Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Practice daily gratitude this holiday season

Practicing daily gratitude can be life changing, and a favorite book of mine on this topic is 365 Thank Yous by John Kralik.

Inspired by a beautiful, simple note his ex-girlfriend had sent to thank him for his Christmas gift, John Kralik imagined that he might find a way to feel grateful by writing thank-you notes.

I could relate to this premise of the book, as my mother always impressed upon me the importance of writing a personal thank you note for gifts I received as well as for events that I was invited to. As the years have progressed, people have gotten so busy that the art form of a simple hand written thank you note has gone astray.

John Kralik's book is a gem,  and shows how the simple act of daily gratitude through writing thank you notes can be life altering.

Try this with your kids this holiday season. You can either go with them to pick out some special stationary or else make some notes yourselves. Train your children early to write thank you notes to people to whom they are appreciative, and watch them reap the rewards of this simple act of kindness and gratitude!


Wishing you a holiday season full of grace for the many blessings in your lives!!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Free Tips for Yoga Teachers with your order on Amazon.com

Back by popular demand, for the month of December I will be sending anyone who orders The ABCs of Yoga for Kids book on Amazon a copy of 10 Free Tips for Yoga Teachers plus a free coloring book page.

Simply send a copy of your order receipt to teresa@abcyogaforkids.com to receive your free gift.

Why not give the gift of Childrens Yoga this holiday season?!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

ABCs of Yoga for Kids Amazon.com special

Deadline Extended to midnight on Monday, November 28th for ordering any of The ABCs of Yoga for Kids products on Amazon and receiving a FREE GIFT of 10 Tips for Kids Yoga Teachers!

These tips include the opening sequence which I use for the children's yoga classes I teach, as well as suggestions for music to incorporate into your yoga curriculum.

Top 5 reasons why kids should practice yoga:
  1. Healthy outlet to balance their lives
  2. Ideal way to naturally unwind and obtain physical activity at the same time
  3. Paves the way for a life-long tradition of health and fitness
  4. Children of all ages and sizes and varying degrees of athletic abilities can practice yoga
  5. Non-competitive form of exercise
Illustration by Kathleen Rietz



Monday, November 21, 2011

Free Tips for Yoga Teachers

Order any of The ABCs of Yoga for Kids products on Amazon on BLACK FRIDAY, and receive 10 Tips for Yoga Teachers as a free gift!  Simply e-mail a copy of your purchase order from amazon to teresa@abcyogaforkids.com, and I will send you these complementary tips, including the opening yoga sequence I use with the kids I teach.  As an added bonus you will receive a free coloring book page from The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Coloring Book.
Illustration by Kathleen Rietz
 

ABC Yoga for Kids: FREE SHIPPING during December

Give the Gift of Childrens Yoga this Holiday Season and enjoy FREE SHIPPING at abcyogaforkids.com.  Offer valid with coupon code ABCYOGA during the month of December 2011.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving time is all about gratitude, and there are so many things to be grateful for.

When I teach yoga to kids, I end the class with the Do Nothing Pose (Savasana), playing a soothing lullaby while the children relax in this pose. (The kids love House at Pooh Corner by Kenny Loggins.) Once the song is over, I have them slowly come to a seated position in Easy Pose.

From this seated position, I ask each child what they are grateful for. I start by telling them what I am grateful for, and then tell them that Gratitude is a Winning Attitude!

Try practicing gratitude with your children this Thanksgiving, and extend this attitude of appreciation through the upcoming holidays and beyond!

Wishing you a Thanksgiving full of health, grace, and gratitude for all the many blessings in your lives!!



Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Gate Yoga Pose

The Gate Yoga Posture is good for kids physical as well as emotional health.

On a physical level, this pose strengthens their arms, wrists, abs and legs, while on an emotional level it works on helping them to become centered and balanced.

Give it a try!


Illustration by Kathleen Rietz

Monday, October 24, 2011

Take It From Me: The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Review & GIVEAWAY

Take It From Me: The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Review & GIVEAWAY: I don’t know about you, but my kids are FULL of energy! From the moment they wake up, ‘til the moment they fall asleep, it seems like they ...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Yoga Breathing for Kids

All of our physical and mental actions have an influence on our breathing. By teaching kids to breathe in and out through their noses, they will learn how to calm themselves by focusing on their breath.

Furthermore, nose breathing keeps children focused, as opposed to shallow mouth breathing which can make them feel tense, irritable and anxious.

Try this simple breathing exercise with your child.  I like to call it Take FiveHave them take a slow deep breath in through their nose for the count of 5, holding their breath for a second or two at the top, before slowing exhaling through their nose for a backwards count of 5,4,3,2,1. 

Let them know that Yoga breathing is fun, and that they can Take Five any time during the day when they feel stressed or out of sorts. 

Illustrated by Kathleen Rietz

 Illustrated by Kathleen Rietz









Friday, October 14, 2011

Benefits of Yoga for Kids

Most people think Yoga is for adults, as a stress-reliever or way to keep limber, fit and healthy. However, it is great for kids too! 

Here are some top reasons why yoga is good for kids and why kids love The ABCs of Yoga for Kids:

  • Practicing the postures can enhance their athletic performance.
  • The poses provide exercise, at no cost, anywhere they choose.
  • It helps them appreciate their body and educates them on their anatomy.
  • It enhances the harmony of their well-being.
  • It creates healthy habits.
  • It makes them more flexible and energized.
  • It gives them a greater awareness of how their body moves.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Halloween is Coming!

Try the Jack-o-Lantern pose this coming month of October. Kids love to make spooky faces, and this pose actually exercises their facial muscles!

Have your child sit in easy pose, breathing in and out through their nose. Next have them interlace their hands above their heads and pretend they are a Jack-o-Lantern, making a ghoulish grin with their mouths.


Free Monthly Yoga Coloring Page

Kathleen Rietz, the illustrator of The ABCs of Yoga for Kids, has posted a monthly free coloring book page from The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Coloring Book on her blog at http://licoricegirl.blogspot.com/.

Check it out for a fun activity to do with your kids during the month.

For September, the pose of the month is I for Inhale. This corresponds to the 9th letter of the alphabet in the 9th month of the year.
 
Sign up for my free monthly newsletter at abcyogaforkids.com to receive more information about a specific yoga pose for each month of the year.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Illustrations for The ABCs of Yoga for Kids

I just wanted to give 'kudos' to my wonderful illustrator, Kathleen Rietz! Without her fabulous illustrations my book would not have won all the awards and acclaim that it has gotten since it was published. Check out her website at http://kathleenrietz.com/.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Yoga Awareness Month

Check out examiner.com to find out more about National Yoga Month and all the free classes and activities happening this September.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

September is National Yoga Month

September is National Yoga Month and it's all about creating awareness around the proven health benefits of Yoga. http://www.yogamonth.org/



Monday, August 29, 2011

Free Kids Yoga Monthly Newsletter

Sign up for my free monthly newsletter at abcyogaforkids.com. Each month I focus on a different letter of the alphabet and the corresponding pose from my book, The ABCs of Yoga for Kids.
 

September is Children's Good Manners Month

September is the ideal time to teach the basics of good manners to kids as it is the start of the academic year for many schools.

Children not only feel good about themselves when they learn these valuable life skills, but they are also able to get along better with their peers, teachers, and family.

Applying the fundamentals of respect, kindness, courtesy and thoughtfulness enable children to become more considerate of others and less self absorbed.

Lastly, kids are more apt to be able to handle life in general when they know what to do in different situations that might arise.

Check out A Quest for Good Manners by Karin Lefranc, which is a fun adventure for kids to find good manners.



Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Winner of The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Blog Contest

I wanted to announce that Kia has won a free copy of The ABCs of Yoga for Kids as part of my blog give-away contest for subscribers.

Please continue to subscribe and follow my blog for more chances to win!

love and peace,
Teresa




Teaching Yoga to Kids: Accepting them the way that they are without expectations

I have not been keeping up with my blog on a regular basis lately as I have just sent my oldest child off to college.  Now that I am back, I wanted to share some tips for teaching yoga to young children.

The ultimate way to guide children is to accept them the way that they are, and to teach them to approach yoga without expectations. 

Practicing as a beginner is just like experiencing anything new in life; everything unfolds with time and practice. Making yoga fun for kids in a non-competitive and nurturing environment will sow the seeds for a life-long interest in the mind-body connection which yoga provides. 

Love & Peace, Teresa

Monday, August 1, 2011

Kids doing yoga

Here is a cute picture of some girls doing the airplane pose from The ABCs of Yoga for Kids!


Monday, July 25, 2011

ABCs of Yoga for Kids Coloring Book Contest Entries

Here are the coloring book entries so far for the 2nd Annual ABCs of Yoga for Kids Coloring Book Contest. You still have time to enter -- simply go to abcyogaforkids.com and print one of the two free downloadable coloring book pages.  Send your child's completed page to The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Coloring Book Contest, PO Box 291, Pacific Palisades, CA. 90272.  Make sure and write your child's name, age and your e-mail address. The winner will be notified in September and will receive an array of ABCs of Yoga for Kids products.  Good Luck!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

ABECE de Yoga para Ninos available on amazon.com

Here is the link to ABECE de Yoga para Ninos on Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/ABECE-Yoga-para-Ninos-Spanish/dp/0982258747/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1311218436&sr=1-4


       Boat = Bote
Soy un macizo bote

que se esfuerza para mantenerse a flote. Sentado bien derecho

doblo las rodillas

y las acerco al pecho.

Arrimo los brazos suavemente a los dos lados del cuerpo

y levantando las piernas lentamente timoneando me divierto.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Poster Sale

I am doing an inventory of my products, and have several slightly damaged ABCs of Yoga for Kids Posters available for sale at 1/2 off the retail price of $16.95. Your cost would be $8.47  plus shipping and handling. Quantities are limited so if you are interested please e-mail me at teresa@abcyogaforkids.com. The posters are fine except for either bent corners or other small imperfections. Great bargain for teachers who would like to use the poster in their classroom.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

ABCs of Yoga for Kids Book Giveaway

Subscribe to my blog and automatically enter into a drawing for a free copy of The ABCs of Yoga for Kids in either the Spanish or English edition.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Quote for the Day


Yesterday is history, tomorrow is mystery, today is a gift, that's why they call it present...
(Source unknown)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Happy July!

I hope that you had a Happy 4th of July! Practicing yoga can give kids a sense of freedom and independence as they master different poses and develop a strong mind-body connection. For a fun kids 4th of July yoga sequence check out http://yogainmyschool.com/2011/07/02/fourth-of-july-kids-yoga-sequence/.

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids 2nd Annual Coloring Contest is underway this month. Simply download one of the two free coloring book pages at www.abcyogaforkids.com. Submit your childs entry to ABC Yoga for Kids Coloring Contest, PO Box 291, Pacific Palisades, CA. 90272. Please include your childs name, age, and your e-mail address. The winner will be notified in September and will receive various ABCs of Yoga for Kids Products. Also, all those who sign up for my blog at http://abcyogaforkids.blogspot.com/ will be automatically entered in a drawing for a free copy of either The ABCs of Yoga for Kids book in English or the new Spanish translation. Good luck!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

First 5 La Mini Conference at Children's Bureau


Yesterday I was one of the speakers at Children's Bureau for the First 5 LA Mini Conference for caregivers. In this photo the participants are doing the QUEEN posture from my book, The ABCs of Yoga for Kids.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Yoga for Kids: The ABCs of Yoga for Kids on YouTube

Yoga for Kids: The ABCs of Yoga for Kids on YouTube: "Check out this video which features Parent Tested Parent Approved childrens healthy products, including The ABCs of Yoga for Kids. http:..."

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids on YouTube

Check out this video which features Parent Tested Parent Approved childrens healthy products, including The ABCs of Yoga for Kids. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CFJe2htAjA&feature=youtu.be

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Yoga at the New York Bronx Zoo May 2011



Here are some photos from my yoga presentation and book signing at the Bronx Zoo over Memorial Day Weekend


COBRA POSE
EASY POSE


FLOWER POSE

Friday, May 20, 2011

Children's Yoga in Vietnam

Children's Yoga is gaining in popularity around the world as people are beginning to realize that the many health benefits of yoga pertain to kids as well!

Here are some photos which Monique from the Lyon Yoga Center in Vietnam send to me recently.
                                                                                                               
                                   
Tt is for Triangle Pose

                     
Bb is for Butterfly Pose
                                              

Monday, May 9, 2011

Women's Health Week

This Mother's Day is the official start of National Women's Health Week which lasts from May 8th to May 14th. This year's theme is "It's your time" and women are encouraged to make their health a top priority.

Many mothers spend so much time taking care of  their children that they ofter neglect their own needs.

This week make it a priority to take care of yourself first -- you will actually be in better shape to take care of those around you if you do this!

Showing your children that you are willing to put your health as a top priority will set a good example for them as well. Practicing yoga is one way to keep yourself fit, both mentally and physically.





Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

Relax this Mother's Day in Easy Pose. All you have to do is to breathe deeply in and out through your nose!


Monday, May 2, 2011

Zoo Animals and Yoga

At the end of this month I will be visiting the Bronx Zoo in New York as part of their Animal Tales Extravaganza.

I will be giving a yoga demonstration followed by a book signing on Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th at 1:00 pm.

The Elephant Pose is one of the animal postures I will be focusing on at this Swinging into Spring Event at the Bronx Zoo, and this forward bending pose is great for stretching out children's over used hamstrings.

To celebrate The ABCs of Yoga for Kids coming out in Spanish, I have included the Spanish translation of the Elephant Pose below.


Elephant = Elefante

Soy un elefante fenomenal.                                                           
Me pongo de pie firmemente,
encorvo la columna vertebral
y me echo a andar muy toscamente.
Los dedos entrelazo
y de un lado al otro
la trompa lentamente mezo,
y camino suavemente
a pesar de mi gran peso.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Spring!

The month of April brings Easter and Passover, as well as the advent of spring. Spring is the transition season between winter and summer, and is a time of growth and renewal. The Hindus celebrate spring with Holi or the Festival of Colors.

I thought of focusing on the RABBIT yoga posture this month, not only because of the Easter Bunny but also because in United States folklore a rabbit foot is thought to bring good luck.

The RABBIT posture (sasangasana) is good for children as well as adults. It stretches your spine, improves digestion, eliminates tension from your upper back and neck, and stimulates your thymus gland, thus strengthening your immune system.

May good luck and health bless you this month! 
Rabbit



Thursday, March 31, 2011

April is National Stress Awareness Month

April is National Stress Awareness Month, and what better way to de-stress than through practicing yoga!

Most people think yoga is for adults, as a stress-reliever or way to keep limber, fit, and healthy, but it is great for kids as well.

The mind-body connection which children achieve through yoga helps them deal with stressful situations such as taking tests or peer pressure.

Try the Do Nothing Pose (Savasana) to relieve stress, pressure and anxiety.



Saturday, March 26, 2011

KIDS YOGA 101 Webinar is Sold-out

My upcoming webinar KIDS YOGA 101: Using Yoga to Get Kids Active is SOLD-OUT.  I let you know when I will be doing another one!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, March 25, 2011

KIDS YOGA 101

It's not too late to sign up for KIDS YOGA 101, an hour long webinar exploring how to use yoga to get kids active.

The date is Thursday, March 31st at 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time.

Sign up at http://www.abcyogaforkids.com/abc/news/ and once you register I will send you all the information on how to access the webinar.

Hope you can join in!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Quote of the Day

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, 
concentrate the mind on the present moment"
Buddha
 
 
Yoga for Kids will help children focus on the present moment 
rather than having their minds wander off to what they did before
or what they are going to do after practicing yoga. This translates
into better focus and concentration in school!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New Webinar: KIDS YOGA 101

 KIDS YOGA 101: Using Yoga to Get Children Active
 Thursday, March 31st 
 9:00 A M. Pacific Standard Time

  • As a parent, do you want to learn more about kids yoga and how it can help your child stay fit and healthy?
  • As a teacher, do you want to find out more about kids yoga to help children stay mentally focused and become less stressed?
  • As an educator, do you want to find out more about kids yoga to implement into your program?
  If you answered YES to any of the above questions, this  60 minute webinar is for you!

My mission is to educate as many people as possible about the health-mind-body benefits of Yoga for Kids, and this webinar is one way to do that.

Based on the seminars that I teach in the Los Angeles area, this 60 minute webinar includes a power point presentation which you can view on your computer at home.

To sign up, please go to http://www.abcyogaforkids.com/abc/news/. Once you have signed up, I will e-mail you the call- in instructions.

Please forward this to anyone you think might be interested. 

Hope you can join in!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Poster Contest Winner

It has been a week since I announced my first contest on my blog.  The person with the most comments this past week will receive a free ABCs of Yoga for Kids Poster.

I must say that the competition has been very close between two followers, and in the end I felt that both of them deserved a poster -- So... I am announcing two winners: Catalina Villa and Jessica McMullin!  Congratulations to you both!!  Please e-mail me at teresa@abcyogaforkids.com with the address where you would like me to send the posters.

I really enjoyed all the comments and questions-- please keep them coming.  Thank you to everyone who visits my blog and who makes comments.

Please check back frequently for more contests and helpful posts about kids yoga.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Midwest Book Review of The ABCs of Yoga for Kids

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids is featured in the March 2011 issue of The Midwest Book Review's online book review magazine "Children's Bookwatch". http://www.midwestbookreview.com/cbw/mar_11.htm#ABC

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Quote of the Day

I heard this today and loved it:
"ASAP" stands for Always Say A Prayer.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

ABC Yoga Thank You

A big thank you all who have posted comments on my blog thus far.  It is going to be a close contest between two people as to who wins the free ABCs of Yoga for Kids poster.  Please tell your friends about my blog -- I regularly write on it about interesting kids yoga sites, kids yoga tips, as well as hosting contests and give-aways. Also, you can sign up at my abcyogaforkids.com for my free monthly newsletter.

Namaste!

Kids Yoga Video on U-Tube

I just posted a short kids yoga video on u-tube. Let me know what you think.  Don't forget that the person with the most comments this week will win a free ABCs of Yoga for Kids Poster.  Check back often or subscribe to hear more about my free giveaways and other information regarding yoga for kids.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Great Kids Website for Yoga Accessories

Check out   Play Time Yoga for  some great  childrens yoga accessories such as yoga mats, clothes, books, and music. 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

ABCs of Yoga for Kids Poster Give-Away

Don't forget to leave comments on my blog about what you think about children's yoga, my blog, or any other comments related to children's health and yoga. The person with the most comments at the end of the week will win a free ABCs of Yoga for Kids Poster, valued at $16.95.  Keep those comments coming, as I would love to hear your thoughts!

Kid's Yoga Resources

Check out The Kid's Yoga Resource, a blog put out by ChildLight Yoga. I found out about this great site when the founder of ChildLight Yoga, Lisa Flynn, asked to review my book for it. See her review of The ABCs of Yoga for Kids by clicking here.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Yoga for Kids Video

ABCs of Yoga for Kids Poster Give-Away Contest

Post the most comments on my blog this week and win an ABCs of Yoga for Kids 24" x 32" poster! The winner will be announced next Saturday, March 12th.  Good Luck!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Yoga for Kids Tip of the Day

The way to instill a curiosity or desire in our youth to take up yoga lies in making it fun for them. Making yoga enjoyable for kids will help them to stay engaged with their yoga practice. Keeping the poses short and lively is one way to help children maintain their energy and concentration.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids has earned the coveted Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) Seal of Approval



I am thrilled that The ABCs of Yoga for Kids received such a high honor, as it was among many entries from across North America competing to earn the PTPA Seal.  Because independent parent volunteers evaluate these products in their own homes, PTPA winners are chosen based on merit and consumer experience -- not on commercial considerations.

Parent Evaluator Testimonials :
Having no experience with yoga (myself or my daughter), I wasn't sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, before I got to it, my daughter had grabbed the book and was in the living room reading it with a look of wonder in her eyes. We have done "her moves" every night before bed since we received it.

This book made my kids, ages 2, 4, & 7, ask to do yoga every morning! Each pose is arranged in alphabetical order and is accompanied by a short poem and an illustration of each pose. My oldest daughter did yoga at her preschool and was so excited when this book arrived. This didn't disappoint. If you are looking for a book to read before bed at night, this isn't it, but if you want a book to introduce the basics of a great exercise that the whole family can do together, buy this book!

Absolutely amazing! My daughter thought it was the coolest thing ever! She begged me to take it to school.... And now their teacher uses it with the kids daily in class.. Especially when they need a little bit of calm down time.. haha They all rave about it and the teacher is overly impressed with the content! A+ here!! :D

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Abece de Yoga para Ninos: excerpts from the upcoming Spanish translation of The ABCs of Yoga for Kids

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids will soon be out in Spanish! Here is an excerpt from Abece de Yoga para Ninos:

Aa
 
Airplane = Avion
 Soy un avion
dirigiendose al cielo.
Levanto el pecho, los brazoz y las piernas
y luego vuelo.
 

 
 Copyright 2011, Teresa Anne Power, All Rights Reserved
These images and poems may not be reproduced or copied without written express permission from the author. 

Monday, February 28, 2011

Earthchild Yoga Project in Cape Town, South Africa

I was recently contacted by the Earthchild Project in Cape Town South Africa about donating my children's yoga book to them to use in their township schools. I readily accepted, and am thrilled with all that they are doing to provide children with practical skills to live a more balanced and fulfilling life. They focus on self-awareness, health and wellness, and the environment. Yoga is a focus of their programs in the schools where they teach. Here are some pictures of the kids doing yoga. For more information go to the Earthchild Project.

                              







Sunday, February 13, 2011

Benefits of Yoga for Kids

Children gain significant mental and physical health benefits from practicing simple yoga postures. My award-winning book, The ABCs of Yoga for Kids, uses the alphabet, rhyming vignettes and colorful illustrations to introduce children to basic yoga poses in a kid-friendly way. Sign up for my free monthly newsletter at abcyogaforkids.com

The BENEFITS OF YOGA are many, including:
  • developing discipline
  • helping in the performance of other sport activities
  • strengthening both fine and gross motor coordination
  • improving visual-motor and auditory processing
  • toning internal glands and organs
  • aiding cognitive functions of sequencing and memory
  • heightening body awareness and self-control
  • increasing both flexibility and strength.
Indeed, yoga nourishes the mind, body and spirit, and paves the way for a life-long tradition of health and fitness. Children of all ages and sizes and varying degrees of athletic abilities can practice yoga, a non-competitive form of exercise. I have practiced yoga myself for over 25 years, and have taught yoga for eight years. I have seen overwhelmingly positive results in the children I teach, and want to share my love of yoga across the nation and around the world. Check back regularly to my blog for more information about yoga for kids!