Review & Giveaway: Namaste Kid’s “Once Upon a Mat” DVD

The new “Once Upon a Mat” DVD by Namaste Kid is a great combo of yoga storytelling with their signature distraction-free background & kid-friendly format!

  • The DVD is organized into 9 chapters.
  • Each chapter is a complete 3-5 minute yoga routine, identified by a colorful icon.
  • You can mix-and-match chapters to create your own unique yoga experience.
  • This DVD can also be played from beginning to end as a full 33-minute yoga routine.
  • I LOVE the storytelling format, short length of each chapter, distraction-free background, kid-friendly menu & that it includes affirmations!

See the “In the Garden” chapter from the DVD on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KV6Aylq8WrE

Product Description: Once Upon a Mat brings your child on exciting yoga adventures, including an African safari, a trip to outer space, and getting caught in a thunderstorm!

Once Upon a Mat helps children exercise their bodies and expand their imaginations. Your little yogi will become a part of this adventure through real yoga poses and guided breathing.

Your child will love creating their own yoga adventure. Once Upon a Mat contains 9 chapters. Each chapter is a complete 3-5 minute yoga routine. This DVD can be played from beginning to end as a full 33 minute yoga workout. Your child can also mix-and-match chapters to create their own unique yoga story.

Once Upon a Mat simply features Jessie and her mat. Jessie engages your child in the yoga story, as she guides them through yoga poses and breath work. The distraction-free background is perfect for little yogis, allowing their adventure to go as far as their imagination will take them.

This DVD is ideal for kids ages 2.5 to 7. There are also tips to help your child maximize the benefits of the DVD.

DVD Price at the time of this post: $15.49. Available for purchase on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007XILW5O

Website: http://www.namastekid.com/products/kids-yoga-dvds/once-upon-a-mat-dvd/. Check out the cool pose library: http://www.namastekid.com/learn/kids-yoga-poses/ & find kids yoga classes in your area: http://www.namastekid.com/learn/kids-yoga-classes/.

More about the unique “distraction-free” background: While the DVD was designed for young kids (2.5 to 7 years old), it also would be appropriate for older kids that need a simplified format with no distractions. I have found that this format works well with young kids short attention spans and also works well with kids who have ADHD, Autism, etc…..

Why does a “distraction-free” background matter?….

(FYI… the blue painting in the background above is a portion of “Sensory Chaos” by Donna Proctor: http://fineartamerica.com/products/sensory-chaos–autism-donna-proctor-poster.html)

Free Printable Choice Cards: I made these by taking screen shots off the DVD of the icon for each chapter. Many of the kids I work with have very limited verbal skills so I needed a way for them to be able to make a choice of what yoga adventure we should do. One of our TV’s is wall mounted so the kids can’t just point to the menu on the TV plus many of our kids can’t make a choice out of a field of 9…. but can out of a field of 2 or 3 choices. I cut my cards apart and laminated them so I can offer 2 choices at a time….. but you could also leave all 9 choices on 1 sheet if the kids you work with can handle that many choices. (1 page PDF: Namaste Kid Once Upon a Mat – Choice Cards)

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

How to enter the giveaway:

  1. Enter via the “Giveaways” tab on the OMazing Kids 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; must include full first & last name; 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 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)
  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 June 23, 2012.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • Entries from the USA & Canada are being allowed for this particular giveaway.
  • Employees or family members of OMazing Kids, LLC or the product’s company 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 June 24, 2012.
  • The winner will receive one (1) copy of the DVD.
  • The winner will be notified via e-mail and will be posted on the blog post.
  • If a winner only entered via blog post, their mailing address will be obtained 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 address will be forwarded to the company and they will be mailing the book directly to the winner.
  • Prize Value: $15.49

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, 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, LLC, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless OMazing Kids, 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, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

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8 responses to this post.

  1. […] the “In The Garden” chapter from the “Once Upon a Mat” DVD by Namaste Kid on YouTube: […]

  2. This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winner: Ashley Cahill from Olympia, WA.

    Thanks to everyone who participated in this giveaway! All the entries were so touching….. I wish we could send a DVD to each one of you!

    Be looking for another fun review & giveaway on OMazing Kids soon 🙂

    Thanks!

    Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2
    Speech-Language Pathologist
    Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities
    Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

    E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad
    YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1
    Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/
    Blog: http://omazingkidsllc

  3. Here are the comments from the entries received via the “Enter Giveaways Here…” tab on the OMazing Kids Facebook page:

    * I am a first grade teacher, and use Yoga to calm and center my students after lunch, to get them ready for the rest of the day. I would use this DVD on our large screen projector to better guide students, and get them excited about yoga! Thanks for the chance, this would be truly amazing.

    * Will be practicing with my child this DVD, and of course getting ideas for teaching yoga to kids. Always can use some good ideas, right? Right!

    * I would use this video with my almost 3 year old daughter. Our goal is to do yoga each and every day. This video would be absolutely FABULOUS! It will help us to reach our goal in a fun and engaging manner. It also will give us the opportunity to bond together, calm and center ourselves, and help to plant the seed toward a lifelong
    enjoyment of yoga. I would also use it in my classroom as well as a way to help children transition, get their sillies out, help refocus their energy…the list goes on. If I
    were to win this dvd, I know it would get an amazing amount of use.

    * I am excited to use Once Upon a Mat DVD with my daughter (3yrs) because I know it will encourage great use of her imagination in new ways and I like having another creative option to rotate into for “mommy and me” time activities that we try to have.
    She already has her Namaste Kid green mat and water bottle – so she’s ready to get started! 🙂

    * We would use this in our children’s meditation class.

    * I am homeschooling my two girls (almost 7 and almost 5) and giving them an opportunity to learn yoga poses I hope will help them to learn more about their bodies and to eventually give them more self control. And their little sister (21 months) I’m sure will try to do them right along with them so really I’d be using it with all three of my girls I”m sure.

    * Hi! Not only would my two girls be able to spend sometime with me (their mom) finding their happy place, but my students will be able to continue on with me in my journey of creating a responsive classroom with an ambient environment, and hopefully with winning this giveaway, I could gift them one more pathway to brain/body relaxation and rejuvenation!

    * I would utilize the DVD with all the kids I work with and maybe get some ideas for the summer camp I am running in August for kids yoga. I am also working at a shelter for homeless kids and would donate it to the shelter after I watched

  4. Posted by Rebecca on June 23, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I would be using this with my almost 7 and almost 5 year old whom I’m homeschooling. Their little sister (21 months) I’m sure would be trying in her own way as well. I’d really like to get yoga into their every day life to give them that movement, self control (eventually), and to calm themselves when things get a bit interesting in the house (yes when they fight). Thanks for the chance!

  5. Posted by patty on June 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I would use this in our children’s meditation class.

  6. Posted by Amanda Fox on June 22, 2012 at 11:41 am

    My 3yr old Olivia LOVES using her mat and dvd for different poses (star pose and crescent moon are her favs) 🙂 . Her whole preschool even tried out the Namaste Kid DVD as a rainy day activity! I am really excited about Once Upon a Mat because it seems to introduce creative and imaginative new ways to explore movement and I’m sure will be interactive enough for us to do together, and possibly to share with her class too!

  7. Posted by Hillary on June 22, 2012 at 12:56 am

    I would use this video with my almost 3 year old daughter. Our goal is to do yoga each and everyday. This video would be absolutely FABULOUS! It will help us to reach our goal in a fun and engaging manner. It also will give us the opportunity to bond together, calm and center ourselves, and help to plant the seed toward a lifelong enjoyment of yoga. I would also use it in my classroom as well as a way to help children transition, get their sillies out, help refocus their energy…the list goes on. If I were to win this dvd, I know it would get an amazing amount of use.

  8. I’d be using this to practice with my daughter, Grace and to also use for new ideas in teaching yoga to kids. I can always get something out of a kids yoga dvd to incorporate into the classes that I teach!
    Thanks!

    gaileee at yahoo dot com

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