Review & Giveaway: Calm Kids – Help Children Relax with Mindful Activities book & Level 1 online course

Calm Kids book and online course

Want to learn how to teach mindfulness, meditation & relaxation to kids of all ages? Want to help the kids in your life or the kids you work with learn skills to manage stress? The Calm Kids – Help Children Relax with Mindful Activities book & Level 1 online course are wonderful resources & provide a wealth of information!

Book:  (Publication Date: March 1, 2012 | ISBN-10: 0863158625 | ISBN-13: 978-0863158629, paperback, 153 pages). Mindfulness and meditation can help children recognize and cope with tension and stress throughout their lives. In this practical and inspiring book, Lorraine Murray explains a variety of different approaches including: meditations around daily activities for busy families, ideas for group ‘quietness’ sessions in schools, fun & tactile rhymes for toddlers to help them calm down before bedtime, ways to help teenagers reduce anxiety, grounding and balancing for children with ADHD, calming suggestions for children with autism spectrum disorders. This book is ideal for teachers, parents and youth workers; for complete beginners or those with experience in relaxation and meditation techniques. It offers advise needed to lead sessions with children, helping them feel calmer, happier and more peaceful.

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The book is available through their websitethe publisher, Amazon and other online book sellers. I purchased my copy when it was first released on Amazon.com in the USA in March 2012 (http://www.amazon.com/Calm-Kids-Children-Mindful-Activities/dp/0863158625), read it cover to cover within a couple of days & have been using the concepts & techniques in my OMazing Kids inclusive kids yoga classes & the therapeutic kids yoga group at the JD McCarty Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities for the past 11 months.

Here’s what I love about the book:

  • great info about causes of stress & stress in kids
  • practical benefits & strategies
  • easy to understand information about the concept of being “grounded & centered”
  • lots of sample guided imagery, meditation & relaxation scripts are included for a variety of age levels
  • great tips on learning how to write your own scripts, transitioning to using trigger words (instead of relying on a script) & finally developing your own “inner script”
  • specific tips on working with different age groups [babies/caregiver, toddlers young kids (4-6), older kids (7-12), and teenagers to young adults (12+)]
  • the very simple script examples in the chapters on babies & toddlers have been especially helpful as ideas for the kids I work with at JDMC who have a variety of special needs and often have significant developmental delays, cognitive impairments & short attention spans.
  • the chapter on ADHD has great charts listing symptoms of hyperactivity – impulsiveness – inattention, symptoms of the center of imbalance (being “ungrounded”) and grounding/balancing activities. It also includes several case studies & info about mudras.
  • the chapter on Autism has an in-depth case study and several tips. (FYI…. Lorraine recently announced on her Facebook page that she is working on a second book and that it will be specifically about teaching meditation to children with special needs and/or who have been diagnosed with ADD, ADHD or Autism. See details on her blog: http://www.teachchildrenmeditation.com/?cat=-0)

Online Course: The online course covers everything (and more) which Lorraine teaches in her level 1 Calm Kids course. The course includes 5 modules which help bring the Calm Kids book to life! The online course costs £99 and includes a copy of the book ‘Calm Kids’.

Module 1 – What is Meditation

Module 2 – Writing Meditations

Module 3 – How to Deliver a Meditation

Module 4 – Developing your Mediation Ideas

Module 5 – Sharing the Experience

See in-depth info, including samples & an online currency converter to calculate the course cost outside the UK on their website: http://www.teachchildrenmeditation.com/calmkids-online-course/

Calm Kids level 1 online course

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Here’s what I loved about the online course:

  • it brought the concepts in the book to life through lots of video clips & mp3’s. The mp3’s provided great examples of vocal tone & pacing to use in guided relaxation.
  • it especially brought home the concept of going through the creative process of learning how to write guided relaxation scripts, then going to trigger words & taking the leap into going “script-free” by developing my “inner script”. This concept was covered in the book but somehow clicked for me after having it presented via video & mp’s examples in the online training.
  • Lorraine was so encouraging in her online video clips. Each step of the way she was complimenting you for what you had accomplished & encouraged you to keep going. Her passion for the work she is doing shines through!
  • it is divided into small, very manageable segments which was great to be able to do it in small increments. Anyone who works full time and has family commitments will appreciate this. It took me a total of about 5 hours to do the online course but I did it is several small segments. There is homework & practice activities to do in each module. So take your time in doing the course. Many folks do it spread over a 5 week period….. but the beauty of an online course is that you can go at a pace that works for you & your schedule 🙂
  • the site is very easy to navigate, easy to log in and out of, it resumes where you left off when you log back in & you can review previous segments as many times as you would like.
  • I tried it out on two different web browsers on my home computer (Internet Explorer & Google Chrome). It worked on both but looked better on Google Chrome so I used that for completing the course.

Website: http://www.teachchildrenmeditation.com/Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/teachchildrenmeditation & Twitter: http://twitter.com/meditation4kids

Disclaimer: I received free access to the online course to facilitate my review.  I had already purchased the book when it was first released. Opinions expressed are my own. Starting in 2013, a new component of reviews & giveaways hosted on OMazing Kids is that a review will be added on Amazon.com (for products sold on that site). See my Amazon profile at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A1JKVLELLSX7FD?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_aya_bb_pdp.

How to enter the giveaway:

  • Enter via the “Giveaways” tab on the OMazing Kids – Contests & Giveaways Facebook page (http://a.pgtb.me/plpbTf) & mention why you are interested in learning how to teach mindfulness to kids (be specific, details will count in picking the grand prize winner) (comments must be in English; must include full first & last name; must use respectful people-first language, 1 entry per Facebook account).
  • For one additional entry, leave a comment on this blog post. Must mention why you are interested in learning how to teach mindfulness to kids (be specific, details will count in picking the grand prize winner).  If you only enter via blog post comment, you must also send me an e-mail with your mailing address (send to amoorad1@juno.comPlease copy and paste the title of this blog post into the subject line of the e-mail to insure that I see it.). You will not need to do this if you also entered via the Enter Contests Here…. tab on Facebook since your address will be provided on that entry (comments must be in English; 1 entry per person; must use respectful people-first language, must have a valid e-mail address)
  • 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. The Facebook tab may not work on a cell phone. If you experience that, try again on a computer.
  • In the event that you experience difficulties with the tab or in leaving a blog post comment, you can submit an entry via e-mail providing ALL of the following information: your full name, e-mail address, mailing address & please copy and paste the title of this blog post into the subject line of the e-mail to insure that I see it. Please also include info about any problems you encountered trying to enter via blog post comment or the Facebook tab. E-mail to: amoorad1@juno.com .

bonus entryBonus Entry Options: After you complete one of the entry options above AND “like” both the main OMazing Kids Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga) (not the contests & giveaway page) & the Calm Kids (Teaching Children Meditation Campaign) Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/teachchildrenmeditation), you are entitled to three bonus entry options:

    • post a comment on the OMazing Kids Facebook page saying “Teaching Children Meditation Campaign” sent you (tagging page if possible) & mention the giveaway for the book + online course (limit 1 entry per Facebook account; must be logged in as a person, not another fan page to do this but you can mention or tag your fan page if you would like)
    • post a comment on the Teaching Children Meditation Campaign Facebook page saying “OMazing Kids” sent you (tagging page if possible) & mention the giveaway for the book + online course (limit 1 entry per Facebook account; must be logged in as a person, not another fan page to do this but you can mention or tag your fan page if you would like)
    • share a post from the OMazing Kids Facebook page regarding this giveaway (limit 1 entry per Facebook account; must be logged in as a person, not another fan page to do this & your bonus entry via this method is contingent upon your FB privacy settings regarding visibility of sharing)

Note: None of the “bonus entries” will count unless a valid entry is received via one of the other methods listed above and you have liked both of the Facebook pages.

Entry Deadline: Enter by any of the methods listed above by 11:59pm CST on February 19, 2013.

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.
  • Two (2) winners will be chosen via a drawing of valid entries on February 20, 2013.
  •  One (1) “grand prize” winner will receive free access to the Calm Kids level 1 online course + one copy of the Calm Kids book. To insure that the prize goes to the place where it will have the biggest impact on helping kids, I will be reviewing the details in each entry and hand-selecting the grand prize winner.
  • One (1) additional winner will be chosen via a random drawing out of the remaining valid entries and will receive one copy of the Calm Kids book.
  • The winner will be notified via e-mail, will be posted on the blog post & will be posted on the OMazing Kids Facebook page. The company offering the prize may also post the winner’s name on their website, blog, Facebook page and/or other social media sites at their discretion.
  • The winner’s address will be forwarded to the company and they will be mailing the prize directly to the winner & e-mailing the online course access info. Any questions about the prizes should be directed to the company.
  • Grand Prize Value: £99.00 for online course including the Calm Kids book = $157.69 US dollars on the date of this post. (See the online converter on the company’s website to calculate a specific prize value where you live if you are interested in that detail); book-only prize value: £9.99 ($18.95 US dollars)

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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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12 responses to this post.

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  2. This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winners:
    * Grand Prize (online course + book): Laurea Palmantier
    * Book only: Jenny Williams

    Thanks to everyone who participated! It was very difficult to select the grand prize winner among all the great entries. The grand prize winning entry will take the info to a wide variety of ages in volunteer work, in child care settings, in schools, in work with parents & in training teachers. The second prize winning entry will also take the info to a wide variety of ages of kids and in training teachers. Wish we had prizes to give to each one of you to support you in your amazing work with the kids! Be watching for another fun review & giveaway soon on OMazing Kids 🙂

    ~ Angela

  3. Entries recieved via the Facebook tab:

    1. I currently teach yoga to toddlers and school aged children. I am always looking for ways to creatively share meditation with this group. If children learn the tool or skill of meditation at a young age they will be better equipped to handle all that life has in store for them as they grow. I also instruct classroom teachers in a program called Yoga 4 Classrooms which teaches classroom teachers how to use yoga and mindfulness in their classrooms during the school day. I feel this program is an excellent way to enhance Y4C skills and tools and if I were to win the grand prize it would support me in both my work with children and my instruction of classroom teachers. Thank you!

    2. I am a mom and a RYT. I love teaching yoga to children and their parents. I am currently running Family classes at the moment and it just fills me up to see families connecting through yoga. I am very grateful for the opportunities I have to volunteer with my local
    Child Development Centre sharing my love and knowledge of yoga, what I have received in return is beyond words. When my own children are both in school I hope to take yoga to my local schools, teaching kids and teachers alike. For now I continue to visit my children’s classrooms (preschool and kindergarten) and we always have a blast! I get so much inspiration from OMazing Kids and all the pages and sites you have shared. I am very grateful for all the amazing giveaways I have won! Not sure what my classes would be like if I had not stumbled upon OMazing Kids! Much love and gratitude xxoo

    3. I currently teach yoga to children in Mass, Maine and Haiti and am always looking for more resources to add depth to my classes. As much as I know my USA students will thrive from more meditation and mindfulness it is the children I work with in Haiti that REALLY need this. I co-founded the YogaKids Bridge of Diamonds Relief Effort which has sent 12 teams of teachers (from all yoga schools) to Haiti as well as held teacher trainings and hired three Haitians to continue working with the kids when we do not have a team there. Bridge of Diamonds has recently changed its name to Go Give Yoga and we are working on creating a training manual for Haitian teachers. And as opportunities always present themselves at the right time one of the chapters assigned to me is Relaxation!

    4. I currently teach a Kids Yoga class and frequently volunteer to teach yoga at my son’s school. My son and most of his peers are students who learn differently than others and most have fast, inquisitive minds. I’d love to learn more skills to calm the children and quiet their minds!

    5. Shortly after my spouse deployed, he asked me for a divorce, as a result the children & I will be moving cross country this summer. I would like to use mindfulness to help my children cope with the many changes that are occurring in their lives in a relatively short period of time. I think it will help us to grow into our new family shape, and give them a way to ground themselves when things feel out of control or scary. I think this skill will also assist me as I pursue a career in social work as well.

    6. I am a pediatric physical therapist and certified kids yoga instructor that works with special needs children. These children face many difficulties and added stress in their lives due to their special needs. They benefit from learning mindfulness techniques to reduce stress so that they can better handle the difficulties they face on a daily basis. I would like to be able to teach them these techniques.

    7. I believe that children of all ages and regardless of disability can benefit from meditation. It has been shown to reduce anxiety, increase focus, and calm children. I teach preschool/elementary school children and have seen the change yoga/meditation can have on them. One 4 yr old told me it makes them feel happy and calm!

    8. I am presently studying to become an Early Childhood Educator. With a yoga background, I have discovered that teaching mindfulness to children allows them to build up their developmental domains. Therefore it would benefit it all of their developmental domains. Cognitive development focuses on how children learn and process information. It is the development of the thinking and organizing systems of the mind. It involves language, mental imagery, thinking, reasoning, problem solving, and memory development. An estimated 10 percent of all children develop serious emotional or personality problems at some point. These problems tend to fall into two groups: those characterized by symptoms of extreme anxiety, withdrawal, and fearfulness. Mindfulness would benefit in decreasing this issues. Talking about things throughout the day (even when it feels silly) is especially important for Language development. It would mean alot to me to be able to bring this into my classroom for the benefit of the children, their parents, their siblings, their educators and the world around them. Blessings.

    9. I would love to learn how to teach mindfulness so I can pass it on to my daughter and students. I have an autoimmune disease and could really benefit from learning to slow down and be more mindful myself for health and enjoyment reasons. I personally believe that our children will become whatever we model to them. I think it is such an empowering, important, and amazing tool that we can gift our children through both modeling and lessons/exercises. Our world can become very busy and stressful at times. Easily and understandably, we can forget to stop to enjoy and notice the little things. I think mindfulness also reminds us to have gratitude in life. Technology, while wonderful in so many ways, often keeps are minds fluttering from one thing to the next. Technology is a huge part of our children’s lives and we need to teach them how to balance it. Teaching mindfulness can help children to slow their thoughts down and regain focus. It lends itself as a great combination lesson when teaching yoga. Being mindful will help children in so many ways throughout their lives. I think it is a great way to help them become aware of their bodies and how to calm, appreciate, and care for them as well as the beautiful world around them. I think it is an amazing skill to teach our children and I would be thrilled, honored, and grateful to do so. Thank you for the opportunity to win this prize package. Namaste’

    10. I currently teach kids yoga and I know this is an area that I struggle with and I would love to develop it in order to better reach my students.

    11. I am a registered yoga teacher and specialize in (and love!!) teaching yoga to children. I volunteer teaching yoga to several different age groups at our local elementary school. It always amazes me to see the children respond with such enthusiasm. One of my favorite times with them is, after we have gotten all of our wiggles out, when we wind down with a mindfulness exercise and shavasana. I love seeing kids, many of whom are labeled in classroom connect to the moment, to themselves, and to their breath. The minds of children are so busy, and taking the time to be present is so important. I would love love love to have the opportunity to take this class to learn more ways of helping children of all abilities.

    12. I would love to share mindfulness in all of my classes.

    13. I teach yoga to kids and am passionate about helping kids learn how to help themselves. Empowering children is why I teach. On a personal note, my 9 year old has insomnia and anything I can do to help her through her sleepless nights the better.

    14. Children are an integral part of this community are for the future. Awareness of themselves & others is important for creating valuable members of society!

    15. I am a yoga teacher with special certifications for children and children with special needs as well as a certified equine therapist, trained in specific techniques for children SPD. I am having difficulty gaining clients because this more “liberal” style is not widely accepted by the public and I have met resistance to the “religion of yoga, the cult.” With the specific skills and tools I could share with children by applying the knowledge contained in the book and training course, I could yield direct, tangible, speedy results to help “convince” parents in my area of the effectiveness and universality of the beauty of yoga. Thanks!
    Namaste!

    16. I work with children K-6 in a public school setting and see the behavioral challenges that prevent students from being successful. This resource would go a long way toward improving outcomes for students with social-emotional and behavioral problems, and would be beneficial for all students as well, to enhance well-being and provide a much needed life skill.

    17. I work with both neuro typical and non neuro typical children, when it comes to the end of their yoga class and they settle down for relaxation u can literally see the stress melting away from their bodies. I would love to give these kids the tools to get into that space by themselves and for as long as they like through meditation. 🙂

    18. I am a newly certified kids yoga instructor and I would love to expand my resources and learning! I have a group of kids that I am working with who all have Autism and a large part of my group is teaching stress management and relaxation. It would be great to have these additional resources in my toolbox!

    19. I’ve been a kids yoga instructor since 2005 and continue to look for ways to improve my skills. This online course will do that. I am also an Occupational therapist and teaching children how to self regulate and calm themselves is an important skill for children and families to learn. I presently teach 7 kids classes each week, 6 of those classes are with children on the autism spectrum (approx. 65 children).

    20. I already enjoy writing my own meditations, it would be great to have the guidance of someone who chooses this as their focus via the online course. It is such an important thing to teach kids and can be so tricky. I would definitely use it to hone my techniques in my kids yoga classes.

    21. As a Montessori teacher and a certified yoga teacher for adults and children I am always looking for ideas to bring relaxation to all children. Children are bombarded with media and extra directed activities on a daily basis. I love to enable all children to mindfully calm their bodies and minds with tools they can use on their own as well as in a classroom setting. To see children with disabilities winding themselves down, breathing, and calming is a beautiful thing. Thank you for bringing this information to my attention.

    22. I teach children of all ages, both in a private school setting and in children’s yoga classes. Though I do teach a specific class to children with autism, many of the children in my other classes are also diagnosed with ADHD or sensory processing issues. Working with this population is my passion and I am always looking for additional resources to support my work. I try to provide the children with as many tools as possible to help them move toward calming and self-regulation. This program looks like it would be of great benefit.

    23. Very interested in incorporating mindfulness into my kids yoga classes — at studios and in schools. But also, I truly believe that mindfulness is the next frontier in boosting health and well-being of adults and children. Mindfulness will be like yoga in 20 years or less — perhaps with Mindfulness Studies in every city. 🙂 So I want to learn as much as I can in order to be able to provide services to many children in the near future.

    24. I have begun a mindfulness adventure with my own family. We are practicing meditation together several times a week, and I am taking notes on everyone’s experiences. I’m just very excited about the power of mindfulness and its potential to help children of all ages, circumstances, abilities, etc!

    25. I am interested in learning how to teach mindfulness to kids as I have a son with
    Developmental Coordination Disorder & Aspergers & I’m a parent volunteer at a afterschool sports & social club for children with coordination disorders & Autism & it would be great to share with them & their parents how to be in the here & now & how they can help themselves to be more focused & overcome some of their anxieties through positive thoughts & breath awareness, filling their meditative ‘tool box’ with coping strategies that can be used throughout the rest of their lives thus improving their sense of being. I already own a copy of the Calm Kids book but as it’s on my kindle I cannot lend to other parents where as if I had a ‘proper’ copy of the book it would be beneficial to more of our children & their parents. Namaste

    26. I am a parent of young children (3yrs and 18mo.), an art therapist and a counselor. I am already working to teach parents how to mindfully parent in workshops and in the therapy work I do with children who are dealing with anxiety, depression, and oftentimes healing from trauma. I want to use the course to help me learn to work with children one-on-one and possibly teach classes. This is a newer concept on my field and we need it to help build stronger, happier children! I am passionate about this because I have come to these notions of peace and mindfulness as an adult and wish I had them in my own childhood.

    27. I would love to be the lucky recipient of this set. I have a 5 year old son and he and I have anger issues that we are learning to work through. I am trying to be the best parent that I can, and I need a way to show him that Mommy can be peaceful in parenting and in other aspects in our lives. We have recently started meditating as a family, and I think that this would be such a great resource for us. I have an 8 month old son as well, and I really want to do better as a parent with him than I did with his big brother. Thank you for the opportunity to try for this great set!

    28. Life is moving at such a fast pace, parents work, children have high demands at home and at school but they are not being taught to be still and go within, to listen, to feel. So many children are being treated for ADHD and various other “problems” and medication is meted out but are we teaching them the tools they really need? Bi-Polar, ADHD, Aspergers, and many more with anger, anxiety, communication, eating problems. I am sure that by teaching children meditation and mindfulness, we can help them to deal with the “problems” they may have instead of just labeling them. We need to reach out and help our “little one’s” for they are the future generations and they need tools to be able to carry the lessons forward to the next generations. Life is filled with violence, drugs, etc. and by teaching mindfulness will help to bring the children back to their centre, allow them to go within and thereby bring out more peace, more creativity, more communication, more healing….our children need this….now!

    29. Hi my name is Jennifer and I am a registered holistic nutritionist that focuses on families, mothers and children. I am a wife and mother of 3 children and I have spent
    alot of time on proper nutrition for my children and myself, but I have noticed first for myself that that is not enough, that there is an emotion and spiritual aspect to health and wellbeing as well. I have been reading many books lately on mindfulness,
    mindfulness for mothers and for children. I feel that learning how to have mindfulness in my everyday life will very much benefit my children as well. I have grown up with lots of anger, anxiety, the need for perfection, and lack of control over my emotions, and I have seen this now start trickling down to my children. I have been trying to read and learn as much as I can on meditation and mindfulness through books and websites, and putting into practice. I meditate as much as possible and I feel this course is just what I need to further my knowledge and to teach it to my children. I know how important it is to start young and I know that my kids are already benefiting from my efforts. Being a nutritionist and specializing in children I think this would be a great opportunity to help my children as well as so many other children and their families. Our children are our future! I have noticed that the more I have been trying to be more mindful, more opportunities and more information have been coming into my life, just like this did. I looked at this course about a month ago, and now it’s turned up again. This would be such a benefit to myself, my children and the children and their families in my practice. I love the idea of this course and I am grateful for the opportunity to be considered for the chance to take the course and read the book. Right now, financially, I am unable to pay for it myself so this would help out alot! I know if I am not picked that someone else deserving will have the chance to benefits themselves and other children and that’s all that matters. Thank you for this giveaway and I wish you health and happiness. I also forgot to mention that I work within a childrens yoga studio and this would be such a great opportunity for me to share the course with the teachers and the families. I have a blog and would also do a review and encourage others to take it if that would be ok 🙂

    30. We all just need to calm down around here. : )

    31. As a preschool teacher I play and guide many children through their early life journey. I also teach yoga to these children as well and am blown away everyday by them. Mindfulness is such an essential part of life and something that can be learned early on and stay with them throughout their journey. Children are people that too deserve respect and an person you loves them to teach them wonderful tools! Mindfulness creates aware and confident individuals~

    32. I am so very passionate about this! I have two daughters of my own. My eldest is 7 and she is very challenged at being mindful. She lacks focus, and this causes issues both at home and at school. This has thus driven my idea spark of “perhaps I could teach children’s yoga” to a flame of “I must teach children’s yoga” to help my daughter and others like her find peace, calm, and focus in today’s crazy world. I have been reading and studying like mad, but having gone through a 200 hour adult yoga teaching program, I know that nothing compares to learning in person. I would be so blessed to be able to attend, and it would help me finally be able to help the children who I desperately want to help… including my own. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the contest

    33. I have been a kids yoga instructor for 4 years and really love my work. I have also started kids life skills workshops that the kids and I are all enjoying very much. I would really love to bring mindfulness to the kids as well as I think it is very important from a young age to start being mindful of ourselves, of others, and of our world around us. We don’t really have many kids yoga, meditation, and life skills resources in South Africa and have to order everything online. My biggest wish is to start an awesome local program here to help all parents, teachers and children. This would be an awesome opportunity!!!

    34. I would love to win the Calm Kids online course! My own journey to more mindful living is just beginning, and I’ve started introducing mindfulness activities during my children’s yoga sessions with great results. I’ve been seeking new resources to build my own practice as well as that with the children at school – this would fit in perfectly. Thanks so much for offering this chance – fingers crossed! I would love to win. Peace in your mind. Peace when you speak. Peace in your heart. Namaste!

    35. I think mindfulness is an enormous asset for any kid to learn, if they can learn it early it might not be as hard as an adult learning kind of like learning a language. A child’s life could be enhanced many time over with mindfulness. I am already a child’s yoga teacher and would love to bring more mindfulness based work into it.

    36. Because they have 100% access to bring themselves relief, hope, focus, calm & freedom when taught the tools of mindfulness. Thoughts, breath, emotions, awareness? Open box, add water ~

    37. I am an occupational therapist working with children who want to make friends and be a friend, but have difficulty figuring out how to be successful. I noticed that many of the kids struggle with connecting to themselves. Some are anxious and fearful, some are angry or withdrawn. They are all wonderful children, full of love and pure light. In my work, I teach the skills that go into making friends, but I also want to reach the children and their families to understand that they are whole just the way they are. Mindfulness has given me insights to the genuine person I am and the ability to love and accept myself. I would like to learn how to teach this to the children I work with and their parents.

  4. I am a mom of 3 wonderful kids and i am a registered holistic nutritionist specializing in families, moms and children. This would be an excellent addition to my qualifications because i love educating moms on empowering themselves and their kids to nourish their bodies, minds and souls.

  5. I teach children of all ages, both in a private school setting and in children’s yoga classes. Though I do teach a specific class to children with autism, many of the children in my other classes are also diagnosed with ADHD or sensory processing issues. Working with this population is my passion and I am always looking for additional resources to support my work. I try to provide the children with as many tools as possible to help them move toward calming and self-regulation. This program looks like it would be of great benefit.

  6. Posted by Judith Cofrin on February 18, 2013 at 7:26 am

    As a Montessori teacher and a certified yoga teacher I am well aware of the importance of bringing mindfulness to the attention of all children. This book looks to be an important tool in the relaxation of our young children. They are bombarded with so much in the way of media and multiple activities that they really need a way to calm their bodies and minds. Thank you for this resource.

  7. Posted by Stefani Dividock on February 17, 2013 at 9:17 am

    This would be so helpful for myself and the children I work with. I am a certified kids yoga instructor and have just started my journey so I am looking for every opportunity to expand my tool box. I have a kids yoga class that is for children with Autism, and this resource and training would be the perfect combination for these children as my class focuses on stress management and relaxation.
    Thank you!

  8. This is such an exciting give away, my 10 year old and I do family yoga every Tuesday evening at our local Y, sometimes I can get my 6 year old to join us but he has a busier energy and a class is harder for him. We do enjoy the Yoga Silly to Calm DVD in our home though. I think yoga, meditation, and teaching children to just be in a moment is very important to raising mindful well balanced people.

  9. Posted by Laurea Palmantier on February 16, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    I am a mom and a RYT,I love teaching yoga to children and their parents. I am currently running Family classes at the moment and it just fills me up to see families connecting through yoga. I am very grateful for the opportunities I have to volunteer with my local Child Development Centre sharing my love and knowledge of yoga,what I have received in return is beyond words.
    When my own children are both in school I hope to take yoga to my local schools,teaching kids and teachers alike.For now I continue to visit my children’s classrooms (preschool and kindergarten) and we always have a blast!
    I get so much inspiration from Omazing Kids and all the pages and sites you have shared. I am very grateful for all the amazing giveaways I have won! Not sure what my classes would be like if I had not stumbled upon Omazing Kids!
    Much love and gratitude xxoo
    Laurea

  10. Posted by Rita Mary on February 16, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    I am a yoga teacher with special certifications for children and children with special needs as well as a certified equine therapist, trained in specific techniques for children SPD. I am having difficulty gaining clients because this more “liberal” style is not widely accepted by the public and I have met resistance to the “religion of yoga, the cult.” With the specific skills and tools I could share with children by applying the knowledge contained in the book and training course, I could yield direct, tangible, speedy results to help “convince” parents in my area of the effectiveness and universality of the beauty of yoga. Thanks! Namaste!

  11. Posted by karmaspot on February 16, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I teach yoga to kids. My passion is teaching kids how to help themselves. Empowering kids to be the best they can be.

    On a personal note, my 9 year old has insomnia and the more I can do to help her through her sleepless nights the better.

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