Archive for December, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Stories that Come Alive through Yoga

Looking for stories for kids that nurture the mind, the body and the spirit? “Stories that Come Alive through Yoga” by Renee Sherkness is a gem!

Product Description:

“Stories That Come Alive Through Yoga” is a fun, informative, and entertaining, instructional book for children and adults to experience yoga. It was created as a way to express to parents, grandparents, teachers and fitness instructors, or anyone for that matter new or old to yoga, who interacts with children ages 4 to 11 years old, how to share the experience of yoga with their child/children. It is a tool to assist adults to connect with the children they interact with in a fun and healthy way.

There are two ways to use this book:

  • Read and discuss the meaning of each of the 4 unique stories (Andy The Ant, Deanna The Dancer, Sammy The Snake & The Three Warriors) with your child.
  • Read each story and bring the story to life by becoming characters in the story by doing yoga poses (asanas) & end with the relaxation exercise in Chapter 9.

Here’s what is special about this book:

  • Each of the stories was specifically written with the flow of yoga poses (vinyasa) in mind.
  • Each story has a message behind it (Andy The Ant – “Respect everyone. We all matter, no matter how big or how small.”; Deanna The Dancer – “Stay focused on what you believe in and always follow your dream”; The Three Warriors – “Take your time to give thought to a situation before acting on it. Being first doesn’t always mean being best; Sammy The Snake – “Get to know the person on the inside. Never judge a book by its cover”)
  • The poses are explained before each story. There are no pictures of the poses but the descriptions are detailed and include kid-friendly tips and safety tips.
  • The yoga pose names are embedded in each story.
  • A guided relaxation story script is included in Chapter 9.
  • The author’s love of children & yoga shines through…. She clearly poured her heart into this book. Namaste 🙂

Here is a sneek peek inside the book (images are from the Amazon.com preview):

You’ll have to buy the book to see the rest of the Andy The Ant story 🙂

Here is the Table of Contents:

Paperback book price at the time of this post: $17.95

Available online at:

Author’s website: http://reneesherkness.webs.com/books.htm

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are my own.

How to enter the book giveaway:

  1. Enter via the “Giveaways” tab on the OMazing Kids Yoga FB page (http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga?v=app_197602066931325) & mention how you would be using this book with your child or the children you work with.  (comments must be in English; 1 entry per Facebook account).
  2. For one additional entry, leave a comment on this blog post. Must mention how you would be using this book with your child or the children you work with. (comments must be in English; 1 entry per person; must have a valid e-mail address)
  3. Tips: You increase your odds of winning by entering via both methods. Entering via the “Giveaways” tab will save me the step of having to obtain your mailing address – the info you complete on the tab comes directly to me via an e-mail.

Entry Deadline: Enter by any of the methods listed above by 11:59pm CST on December 31, 2011.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • Only USA entries are being allowed for this particular giveaway.
  • Employees or family members of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC or the book’s author are not eligible.
  • No purchase required.
  • Comments submitted via the Enter Giveaways Here…. tab on Facebook may be copied & pasted into the blog post.
  • Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  • One (1) winner will be chosen via a random drawing of valid entries on January 1. 2012.
  • The winner will get one (1) copy of the paperback book “Stories That Come Alive Through Yoga”.
  • The winner will be notified via e-mail and will be posted on the blog post.
  • If the winner only entered via blog post, their mailing address will be obtained via e-mail.
  • In the event that the winner does not respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be selected via a random drawing.
  • The winner’s address will be forwarded to the author & she will be shipping the book directly to the winner.
  • Prize Value: retail price $17.95.

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a kids yoga book but just to be safe here is all the legal stuff…

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You are providing your information to OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for our internal purposes in relation to the administration of the giveaway. Your information will NOT be sold to any outside parties.

Indemnification/Hold Harmless: By participating, entrants agree: (a) to the decisions of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC and its respective representatives and agents from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons or property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, misuse or use of a prize, or from participation in and/or entry into the Contest or any Contest-related activity and for acceptance, delivery, or use of any prize; (c) that the foregoing parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize.

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC – inclusive yoga for kids & teens of all abilities in Norman, Oklahoma

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Blog: https://omazingkidsyoga.wordpress.com

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The Specifics of Effective Praise

All of us need to feel loved, appreciated & important….. so it is important that we help all of our children to feel and experience that.

But did you know that there are different “types” of “praise” and that for praise to be effective it needs to be “specific”?

Want to learn more? Check out this great post on the Proactive Parenting website: http://proactiveparenting.net/articles/the-key-to-building-your-childs-self-esteem

* (printable PDF: The Key to Building Your Child’s Self Esteem (Specific Praise) ).

Proactive Parenting is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Sharon.ProActiveParenting.Tips.

And a few research articles:

 

And other ideas at: http://www.kellybear.com/TeacherArticles/TeacherTip37.html

 

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC – inclusive yoga for kids & teens of all abilities in Norman, Oklahoma

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Blog: https://omazingkidsyoga.wordpress.com

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Review & Giveaway: Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Card Deck

 

Wow…. The new Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Card Deck has it all!  The Y4C card deck provides an easy to use, well-rounded & comprehensive approach to yoga for kids. It is a “must have” for classroom teachers & kids yoga teachers.

Product Description:

Science has shown and educators have experienced first-hand that when children are anxious, frustrated or stressed, it is nearly impossible for them to learn. It is only from a relaxed, calm and present state of mind and body that children can be psychologically and physiologically learning-ready. With that in mind, ChildLight Yoga, creators of the innovative Yoga 4 Classrooms™ program, has drawn on its 10 years of experience to produce a new tool: the new Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Card Deck can be used by teachers, students, parents, and counselors.  No prior yoga experience is required.

The Y4C Activity Card Deck includes a Teacher’s Guide & 67 large 6”x8” yoga and mindfulness-based activity cards with illustrated instructions, discussion points, sub-activities, and educational tie-ins, for a total of more than 200 beneficial classroom practices.

Activities fall into six categories:

Let’s Breathe: helps calm and center, or empower and energize. (9 cards)

At Your Desk: provides physical relief from long periods of sitting, improves focus, and keeps body systems functioning efficiently. (11 cards)

Stand Strong: provides simple, structured opportunities to stand up, stretch, balance and strengthen. (14 cards)

Loosen Up: dispels stress through energetic release or introspection and focus. (11 cards)

Imagination Vacation: offers child-friendly approaches to meditation through guided visualization, helping students bring their awareness to the present moment, which is the necessary state for learning. (11 cards)

Be Well: offers a framework for child-friendly discussions on topics supporting health and wellness (11 cards)

  • The activities were specially chosen for their suitability for the typical classroom space, and can all be done standing beside or sitting at desks, while bodies and hands remain off the floor, away from dirt and germs.
  • The cards include a mix of yoga postures, brain boosting movements, breath exercises, visualizations, mindfulness activities, creative movement and community-building games.
  • There are also wellness and character-building discussion points, such as the power of positive thinking, nutrition, and being a peacemaker, that address the whole child – physical, social and emotional.

Here are a few pics of the cards:

See more sample cards at: Yoga 4 Classrooms – sample cards

Here’s what I LOVE about the Y4C Card Deck:

  • Yoga is so much more than just “poses” so it is refreshing to see this expressed so well in a kids yoga product!
  • The instructions on the back of the card are easy to understand & often provide ideas for partner variations, ideas to include books & music and other classroom extension ideas.
  • The cards would be very easy to use in any setting with the use of standing & chair poses (no need for yoga mats or floor space) and do not have anything in them that could be viewed as “religious” (no Sanskrit words, Om symbols, etc..) thus avoiding the potential objections school administration or parents might have.
  • The cards are colorful & large enough to be seen in a group setting.
  • The cards are color-coded by category.
  • The illustrations on the cards depict kids of diverse ethnicities & abilities.
  • The words on the front of each card capture the essence & purpose of that activity or pose and would be easy to use as “affirmations”.
  • The “Be Well” cards  address “Yamas” & “Niyamas” of yoga via “Character Education” in a classroom-friendly way. Yamas are social disciplines –  how we behave toward others & Niyamas are personal disciplines – how we care for ourselves.

More info about the Y4C Card Deck: http://www.yoga4classrooms.com/_blog/Yoga_4_Classrooms_Blog/post/New_User-Friendly_Card_Deck_Makes_Yoga_Easy_and_Accessible_for_Teachers,_Moms,_Kids_and_Others/

Card Deck Price (as of this post date): $32.00

Available online at: http://www.yoga4classrooms.com/activity-card-deck

Use this promo code to get 10% off: REVIEW (code good through 12/31/11)

Find Y4C & Childlight Yoga on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/yoga4classrooms & www.facebook.com/childlightyoga  and Blogs: http://www.yoga4classrooms.com/_blog/Yoga_4_Classrooms_Blog/ & http://www.thekidsyogaresource.com/. They frequently post info about kids yoga so I follow them all!

Additional Info: Here is what I consider to be a well-balanced approach to kids yoga (slide from my presentation at the Oklahoma Autism Conference – click on the slide if you want to see more info):

 

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are my own.

How to enter the Yoga 4 Classrooms Card Deck giveaway:

  1. Enter via the “Giveaways” tab on the OMazing Kids Yoga FB page (http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga?v=app_197602066931325) & mention how you would be using this Card Deck with your child or the children you work with.  (comments must be in English; 1 entry per Facebook account).
  2. For one additional entry, leave a comment on this blog post. Must mention how you would be using this Card Deck with your child or the children you work with. (comments must be in English; 1 entry per person; must have a valid e-mail address)
  3. Tips: You increase your odds of winning by entering via both methods. Entering via the “Giveaways” tab will save me the step of having to obtain your mailing address – the info you complete on the tab comes directly to me via an e-mail.

Entry Deadline: Enter by any of the methods listed above by 11:59pm CST on December 19, 2011.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • Only USA entries are being allowed for this particular giveaway.
  • Employees or family members of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC, Childlight Yoga or Yoga 4 Classrooms are not eligible.
  • No purchase required.
  • Comments submitted via the Enter Giveaways Here…. tab on Facebook may be copied & pasted into the blog post.
  • Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  • One (1) winner will be chosen via a random drawing of valid entries on December 20, 2011.
  • The winner will get one (1) copy of the Yoga 4 Classrooms Card Deck.
  • The winner will be notified via e-mail and will be posted on the blog post.
  • If the winner only entered via blog post, their mailing address will be obtained via e-mail.
  • In the event that the winner does not respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be selected via a random drawing.
  • The winner’s address will be forwarded to Yoga 4 Classrooms & they will be shipping the Card Deck directly to the winner.
  • Prize Value: retail price $32.00.

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a kids yoga card deck but just to be safe here is all the legal stuff…

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You are providing your information to OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for our internal purposes in relation to the administration of the giveaway. Your information will NOT be sold to any outside parties.

Indemnification/Hold Harmless: By participating, entrants agree: (a) to the decisions of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC and its respective representatives and agents from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons or property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, misuse or use of a prize, or from participation in and/or entry into the Contest or any Contest-related activity and for acceptance, delivery, or use of any prize; (c) that the foregoing parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize.

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC – inclusive yoga for kids & teens of all abilities in Norman, Oklahoma

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Blog: https://omazingkidsyoga.wordpress.com

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A Guest Post for Little Yogis: Ready…Set…Stretch!

A Guest Post for Little Yogis: Ready…Set…Stretch! Here is a link to the guest post I did on the Picture Books & Pirouettes blog: http://kerryaradhya.blogspot.com/2011/12/guest-post-for-little-yogis.html.

Here is the link to the coloring sheet I made to use with the book (1 page PDF) – https://omazingkidsyoga.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/ready-set-stretch-coloring-sheet.pdf.

The book is available on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Stretch-Doreen-Cronin/dp/B003IWYJKE/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0

See a post about another book in the series – Wiggle! http://kerryaradhya.blogspot.com/2011/12/perfect-picture-book-poetry-friday.html (includes links to a 55 page toolkit for the book on the Kansas Reads to Preschoolers website: in sections –http://www.kcfb.info/wiggle/toolkit.html & entire document – http://www.kcfb.info/wiggle/documents/thematic_unit.pdf)

Two of my favorite blogs to follow for creative ideas combining children’s picture books & movement are Picture Books & Pirouetteshttp://kerryaradhya.blogspot.com/ & Maria’s Movershttp://mariasmovers.com/

Both are also on Facebook at:

www.facebook.com/DanceBooks – Picture Books & Pirouettes

www.facebook.com/pages/Marias-Movers/146896406870 Maria’s Movers

I love how easy it is to connect & share ideas via Facebook & blogs 🙂

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC – inclusive yoga for kids & teens of all abilities in Norman, Oklahoma

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Blog: https://omazingkidsyoga.wordpress.com

NOTE: Please ignore any ads that appear below the wavy divider bar. This is a free blog site & I have no control over ads appearing here.

Review & Giveaway: Namaste ‘n Play CD from Kidding Around Yoga

Are you ready to kid around and have a blast… again? Check out the new “Namaste ‘n  Play” CD from Kidding Around Yoga!

Chanting, Deep Relaxation, Focus related games and activities all with a Yoga Twist 🙂

Songs on the CD include:

  1. Om Namah Shivaya
  2. Crazy Monkey
  3. Positive Words
  4. Yummy Yoga… Truth is One, Foods are Many
  5. Namaste ’n Play
  6. A Yogi Went to Sea
  7. It’s all good
  8. The Crow
  9. The Yoga Slide
  10. Orange You Grateful?
  11. Laughing Meditation
  12. May the Long Time Sun

All the songs are unique & fun! I love how creative and upbeat this CD is. Adding music to kids yoga is a fun way to enhance a theme & encourage participation. Many kids with special needs, especially those with Autism Spectrum Disorders, respond well to music and often are drawn to songs that have a strong beat or rhythm.

Here are a few links to more info about using music with kids with ASD: http://www.mkdowney.com/music.htm, http://www.coastmusictherapy.com/tips/Autism.PDFhttp://www.tunedintolearning.com/why-music.html & http://www.autismanxiety.com/music-helps-decrease-anxiety/

Check out the Namaste ‘n Play CD samples by going to their website and clicking on the PLAY button to listen:

Purchase online at: http://kiddingaroundyoga.com/shop

Price: $12.00, includes shipping (see their website for special offers when purchasing more than 1 CD)

Disclaimer: I received a free digital sample of this product to facilitate my review.  Opinions expressed are my own.

How to enter the Kidding Around Yoga Namaste ‘n Play CD giveaway:

  1. Enter via the “Giveaways” tab on the OMazing Kids Yoga Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga?v=app_197602066931325) & mention how you would be using this CD your child or the children you work with      (comments must be in English; 1 entry per Facebook account).
  2. For one additional entry, leave a comment on this blog post. Must mention how you would be using this CD with your child or the children you work with. (comments must be in English; 1 entry per person; must have a valid e-mail address)
  3. Tips: You increase your odds of winning by entering via both methods. Entering via the “Giveaways” tab will save me the step of having to obtain your mailing address – the info you complete on the tab comes directly to me via an e-mail.

Entry Deadline: Enter by any of the methods listed above by 11:59pm CST on December 16, 2011.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • USA entries only for a CD. International entries are being allowed for a digital download version in this particular giveaway.
  • Employees or family members of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC or Kidding Around Yoga are not eligible.
  • No purchase required.
  • Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  • Ten (10) winners will be chosen via a random drawing of valid entries on December 17, 2011.
  • Each winner from the USA will get one (1) copy of the Namaste ‘n Play CD. International winners will receive a digital download version of the CD.
  • The winners will be notified via e-mail.
  • In the event that a winner does not respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be selected via a random drawing.
  • The winner’s mailing address will be obtained via e-mail and will be forwarded to Kidding Around Yoga.
  • Kidding Around Yoga will be shipping the CD’s or will be e-mailing a link to a digital download directly to the winners.
  • Prize Value: retail price $12.00.

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a kids yoga music CD but just to be safe here is all the legal stuff…

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You are providing your information to OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for our internal purposes in relation to the administration of the giveaway. Your information will NOT be sold to any outside parties.

Indemnification/Hold Harmless: By participating, entrants agree: (a) to the decisions of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC and its respective representatives and agents from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons or property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, misuse or use of a prize, or from participation in and/or entry into the Contest or any Contest-related activity and for acceptance, delivery, or use of any prize; (c) that the foregoing parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize.

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC – inclusive yoga for kids & teens of all abilities in Norman, Oklahoma

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Blog: https://omazingkidsyoga.wordpress.com

NOTE: Please ignore any ads that appear below the wavy divider bar. This is a free blog site & I have no control over ads appearing here.

Review & Giveaway: Shanti Generation’s Yoga Skills for Youth Peacemakers DVD

Want to help your tweens or teens experience the joy, peace & strength of yoga? Then check out the Shanti Generation: Yoga Skills for Youth Peacemakers DVD!

Product Description: Shanti Generation: Yoga Skills for Youth Peacemakers merges yoga exercises and mindfulness techniques for youth ages 7 to 16. Developed by youth yoga expert, Abby Wills, MA, and created in collaboration with teens, the program integrates a series of movements, breathing techniques and practices that facilitate inner calm, positive attitude and a strong, healthy body. Practicing just two times per week cultivates body awareness, flexibility, concentration, stress reduction and self-expression. Exercises are demonstrated by Abby’s students and set to positive grooves created by 311 bassist, Aaron Wills (aka P-Nut). The DVD originally came out in 2009 but it is being more widely distributing it this time and they are expanding by offering it in a digital download format.  The DVD Features include:

  • 5 unique half-hour practice sequences: Creating Happiness, Energy Amplified, Choosing Peace, Being Sound and Voice Choice Possibility
  • Library of Poses: 18 mini sequences for Focus, Energy and Calm
  • Breathing Room: 5 sequences featuring stress management and self-regulation
  • Self-Connection Room: two mindful awareness practices
  • Interviews with seven teen yoga students
  • Optional narration in Spanish and Japanese (tip: to get to this feature go to “special features”…. The intro to each section will still be in English but the instruction for the poses will be narrated in the language you chose)
  • Over 30 unique options for beginner and experienced yogi’s

Here’s what I love about this DVD & a few comments:

  • I love the diversity of the teen yogis in the video
  • I love the edgy video style that will appeal to tweens & teens
  • I love the inclusion of yoga flow sequences as well as individual elements, including poses, breathing & relaxation/mindfulness activities
  • The complexity of the yoga in this DVD will provide a good challenge for tweens & teens. There are lots of yoga DVD’s for younger kids & lots of yoga DVD’s for adults…. But this is one of the few that I have seen that is geared towards the tween/teen age range.
  • This DVD would be best suited for tweens & teens ages 10 years and older…. Kids younger than that may have a difficult time with the complexity of the instructions.
  • Given the complexity & amount of verbal instruction, tweens & teens with special needs may need some modifications to use this DVD. For example, in my OMazing Kids Yoga groups I often help kids, tweens & teens with special needs learn individual poses before attempting to sequence them in a yoga flow. I have also “muted” the sound and “paused” the DVD frequently so I could provide very simplified instruction, cues & physical assistance as needed to help them get the main essence of the yoga pose or breathing activity and then do it a second time with the sound on. The tweens & teens I work with are so excited to see someone their age doing yoga on the screen that they are motivated to follow along…. So it is well worth the extra steps to help them be able to participate in a meaningful way. The exciting news is that Shanti Generation is working on a DVD specifically designed for teens with special needs so be looking for that in the future!

DVD Price (as of this post date): $16.95

Available online at: http://store.cinemalibrestore.com/shantigenerationdvd.html

Use this promo code to get 25% off the DVD: CINEMALIBRE2011 (code good through 4/30/12)

Digital download is available on Netflix: http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Shanti-Generation/70218459. Should also be available in the future on iTunes, Amazon & Hulu.

Shanti Generation posts amazing resources on their blog & Facebook page… so be sure to check out both! I signed up for e-mail alerts for their blog posts & check their Facebook page frequently. Website: http://www.shantigeneration.com, Blog: http://www.shantigeneration.com/blog/, Facebook: www.facebook.com/kidsyoga

Additional Info:

I found this review online and just had to share it! Listen to these two girls, Marley and Sage, give their own review of this DVD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYtjbxe7yoo (4:09)

FYI…. I did not make this video…. Just sharing it because I thought it was cool to hear kids’ own thoughts about the DVD and I cannot video the kids/tweens/teens I work with due to HIPAA & hospital confidentiality rules at the JD McCarty Center.

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are my own.

How to enter the Shanti Generation: Yoga Skills for Youth Peacemakers DVD giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post. Must mention how you would be using this DVD with your tween/teen or the tweens/teens you work with. (comments must be in English; 1 entry per person; must have a valid e-mail address)
  2. For one additional entry, enter via the “Giveaways” tab on the OMazing Kids Yoga FB page (http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga?v=app_197602066931325) & mention how you would be using this DVD your tween/teen or the tweens/teens you work with. (comments must be in English; 1 entry per Facebook account).
  3. Tips: You increase your odds of winning by entering via both methods. Entering via the “Giveaways” tab will save me the step of having to obtain your mailing address – the info you complete on the tab comes directly to me via an e-mail.

Entry Deadline: Enter by any of the methods listed above by 11:59pm CST on December 12, 2011.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • Only USA entries are being allowed for this particular giveaway.
  • Employees or family members of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC, Cinema Libre Studio or Shanti Generation are not eligible.
  • No purchase required.
  • Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  • Three (3) winners will be chosen via a random drawing of valid entries on December 13, 2011.
  • Each winner will get one (1) copy of the Shanti Generation: Yoga Skills for Youth Peacemakers DVD.
  • The winners will be notified via e-mail.
  • In the event that a winner does not respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be selected via a random drawing.
  • The winner’s mailing address will be obtained via e-mail and will be forwarded to Cinema Libre Studio.
  • Cinema Libre Studio will be shipping the DVD directly to the winner.
  • Prize Value: retail price $16.95.

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a tween/teen yoga DVD but just to be safe here is all the legal stuff…

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You are providing your information to OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for our internal purposes in relation to the administration of the giveaway. Your information will NOT be sold to any outside parties.

Indemnification/Hold Harmless: By participating, entrants agree: (a) to the decisions of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC and its respective representatives and agents from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons or property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, misuse or use of a prize, or from participation in and/or entry into the Contest or any Contest-related activity and for acceptance, delivery, or use of any prize; (c) that the foregoing parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize.

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC – inclusive yoga for kids & teens of all abilities in Norman, Oklahoma

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

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Review & Giveaway: Omolulu Yoga for Children DVD

 Brrr! Winter cold has definitely set in here. Looking for a fun indoor activity for kids? One with a Hawaiian-flair to it? Then check out the new Omolulu Yoga for Children DVD!

This fun-filled educational DVD supports core mental, emotional, physical development in children through the practice of yoga. Omolulu includes four 15-minute sequences tailored to focus on specific developmental areas for children.

  • I love how the poses flow well into each other in each segment.
  • I love the inclusion of two simple mantras at the beginning of each segment that capture the purpose for the segment.
  • I love, love, love the Om Mantra song used as part of relaxation at the end of each segment!
  • This DVD would be best suited for children 5-10 years of age.
  • See additional comments in each segment 🙂

Earth: Focus and Concentration (15 minutes)

“I am grounded… I am balanced” – This sequence teaches breathing exercises and yoga poses that develop focus and concentration, leaving you feeling ready to learn.

  • I learned two new breathing activities by watching this segment: bird breath & a different variation of rainbow breath.
  • I loved the cues “if you had headlights on your hips, they would be in front” during Warrior I pose and “your foot is like a kickstand at your ankle” during tree pose.

Short preview clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTYA5Fh8IVo

Water: Calm and Center (15 minutes)

“I am calm… I am centered” – This sequence teaches breathing exercises and yoga poses that calm and center, leaving you with a rested body, calm mind, and soothed emotions.

  • Nice simplified version of alternate nostril breathing
  • Poses flow well into each other

Short preview clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91p4PdOeaXw

Fire: Coordination and Strength (15 minutes)

“I am strong… I am joyful” – This sequence teaches breathing exercises and yoga poses that develop strength and coordination, leaving you feeling energized.

  • I learned another new breathing activity by watching this segment: breath of joy
  • The poses in this section may be a little challenging for younger kids who are still developing balance

Short preview clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1f0BNVabfWs

Space (Partner Poses): Sharing and Communication (15 minutes)

“I am a good listener… I am kind to others” – This sequence teaches breathing exercises and partner yoga poses that cultivate communication, cooperation, finesse, and awareness of self and others.

  • I learned another new breathing activity by watching this segment: lotus flower breath
  • Unique partner variations of familiar poses that kids love: partner butterfly, partner flower & partner turtle.

Short preview clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7dST9w5Gdo

Breathing Hale (10 minutes)

A library of all 9 breathing exercises from the four element sequences, broken down specifically and slowly for reference or practice outside of the sequences.

  • This will be nice way to learn individual breathing activities before sequencing them into a flow.

Short preview clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnClmYxZY0M

Yoga Pose Hale (20 minutes)

  • This will be nice way to learn individual poses before sequencing them into a flow.

A library of all 23 of the yoga poses from the four element sequences, broken down specifically and slowly for reference or practice outside of the sequences.

Short preview clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bKy1MystOQ

Additional Info:

Omolulu website: http://omolulu.com/ & Facebook page: www.facebook.com/omolulu

Description of DVD by the founder, Brynne Caleda : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsLpJgp3mgE

Video of the Omolulu Mantra Relaxation w/ Lyrics – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7MEbSZ3RA4 

DVD Price (as of this post date): $16.95

Purchase online at: http://store.omolulu.com/products/yoga-for-children

When you order this DVD, their website indicates that you will receive a free HD digital download* of the DVD, delivered to your inbox instantly.

  • The digital download is an H.264 mp4 which is compatible with iPhone, iPad, PS3, xbox and any other mobile devices. This is a large file, so please be patient when downloading.
  • DVD comes in a recycled board eco-wallet and is printed with non-toxic vegetable based ink. Smaller packing = Smaller Carbon Footprint

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product to facilitate my review.  Opinions expressed are my own.

How to enter the Omululu Yoga for Children DVD giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post. Must mention how you would be using this DVD with your child or the children you work with. (comments must be in English; 1 entry per person; must have a valid e-mail address)
  2. For one additional entry, enter via the “Giveaways” tab on the OMazing Kids Yoga FB page (http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga?v=app_197602066931325& mention how you would be using this DVD with your child or the children you work with (comments must be in English; 1 entry per Facebook account).

Entry Deadline: Enter by any of the methods listed above by 11:59pm CST on December 9, 2011.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • International entries are being allowed for this particular giveaway :)
  • Employees or family members of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC or Omolulu are not eligible.
  • No purchase required.
  • Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  • Two (2) winners will be chosen via a random drawing of valid entries on December 10, 2011.
  • Each winner will get one (1) copy of the Omolulu Yoga for Children DVD.
  • The winners will be notified via e-mail.
  • In the event that a winner does not respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be selected via a random drawing.
  • The winner’s mailing address will be obtained via e-mail and will be forwarded to Omolulu.
  • Omolulu will be shipping the DVD directly to the winner.
  • Prize Value: retail price $16.95.

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a kids yoga DVD but just to be safe here is all the legal stuff…

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You are providing your information to OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for our internal purposes in relation to the administration of the giveaway. Your information will NOT be sold to any outside parties.

Indemnification/Hold Harmless: By participating, entrants agree: (a) to the decisions of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC and its respective representatives and agents from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons or property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, misuse or use of a prize, or from participation in and/or entry into the Contest or any Contest-related activity and for acceptance, delivery, or use of any prize; (c) that the foregoing parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize.

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC – inclusive yoga for kids & teens of all abilities in Norman, Oklahoma

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Blog: https://omazingkidsyoga.wordpress.com

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