Sharing recipes, crafts and frugal living, the challenges and triumphs of parenting a neurotypical child and a child on the Autism Spectrum. Yoga Instructor said goodbye to her nightly glass of Chardonnay to give up habits that were not serving her purpose in life! The CocktailMom name remains, however with a new focus on healthy and authentic living.


Anatomy for Kids

Teaching yoga poses to kids in a way that goes beyond the yoga mat is something I am very passionate about. Finding a way in which the shape of the poses can be better understood often involves having the kids create with their hands. So after teaching them Warrior Two I handed each child a black piece of construction paper and a white crayon and asked them to draw a stick figure of the pose. I then had the children trace the skeleton with glue and using cut up Q-tips to create a Warrior Two skeleton.  

Does your child take dance class or play an instrument? Ask them to create a stick figure of their posture in a dance pose or how they sit/stand while they play their instrument. Talk to them about their posture and help them understand their bodies from the inside out.


Recycled Tin Can Pencil Holder

I bet you remember making one of these when you were a kid. Did your mom or dad proudly display it on their desk? I wanted the BYF YogaKids to make a few gifts for their parents this holiday season so it only seemed natural to reinvent some old school crafts that maybe their parents remember making when they were kids. 

Using washed out soup cans I had the kids place school glue along the length of the can and then they slowly wound pretty acrylic yarn, of their choosing, around the can. And because these are yoga kids we decided to take pictures in yoga poses to then adhere to the can with a hot glue gun. The end result was fantastic! The yoga kids were so proud of their upcycled craft and were excited to put them under the Christmas tree for their parents.

Age range- Kindergarten -4th grade
Difficulty level- Easy with parent assistance


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