Thursday, December 13, 2012

ABC Yoga for Kids December Free Shipping Special

For the month of December,  I am offering free shipping on all orders at abcyogaforkids.com.

Use Coupon Code ABCYOGA at checkout.

Give the gift of yoga to your kids this holiday season!



Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Mommy and me yoga

I just volunteered today at St. John's Well Child & Family Center in Compton. I taught a yoga class to mothers with their babies and toddlers.

It was just as rewarding for the moms as for the kids; after all, yoga helps to de-stress, and if parents are less stressed then their kids will be as well!

My mission is to turn the masses onto yoga, so that our youth can develop a healthy lifestyle early on in their formative lives.



Illustration Credit: 123RF


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Fun Children's Yoga DVD

Check out my latest children's yoga DVD, Yoga Adventures with Down Dog. It is a Mom's Choice Award Winner, and is available at DownDogsYogaAdventures.com as well as on Amazon.



Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving full of gratitude for the many blessings in your lives!

I also wanted to share a review by OMazing Kids of my new DVD, Yoga Adventures with Down Dog.  Click on the following  link for a chance to receive a free copy!  Deadline is November 24th.

http://omazingkidsllc.com/2012/11/21/review-giveaway-yoga-adventures-with-down-dog-a-yoga-alphabet-playdate-dvd/

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thanksgiving yoga for kids

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all the good things in our lives. Gratitude and yoga go hand in hand, and practicing simple yoga poses is one way to teach kids thankfulness.

For the month of November, try the Pretzel pose. This posture twists across your body and is good for your digestive system.

Twists not only improve digestion, but also help to remove toxins from the body. This is especially important during this time of the year with all the holiday foods.

When practicing the pretzel pose, use the breath to deepen the posture by lengthening the body on the inhale and deepening the twist on the exhale.

For a fun way to practice thankfulness with children, try playing the ABC game of gratitude. One person starts with the letter A and says something that they are grateful for that starts with that letter. For example, "I am grateful for our armed forces." The next person uses the letter B, and so on through the whole alphabet.

We all have things to be grateful for, and Thanksgiving is a great time of year to practice that gratitude with the children in our lives.

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving full of health, yoga and gratitude!!

Illustration by Kathleen Rietz


Monday, September 10, 2012

More Coloring Contest Entries

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids 3rd Annual Summer Coloring Contest is well underway, and below are some reccent entries I have received.
There's still time to get out those crayons and submit your child's entry to ABC Yoga for Kids Coloring Contest, c/o Teresa Power, P.O. Box 291, Pacific Palisades, CA. 90272.  Make sure to include your child's name and age, as well as the parent's e-mail address.

The deadline of September 20th, 2012  is fast approaching, and the winner will not only receive a basketful of ABCs of Yoga for Kids products, but also will be featured on my website at abcyogaforkids.com. All entrants will receive a certificate of recognition from ABC Yoga for Kids. To see the past winners go to http://www.abcyogaforkids.com/abc/coloring-contest/

Good luck!!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

ABCs of Yoga for Kids Coloring Contest Entries

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids 3rd Annual Summer Coloring Contest is underway, and below are some of the entries so far. 
There's still time to get out those crayons and submit your child's entry to ABC Yoga for Kids Coloring Contest, c/o Teresa Power, P.O. Box 291, Pacific Palisades, CA. 90272.  Make sure to include your child's name and age, as well as the parent's e-mail address.
The deadline is September 20th, 2012  and the winner will not only receive a basketful of ABCs of Yoga for Kids products, but also will be featured on my website at abcyogaforkids.com. All entrants will receive a certificate of recognition from ABC Yoga for Kids. To see the past winners go to http://www.abcyogaforkids.com/abc/coloring-contest/

Good luck!!
 
Ruby Moulton, Age 6
Alice Moulton, Age 5

Thursday, August 2, 2012

3rd Annual ABCs of Yoga for Kids Coloring Contest

Cool off this month of August with the  3rd Annual Summer ABC Yoga for Kids Coloring Contest. Simply print out the Waterfall coloring book page below and enter for a chance to win!

Get out those crayons and submit your childs entry to ABC Yoga for Kids Coloring Contest, c/o Teresa Power, P.O. Box 291, Pacific Palisades, CA. 90272.

The deadline is September 20th, and the winner will not only receive a basketful of ABCs of Yoga for Kids products, but also will be featured on my website at abcyogaforkids.com. All entrants will receive a certificate of recognition from ABC Yoga for Kids. To see the past winners go to http://www.abcyogaforkids.com/abc/coloring-contest/.

Good luck!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Yoga & children's health and fitness

There is a growing trend towards educating the public on important children's health and fitness issues such as autism awareness, childhood obesity and diabetes, the dangers of too much screen time for kids, and mental health disorders in children.

Yoga can help with many of these societal problems:
  • Yoga can help children with special needs
  • Yoga can maintain healthy lifestyle choices for kids
  • Yoga can be healthy substitute for watching TV or sitting in front of a computer.
  • Yoga can help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with psychiatric and learning disorders.
The key to helping children is early identification through pubic awareness. Click here to read articles I have written about these and other children's health and fitness issues.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Yoga in the classroom

Take yoga to your kid's classroom with The ABCs of Yoga for Kids!

Warrior Pose
Illustration by Kathleen Rietz

Kids books for Earth Day

Why not celebrate Earth Day with reading books that have environmental messages and activities?

For children,  I recommend:


  • "All the Way to the Ocean" by Joel Harper
  • "Earth Book for Kids" by Linda Schwartz
  • "Curious George goes Camping" by Margaret and H.A. Rey
  • "Winnie the Pooh: Roo's Big Nature Day" by K. Emily Hutta
  • "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein
  • "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss
  • "Grow It, Cook It with Kids" by Amanda Grant.


Reading books with children is a fun, easy, and ongoing way to promote the environment!



The Dog Pose

The Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Shvanasana) stretches the back, opens the chest, and builds upper body strength. 

For a fun activity to do with kids, do this posture together and then have them color the Dog Coloring Book Page below, which is adapted from The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Coloring Book


Illustration by Kathleen Rietz, Copyright 2009, All Rights Reserved


Friday, April 20, 2012

Arbor Day and the tree pose

April 27th is National Arbor Day, and what better way to celebrate this special day dedicated to trees than by practicing the tree pose with your child!

The following yoga tree coloring book page and poem are adapted from The ABCs of Yoga for Kids.

Tree Pose
I am an old and solid tree.
My roots grow deep into the ground beneath me.
Bending one leg, I bring my foot to my thigh.
Balancing can be tricky, but I'll give it a try!
I focus my sight on a single spot.
Yoga improves my concentration a lot!

Illustration by Kathleen Rietz

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Yoga in Haiti

I was thrilled to received the following e-mail and photos from Lauren Rubenstein, volunteer coordinator for the Bridge of Diamonds, which organizes ongoing trips to Haiti to teach yoga to kids there. What a wonderful thing they are doing!!

"Teresa,
Your materials added so much to our program; can't thank you enough!
 
Warm best,
 
Lauren
Bridge of Diamonds Volunteer Coordinator"
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PLEASE HELP THE CHILDREN OF HAITI!
300 families still live in the Damien tent camp 2 years post-earthquake.
Donate at: https://yogakids1.worldsecuresystems.com/bridge-of-diamonds

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Turtle Yoga Posture

The turtle pose (Kurmasana) has many physical benefits, including increased circulation to the hip and groin area as well as stretching of the upper and lower back. 

The poem and picture below are adapted from The ABCs of Yoga for Kids.

Illustration by Kathleen Rietz


 From a seated position,
I bend my knees and open my legs wide.
I am becoming a shy turtle,
Carrying a shell in which to hide.
With my feet flat on the floor,
I bring my arms under my knees.
Looking down toward my belly,
I count, "One-two-three!"
Then slowly lifting my head out of my shell,
I look up and see that 
The world around me is swell.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Children's Girl Scouts and Yoga

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids  is a great book for Children's Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts builds girls of confidence, courage and character through a variety of enriching experiences.

Yoga for Kids is an activity which, if practiced in a group, can bond girls together and empower them to make healthy lifestyle choices.

If our next generation could learn to calm themselves, while at the same time building strength and fortitude, our world would be a better place!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year! The New Year is a time for change and resolution, a celebration of new hopes and dreams, and an opportunity to start with a clean slate. 

What better time to continue to instill the health benefits of yoga for kids than this fresh month of January?


Kids should be encouraged to embrace yoga at a young age because during these formative years they are very impressionable and open to new ideas and concepts.Children who practice yoga develop a good value system as they learn to respect themselves and in turn respecting others.


Since yoga is a natural and healthy way for young children to exercise, relax, focus and strengthen their minds and bodies, what better gift could you give your child this New Year?!