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Review & Giveaway: Shanti Generation’s Yoga Skills for Youth Peacemakers DVD

Want to help your tweens or teens experience the joy, peace & strength of yoga? Then check out the Shanti Generation: Yoga Skills for Youth Peacemakers DVD!

Product Description: Shanti Generation: Yoga Skills for Youth Peacemakers merges yoga exercises and mindfulness techniques for youth ages 7 to 16. Developed by youth yoga expert, Abby Wills, MA, and created in collaboration with teens, the program integrates a series of movements, breathing techniques and practices that facilitate inner calm, positive attitude and a strong, healthy body. Practicing just two times per week cultivates body awareness, flexibility, concentration, stress reduction and self-expression. Exercises are demonstrated by Abby’s students and set to positive grooves created by 311 bassist, Aaron Wills (aka P-Nut). The DVD originally came out in 2009 but it is being more widely distributing it this time and they are expanding by offering it in a digital download format.  The DVD Features include:

  • 5 unique half-hour practice sequences: Creating Happiness, Energy Amplified, Choosing Peace, Being Sound and Voice Choice Possibility
  • Library of Poses: 18 mini sequences for Focus, Energy and Calm
  • Breathing Room: 5 sequences featuring stress management and self-regulation
  • Self-Connection Room: two mindful awareness practices
  • Interviews with seven teen yoga students
  • Optional narration in Spanish and Japanese (tip: to get to this feature go to “special features”…. The intro to each section will still be in English but the instruction for the poses will be narrated in the language you chose)
  • Over 30 unique options for beginner and experienced yogi’s

Here’s what I love about this DVD & a few comments:

  • I love the diversity of the teen yogis in the video
  • I love the edgy video style that will appeal to tweens & teens
  • I love the inclusion of yoga flow sequences as well as individual elements, including poses, breathing & relaxation/mindfulness activities
  • The complexity of the yoga in this DVD will provide a good challenge for tweens & teens. There are lots of yoga DVD’s for younger kids & lots of yoga DVD’s for adults…. But this is one of the few that I have seen that is geared towards the tween/teen age range.
  • This DVD would be best suited for tweens & teens ages 10 years and older…. Kids younger than that may have a difficult time with the complexity of the instructions.
  • Given the complexity & amount of verbal instruction, tweens & teens with special needs may need some modifications to use this DVD. For example, in my OMazing Kids Yoga groups I often help kids, tweens & teens with special needs learn individual poses before attempting to sequence them in a yoga flow. I have also “muted” the sound and “paused” the DVD frequently so I could provide very simplified instruction, cues & physical assistance as needed to help them get the main essence of the yoga pose or breathing activity and then do it a second time with the sound on. The tweens & teens I work with are so excited to see someone their age doing yoga on the screen that they are motivated to follow along…. So it is well worth the extra steps to help them be able to participate in a meaningful way. The exciting news is that Shanti Generation is working on a DVD specifically designed for teens with special needs so be looking for that in the future!

DVD Price (as of this post date): $16.95

Available online at: http://store.cinemalibrestore.com/shantigenerationdvd.html

Use this promo code to get 25% off the DVD: CINEMALIBRE2011 (code good through 4/30/12)

Digital download is available on Netflix: http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Shanti-Generation/70218459. Should also be available in the future on iTunes, Amazon & Hulu.

Shanti Generation posts amazing resources on their blog & Facebook page… so be sure to check out both! I signed up for e-mail alerts for their blog posts & check their Facebook page frequently. Website: http://www.shantigeneration.com, Blog: http://www.shantigeneration.com/blog/, Facebook: www.facebook.com/kidsyoga

Additional Info:

I found this review online and just had to share it! Listen to these two girls, Marley and Sage, give their own review of this DVD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYtjbxe7yoo (4:09)

FYI…. I did not make this video…. Just sharing it because I thought it was cool to hear kids’ own thoughts about the DVD and I cannot video the kids/tweens/teens I work with due to HIPAA & hospital confidentiality rules at the JD McCarty Center.

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

How to enter the Shanti Generation: Yoga Skills for Youth Peacemakers DVD giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post. Must mention how you would be using this DVD with your tween/teen or the tweens/teens you work with. (comments must be in English; 1 entry per person; must have a valid e-mail address)
  2. For one additional entry, 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 DVD your tween/teen or the tweens/teens you work with. (comments must be in English; 1 entry per Facebook account).
  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 12, 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, Cinema Libre Studio or Shanti Generation are not eligible.
  • No purchase required.
  • Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  • Three (3) winners will be chosen via a random drawing of valid entries on December 13, 2011.
  • Each winner will get one (1) copy of the Shanti Generation: Yoga Skills for Youth Peacemakers DVD.
  • The winners will be notified via e-mail.
  • In the event that a winner does not respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be selected via a random drawing.
  • The winner’s mailing address will be obtained via e-mail and will be forwarded to Cinema Libre Studio.
  • Cinema Libre Studio will be shipping the DVD directly to the winner.
  • Prize Value: retail price $16.95.

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a tween/teen yoga DVD but just to be safe here is all the legal stuff…

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You are providing your information to OMazing Kids 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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Review & Giveaway: Namaste Kid Yoga Motion DVD

  Looking for a unique kid’s yoga DVD with no distractions? Then the new Yoga Motion DVD by Namaste Kid would be a great one to get!

The unique thing about this kids yoga DVD is that it has no distractions in the background.

Just a kid-friendly yoga instructor on her yoga mat on a plain white background.

Lindsay McCoy’s positive, calm energy makes yoga fun and approachable. It’s like having a personal yoga instructor in your child’s living room, your classroom or your therapy clinic/office.

Yoga Motion helps kids develop core strength, balance, and confidence. You can even use the relaxation chapters as part of your child’s bedtime routine.

  • The DVD is organized into 10 chapters.
  • Each chapter is a complete 3-4 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 35-minute yoga routine.

 

They have found that this format works well with young kids short attention spans and also works well with kids who have ADHD, Autism, etc…..

We have already found this to be true with some of the kids we work with at the JD McCarty Center. One of our Physical Therapists was reviewing the DVD and two children with special needs who happened to be in the exercise room at that time were immediately captivated by the DVD and started to follow along. Namaste Kid has generously donated 24 copies of the previous version of this DVD to give away at my presentation at the Oklahoma Autism Conference & to patients at the JD McCarty Center so I look forward to having more stories to tell about the kids responses to this cool DVD!

While the DVD was designed for young kids (2.5 to 8 years old), it also would be appropriate for older kids that need a simplified format with no distractions.

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/featured/sensory-chaos–autism-donna-proctor.html)

This is the “Warm-up” sequence from  the Yoga Motion DVD. Your child will learn “Rock-and-Roll”, “Zipper”, and “Cat-Cow”, as well as some breathing techniques.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=vSXvrO4M2lg&vq=large

 

Information about stores & websites that carry Namaste Kid products (they also have a great eco-friendly kid-sized yoga mat): http://www.namastekid.com/in-stores/

DisclaimerI received a free sample of the previous version of this product to facilitate my review.  Opinions expressed are my own.

How to enter the Yoga Motion – Namaste Kid DVD giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post. Must mention how you think a “distraction-free” kids yoga DVD would work well with your child or children you work with. (comments must be in English; 1 entry per person; must have a valid e-mail address)
  2. For one additional entry, enter via the “Giveaways” tab on the OMazing Kids Yoga FB page (https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga) & mention how you think a “distraction-free” kids yoga DVD would work well with your child or children you work with (posts must be in English; 1 entry per Facebook account).

Entry Deadline: Enter by any of the methods listed above by 11:59pm CST on October 12, 2011 .

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address AND a mailing address in the United States of America OR Canada.
  • Due to the cost of mailing, only USA & Canada entries allowed. Sorry… no other international entries for this particular contest.
  • Employees or family members of OMazing Kids Yoga or Namaste Kid are not eligible.
  • No purchase required.
  • 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 October 13, 2011.
  • The winner will get one (1) copy of the Yoga Motion DVD by Namaste Kid
  • The winner will be notified via e-mail.
  • In the event that the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected via a random drawing.
  • The winner’s mailing address will be obtained via e-mail and will be forwarded to Namaste Kid.
  • Namaste Kid will be shipping the DVD directly to the winner.
  • Prize Value: retail price $15.00.

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

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You are providing your information to OMazing Kids Yoga 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, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless OMazing Kids Yoga 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.

NOTE:  Please ignore any ads that appear below the blue divider bar. This is a free blog site & I have no control over ads appearing here.

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids Yoga – inclusive yoga for kids & teens of all abilities in Norman, Oklahoma
Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2
amoorad1@juno.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1?feature=mhsn#p/u
Blog: https://omazingkidsyoga.wordpress.com

Review and Giveaway: Move with Me Action Adventures DVD

Looking for fun kids yoga DVD’s?  The Move with Me™ Action Adventures DVD’s would be fun additions to your kids yoga materials!

Scooter and Me is a series of nine story and movement DVD’s for ages 3 – 7. 

All nine stories are about the exciting adventures of The Boy and his shiny red Scooter as they explore the world and even outer space.  Along the way, the Boy and Scooter make friends and learn cool new skills that help them be strong, make smart choices and take care of themselves. Adventure Skills are simple mind-body  integrating self-regulation techniques that help kids connect with inner resources when angry, sad, scared, confused, over-stimulated or upset.

Each DVD is 25-30 minutes and includes:

  • Warm-up
  • Story with movement
  • Relaxation
  • Skill review

Available for order online at: http://www.move-with-me.com/Video preview at: http://move-with-me.com/?autoplayV=T#ScooterPromo

See the PDF guides for each series for more info: Body Series, Heart Series, Mind Series.

Examples of  some of the “Adventure Skills”

I had the opportunity to review one of the DVD’s singles from the series “Robot Makes a New Friend on the Moon: Curiosity”

This was non-stop fun from beginning to end! I love how it includes a warm-up, storytelling with movement, teaching kids “adventure skills” they can use to self-calm & self-regulate, and relaxation. Wendy did a great job of engaging the kids in a fun way (her “robot” voice is hilarious!).  I’m hooked… can’t wait to see the rest of the action adventures!

I also had the opportunity to review one of their other DVD’s: “Yoga Playgrounds Pizza Party – A Complete Kids Yoga Class”  (ages 3-7 / 20 minutes)

This DVD was amazing too! Lisa kept the kids engaged in a calm & positive way. Here are my favorite parts: stay in your yoga body (up straight vs. slumping), the simplified sundance (the kids I work with may be able to learn this sequence), the raindance, how all the poses were simple enough for the targeted age range, and the whole making a pizza sequence was a blast!!! I love the book “Pete’s A Pizza” by William Steig & all the fun ideas in the blog post “Using Your Noodle” by Barbara Gini at Bodylogique (http://bodylogique.blogspot.com/2011/03/using-your-noodle.html). This DVD is the perfect addition to a pizza-themed kids yoga/movement group!

Available for order online & see the video preview at: http://www.move-with-me.com/dvd-series/yoga-playgrounds/item/2-pizza-party-dvd-at-home

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

How to enter the DVD giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post with your name, why you love kids yoga and include a valid email address in the comment form so we can reach you if you’ve won (comments must be in English; 1 entry per person)
  2. For one additional entry,  post a comment on the OMazing Kids Yoga FB page (http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga )  mentioning the “Move With Me Action Adventures DVD giveaway” & why you love kids yoga  (posts must be in English; 1 entry per Facebook account).

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

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • International entries are allowed.
  • Employees or family members of OMazing Kids Yoga or Move With Me Action Adventures are not eligible.
  • No purchase required.
  • Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  • One (1) winner will be chosen via a random drawing of valid entries on July 20, 2011.
  • The winner will choose one (1) of the singles from the series: The Birthday Gift: Strength – DVD or Monkeying Around at the Zoo: Flexibility – DVD or Possum’s Tail: Balance – DVD
  • The winner will be notified via e-mail.
  • In the event that the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected via a random drawing.
  • The winner’s mailing address will be obtained via e-mail and will be forwarded to Move With Me Action Adventures.
  • Move With Me Action Adventures will be shipping the DVD directly to the winners.
  • Prize Value: retail price $19.95

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

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You are providing your information to OMazing Kids Yoga 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, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless OMazing Kids Yoga 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.