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11/5/14

Holiday GIft Guide: The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Review! - Nicole

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Yoga is a great way to energize your body. It helps to regulate your metabolism, develop discipline, increase focus, build balance and flexibility, and even ease stress. The ABCs of Yoga for Kids is a book specifically designed for parents and teachers to introduce yoga to children. Yoga can help children in school by increasing their concentration, and in athletic activities because it requires physical activity. Yoga is already great for kids because it is non-competitive. It isn't about winning or beating someone to a finish line.

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids also incorporates a neat way to learn the ABCs, by having one or more corresponding poses for each letter of the alphabet. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of yoga and ways to incorporate The ABCs of Yoga for Kids into a regular routine!

One way that yoga helps to relieve stress in both adults and children is by forcing you to concentrate on your breathing and the poses that you are trying to hold. By focusing on something else, the stress kind of melts away - and afterwards, you feel more relaxed. Learning this focus also helps children learn how to control their energy and concentrate.

The best part about yoga is that you practice at your own pace. Kids don't have to have a perfect pose, and as they gain flexibility and balance, you will see the poses improving! The goal is for children to learn how to breathe through their nose, which also gets more oxygen to the body than breathing through your mouth. From there, have them hold their poses for 8 breath counts and practice for 3 minutes or so multiple times a week. If we introduce yoga now, hopefully our little ones will carry a liking for it throughout their adult life as well!

Teresa Anne Power is the author of The ABCs of Yoga for Kids and has been a children's yoga instructor for 10 years. She has been practicing yoga for 30 years! She has incorporated healthy living with learning in such a fun way, and even has a guide for parents and teachers coming out to accompany her book! In this new guide we will see things like fun yoga activities for the family to do together and lists of the benefits that each pose provides. An example of a game in the guide is the game of charades. One person does a pose, while the rest of the group tries to guess which pose is being portrayed!

My kids, even my 2 year old, and I have really enjoyed the book and the flash cards from Teresa. The illustrations are bright, vibrant and easy to follow. We have spent several evenings playing what we call 'yoga roulette'. We each get a turn to pick out a card from the box of flash cards, and everybody does that pose. Since my 6 year old is learning how to read, he has been reading the backs of the cards to us with each new draw!

We also received a 2015 Calendar. It is just as gorgeous as the cards and the book, and each month has a different pose from the book as the header. What a great way to remember to practice yoga, having it on your calendar! Another idea I had about the calendar was to practice the header pose everyday for that month. At the end of the month, celebrate how well everyone has mastered the new pose compared to the beginning of the month!

Before reviewing The ABCs of Yoga for Kids and interviewing Teresa, I really didn't know a whole lot about yoga. Teresa got me really pumped up about it though, and we have since made yoga a part of our daily routine. My daughters and I have been doing a small routine with some of the easier poses for a 2 year old to do in the mornings after we send big brother to school, and in the evenings we have been all been practicing a few cards or reading a few pages from the book. While it helps to energize your body, the relaxation it provides has been a key player in getting my up-all-night daughter to sleep - and sleep soundly!

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