Monday, December 7, 2015

International Kids' Yoga Day: April 8, 2016

On Friday, April 8, 2016 at 11:00 am, yoga teachers, schools, parents, and other organizations will take time to celebrate our youth and their physical/mental fitness by practicing 5 minutes of yoga with them.

The aim of Kids' Yoga Day is to bring as many people together as possible, both nationally and internationally, to build a community of yogis who will inspire and empower children to live their fullest potential through the practice of yoga.

Ambassadors of Kids' Yoga Day will help spread the word about this global event, and we will be giving them information about how to do this. To sign up to be an ambassador click here.

We already have ambassadors from 14 states and 4 countries, and are currently looking for ambassadors who are affiliated with schools/yoga studios in the following states:

Alabama
Alaska
Arkansas
Colorado
Connecticut
DC
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Mexico
North Dakota
Oregon
Puerto Rico
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Utah
Vermont
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
 
Please sign up for Kids' Yoga Day and start to spread the word!!

Celebrate the holiday season with the 12 YOGA poses of Christmas

Peace, Joy, and Love abound at Christmas time, so why not use these words to help both kids and adults understand the true meaning of the holidays by incorporating them into a daily family yoga practice.

 Here is the complete 12 day yoga routine to practice together as a family.  Keep on adding a pose a day, until the 12th day when you have a nice 12 posture routine to do!


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Day 3: Celebrate the holiday season with the 12 YOGA poses of Christmas

Peace, Joy, and Love abound at Christmas time, so why not use these words to help both kids and adults understand the true meaning of the holidays by incorporating them into a daily family yoga practice.





 On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 3 airplane poses, 2 easy poses and the pretzel pose to twist and feel free.










 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Day 2: Celebrate the holiday season with the 12 YOGA poses of Christmas

Peace, Joy, and Love abound at Christmas time, so why not use these words to help both kids and adults understand the true meaning of the holidays by incorporating them into a daily family yoga practice.



 On the second day of Christmas, practice both Pretzel pose as well as Easy pose below.

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 2 easy poses and the pretzel pose to twist and feel free.

 



DAY 1: Celebrate the holiday season with the 12 YOGA poses of Christmas

Peace, Joy, and Love abound at Christmas time, so why not use these words to help both kids and adults understand the true meaning of the holidays by incorporating them into a daily family yoga practice.



Start with P and Pretzel pose, using  the first part of The 12 Days of Christmas Song.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, the pretzel pose to twist and feel free.

Illustration by Kathleen Rietz

 Tune in tomorrow for the second day of Christmas, where you can add another pose to practice together as a family.
 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Frog Meditation for Kids

I recently came across "Sitting Still Like a Frog" meditation for kids in Eline Snel's book Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids.



The author talks about how the frog is capable of enormous leaps, but it can also sit very still.  Even though it is aware of everything that happens around it, the frog does not react right away.

Instead the frog sits still and breathes, preserving its energy rather than getting caught up with all the ideas popping into its head. In her book, Eline Snel encourages children to pay attention to their breath, and be still and quiet, just like the frog.


After taking a few moments to simply breathe and letting go of all the chatter going on in their minds, have kids jump up in the frog pose and say "R-r-r-r-i-b-i-t", taking a giant leap just like the frog!

This exercise can not only help kids with their concentration, but can also help them to be less impulsive by teaching them how to not immediately act on what they are thinking or feeling.  Instead they learn how to pause for a moment and just breathe.

To find out more about yoga and mindfulness, visit our website at www.abcyogaforkids.com




Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Military Family Month

November is Military Family Month, which was established in 1996 by the Armed Services YMCA to demonstrate the nation's support and commitment to the families of military personnel.

The U.S. Government recognizes this occasion every year, and to show my support of our armed forces I am going to donate 10% of all ABCs of Yoga for Kids sales to the Armed Services YMCA during the month of November.


Yoga is a great activity for families of military personnel to do together. Parents can use The ABCs of Yoga for Kids to play charades with their child. In this game, each person takes turns doing a pose from the book while the others guess which one it is, based on that person's body positioning.

Another fun way for military families to practice yoga is with Brogamat's Yoga Joes, which are classic green and pink army figures doing yoga.


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Kids' Yoga Day


Kids' Yoga Day is April 8, 2016!

At 11:00 AM on that day, yoga teachers, schools, parents, and other organizations will take time to celebrate our youth and their physical/mental fitness by practicing 5 minutes of yoga with them.

Our mission is to inspire and empower children to live their fullest potential through the practice of yoga.

We already have participants from all across the nation as well as Canada and Europe, and are well on the way to our goal of spreading the message of children's health and fitness through yoga.

Yoga Studios, Yoga Teachers, School Teachers, School Administrators, Parents, and others are all encouraged to take part in this global event.

Please sign up to participate (it's free and easy) and let others know of this event as well.  Together we can achieve wonders for our youth and their physical and mental well being!

Once a month, we will do a drawing from the list of participants for an advance copy of my new book, The ABCs of Yoga for Kids: A Guide for Parents and Teachers.  This book will be released on Kids' Yoga Day.





Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween Yoga


This Halloween, try to incorporate a healthy activity along with trick or treating and candy.  Here are three fun Halloween yoga poses to do:

GHOST
Dressed in all white,
The ghost pose is sure to give a fright.
Inhale through your nose and raise your arms in the air,
Then exhale and say BOO!
That's all there is to do!



JACK-O-LANTERN
I am a Jack-O-Lantern,
Spooky as can be.
Sitting in Easy Pose
I interlace my hands above me.
I make a scary grin,
Sure to make this Halloween a big win!



WITCH
Standing with my arms in front of me,
I am a scary witch for everyone to see.
Bending my knees to become a sturdy chair,
I sit on my broom and
fly through the air.





Monday, September 7, 2015

Winners of The ABCs of Yoga for Kids 2015 Summer Coloring Contest


We had so many great entries for this year's annual summer coloring contest  that it was really hard to chose the winners!

Also, many schools submitted coloring pages from their classes, so we decided to create a new category for School Submissions.

Thank you to all the parents and teachers who submitted entries, and here is the official winner list, which is also posted at The ABCs of Yoga for Kids website.

3-5 Year Old Category Winner:

 Monica Bungard, age 4



















6 Years Old and Up Category Winner:

Axel, age 10

















School Class Submissions Winner:

5 year old students at VSK kindergarten in  Hanoi, Vietnam












  










Saturday, August 29, 2015

September Yoga Challenge For Kids

To celebrate National Yoga Month, children can attempt a new yoga pose every day in September and share the photos on social media

 For instance, they can practice the chair pose and take a photo squatting down into a chair.

Illustration by Kathleen Rietz



This challenge is meant to be a fun way to get kids active by practicing yoga every day. Children can use their imaginations to think up ways to do yoga poses in their everyday life.

Go to the September Yoga Challenge Facebook Page for more ideas and pictures of kids doing yoga anywhere and everywhere!

Schools, individuals, and children of all ages can participate in this fun challenge!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Picture Books and Fun with Kids Yoga

I was at the SCBWI Conference today and the keynote speaker was children's author Mem Fox.  One of her books she read to the audience was The Magic Hat.
In this book, the townspeople are transformed into giant playful animals. I came up with the idea of kids reading this book and then practicing some yoga poses based on the animals in the book, such as the bear and kangaroo poses. 
 

Illustrations by Kathleen Rietz and adapted from the French and Italian Versions of The ABCs of Yoga for Kids
There are many ways to adapt children's picture books with yoga, all in the spirit of making yoga fun for kids while working on their literacy skills at the same time!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids 6th Annual Summer Coloring Contest






This August, have kids practice yoga and have fun coloring at the same with the 6th Annual Summer ABC Yoga for Kids Coloring Contest!

Print out the Otter Coloring Page below, and make sure to include on the back your child's name, age and parent e-mail address and phone number.

Mail your entry to the address below or scan it and e-mail it to Teresa@abcyogaforkids.com

ABC Yoga for Kids Coloring Contest
c/o Teresa Power
P.O. Box 291
Pacific Palisades, CA. 90272

The Otter Pose is one of the coloring pages from the bestselling The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Coloring Book.


The Otter Posture (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana or Upward-facing Dog) not only opens the chest and increases the flexibility of your spine, but also strengthens the arms, wrists and abdomen.

The winner of the 3-5 years olds and 6-8 years olds will each receive not only a basket full of ABCs of Yoga for Kids products but also will be featured on the abcyogaforkids.com website.

The deadline is September 1st, so get out those crayons and submit your entry! For more details about the contest and to see past winners, go to www.abcyogaforkids.com/abc/coloring-contest/.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Yoga Songs for Kids

Kids love to have fun while practicing yoga, and my 3 new kids yoga songs do just that!

Children can imagine they are marching like elephants in 'The Elephant Parade Song", they can relax and fly like beautiful butterflies in "The Butterfly Song", and the can unwind and de-stress while practicing yoga poses with "The ABCs of Yoga for Kids theme song".

All 3 songs are available on i-tunes -- simply search for Teresa Power and they will come up!




Monday, June 29, 2015

4th of July Yoga for Families and Kids


Get on the American Patriotic Spirit of Yoga by practicing these simple yoga postures over the holiday weekend. This is a fun family activity to do together.

According to California Judge John Meyer, “Yoga is as American as apple pie.” 

Remember the heroes who fought for our independence with the HERO POSE:





 Celebrate our nation’s bird with the EAGLE POSE:



Fly a red, white and blue kite with the KITE POSE: