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Review & A Way To Give Giveaway: Yoga for Children by Lisa Flynn

Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises, and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children by Lisa Flynn

Product Description:  Yoga for Children will encourage your child to learn about yoga with an attentive, at-home (or in-class or in-therapy) instructor–you! Even if you are new to the practice, author, mom, and children’s yoga expert Lisa Flynn will guide you and your child through more than 200 yoga poses, meditations, and activities that are suitable for children between the ages of two and twelve. Complete with full-color photographs, instructional scripts, and pose modifications. With this complete resource, you can teach children to be more resilient, confident, and calm—one yoga practice at a time.

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (May 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440554633
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440554636
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches

I was blessed to have the opportunity to review a pre-publication draft of this book (a 307 page PDF of just text……. no formatting or pictures). Being the detail oriented person that I am, I actually read the entire 307 page PDF before submitting a review. I’m a very visual learner so it was a little difficult imagining what the final book would look like. I knew the content was fabulous but couldn’t wait to see the real book. It was like a kid waiting for Christmas! Imagine my delight when my copy arrived and I saw this on page 2:

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What an honor that my review was selected to be included in this fabulous book! Even though I had read the pre-publication draft, I couldn’t wait to read the real book…… to discover new insight into kids yoga & gain some new ideas to try in my classes. Well I wasn’t disappointed! This book is a fabulous “must have” for anyone wanting to do yoga with kids.

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Here’s what I love about the book:
  • provides a wealth of well-balanced, research-based information in an easy-to-understand format
  • includes tips on working with kids at particular developmental levels (2-4 yrs., 4-6 yrs., 7-10 yrs., 10-12 yrs.)
  • includes tips on setting up a good yoga space & materials (love the idea for making a “yoga wand”!)
  • includes info about teaching 9 “yoga principles”. In the settings I work in, these are referred to as “character education”. In more traditional yoga terms, they are called “yamas” & “niyamas”. Essentially they are positive ways to treat yourself & others. My favorite part about this section is that Lisa  made it very kid-friendly by giving simple examples of what the principle looks like & includes book suggestions for each one.
  • includes “mindfulness” activities with benefits, “what to do” & “what to say” for each. Many also include great color photos.
  • includes breathing activities with benefits, “what to do” & “what to say” for each. Most also include great color photos. I love that this section is divided into “energizing” & “calming” breathing activities.
  • over 100 pages of the book are devoted to poses & partner poses. I love that they are listed alphabetically and included in the index in the back (so easy to find what you are looking for!). Includes benefits, “what to do” & “what to say” & a fabulous color photo for every pose. Many include suggested modifications or variations for the pose. Some information about contraindications for particular poses is included.
  • includes 24 yoga games with benefits, “what to do” & “what to say” for each. Four include a color photo . So many fun new ideas to try!
  • includes 16 song & chant activities. Many go along with the I Grow With Yoga Music CD.
  • includes tips and 7 transitioning into relaxation activities, 7 relaxation activities & 9 guided visualizations (love, Love, LOVE the simple rhymes & scripts included! It helps to have these scripts as inspiration to then personalize these experiences to meet your own kids needs. I can’t wait to try out “yoga wand” “sea scarf” “gratitude rock” & more!)
  • includes tips for putting it all together into yoga flow sequences (love that the pics are included on these pages rather than just referencing where the poses were found earlier in the book. This makes this book so easy to just pull & use! I also love that Lisa includes info about “setting an intention” for a class & using themes)
  • while this is not a book specifically about yoga for kids with special needs, the details Lisa included about the “benefits” of each activity will make it easy for any parent, teacher or therapist to find those that will best suit a particular child’s special needs. As she shares in the introduction of the book, Lisa has a son with Sensory Processing Disorder & Attention Deficit Disorder. She has gone to great effort to include evidence-based information in this book and has even more research available on her Yoga 4 Classrooms website.
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A look inside the book:
Lisa's book - TOC
lisa's book - back writing
lisa's book - back writing instructions
lisa's book - magic massage
lisa's book - magic massage instructions
 gbs_preview_button1 See more of a preview online at  Google Books.

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Purchase: Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Childlight Yoga, Adams Media (publisher)

About the Author: Lisa Flynn, E-RYT, RCYT, Founder of ChildLight Yoga and Yoga 4 Classrooms, has an award-winning kids’ yoga studio in Dover, New Hampshire. Certified in several schools of yoga for children and adults, Lisa shares her knowledge with hundreds of parents, educators, and yoga teachers every year through her trainings and workshops. She is also the author of the fabulous Yoga
4 Classrooms Activity Card Deck
. You can visit her websites at http://www.childlightyoga.com/ & http://www.yoga4classrooms.com/.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/childlightyoga & https://www.facebook.com/yoga4classrooms

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ChildLightYoga/videos

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChildLightYoga & https://twitter.com/yoga4classrooms

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/childlightyoga/

Blog: http://www.thekidsyogaresource.com/ & http://www.yoga4classrooms.com/_blog/Yoga_4_Classrooms_Blog/

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.

A Way to Give - Giveaway

How to enter the A Way to Give – Giveaway:

  • Required Entry Method: Enter via the “Giveaways” tab on the OMazing Kids – Contests & Giveaways Facebook page (http://a.pgtb.me/plpbTf) & mention why this book would be helpful to you. Also nominate a friend, relative, teacher, therapist, school, clinic, library, etc… it can be any individual (other than yourself) or setting & tell us why they would benefit from having it (details will count in selecting the winner). Only entries that include a nomination will be valid…. so take the time to think of someone besides yourself who would benefit from having this. (comments must be in English; must include full first & last name; must use respectful people-first language, 1 entry per person).
  • Bonus Entry Options:
    1. Invite some friends to “like” the OMazing Kids Facebook page (comment here on this blog post to let me know you did)
    2. Share this review on Facebook & include a @OMazing Kids to tag my page – (comment here on this blog post to let me know you did)
  • Helpful Info & Tips: I use the “Giveaways” tab because it saves me the step having to obtain 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. Make sure you are logged in as yourself (not a page) when using the tab. In the event that you experience difficulties with the FB entry tab, 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 tab 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 July 24, 2013.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • USA entries only 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.
  • The winner will be chosen from valid entries on July 25, 2013.

The winner & the person/place they nominate will each receive 1 copy of this book.

(This is the “A Way To Give” portion of giveaways on OMazing Kids. I was inspired to make giveaways more meaningful after this experience. Think of it as a way to plant some seeds.)

  • 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 prizes directly to the winners. Any questions about the prize should be directed to the company.
  • Prize Value: $17.95

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

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You are providing your information to OMazing Kids, 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

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Tree Pose Campaign Summer 2012 – Week 3

Thanks to everyone who participated in Week 2! 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 2 winner Joanna O’Neal who submitted the large pic in the collage and won the -“The Happiness Tree: Celebrating the Gifts of Trees We Treasure” by Andrea Alban Gosline.  🙂

Looking forward to making an even larger collage of all the pics for Week 3 (see details about the Week 3 prize 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:
FYI…. you can submit multiple photos & they can be from anywhere in the world.

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

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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

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 – 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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Tree Pose Campaign – Summer 2012

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  • 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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Review & Giveaway: Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Card Deck

 

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

Product Description:

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

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

Activities fall into six categories:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are a few pics of the cards:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

How to enter the Yoga 4 Classrooms Card Deck giveaway:

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

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

Rules of Participation:

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

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

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

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

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

Speech-Language Pathologist

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

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

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

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

Blog: https://omazingkidsyoga.wordpress.com

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