Monday, January 8, 2018

Fueling your yoga practice

Yoga postures involve a lot of bending, twisting, stretching, and balancing, and it is important to avoid heavy meals that might cause digestive discomfort.

For instance,  PRETZEL POSE compresses and massages the digestive organs in order to flush out toxins from the kidney, liver, and spleen.  These organs get a fresh supply of blood and oxygen once the twist is released.

Illustration by Kathleen Rietz, and adapted from The ABCs of Yoga for Kids (R)


Instead, try fueling up with a light snack an hour before practicing yoga to invigorate your body and get your mind focused. For example, snack on a handful of nuts or eat a leafy-green salad with a quarter of an avocado or a drizzle of olive oil. 

Healthy fats in moderation can fill you up, stabilize blood sugar levels, boost brain function, and prevent hunger pangs during or before practicing yoga.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Balance and Yoga

Happy New Year!! Welcome to a series of blog posts about yoga and nutrition.  Today, I would like to focus on balance and yoga.






Yoga not only helps to maintain a balanced metabolism, but also helps to balance your mind, body, and spirit.

When you are in a state of equilibrium, you are more equipped to make healthy foot and lifestyle choices.

Make sure that you get foods from each of the 5 food groups below, and also that you are physically active every day.  One way to do this is to incorporate yoga into your daily routine. Moving your body through yoga will give you more energy, improve your mood, and help you think better by boosting your focus and concentration.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Keep Diabetes Under Control with These 3 Yoga Poses



http://worlddiabetesday.org/


November is National Diabetes Month, and World Diabetes Day is November 14th; the goal is to raise awareness about diabetes in order for people to access education, treatment, and care, including preventative care. 

Not only is yoga an effective way to help prevent diabetes, but it is also good for those already diagnosed. One of the foundations of controlling one’s blood sugar is regular exercise, and yoga is the ideal way to obtain physical activity and naturally unwind at the same time.

Yoga helps with diabetes by:


  • Reducing Stress. Yoga helps to reduce the levels of cortisol, which helps with proper insulin action.

  • Stimulating the internal organs. Yoga helps to fuel the internal organs, including the pancreas.

  • Increasing circulation and controlling blood pressure. Yoga’s focus on breath and movement can boost circulation, especially to the extremities.

The following 3 yoga poses can help not only those with diabetes, but can also help with diabetes prevention as well.

EASY POSE. Breathing in and out through the nose helps oxygenate your blood and improves circulation. It also calms the mind.  Sit cross legged with your back straight and your elbows bent slightly. Gently place your wrists on your knees, with your palms facing up. Take several deep breathes in and out through your nose, before moving onto the next posture. 





BRIDGE POSE. This yoga posture helps to keep your blood pressure under control and also   helps to relax the mind.  In addition, it stretches the neck and spine. Lie on your back and bend your knees, with your arms straight underneath you. Slowly lift your hips up high as you press into your shoulders. Take several deep breaths in and out through your nose before moving onto the next posture.






MOUSE (CHILD’S POSE). This is a great stress reliever, as it gently stretches the hips, thighs and ankles while calming the mind at the same time. Sitting on your heels, gently bring your head towards the floor. As you fold into your upper body, place your arms at your side and focus on breathing in and out through your nose to calm your mind and body.





Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Yoga & Bullying



October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and YOGA is an effective method for increasing anger management skills while decreasing physical outbursts of violence. In addition, yoga has a positive impact on people's behavior and life-outlook.

Practicing simple yoga poses is one way that we can start to put an end to the cycle of bullying in both children and adults.  Check out our children's yoga resources at www.abcyogaforkids.com.





Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Finding The Right Yoga Mat For Your Practice

Are you looking for a new yoga mat? This article on Reviews.com can help you choose the mat that's right for your yoga practice. 

Whether you are a novice or seasoned yoga practitioner, finding a yoga mat can be an important part of your practice. 

https://www.reviews.com/best-yoga-mat/



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

ABCs of Yoga for Kids Annual Summer Coloring Contest



What do yoga and coloring have in common? Both activities are relaxing, therapeutic and fun. 
Now you can get out your crayons and have fun coloring and practicing yoga at the same time! 
Our Annual Summer Coloring Contest is underway, and the deadline is September 1st.  
1 winner from each category will receive an ABCs of Yoga for Kids Tote Bag as well as
The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Coloring Book


**New this year** A special 10 & up category, since coloring is fun for everyone!  
That's right, moms and dads, the contest is open to you, too!  Everyone in your household
is welcome to enter!


Official Rules:

You and/or your child should color the OTTER COLORING PAGE below, and make sure to include
 name, age, and (parent) e-mail address of the person with your submission(s).

Submit your entries in one of the following ways:

 Mail:

Stafford House Books, Inc.

Attn: ABC Yoga Coloring Contest

PO Box 291

Pacific Palisades, CA. 90272


 E-mail:

Scan or take a picture of your entry and e-mail to info@abcyogaforkids.com



Post on Social Media:

Take a picture of your entry and post on social media with the hashtag #abcyogaforkidscolor



There will be 1 winner chosen from each of these three categories:

1.        3 to 5 year olds

2.        6 to 9 year olds

3.        10 & Up



Good Luck!!



Yours in health,

Teresa Anne Power





Friday, June 23, 2017

Yoga is good for cyclists

Summer is upon us, and cycling is a fun activity for kids and families. Here are two yoga poses which will help to loosen up your calves, hamstrings, shoulders, chest and thighs to get ready for summer biking fun!

DOLPHIN POSE




 RAGDOLL POSE





 Also, Buddy Pegs has a new bike book for kids, whose mission is to bring bicycles into more families. http://kck.st/2tEK7Cs.

Check it out!