Sunday, July 17, 2016

Summer yoga fun for kids


Summer is a time for kids to relax and enjoy the bright sunny days and warm summer nights.

It is also the perfect time to introduce children to some simple yoga poses that will not only keep them both physically and mentally fit, but will also keep their focus and concentration sharp for when they return to school in the fall!

The 5 minute a day yoga routine pictured below is a great place to start teaching children this art form. You can even make yoga a family activity by practicing this fun routine together.

For more information about yoga for kids, visit www.abcyogaforkids.com.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

July Summer Savings


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Summer is a great time for kids to practice yoga to maintain focus and concentration, relaxation, and physical activity at the same time.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

National make a difference to children month



July is National Make a Difference to Children Month.  This mid summer month, when most children are not at school, try to create opportunities and/or activities for kids to make a positive difference in their lives.

One way to offer learning opportunities to kids during the long summer vacation is to have them practice simple yoga poses.  Children can learn mindfulness through yoga and physical movement, and it is a great way for them to stay calm, focused, and get physical activity at the same time.

For example, parents can sponsor trips of neighborhood kids to a local park and have the kids practice poses that are found at parks such as Dog, Tree, and Slide postures.
Illustration by Kathleen Rietz and adapted from The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Hardcover Book
Illustration by Kathleen Rietz and adapted from The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Hardcover Book

Illustration by Kathleen Rietz and adapted from The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Hardcover Book
























Another fun idea is to host a family yoga night and invite parents and their kids to come over and practice yoga together. The ABCs of Yoga for Kids book, guidebook, and flashcards are a great resource for yoga poses and fun yoga activities and games.




Enjoy introducing children to yoga and making a lasting difference in their lives!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Top 3 benefits of yoga for kids with ADD



ADHD is a common behavioral disorder in school age children; kids with ADHD may act
without thinking, be hyperactive and have trouble focusing. Yoga is a healthy way for children to begin to feel more calm and comfortable in their bodies; it boosts concentration and focus while reducing impulsivity and hyperactivity.

The Top 3 Benefits of Yoga for Kids with ADHD:
1.       Sharper concentration and focus

2.       Sense of calmness and relaxation

3.       Less impulsive behavior through increased body awareness and self-confidence

How does yoga sharpen focus and concentration for kids with ADHD?

Yoga utilizes breathing and mindfulness exercises that keep distracting thoughts at bay, thus calming the mind and body; as such, kids learn to direct their attention to their body, posture and/or breath. For example, it takes a lot of concentration for children to hold Tree pose.  They must practice balancing on one leg while working on their breathing.  This focus then translates beyond their yoga practice to when they perform their day to day activities.  Further,  kids need to use eye contact to maintain balance during yoga, and this in turn helps them to tune out distractions throughout their daily routines.

Illustration by Kathleen Rietz and adapted from The ABCs of Yoga for Kids

How does yoga calm down kids?

Practicing stillness in yoga poses helps children with ADHD to stay calm and slow down. This helps them to be successful, not only during yoga, but also in their daily lives. The routine of yoga itself can be calming to children, especially when they practice the same poses and become confident doing them. In addition, yoga is a combination of breath and movement. By teaching kids to breathe in and out through their nose while practicing yoga poses, they learn how to calm themselves down by focusing on their breath. Nasal breathing reduces stress as the nose is smaller than the mouth and thus is a slower form of breathing than shallow mouth breathing.  Also,  breathing in and out through the nose increases the oxygen supply to the lungs.  Yoga teaches children how to control their energy as well as how to relax,  concentrate and be quiet and still. (with the added benefit of better performance in school)

Illustration by Kathleen Rietz and adapted from The ABCs of Yoga for Kids

How does yoga reduce impulsive behavior in children with ADHD?

When children concentrate on their breath or feel a stretch in their bodies through practicing a particular yoga pose, they learn body awareness. This is turn helps them to self-regulate their actions. In addition, by learning self-control and self-calming techniques, kids are more likely to grow more confident in their interactions with other children and get along better with others. Yoga teaches children to focus on themselves, and this skill can go a long way to curbing impulsive and overly active behaviors.

Illustration by Kathleen Rietz and adapted from The ABCs of Yoga for Kids




Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Jungle Book Yoga

Kids can have jungle yoga adventures with the characters from the Jungle Book movie. 
For instance, they can pretend to be Bears like Baloo, Panthers like Bagheera or Snakes like Kaa.  

Yoga can help kids to unleash their imaginations while naturally unwinding and obtaining physical activity at the same time.

For more information about yoga for kids visit www.abcyogaforkids.com






Sunday, April 17, 2016

Celebrate Earth Day 2016 with Yoga for Kids

Earth Day is an annual event which is celebrated on April 22nd. Our children are the future, and Earth Day is an opportunity to teach them about valuing nature and wildlife.

There are many fun yoga poses kids can try to celebrate Earth Day, such as Tree posture. 
 
One fun activity kids can do is plant a tree and then practice the Tree posture and color the Tree coloring page below.
 
 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

ABCs of Yoga for Kids Easter 2016 Coloring Contest

Get out your crayons and get ready for Easter with The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Easter Coloring Contest! Simply print out the Rabbit Yoga Coloring Page below, color it, and mail your entry to:

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Easter Coloring Contest
Attn: Teresa Power
P.O. Box 291
Pacific Palisades, CA. 90272

Make sure and write your childs name and age, as well as parent address, e-mail address, and phone number.

You can also scan your entry and e-mail it to Teresa@abcyogaforkids.com.

The DEADLINE for entries is Monday, March 28th, 2016, and the winner will receive a copy of The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Coloring Book and will be featured at abcyogaforkids.com.

Go to abcyogaforkids.com to see past winners. Schools, yoga studios, and other childcare organizations are welcome to participate as well.

Good luck!


Saturday, March 19, 2016

2 fun family activities to do over spring break



Spring break takes place in the weeks before and after Easter and Passover, and for little kids it can mean a disruption in the routines that they count on.

How can parents keep children busy during spring break, and bond with them at the same time? One way is to practice yoga with children.

Practicing just 5 minutes of yoga a day with your youngsters can go a long way to not only bond with them, but also to get physical activity at the same time.

Here is a 5 minute yoga routine, adapted from The ABCs of Yoga for Kids. It is also one of the suggested yoga routines for Kids' Yoga Day, and has 10 yoga poses that you and your family can practice together over spring break and beyond.


You can also have a family movie night to watch a film that ties in with Easter and Passover traditions.

For a Passover, you could watch Prince of Egypt with your children. This is a cartoon version of the story of Exodus.

For Easter, Harvey, starring Jimmy Stewart talking with an imaginary rabbit,  is a fun movie for all ages. With Easter bunnies in every store window, it is refreshing to go back to a less commercialized era.




Watching fun and educational movies as well as setting aside time to practice yoga poses together are some ways to keep young children busy over spring break.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Yoga for baseball players of all ages

Baseball is an integral part of the fabric of the United States, and is a sport that evokes strong nostalgia among Americans of all ages.

Whether a Little League Player, high school or college baseball player, or in the National League, incorporating some yoga moves will give you a better chance at hitting a home run once you sidle up to home plate.
The physical demands of baseball are great, as good players need everything from fast reflexes to excellent hand-eye coordination. Yoga is the perfect complement to strengthen muscles in both the mind and body.

By building flexibility and strength, yoga can help to prevent pulled muscles. Downward Facing Dog is a great posture to stretch out your hamstrings.

When a player steps up to home plate, it is actually the rotation of one's hips that generates the power, not the swinging of the bat. In other words, the better range of motion one has in their hips, the better the chance for a stronger hit.

The following 3 yoga postures will help to open up tight hips.
  1. Chair Pose
  2. Warrior II Pose
  3. Butterfly Pose.
In addition, breathing in and out through the nose helps to keep one's head in the game and one's mind sharp as well. These benefits come in handy in all ball sports as well!

Dog Pose

Chair Pose












Warrior Pose






























Butterfly Pose








Monday, January 18, 2016

How to instill a desire in our youth to take up yoga

The way to instill a curiosity or desire in our youth to take up yoga lies in making it fun for them. I share what I love with the the children I teach, and my goal is to make yoga enjoyable for them so that they can stay engaged with their yoga practice to learn fitness, relaxation, concentration, and body awareness.

Have kids try the Swan pose, which stretches the neck, arms, and legs.  It is a great chest opener which also strengthens the low back. Not all children can touch their head to their toes in this posture. Everyone's body is different, and the main idea is to do the posture according to your own individual body type.  Kids will get 100% benefit by just trying the pose to the best of their own ability.