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tweens and teens. (Some studios have an age restriction, so it’s good to check first.)

ing your environment. There are lots of ways to practice this with kids—you don’t even have to call it mindfulness. • Sit quietly together or go for a walk, and see what you notice. Try closing your eyes. What sounds and smells do you sense?

Once familiar with yoga, kids can use videos and yoga cards to practice at home. See the sidebar, “Yoga Tips and Tools for the Whole Family,” for tips on starting a family practice.

• Turn off your phone and spend some time doing an activity with your kids, whether it’s reading, coloring, dancing, snuggling, building. Just focus on what you’re doing, with no distractions. • Describe something familiar as if it were new. In an exercise from Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children by Thich Nhat Hanh, kids pretend they are Martians seeing something from Earth for the first time. Hand your kids a familiar object (the book uses raisins, but you can use any simple object or food kids “see” every day). Remind them that they have never seen it before. Ask them to look, touch, smell, listen, and taste and describe their experience.

Practice Anywhere

Classes provide a safe introduction to yoga and ongoing support, but the beauty of yoga is that you can practice any place and any time. Here are two practices you can do anywhere: Breathe: Breathing can be centering, energizing, or calming. For parents, try breathing deeply while holding an upset child. Monaco says “When my daughter is fussy, deep breathing with her in my arms works every time.” Dagle uses “flower breathing” with her toddler: sniff a flower, let it go with a sigh, to help diffuse big emotions. Dagle teaches older kids to use breathing exercises to calm themselves before a test. She encourages them to put their feet firmly on the ground at their desk, inhale for a count of four, and exhale for a count of six for one minute to to help them feel both calm and grounded. Be present: Practice mindfulness and being present. That means notic-

Sign up for an endurance race. Take on a new challenge, support a good cause or run/walk/roll for the health of it. Be certain to select an event within your range of conditioning and consult a physician before beginning any exercise program. Check every issue of Suburban Family for updates.

The 2018 Annual Race Guide will be featured in the March/April issue. Promote your annual event with a display ad program. Call 630-863-7183 to reserve your ad space now. Deadline: Feb.12


Yoga builds strength and flexibility, self-confidence and focus. Kids get comfortable in and connected to their own bodies and minds, and learn practices that they use for the rest of their lives. What’s not to say Yes to?

Chicago Polar Dash – Sat. 1/6. Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, 1800M at 7:00 AM. USATF Certified. Arvey Field in Grant Park, Chicago. Frosty 5K /1 Mile Walk – Sat. 1/13 at 9 AM. New Castle Rec Center, Burbank. 708-599-2070. Frozen Gnome 10K/50K – 1/13 at 7:45 AM. Veteran Acres and Sterne’s Woods, Crystal Lake. Fox Valley Winter Challenge Trail Series – 1/20 at 10 AM. 5K trail run. Hickory Knolls Nature Area, St. Charles. F^3 Lake Half Marathon – Sat. 1/20 at 8 AM. Half marathon and 5K. USATF Certified. Chicago. Tour de Trails – Sat. 1/20 at 11 AM. 6 mile run. Atwood Park, Rockford. Aon Step Up For Kids – Sun. 1/28 at 8 AM. Various step climbing categories. Benefits Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Relay For Life – For all area events, please go to Commitment Day – Mon 1/1 at 10 AM. Join the movement for fitness. Life Time Fitness, Bloomingdale. 630582-4100. Also in Orland Park and Romeoville. New Year’s Day 5K Run/Walk – Mon 1/1 at 11 AM. Lincoln Park, Chicago. January/February 2018

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Relay For Life – For all area events, please go to Super Shuffle 5K – Sun 2/4 at 10 AM 5K Run/Walk. Geneva. 630-232-4542. Cupid’s Undie Run – Sat. 2/10. at 2 PM. 1 mile fun run. A “brief” run in your undies or costume, benefits Neurofibromatosis. Chicago. Fight For Air Climb – Sat. 2/19 at 7 AM. 31 floors, 681 steps. Oakbrook Terrace Tower, Oakbrook Terrace. American Lung Association. 630-940-7007. NorthShore Cupid’s Love Dash 5K – Sun. 2/11 at 8:15 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Highland Park, IL. 312-607-6668. TheraCORE Indoor Triathalon – Sun 2/11 at 7 AM. Five Seasons Family Sports Club, Burr Ridge. Fox Valley Winter Challenge Trail Series – Sat. 2/17 at 10 AM. 8K trail run. Hickory Knolls Nature Area, St. Charles. Tour de Trails – Sat. 2/17 at 11 AM. 6 mile run. Atwood Park, Rockford, IL. ET Indoor Triathlon – Sun. 2/25 at 7 AM. 10 min swim, 30 min. bike, 20 min. run. Lisle. 630-430-9006. Frosty Footrace 5K – Sun. 2/25 at 11 AM. 5K Run/ Walk. Round Lake. 847-456-8558. fitness first 31

Suburban Family ~ Jan + Feb 2018  
Suburban Family ~ Jan + Feb 2018  

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