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Review: Let’s Roll Yoga

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Product Description: A 40-page spiral-bound book (6″ x 9″) + a foam Yoga Dice (2.25″ x 2.25″). List price: $23.95.

Created by a mother of 3 boys with ADHD, Jackie Kuhn is a pediatric Occupational Therapist and registered yoga teacher. This book is a beautiful photo essay of children with special needs in a variety of fun and easy yoga poses. Let’s Roll Yoga explains the therapeutic benefits of yoga. In a physical sense it improves flexibility, balance, strength, coordination, and body awareness. It also enhances a sense of calmness, gives kids the ability to self-regulate their energy levels and provides them with tools to explore and express emotions. This book includes case studies of children in the author’s “SKY” (Special Kids Yoga) class, chapters on how to start, pose descriptions, modifications and breath games. The purpose of Let’s Roll Yoga is to make it simple to incorporate yoga for already over-loaded parents and teachers. Includes a soft “Yoga Dice” with the following poses on it: Bridge, Cat-Cow, Cobra, Child, Downward Dog & Tree.
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Here’s what I love about this product:

  • The foam Yoga Dice is large enough for kids with fine motor difficulties to be able to hold and roll.
  • The spiral-bound book has heavyweight pages that feel sturdy, are easy to turn and stay open when laid on the floor.
  • The book includes information about the benefits of yoga for kids including therapeutic benefits in the areas of flexibility, strength, balance, language, auditory processing, sensory integration, self-awareness & breathing. General tips for setting up a daily yoga routine, safety and modifications/precautions are included.
  • Four breathing activities are included in the book (bean bag breath, cotton ball breath, bee breath & dog breath) with a color photo & simple instructions.
  • Each pose in the book has a color photo and simple instructions. LOVE the photos of kids with special needs doing yoga….. their pure joy shines!
  • 4 short “case studies” are included in the book. They include the age & diagnoses of each child along with details about how that child benefited from yoga.
  • A short relaxation script “Rainbow Wear” from Ready…. Set… R.E.L.A.X. is included (it was fun to learn that Jackie’s brother, Jeffrey Allen, M.Ed., is one of the co-authors of that book. I have that book and love it!).
  • The only suggestion/tip I have is to modify use of the yoga dice to fit the individual needs of the kids you have in your class. For example, many of the kids I work with have seizures, heart conditions or other diagnoses that are a contraindication for doing inversions. Because of that, we very rarely do Downward Dog in my classes. So I am planning on modifying that side of the dice (haven’t decided exact “how” yet….. I may add a clear pocket to that side to be able to insert a pose).

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See a peek inside the book:

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The author is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lets-Roll-Yoga/108028635953850

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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

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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.

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Review & Mobile-Friendly Giveaway: Upside Down Games

New mobile-friendly giveaway on OMazing Kids! Enter to win your choice of a kids yoga game from Upside Down Games ……

Product Description:  

Upside Down Games are yoga-based educational games that help children establish life-long healthy habits based on physical exercise, intellectual activity, and social commitment. Their products provide opportunities for positive social interactions and build self-esteem & confidence. In addition, their games are designed to fortify the muscles and improve body posture, enhance balance, coordination, core strength, and focus. And of course, there are plenty of opportunities for laughter!

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Here’s what I love about the games:

  • they are yoga-based games….. there are very few out there that are so it’s great to see more!
  • they go beyond just “poses” (LOVE the “quiz cards” in The Magic Path of Yoga that provide multiple-choice quiz questions relating to basic yoga history, nutrition, body knowledge, the environment & eco-friendly choices; LOVE how the “Mission Cards” in the Yogi Card game get kids to analyze the components of poses; LOVE that the instruction booklet in both versions of The Magic Path of Yoga includes basic anatomy info & how the booklet fans out in the travel version with the pose illustrations on one side & instructions on the back )
  • they are well constructed (LOVE how thick the cards are in the Memo Yoga game & how easy the “spinner” is to spin once the cards are taken out the Yoga Spinner game……. many of the kids I work with have difficulty with fine motor skills so these details matter in making a game accessible)
  • they are colorful (important for sustaining the attention of younger kids or those with special needs)
  • the instructions for the different levels of play are fairly easy to follow and are printed on the box as well as on an insert in each game.
  • the company has put thought into responsible manufacturing & materials (see their website for details)
  • they made an effort to include illustrations of kids reflecting racial diversity
  • the company donates 10% of the proceeds to help economically disadvantaged children stay in school

Just a few suggestions for improvements:

  • I wish they were “cooperative” games (where all the players work together to win the game) vs. “competitive” games…… or if alternative rule suggestions were provided for that method of play. I naturally adapt almost any game I use in speech-language therapy or kids yoga to be played in that fashion but folks who are not familiar with the concept of “cooperative” games may need some ideas for doing this. For example, in the Yoga Spinner game the “sad face” & “happy face” cause a player to lose a card by the another player taking a card from them….. rather than using these rules, I will be incorporating empathy & emotions activities for those spots. I have lots of social skill materials to pull from in my work as a SLP to be able to do this.
  • Many of the games have OM symbols of varying sizes and prominence on them. This could be viewed as having “religious” connotations and could pose questions/concerns in certain settings. I am particularly sensitive to this working in a state agency & public schools.
  • Some of the rules involve holding a pose for 10 seconds. It would be nice to see suggestions for modifying this for younger kids or those with special needs (ex: holding a pose for 2-3 breaths; or deciding as a team what the pose challenge length will be. I work with a lot of kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders that take written rules very literally)
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Games to choose from in the giveaway. There are things that are unique & that I love about each one….. I encourage you to spend a little time looking at their website before choosing which one you want if you win the giveaway. Just because one is the most expensive doesn’t mean it will be best suited for the kids you work with.
  •  Some would be best suited for those who work with the same group of kids over a period of time where you can start with foundational skills and build upon them from class to class or for kids who already have some experience with yoga. Although I LOVED all of the games & really wanted to keep all of them, I knew in my heart of hearts that four of them be too complex for the kids I work with at the J.D. McCarty Center. So I blessed two local kids yoga teachers who work in settings where I knew would put them to great use. Look forward to hearing how Katie Windom‘s & Rachel White‘s yogis enjoy them <3.
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(I was also sent the travel version of this game to review. It’s not part of the giveaway but is cool if you need an on-the-go version. I love how the booklet fans out in this version with the pose illustrations on one side & instructions on the back: http://upsidedowngames.us/shop/the-magic-path-of-yoga-soft-version/ – Retail: $49.95.)
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  • Two of the games, Yoga Spinner & Memo Yoga, have received ratings by AblePlay. These are the two that I kept to use with the kids at JDMC. They are simpler so would be appropriate for even the younger yogis or those at a younger developmental level (obviously still using judgement for any contraindications for poses based on a particular child’s special needs or ability level).
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Purchase: Available on Amazon.com & on the company’s website: http://upsidedowngames.us/shop/.

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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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  • In order to simplify the entry process, I have eliminated the “A Way to Give” portion….. unfortunately few folks were interested in going through the extra steps to do so.

Entry Deadline: 11:59pm CST on September 9, 2013.

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  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • Only USA entries are allowed for this particular giveaway.
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  • The winner will be chosen from valid entries on September 10, 2013. NOTE: Even though I am using Rafflecopter, I will still 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.

1 winner will receive one copy of the game they chose via the Rafflecopter entry.

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  • Prize Value: depends on game chosen (ranges from $29.95 to $8.95)

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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

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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: YoDaGaMo: Activities for Focused and Playful Motion!

YoDaGaMo: Activities for Focused and Playful Motion!

Product Description

This 10 card set of 4×6  cards plus 2 “helpful hint” cards is perfect for the classroom teacher, dance teacher, kids yoga teacher, parent, camp  counselor…anyone who spends time with moving children!!  These activities are ideal for the 3-10 year old set and can be easily adapted and customized for your group.  They even include recommended music. The cards were developed by Alexandra “Zan” Langstaff at the Hullabaloo Danceshop in Vermont.

Pose cards include:

  • boat
  • cobra
  • dog
  • eagle
  • magic carpet (savasana)
  • mountain
  • resting rock (child’s pose)
  • star
  • tree
  • warrior

The front of each card has a colorful illustration & the back contains ideas for yoga (including the Sanskrit name, a rhyme & creative names for the pose), dance (including music suggestions), games (including prop suggestions) & more (ways to connect the poses with each other). There are also “Helpful Hints” cards with additional ideas and tips for yoga, dance & games.

What I LOVE about this card set:

  • the 4″ x 6″ size is large enough for kids to see in a group setting
  • colorful & fun illustrations
  • printed on sturdy cardstock that will hold up well
  • organized in alphabetical order on a binder ring makes it easy to find and turn to the card you want. The binder ring can be opened if you want to remove a specific card (this makes it easier to hold up the front of the card towards the kids & then the teacher can see the back of the card)
  • full of fun, creative & unique ideas!

I have already used these cards for inspiration to try some new games in the Therapeutic Yoga Group for our inpatients at the JD McCarty Center. Many of the kids we have in that group right now are more difficult to engage and have some challenging behaviors so adding a new splash of “YoDaGaMo” has definitely helped 🙂 The cards have also given me ideas to build upon for class themes for our Inclusive OMazing Kids Yoga Classes.

Available for purchase on their website (w/PayPal):  http://www.hullabaloodanceshop.com/yodagamo-cards.html

Price at the time of this post: $16.00

I found out about these fun cards via a post on the Maria’s Movers  blog: http://mariasmovers.com/2012/08/06/yodagamo-cards-yoga-dance-games-and-more/

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

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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