Friday, June 23, 2017

Yoga is good for cyclists

Summer is upon us, and cycling is a fun activity for kids and families. Here are two yoga poses which will help to loosen up your calves, hamstrings, shoulders, chest and thighs to get ready for summer biking fun!

DOLPHIN POSE




 RAGDOLL POSE





 Also, Buddy Pegs has a new bike book for kids, whose mission is to bring bicycles into more families. http://kck.st/2tEK7Cs.

Check it out!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Educational Summer Activities for Preschoolers: YOGA

 

It's hard to keep preschoolers focused and entertained during the summer months, but practicing some simple yoga poses is one way for them to stay focused and learn about themselves and their bodies at the same time!

Here is a fun 5 minute yoga routine which young kids can practice alone or as a family activity. For more information about yoga for preschoolers,visit our website at www.abcyogaforkids.com.


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