the breath coming into your body, and going back out again. Breathe in, breathe out... Download the full track at kirawilley.com!

Also, I would like to say Thank You to Libby @creativeblogmom44 
Check out her cool blog!
http://www.creativeblogmom.com/

#mindfulmoments#yoga#destress
#kidsyoga#mindfulness#kirawilley
#ukulele#savasana
    Kids have so little time when absolutely nothing is required of them. Consider this Mindful Moment a small, precious gift of calm for your child. Today's free track, on Day 4 of the #MindfulMomentsCountdown, is the DO NOTHING MOMENT. It’s from the "De-Stress" group on the album. For this one minute, there’s absolutely nothing you have to do, except of course, breathe. So, let's just focus on that. Close your eyes if you want to, and just feel the breath coming into your body, and going back out again. Breathe in, breathe out... Download the full track at kirawilley.com! Also, I would like to say Thank You to Libby @creativeblogmom44 Check out her cool blog! http://www.creativeblogmom.com/ #mindfulmoments#yoga#destress #kidsyoga#mindfulness#kirawilley #ukulele#savasana
  • Shooting with the @laurieberkner band in NYC today! #ibringtheyoga #youtube #youtubespacenyc
    Shooting with the @laurieberkner band in NYC today! #ibringtheyoga #youtube #youtubespacenyc
  • My office today: YouTube Creator Space 
#YouTube #kidsmusic #ibringtheyoga
    My office today: YouTube Creator Space #YouTube #kidsmusic #ibringtheyoga
  • Day 5 of the #MindfulMomentsCountdown!

Today's free Mindful Moment, 1-2-3 CLAP! is from the "Energize" group on the album. It helps kids generate positive, focused energy--perfect for school work or staying on any task!

Sit up tall, shake your body out a little bit, and then hold still. Get your hands ready…when I count to three, you clap one time. 1, 2, 3! Rub your hands together, and make some energy! Put those hands over your eyes, take a long breath in and let it all the way out... Download the full track--free today--at kirawilley.com!

Also, a huge THANK YOU to Kira @mommymakestime !! Check out her blog post for Mindful Moments! 
http://mommymakestime.com/

#MindfulMoments#yoga
#kidsyoga#kirawilley
#mindfulness#energize
    Day 5 of the #MindfulMomentsCountdown! Today's free Mindful Moment, 1-2-3 CLAP! is from the "Energize" group on the album. It helps kids generate positive, focused energy--perfect for school work or staying on any task! Sit up tall, shake your body out a little bit, and then hold still. Get your hands ready…when I count to three, you clap one time. 1, 2, 3! Rub your hands together, and make some energy! Put those hands over your eyes, take a long breath in and let it all the way out... Download the full track--free today--at kirawilley.com! Also, a huge THANK YOU to Kira @mommymakestime !! Check out her blog post for Mindful Moments! http://mommymakestime.com/ #MindfulMoments#yoga #kidsyoga#kirawilley #mindfulness#energize
  • Day 6 of the #MindfulMomentsCountdown! 
Today’s free track…IMAGINE YOU’RE A TREE. From the “Inspire” group of Mindful Moments, this one’s very grounding for young children...they can feel their strong roots holding them safely in the earth, as their strong branches grow toward the sky!

Get the full track—free today—at www.kirawilley.com!

#mindfulmoments#yoga
#kidsyoga#kirawilley
#mindfulness
    Day 6 of the #MindfulMomentsCountdown! Today’s free track…IMAGINE YOU’RE A TREE. From the “Inspire” group of Mindful Moments, this one’s very grounding for young children...they can feel their strong roots holding them safely in the earth, as their strong branches grow toward the sky! Get the full track—free today—at www.kirawilley.com! #mindfulmoments#yoga #kidsyoga#kirawilley #mindfulness
  • Day 7 of the #MindfulMomentsCountdown! 
Today's free download is from the “Energize” group of Mindful Moments for Kids…LION BREATH! 
Imagine you’re a sleepy lion, just waking up in the morning. Wiggle your lion claws, do a big lion yawn, then stick your lion tongue waaay out and say “haaah!” (Kids LOVE actually being encouraged to stick their tongues out…) Get the full track, free today: www.kirawilley.com!

#mindfulmoments#yoga
#mindfulness#kidsyoga#kirawilley
    Day 7 of the #MindfulMomentsCountdown! Today's free download is from the “Energize” group of Mindful Moments for Kids…LION BREATH! Imagine you’re a sleepy lion, just waking up in the morning. Wiggle your lion claws, do a big lion yawn, then stick your lion tongue waaay out and say “haaah!” (Kids LOVE actually being encouraged to stick their tongues out…) Get the full track, free today: www.kirawilley.com! #mindfulmoments#yoga #mindfulness#kidsyoga#kirawilley
  • Day 8 of the #MindfulMomentsCountdown.

Mindful Moments is a collection of 30 one-minute tracks--set to my original music--designed to help kids release their anxiety, develop self-awareness, and, like this featured track, help improve their focus. 
Today's free download is STOP & GO. Listen to the music and play along with your hands on your lap—first slowly, then a bit faster...you have to really listen to the rhythm! Then play as fast as you can…but be ready to FREEZE! 
Better go get the track…(http://www.kirawilley.com)

#mindfulmoments#yoga
#kirawilley#yogakids#mindfulness
    Day 8 of the #MindfulMomentsCountdown. Mindful Moments is a collection of 30 one-minute tracks--set to my original music--designed to help kids release their anxiety, develop self-awareness, and, like this featured track, help improve their focus. Today's free download is STOP & GO. Listen to the music and play along with your hands on your lap—first slowly, then a bit faster...you have to really listen to the rhythm! Then play as fast as you can…but be ready to FREEZE! Better go get the track…(http://www.kirawilley.com) #mindfulmoments#yoga #kirawilley#yogakids#mindfulness
  • It's Day 9 of our Mindful Moments countdown! It's 20 degrees here on the East Coast...I'm daydreaming about a big cup of hot chocolate... This Mindful Moment is from the "Calm" group on my new release. 
Try it: imagine you're holding a cup of hot chocolate in your hands. It's much too hot to take a sip right now, so let's blow on it to cool it off. Bring your cup up close to you, take a long breath in, and slowly, gently blow it out to cool off your hot chocolate. Once more, take a long breath in and gently blow it towards your cup... Get the full track--free today--at kirawilley.com!

#MindfulMomentsCountdown
#yogakids#hotchocolate
#kirawilley#yoga#mindfulness
    It's Day 9 of our Mindful Moments countdown! It's 20 degrees here on the East Coast...I'm daydreaming about a big cup of hot chocolate... This Mindful Moment is from the "Calm" group on my new release. Try it: imagine you're holding a cup of hot chocolate in your hands. It's much too hot to take a sip right now, so let's blow on it to cool it off. Bring your cup up close to you, take a long breath in, and slowly, gently blow it out to cool off your hot chocolate. Once more, take a long breath in and gently blow it towards your cup... Get the full track--free today--at kirawilley.com! #MindfulMomentsCountdown #yogakids#hotchocolate #kirawilley#yoga#mindfulness
  • The ten-day countdown to the release of my new album, "Mindful Moments for Kids," starts now! Each day, we'll give a free download of one of the Mindful Moments--simple, quick ways to help children (and you!) de-stress, calm down, and focus. 
Try this: close your eyes, and imagine you're holding a candle. Take a long breath in, and when you breathe out, you want to make the candle flame wiggle, but don't let it go out! Take long, slow breaths in and out as you focus on your candle...
Get the full track at kirawilley.com!
    The ten-day countdown to the release of my new album, "Mindful Moments for Kids," starts now! Each day, we'll give a free download of one of the Mindful Moments--simple, quick ways to help children (and you!) de-stress, calm down, and focus. Try this: close your eyes, and imagine you're holding a candle. Take a long breath in, and when you breathe out, you want to make the candle flame wiggle, but don't let it go out! Take long, slow breaths in and out as you focus on your candle... Get the full track at kirawilley.com!
  • Handmade from clay, balsa wood and paint, and hands down my favorite holiday gift: 
The Mommy Grammy. 
#craftykids #imustbedoingsomethingright
    Handmade from clay, balsa wood and paint, and hands down my favorite holiday gift: The Mommy Grammy. #craftykids #imustbedoingsomethingright
  • Getting ready to go onstage with the fabulous @bradyrymer and his Little Band That Could! #happynewyear #familyrocknroll
    Getting ready to go onstage with the fabulous @bradyrymer and his Little Band That Could! #happynewyear #familyrocknroll
  • Gear bags are here!! They're sturdy canvas with a drawstring  top and a big zipper pocket...can be worn over one shoulder or backpack style, as modeled by my fabulous assistant Katie! Check out all the colors (olive/blue, gray/white, khaki/yellow, & navy/pink) at kirawilley.com. #greatholidaygift #getyourshoppingdone
    Gear bags are here!! They're sturdy canvas with a drawstring top and a big zipper pocket...can be worn over one shoulder or backpack style, as modeled by my fabulous assistant Katie! Check out all the colors (olive/blue, gray/white, khaki/yellow, & navy/pink) at kirawilley.com. #greatholidaygift #getyourshoppingdone
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