Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Children's Self-Esteem and Yoga

          February is International Self-Esteem Month, and one way to enhance the self-worth of children is through the practice of yoga. Yoga can not only help build a child’s esteem and motivation but also their over-all health and well-being.
            The National Association for Self-Esteem (NASE) defines self-esteem as “the experience of being capable of meeting life’s challenges and being worthy of happiness.”  Self-esteem is not about looks or clothing but instead what you think about yourself internally.
            Children today are faced with challenges not only from our fast-paced technological society but also from peer pressure, bullying, competition, and demands from school and extra-curricular activities. How children view themselves personally can have a huge impact on their confidence, and in turn how they handle situations such as the above where their self-esteem is tested.
            We need to develop in our youth a healthy self-esteem characterized by
·        Tolerance
·        Respect for others
·        Integrity
·        Responsibility for their own actions
·        Self-motivation and
·        Feeling worthy of happiness
            Children who have healthy self-esteem trust their own being to be life affirming, constructive, and responsible. Yoga can build self-worth by promoting a positive outlook, reducing anxiety, and focusing the mind to bring clarity and perspective.     
            One great posture for kids to try is the Flamingo Pose. This yoga posture helps with focus and concentration, while at the same time building confidence and self-esteem in children as they learn to balance on one leg. (Illustration adapted from The ABCs of Yoga for Kids, written by Teresa Anne Power and illustrated by Kathleen Rietz.)

            When a child has the foundation of healthy self-esteem, he or she can be better prepared to face the trials and challenges of life with a sense of capability to overcome and work through them.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Children's Health and Fitness in the New Year

As the New Year progresses, it is harder to stay focused on your New Year's Resolutions. That is why I have created The ABCs of Yoga for Kids calendar -- the perfect way for kids to remember about their health and fitness all year long!

Each month, a new pose is introduced with an accompanying rhyming instruction about how to do the posture. Kids can have fun mastering the specific pose each month while learning how to focus and concentrate while increasing their stamina, strength and flexibility as well.

Order your limited edition calendar TODAY, and reap the benefits of children's health and fitness all year long!

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Children's Health and Wellnes for the New Year 2015

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 instill healthy wellness and fitness for kids than this fresh month of January.

If one of your New Years Resolutions is not only exercising more but also becoming healthier and less stressed, yoga could be the key to begin to achieve that goal.

Although I wrote The ABCs of Yoga for Kids to inspire children to incorporate a healthy activity into their daily lives, the message and postures are the same for adults as well.

To make it easier to achieve a healthy and balanced lifestyle in the New Year and beyond, I have created The ABCs of Yoga for Kids 2015 Calendar. This calendar is a great way to encourage a regular yoga practice for both kids and adults!

Every month the calendar shows a different pose. Make your New Year's resolution to wake up each morning to the pose of the month. You can also use the calendar to write down your healthy living goals.

This January, the month of new beginnings, the calendar focuses on the letter W, and the Warrior Pose. 

In Sanskrit, the Warrior posture is called Virabhadrasana, and is a vigorous yoga posture that demands strength and steadiness. 

This yoga pose builds stamina while strengthening your shoulders, back, arms and legs.

Have fun working on this pose and building endurance and energy to maintain your New Year's goals and aspirations!