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IMG_2652My Special Needs Yoga Program got off to a great start! Feeling so blessed to have this opportunity to work with these amazing kids and teens. WE had a blast with our breathing exercises, spinal warm up, yoga dance and final rest. The best part was that some of the moms asked if they could join the practice. I was so moved to see the bonding of mother and child. How lucky I am to have to be in a field of work hat I love.

If you have a child with Special Needs and is struggling with anxiety, focus or just learning mind body connection I highly recommend my yoga program. It can really make a difference in your child’s Wellbeing. Please reach out if you have any questions.


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Check out these great tips!

Need inspiration?  Take a few minutes to enjoy this great post!

mindbodygreen: 13 Tips To Feel Good Today (They Each Take Less Than 2 Minutes)

Such amazing tips! I too try to live by these 13 tips.

I have a Daily Check In that I like to do. Every morning I light a candle and set my intention for the day. I check in and see how I feel. From that point I decide how I will take care of myself for the day with love and kindness. For example, if I wake up feeling run down I will cut down on my to do list and take some rest during the day. That way on the following day I’m ready to go!

What tricks do you have to keep yourself feeling good?

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The gifts and 4 life lessons I received in teaching yoga to Special Needs students

The first gift I received was when my daughter Jasmin -now 18 yrs old- was born with Down Syndrome. Jasmin has been our guiding light to living life to the fullest. Each and every day since she was born has been a heart-opening journey . Jasmin has opened my eyes of a world of possibilities in human kind.

Yoga has been in my life for over twenty years. Eight years ago I got the opportunity to teach Yoga at Summit School, a school in Montreal, Canada for students with Special Needs including Down Syndrome, Autism, ADHD and other neurological challenges. Working with these students has been one of the best experiences of my life.



Here are 4 life lessons I received from my daughter and students

These amazing kids and young adults have pure hearts. God sent them to us to help us learn to open our hearts. To be vulnerable. To show our love to each other. One day I asked my daughter about a classmate and she describe him as KIND and SWEET, not skinny, fat, pretty or stupid. Well, that just melted my heart.

These students appreciate smallest things and gestures. They love eye contact, for just  that one moment they are noticed. After all, don’t we all wish to be recognized and appreciated for who we truly are?  In Yoga we learn all the deep inner layers of ourselves and these kids have taught me compassion for the self. They go straight to the source of just being them.

I see so many of us taking things for granted. How we manage to turn small problems into big ones! But these students have gratitude for the simplest of things. Joy of music, dancing, hugging, meal time and friendship. I can walk into my class with the world of troubles on my shoulders and in one sweep the students bring me back to the joy of living. Now that’s GRATITUDE!

We live in a society where our achievements are never enough, where we feel that we are not enough, no matter how well we do . “85% is ok, but you can do better!”  What if we could take pride in even the little things we do?  What if we could see the gifts in all humankind. Well these students do! Maybe they know how much harder they have to work for the same things that we take for granted. Just to balance on one foot is an achievement for some people. I have seen an individual in a regular adult class beat themself up trying to do Tree Pose.  Instead they could be looking at themselves and appreciating where they are at in that moment. “Wow,” they could say, “life is amazing , look what it is showing me!”

The greatest lesson for myself has been to Love myself and others for who they are. We all have Special Needs, we just have to appreciate them as gifts they truly are.


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Dreams Can Really Come True

I have just come back from Loule, Portugal, where I go every year to our family home. The lovely and tranquil Villa Jasmina is named after our daughter, and every time I go there I feel profound gratitude for the raw beauty of the country. It is an oasis of flowers, birds, fresh air, great food and blue skies.

Whenever I spend time there, I feel very profoundly that Villa Jasmina is a place of gathering, a place to bring people together. Over time, I have begun to have a dream, a dream of having an experience like no other with a group of women, where we would bond and get to know ourselves and one another on a deeper level.

My dream is to host a yoga meditation retreat to share learning in a program on the Art of Living that was designed just for you. I cannot do this alone so I asked the fantastic Ellie Ballentine, a Mindset Mentor who I deeply respect, to partner with me in the project.  She was open to the opportunity so we recently met in Portugal to bring our dream together.I feel very blessed that this dream is now coming to fruition. Please mark May 2016 on your calendar.  I do  most deeply hope you will be able to be there to share in this wonderful retreat experience with us.

I will keep you posted on details soon.



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Andrew Perez, Special Olympics World Games


Monica and Andrew Perez_SML

I had the pleasure and honor working with Andrew Perez who will be participating in The Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles during the last week of July 2015.  Andrew made it to the Canadian swim team. He is a former student at Summit School for special needs. Andrew is a phenomenal being. With his great humor and out going personality, plus to boot an amazing athlete, he has made himself and his family very proud.


His mother Cathy Perez asked me to help Andrew out in dealing with challenges and pressure of the upcoming Games. The stress was starting to make him feel run down and he was having trouble sleeping. I showed him a few different breathing exercises that he could practice when needed. First was a morning breath exercise that helps to start your day on a positive note and focus. The second one is an ending breathing technique to help him relax and have a good night sleep. The third is called Bumble Bee Breath. This one helps to calm the chatter in your brain and to cut out exterior noise. This will help Andrew when he gets on a plane. For he has a fear of flying. All of these exercises you can see in my up coming videos.

I look forward to catching up with Andrew and seeing how the breathing exercises helped.  Andrew you are an amazing guy and you make our country proud!


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