Archive for January, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Holiday Yoga lesson plans from Radiant Child Yoga

 

Product Description:  “Holiday Yoga: Celebrating History and Holidays throughout the Year” is:

  • A downloadable PDF file of sixteen educational and fun lesson plans.
  • The PDF contains 86 pages of yoga warm-ups, meditations, stories, discussion ideas, and yoga games.
  • Adaptable for ages ages 4-10.
  • The activities draw children into a deeper understanding and experience of themselves as “big souls in small bodies”.
  • Simple, clear guidelines for teachers and parents, including adaptations and teaching tips.
  • Includes detailed references for recommended books, music, and props.
  • Based in the Radiant Child Yoga program. 
  • Each lesson plan includes a take-home coloring page of one of the main poses/exercises or meditations.
  • Although some of the holidays are American, the lesson plans could be adapted to other culture’s holidays.
  • $49.99 for sixteen lesson plans.

The following are “must have” supplemental materials to use these lesson plans: Fly Like A Butterfly, by Shakta Kaur Khalsa, the Happy CD and Cozy CD, by Shakta Kaur Khalsa & Yoga in Motion DVD, by Shakta Kaur Khalsa. All are available at http://www.childrensyoga.com or http://www.amazon.comT.

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My thoughts about the lesson plans: They are very well thought out, detailed & creative. After reading through all the lesson plans, I think the one for Groundhog Day is my fave! I love that the lesson plans are well rounded, are deeply rooted in the concept of  children being “big souls in small bodies” and include breathing, affirmations & relaxation in addition to the postures/poses. I also love that they include a coloring page for each holiday (see a small sample of the Whistling Groundhog below). Good intro information and great suggestions for props, games, music & books. You really do need to have the supplemental materials. I happen to have them from attending a Radiant Child Yoga (RCY) Level 1 & 2 Teacher Training. The only info I did not have was the Heart Lock from the Level 3 training but enough detail was provided in the PDF along with details I found online that I would feel comfortable doing it. Because of my own personal beliefs, I never do anything related to witches, Harry Potter or Halloween. It will be easy to modify the Valentine’s Day lesson plan to leave out the Wicked Witch and I just won’t use the Halloween plan. Although the price per lesson plan comes out to $3.12, there is not an option to buy individual lesson plans. Considering offering individual lesson plans for purchase would be a great option that would allow kids yoga teachers to buy just the ones that fit their needs. It’s cool though that they offer a free sample of a full lesson plan so you can get a feel for what they are like to make an informed purchasing decision (see link below).

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Price at the time of this post: $49.99. Available for purchase on the RCY website at: http://childrensyoga.com/shop/holiday-yoga-celebrating-history-and-holidays-throughout-the-year/.

UPDATE: Be watching soon for Radiant Child Yoga to offer these lesson plans as individual downloads! You can watch their Facebook page & my OMazing Kids page for an announcement when the individual download option  is available 🙂

Update 3/12/14: Individual lesson plans are now available for purchase ($7.99 each): http://childrensyoga.com/shop/product-category/lesson-plans/

Connect with RCY on their social media sites: 

https://www.facebook.com/RadiantChildYogaProgram

https://twitter.com/ShaktaKhalsa

http://www.youtube.com/user/shaktakhalsa

http://www.pinterest.com/shaktakhalsa/

Subscribe to the RCY e-newsletter to receive a free lesson plan each month via e-mail:  http://childrensyoga.com/training/lesson-plan/

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Free sample lesson plan: http://childrensyoga.com/files/2013/12/holidaylessonplan.pdf

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product to facilitate my review.  I am not the author or creator of this product. 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.

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Entry Deadline: 11:59pm CST on January 19, 2014.

Easy Entry Form:

International entries allowed for this giveaway.

  • Only entries with all required information will be valid. The info comes to me directly via e-mail & is ONLY used for the purposes of selecting winners and distributing prizes.

  • Helpful Info & Tips: Folks had requested a simpler entry option. I tried Rafflecopter but most folks did not enter an address so now I’m trying this online contact form instead. I will be hand selecting winners to insure products end up in the hands of folks who will put them to the best use. Briefly tell me how winning this would help you & the kids. I take the time to read each entry so details count. It doesn’t have to be lengthy…. just heart-felt.
  • If you experience any problems with the entry form in this blog post, please e-mail me specific details so I can attempt to fix it. E-mail to: amoorad1@juno.com . The entry deadline may be extended at the sole discretion of OMazing Kids in the event of prolonged entry problems.
  • Each “giveaway” is handled separately on OMazing Kids. So there are no rules prohibiting previous winners from entering this or future giveaways. I really do read every entry in every giveaway carefully to insure that the products end up in the best hands to impact kids lives.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • One entry per person.
  • International entries are 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 entries may be copied & pasted into the blog post.
  • Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  • Only entries with all required information will be valid.
  • The winner will be chosen from valid entries on January 20, 2014.

1 winner will a copy of the “Holiday Yoga: Celebrating History and Holidays throughout the Year” as a downloadable PDF file (87 pages)

  • 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 author and she will be mailing the prizes directly to the winners.  After I e-mail the winner’s info to the company, it is their responsibility to send out prizes. Please contact them first if you are concerned about not receiving a prize. If that does not resolve the problem, then feel free to e-mail me and I will glad to assist in whatever way I can.

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a set of kids yoga lesson plans but 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.

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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

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

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

Contests & Giveaways on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsContestsandGiveaways

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Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

OMazing Kids LLC is an organization that promotes inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities. The blog and social media pages share information about books, DVD’s, CD’s, games and other products specifically designed for kids wellness, mindfulness and relaxation, product reviews & giveaways, lesson plan & activity ideas, research, kids wellness in the news and a connection corner with listings of individuals doing adapted yoga and those offering trainings.

NOTE: Please ignore any ads that appear below the crayons divider bar or any ads or unusual hyperlinks that may appear above. This is a free blog site & I have no control over ads appearing here. I have attempted to remove the CouponDropDown but no luck so far…. DO NOT click on any hyperlinks unless you hover above them first to insure they are valid. Ones I included should appear in blue font.

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Review & Giveaway: Namaste Kid’s “Sport Yoga” DVD

The new “Sport Yoga” DVD by Namaste Kid is a great combo of  “sports themed” yoga with their signature distraction-free background & kid-friendly format!

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  • The DVD is organized into 11 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 42-minute yoga routine.
  • I LOVE the sports theme, creativity, short length of each chapter, distraction-free background, kid-friendly menu, parent info section & that it includes affirmations (I am fun! I am playful!).
  • Love that this DVD also has “Cool Down” & “Yoga Rest” segments.
  • If you are a kids yoga teacher, this DVD will give you some new creative ideas for yoga poses (ex: scoop up your legs to add sand onto the sand castle in flower pose, cross-crawl hike from Brain Gym as a soccer ball bounce, a modified dancer pose as a “slam dunk” in basketball, etc….). Kids yoga teacher trainings very rarely come to Oklahoma so I am always excited to find other ways to get new ideas. 

See the “Kick It” chapter from the DVD on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPLvBESNaxE

Product Description:  Sport Yoga engages your child in yoga poses set to their favorite sports, including basketball, baseball, and bike riding! Sport Yoga combines child-friendly yoga poses with active movement. Your child will find fun, interactive, and challenging ways to move their body right on their yoga mat. Little yogis can create their own sport activity. Little yogis can create their own sport activity. Sport Yoga contains 11 chapters. Each chapter is a complete 3-5 minute yoga routine that encourages your child to move their body. This DVD can be played from beginning to end as a full 42-minute exercise routine. Your child can also mix-and-match their favorite sports to create a custom workout. Sport Yoga simply features Sarah and her mat. Sarah leads a fun and energetic yoga practice, teaching your child the importance of keeping their body healthy and active. It’s like having a personal yoga instructor in your living room! This DVD is ideal for kids ages 3 to 8. There are also tips to help your child maximize the benefits of the DVD.

DVD Price at the time of this post: $15.99. Available for purchase on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kids-Yoga-DVD-Sport-Children/dp/B00FP87B40 . This DVD is also part of the new Yoga Motion 3-DVD Set ($39.99):  http://www.amazon.com/Kids-Yoga-DVD-3-disc-Set/dp/B00FP8G38K which will be the prize it this giveaway. I have previously reviewed the other two DVD’s in the set so be sure to check out those reviews on my blog: http://wp.me/p1t7TU-9l & http://wp.me/p1t7TU-xY

Website: http://www.namastekid.com/products/kids-yoga-dvds/sport-yoga-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 (3 to 8 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 11…… 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 choices on 1 sheet if the kids you work with can handle that many choices. (2 page PDF: Namaste Kid Sport Yoga DVD Choice Cards (2-page PDF) )

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product to facilitate my review.  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.

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Easy Entry Form:

Only USA & Canada entries allowed for this giveaway.

  • Only entries with all required information will be valid. The info comes to me directly via e-mail & is ONLY used for the purposes of selecting winners and distributing prizes.

  • Helpful Info & Tips: Folks had requested a simpler entry option. I tried Rafflecopter but most folks did not enter an address so now I’m trying this online contact form instead. I will be hand selecting winners to insure products end up in the hands of folks who will put them to the best use. Briefly tell me how winning this would help you & the kids. I take the time to read each entry so details count. It doesn’t have to be lengthy…. just heart-felt.
  • If you experience any problems with the entry form in this blog post, please e-mail me specific details so I can attempt to fix it. E-mail to: amoorad1@juno.com . The entry deadline may be extended at the sole discretion of OMazing Kids in the event of prolonged entry problems.
  • Each “giveaway” is handled separately on OMazing Kids. So there are no rules prohibiting previous winners from entering this or future giveaways. I really do read every entry in every giveaway carefully to insure that the products end up in the best hands to impact kids lives.

Entry Deadline: 11:59pm CST on January 13, 2014.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • One entry per person.
  • Only USA  & Canada entries are 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 entries may be copied & pasted into the blog post.
  • Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  • Only entries with all required information will be valid.
  • The winner will be chosen from valid entries on January 14, 2014.

1 winner will receive one Yoga Motion 3 DVD Set (includes 1 copy of each of the three Namaste Kid yoga DVD’s) – Prize Value: $39.99

  • 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 author and she will be mailing the prizes directly to the winners.  After I e-mail the winner’s info to the company, it is their responsibility to mail out prizes. Please contact them first if you are concerned about not receiving a prize. If that does not resolve the problem, then feel free to e-mail me and I will glad to assist in whatever way I can.

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a kids yoga DVD set but 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.

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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

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

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

Contests & Giveaways on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsContestsandGiveaways

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Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

OMazing Kids LLC is an organization that promotes inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities. The blog and social media pages share information about books, DVD’s, CD’s, games and other products specifically designed for kids wellness, mindfulness and relaxation, product reviews & giveaways, lesson plan & activity ideas, research, kids wellness in the news and a connection corner with listings of individuals doing adapted yoga and those offering trainings.

NOTE: Please ignore any ads that appear below the crayons divider bar or any ads or unusual hyperlinks that may appear above. This is a free blog site & I have no control over ads appearing here. I have attempted to remove the CouponDropDown but no luck so far…. DO NOT click on any hyperlinks unless you hover above them first to insure they are valid. Ones I included should appear in blue font.

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Review: El Maestro eres tú book & YogaMusic CD

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Product Description: A unique and beautiful system that mixes the beauty of music with the power of yoga. The book is paperback with 103 pages. The CD has 19 tracks (9 in Spanish, 9 in English + 1 bonus track).

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Here’s what I love about the CD:

  • All the songs are available in Spanish and in English
  • They have catchy tunes & fun beats
  • Includes movement, affirmation & breathing activities
  • The “Bonus Track” – Pachelbel’s Canon is a relaxing classical instrumental (one of my faves)

This website has info about the CD: http://www.allanahatayoga.com/services.html#music. See some samples of her songs in action on her Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCRXDwrrLYGEsUrW8AdXPGQ/videos. Here’s one for the mantra “I am very smart”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4j0aJ1Baa4

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See a peek inside the book. The book is only available in Spanish. I can’t read Spanish so I am not able to review or comment on the content….. but I love the precious illustrations 🙂  See more about the book here: http://www.elmaestroerestu.com/?p=1 (the website is in Spanish as well but I was able to get a fairly good translation of it via Google Translate)

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UPDATE: Available for order on Amazon:
Contact the author directly for purchasing & price information if you are unable to order via Amazon.com: preuzak@bellsouth.net

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The author is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/YogaMusic/164025026957746

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Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product to facilitate my review. 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

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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

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

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

Contests & Giveaways on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsContestsandGiveaways

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad

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Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/#omazing-kids-yoga

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110305433538768736741

Boardmaker Share: http://www.boardmakershare.com/Community/FriendsProfile/10916/Angela-Moorad

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

OMazing Kids LLC is an organization that promotes inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities. The blog and social media pages share information about books, DVD’s, CD’s, games and other products specifically designed for kids wellness, mindfulness and relaxation, product reviews & giveaways, lesson plan & activity ideas, research, kids wellness in the news and a connection corner with listings of individuals doing adapted yoga and those offering trainings.

NOTE: Please ignore any ads that appear below the crayons divider bar or any ads or unusual hyperlinks that may appear above. This is a free blog site & I have no control over ads appearing here. I have attempted to remove the CouponDropDown but no luck so far…. DO NOT click on any hyperlinks unless you hover above them first to insure they are valid. Ones I included should appear in blue font.

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