Archive for July, 2012

Tree Pose Campaign Summer 2012 – Week 2

Thanks to everyone who participated in Week 1! Here is a collage of all the pics….. I had fun using my new favorite online tool, PicMonkey, to make it!

Congratulations to the Week 1 winner – Nora’s Journey to a Healthy Life who submitted the large pic in the collage and won the Storyland Yoga DVD and t-shirt 🙂

Looking forward to making an even larger collage of all the pics for Week 2 & giving a great prize away from OMazing Kids (see deatils below)!

Details: Starting 7/16/12, four companies that are all dedicated to improving the health and well being of children through yoga are collaborating on a ‘Tree Pose Campaign’ which asks parents to submit a photo through of their child(ren) doing the classic Tree Pose posture, in interesting locations during their summer breaks. Playful Planet originated the campaign and is joined by OMazing Kids, Radiant Child Yoga and Child Light Yoga as sponsors of this 4-week campaign on Facebook.Families are being asked to take a picture of their kids doing the tree pose during this summer vacation, whether traveling to exotic lands or hanging out at home. Each week, fans will vote on for their favorite image deciding the winner of a coveted prize from one of the sponsors.  The campaign runs through August 12, 2012.

Need more info about how to post pics & the voting process? Check out the pic with details I posted on my FB page:

Prizes &  Sponsors:

week 1 – Playful Planet – a DVD and t-shirt
For more details about this great DVD see the review in my blog archive: http://wp.me/p1t7TU-5n
week 2 – OMazing Kids -“The Happiness Tree: Celebrating the Gifts of Trees We Treasure” by Andrea Alban Gosline.
OMazing Kids will be providing a winner with a copy of one of my all-time favorite books about trees: “The Happiness Tree: Celebrating the Gifts of Trees We Treasure” by Andrea Alban Gosline. From seed of hope to forest of happiness, this ode to trees invites readers to discover life’s true gifts—peace, courage, gratitude, compassion, love, tolerance … Ten trees celebrate the developmental assets that children need in order to thrive as happy, productive human beings. The lush paintings and lyrical tree bios are accompanied by an index of state trees and a pledge to care for and sit beside our precious forest friends. Love that the book itself is eco-friendly by being printed on 50% post-consumer waste content paper.

week 3 – Child Light Yoga – Yoga 4 Classrooms Card Deck
For more details about this amazing product see the review in my blog archive: http://wp.me/p1t7TU-gA
week 4 – Radiant Child Yoga – Yoga in Motion DVD
See more details about this great DVD on their website: http://store.childrensyoga.com/Yoga-In-Motion-DVD-p/yoga%20in%20motion%20dvd.htm.

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

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Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

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Tree Pose Campaign Summer 2012 – Press Release

Four Kids Yoga Companies Collaborate on a Summer Campaign to Bring Tree Pose Around the World

Los Osos, Ca (PRWeb), July 19, 2012  – This summer, four companies that are all dedicated to improving the health and well being of children through yoga are collaborating on a ‘Tree Pose Campaign’ which asks parents to submit a photo through of their child(ren) doing the classic Tree Pose posture, in interesting locations during their summer breaks. Playful Planet originated the campaign and is joined by OMazing Kids, Radiant Child Yoga and Child Light Yoga as sponsors of this 4-week campaign on Facebook.

Families are being asked to take a picture of their kids doing the tree pose during this summer vacation, whether traveling to exotic lands or hanging out at home. Each week, fans will vote on for their favorite image deciding the winner of a coveted prize from one of the sponsors.  The campaign runs through August 12, 2012.

Playful Planet Founder, Karen Duggan said the idea was inspired by memories of being asked to participate in the Flat Stanley project with her nephew years ago.  She recalled taking a cardboard cutout of “Stanley” to various locations and snapping a photo, and thought this could be modified to include real kids practicing a simple yoga pose.

Tree Pose is a classic yoga posture that is easily recognized by most people, and the Tree Pose Campaign includes instructions on how to enter the pose in a conscious way, and to take 3 centering breaths once there.  Shakta Khalsa, of Radiant Child Yoga, who is one of the world’s leading experts on children and yoga, having worked with both since the mid-1970s, created the simple to follow instructions for Tree Pose.  Khalsa was careful to include the element of 3 centering breaths so this campaign held the integrity of providing a benefit of yoga while having fun.

Angela Moorad, Speech-Language Pathologist @ the JD McCarty Center and Founder of OMazing Kids, has recently published an article on The Benefits of Yoga for Kids which has a comprehensive list of the many benefits of yoga for children which include at the top of the list: Strength, flexibility, balance, concentration, focus, confidence, and the list goes on and on.

 “By doing this campaign, we hope to spread simple awareness on the benefits of Yoga while having fun,” said Lisa Flynn of ChildLight Yoga in New Hampshire.

To learn more about Playful Planet, visit www.playfulplanet.com About Playful Planet Founded in 2007, Playful Planet has been a vision realized by Karen Duggan and her husband Bryan. They have created programs are a unique experience that connect the health and well-being of the child with the health and well-being of the planet. As the vision has grown, so too has the realization that much of the work that is to be done under the Playful Planet banner is philanthropic in nature. The topics are timely and necessary and are meaningful on a global level.

Media Contact

Karen Duggan

805-540-8851

karen@playfulplanet.com

http://www.playfulplanet.com

More Details on Photos & Voting Process: Starting 7/16/12, one prize will be given each week for 4 weeks. Playful Planet will organize the photo submissions into an album each week and continue to take votes over the weekend.  The photo with the most “likes” by the end of Sunday, will be the winner for that week.
Need more info about how to post pics & the voting process? Check out the pic with details I posted on my FB page:

Prizes &  Sponsors:

week 1 – Playful Planet – a DVD and t-shirt
For more details about this great DVD see the review in my blog archive: http://wp.me/p1t7TU-5n
week 2 – OMazing Kids -“The Happiness Tree: Celebrating the Gifts of Trees We Treasure” by Andrea Alban Gosline.
OMazing Kids will be providing a winner with a copy of one of my all-time favorite books about trees: “The Happiness Tree: Celebrating the Gifts of Trees We Treasure” by Andrea Alban Gosline. From seed of hope to forest of happiness, this ode to trees invites readers to discover life’s true gifts—peace, courage, gratitude, compassion, love, tolerance … Ten trees celebrate the developmental assets that children need in order to thrive as happy, productive human beings. The lush paintings and lyrical tree bios are accompanied by an index of state trees and a pledge to care for and sit beside our precious forest friends. Love that the book itself is eco-friendly by being printed on 50% post-consumer waste content paper.

week 3 – Child Light Yoga – Yoga 4 Classrooms Card Deck
For more details about this amazing product see the review in my blog archive: http://wp.me/p1t7TU-gA
week 4 – Radiant Child Yoga – Yoga in Motion DVD
See more details about this great DVD on their website: http://store.childrensyoga.com/Yoga-In-Motion-DVD-p/yoga%20in%20motion%20dvd.htm.

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.com

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Review & Giveaway: Sophia’s Jungle Adventure by Giselle Shardlow @ Kids Yoga Stories

Looking for unique, interactive and educational books for 4 to 8 year olds that will spark their creativity and get them moving? Check out the fun new books from Kids Yoga Stories!

 

Product Details: Sophia’s Jungle Adventure is a kids yoga class for 4 to 8 year olds woven through a story. Sophia and her family take a journey through a Costa Rican jungle and meet up with different animals such as toucans, snakes, and butterflies.

The storybook includes a List of Yoga Poses and a Parent-Teacher Guide.

List Price: $15.95

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (May 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475225482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475225488
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.1 inches

Where to Purchase: Available on their website w/ PayPal: http://www.kidsyogastories.com/sophias-jungle-adventure/ & on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sophias-Jungle-Adventure-Includes-Parent-Teacher/dp/1475225482.

A Sophia’s Jungle Adventure Coloring Book is also available to go with the book (List Price: $9.95): http://www.kidsyogastories.com/sophias-coloring-book/ & on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sophias-Jungle-Adventure-Coloring-Book/dp/1477414320.

  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (May 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477414320
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477414323
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.1 inches

Kids Yoga Stories is having a 15% off sale from July 18 to 21, 2012 at www.kidsyogastories.com! (sale price is only available on items purchased directly through their website)

Here’s what I love about this book & coloring book:

  • Great eco-friendly theme! Sophia & her friends are in an Environment Club at school 🙂
  • Each page in the book includes the targeted pose in bold font in the text & a picture of the pose in the top right corner. This makes it easy to keep the flow in a kids yoga storytime especially for those who are new to yoga and may not know all the poses. Additional details are provided in the back of the book.
  • There are 18 poses in the book. Plenty to fill most kids yoga classes for the targeted age range (4-8 year olds). For a longer class, you could add poses for other animals you might see in a jungle and talk about conservation/eco-friendly choices to extend the theme. Suggestions are provided in the book.
  • Each page in the coloring book includes the name of that item in the story, the name of the pose and illustrations of both Sophia doing the pose and some of the elements from that scene in the story. The illustrations and font sizes are large & clear.
  • The Parent-Teacher Guide section at the end of the book & the coloring book are goldmines of great tips for setting up a fun & safe yoga storytime for kids. Gotta share this quote from the end of both books: “Ooze creativity, imagination and abundance. Encourage each child to tap into his or her own creativity and imagination through movement and breath. Welcome quiet times for reflection. Pause often. Remember, it’s not the end result, but the journey where miracles happen…“. Giselle’s passion and love for kids shines through 🙂
  • Love the inclusion of Savasana at the end of the book & the idea of Sophia putting her notebook on her belly!
  • The book has bright colorful illustrations & a nice easy-to-read font size.
  • Lots of great vocabulary & descriptive language will make this book fun to use in my work as a SLP 🙂

Here’s a “sneek peek” inside the book & coloring book:

Be sure to sign up for their newsletter & check out the great “free resources” section on their website:

http://www.kidsyogastories.com/free-resources/. She just shared a fun free Summer Olympic Yoga Lesson Plan for kids!

They are also on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KidsYogaStories & Twitter: http://twitter.com/kidsyogastories.

More info about the author: http://www.kidsyogastories.com/about/ and feedback from folks who have used her books: http://www.kidsyogastories.com/testimonials/.

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 book.  (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 book. If you only enter via blog post comment, you must also send me an e-mail with your mailing address (send to amoorad1@juno.com). You will not need to do this if you also entered via the Enter Giveaways Here…. tab on Facebook since your address will be provided on that entry (comments must be in English; 1 entry per person; must have a valid e-mail address)
  3. Helpful Info & Tips: You increase your odds of winning by entering via both methods. Entering via the “Giveaways” tab will save you the step of e-mailing me your mailing address – the info you complete on the tab comes directly to me via an e-mail. FYI…. I use a free app from Shortstack for that tab and have no control over technical difficulties either on their end or on Facebook. In the event that you experience difficulties with the tab you can submit an entry via e-mail providing your full name, e-mail address, mailing address, how you would be using the book. E-mail to: amoorad1@juno.com. Unfortunately Facebook rules prohibit me from accepting entries directly from posts or comments on Facebook.

Entry Deadline: Enter by any of the methods listed above by 11:59pm CST on July 20, 2012.

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, LLC or the product’s company are not eligible.
  • No purchase required.
  • Comments submitted via the Enter Giveaways Here…. tab on Facebook or e-mail 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 July 21, 2012.
  • The winner will receive one (1) copy of the book + one (1) copy of the coloring book (what a cool combo!).
  • The winner will be notified via e-mail and will be posted on the blog post.
  • The winner’s address will be forwarded to the company and they will be mailing the prize directly to the winner.
  • Prize Value: $15.96 book & $9.95 coloring book

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a 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, 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

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.com

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Tree Pose Campaign – Summer 2012

About

  • A campaign created to showcase kids doing Tree Pose in various locations. Take pics of your kids doing Tree Pose on your summer vacation travels or wherever you happen to be this summer. Upload them on the Tree Pose Campaign Summer 2012 Facebook page and each week, you, the fans, will pick a winner each week for a fabulous prize!
                
Info about the prize that OMazing Kids will be providing:
OMazing Kids will be providing a winner with a copy of one of my all-time favorite books about trees: “The Happiness Tree: Celebrating the Gifts of Trees We Treasure” by Andrea Alban Gosline. From seed of hope to forest of happiness, this ode to trees invites readers to discover life’s true gifts—peace, courage, gratitude, compassion, love, tolerance … Ten trees celebrate the developmental assets that children need in order to thrive as happy, productive human beings. The lush paintings and lyrical tree bios are accompanied by an index of state trees and a pledge to care for and sit beside our precious forest friends. Love that the book itself is eco-friendly by being printed on 50% post-consumer waste content paper.

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.com

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Guest Post on Playful Planet: The Benefits of Yoga for Kids

So excited about being invited to do a guest post on the Playful Planet blog! Check it out at:

http://playfulplanet.com/guest-blog-the-benefits-of-yoga-for-kids/

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.com

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Book Review: ABC Menagerie (be prepared for a menagerie of fun!)

Check out this fun new book I won from Compendium – Live Inspired!

I have tons of ABC books but ABC Menagerie is definitely a new fave!  There is an animal and rhyme for each letter of the alphabet. The book has unique animal names that give it a multicultural flair (Ayo the Aardvark, Brunhilde the Bear, Chione the Camel, Degas the Dog, Eshe the Elephant, Fritz the Fox, Galina the Goat, Henri the Hare, Ignacius the Iguana, Jesenia the Jaguar, Kyeema the Kangaroo, Luciana the Llama, Murray the Mole, Nigaq the Narwhal, Ophelia the Opossum, Percival the Pig, Quintessa the Quail, Runako the Rhino, Sheldon the Sheep, Thuy the Turtle, Ultima the Umbrellabird, Vikram the Vulture, Wava the Walrus, Xavier the X-imal, Yuri the Yak & Zareb the Zebra), great descriptive vocabulary and is full of humor and play on words. I love the additional details of how to pronounce each name & the information about each animal and their habitat in the back of the book…. laughed out loud at the humourous description of the X-imal 🙂

But best of all are the photos of the quirky felt animal sculptures that stand out against the plain white background. So many details to look at and to describe….. a SLP’s dream come true! The plain white background, vivid colors & large font type will be great for kids with special needs, especially those with Autism, ADHD, Learning Disabilities & Visual Impairments.

Kids yoga teachers are gonna LOVE all the great opportunities for poses with this many animals. Most pair up easily with existing poses while others will require some creativity. I’ve got my thinking-cap on to come up for poses for aardvark, llama, opossum, walrus & yak as well as the birds in the book: quail, umbrellabird & vulture. Any ideas?

Available at: http://www.live-inspired.com/ABC-Menagerie-P1032 & on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/ABC-Menagerie-M-H-Clark/dp/1932319549.

See the cool story behind the creation of the book: http://www.live-inspired.com/blog/post.cfm/abc-menagerie.

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.com

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Hoot, Hoot, HURRAY! (Giveaway on the Growing Kids Therapy Center blog)

Hoot, Hoot, HURRAY!. Check out the cool GIVEAWAY from Growing Kids Therapy Center. See her blog for entry details 🙂

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.com

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