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

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

Go to 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