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.


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