Monday, April 22, 2013

Knot Yoga Posture

Try this fun pose called the Knot to naturally unwind:                                 

On my belly I lie.
The Knot Pose is so easy,
I hardly have to try.
With arms crossed in front of me and legs stretched out behind,
                                                                I focus straight ahead.
                                                                What a great way to unwind!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Summer childcare choices

 Wondering about child care options for your kids this summer?

Click here for a comprehensive guide to summer childcare choices, including camps for children with special needs.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Earth Day

April 22nd is Earth Day, and the goal is to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the earth's environment.

Some activities for kids to try include:
  • Planting trees
  • Picking up roadside trash
  • Recycling
  • Using recyclable containers for snacks and lunches
  • Practicing simple yoga poses to commemorate Mother Earth.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Benefits of breath for kids yoga

Breathing in and out of the nose is a key component of a children's yoga practice.

Benefits of nose breathing:
  • Reduces stress
  • Gets more oxygen into the lungs
  • Helps kids to calm themselves by focusing on their breath
In contrast, mouth breathing is shallow, and can cause symptoms of  fight/flight in kids.

Try the Inhale Pose below:

"One of the most important parts of any yoga pose,
Is remembering to breathe deeply
By inhaling through my nose."

Illustration by Kathleen Rietz