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OPI: CharlotteMommies Subject: Kids and Yoga
If you think yoga is for the thirty-plus set alone, it may come as a surprise that children as young as preschoolers actually enjoy striking a pose. While they do not attempt headstands, there are a number of simple moves that the young enthusiasts can perform. The exercises themselves last between thirty seconds to one minute, but children stay in a pose as per their capacity, which builds gradually with practice.
Many of the yoga positions resemble animal movements and elements in nature, which is why kids easily take to stretching their bodies like a cat or balancing like a flamingo. The poses spark the little ones’ imagination and promote awareness of their bodies’ abilities.
Instructors too afford children freedom to explore, and incorporate creative techniques and age-appropriate props to playfully lead them through the active and relaxation poses. So unlike in a class for adults your tots can flap their imaginary wings, make barking sounds in the dog pose or be still as the mountain for as long as they wish. In the process they develop strong, flexible bodies, better motor skills, and learn to calm down and focus.
Yoga also presents ways to overcome fear, anger and frustration. It has been found to aid hyperactive kids in channeling their impulses, and therapeutic in children with special needs. Thus this exercise system that dates back more than 5000 years fosters the overall development of children and unlocks their potential through the formative years. Yoga programs for kids offered across the country are providing that early start. From being a trendy discipline, yoga is gaining acceptance among parents too. In fact, some of the classes are open to parents so you have a wonderful activity to share with your child.
This is just the beginning. As your kids grow so do the ways in which the physical skills and meditation techniques derived from yoga can make a difference. An after school yoga session serves as excellent exercise without the pressure of competitive student sports. The holding of postures and synchronizing of breadth and movement enhance fitness. Hatha yoga which is the more widely practiced form in the West has several styles so there is flexibility in choosing a workout suited to the individual’s physical capability and personality type. For instance ashtanga yoga with it’s challenging sequence of poses performed at a faster pace is akin to athletic training while viniyoga is less demanding physically and focuses on precise coordination of breath with the movement of the spine.
Regular practice builds strength, energy and muscle tone, boosts bodies vital systems, and improves concentration and coordination. These benefits help your child be a better sportsman as well as a better student. Beyond that, the essence of yoga is to bring the mind and body together to attain inner peace so it promotes self-appreciation, serenity and a sense of balance. Hence your preteen or teen acquires the inner resources to cope with the stresses of adolescence, keeping disorders and addictions at bay.
Even if you may not know much about yoga it is not difficult to bring home it’s many positive effects to your family. Towards this end you can attend a yoga class taught by a qualified instructor or self-study using books and videos. Resources such as The Yoga Site (http://www.yogasite.com) and Yoga Journal (http://www.yogajournal.com) educate on the philosophy and practice of yoga, guide you on how to perform various poses as well as assist in locating a teacher in your area.
When practicing the postures with your four year old or your twelve year old at home a little bit of improvisation and spontaneity keeps the workout interesting and it becomes an activity that they look forward to doing with you. As you interact at their level, you will find discovering yoga with your child to be a rewarding experience in more ways than one.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
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Join us this weekend for our Spooktacular Trunk or Treat Event! In addition to Trunk or Treating there will be games, face painting and raffles. Get raffle tickets for bringing canned food items (or dry goods) to be donated to St. Mary's Food Bank or purchase tickets at the event. When you RSVP don't forget to sign up for the potluck! A $25.00 Target Gift Card will be awarded to the winner of the "Best Trunk" Contest so don't be afraid to get creative.
Log in and RSVP today!
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
1:00 AM | Posted by Lisa | | Edit Post
You Are Invited to a Baby Shower!
Bright Horizons Family Center in Chandler wants to Celebrate Your Baby with a Baby Shower!
Join them on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM for refreshments, fun and prizes. Tour their facility, get a massage and gain valuable information with other community parents in a fun and supportive environment.
Bright Horizons Family Center in Chandler
1151 W Ray Road
Chandler, AZ 85224
R.S.V.P. to Chand@brighthorizons.com
Friday, September 20, 2013
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On , Baskin-Robbins locations throughout the Valley will host a special "Celebrate Phoenix" community appreciation event from in which scoops of ice cream will be offered for 31 cents. There will also be in-store activities for the whole family to enjoy, including a DJ, face painter and/or balloon artist.
Additionally, now - , Baskin-Robbins is collecting in-store donations to benefit the Phoenix Children's Hospital and the Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation.
Guests who make an in-store donation are given a decorate paper cone on which to write their name and favorite ice cream flavor. The paper cones are displayed in their neighborhood Baskin-Robbins to show support for the cause.
Monday, September 16, 2013
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History comes to life, September 17-23, when well-known colonial figures jump off textbook pages for local students and folks around the Valley celebrate Constitution Week, the largest celebration in the country honoring America’s famous founding document.
Activities and events all lead up to the week’s primary attraction – The Constitution Fair Saturday, Sept. 21, drawing in more than 10,000 guests and featuring a fireworks celebration and concert performance by David Osmond, 2009 American Idol star and recording artist.
Other activities include:
A new, weeklong Treasure Quest will lead families on a hunt for clues at local Gilbert businesses to discover a prize at the end of their treasure maps.
Colonial Era characters will visit more than 40,000 students in Gilbert Community School District classrooms, sharing tales of their early American adventures.
3,000 Valley Boy Scouts will earn merit badges honoring their commitment to citizenship and participation in American heritage.
Students sharpen their quills to submit historic-themed artwork or essays in a contest for first, second and third-place prizes. Adults can participate in their own fine art contest, too.
Nationally recognized spiritual leaders of many denominations join together, with different ideologies but unified in their belief in God and freedom, to speak in celebration of restoring faith within our nation.
We welcome town folk near and far, parents and their bantlings, schoolmasters, and students of all ranks.
Constitution Fair and Fireworks
Sept. 21, 2013
6 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)
Gilbert Town Hall
50 E. Civic Center Drive
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Suggested donation of $5 per person or $15 per family
Boy Scout Clinics
Sept. 18 and Sept. 23, 2013
7-8:30 p.m. (check-in begins at 6:15 p.m.)
Mesquite Junior High School
Begin Aug. 19, 2013
Gilbert Community School District school
One Nation Under God
Sept. 19, 2013
Comerica Theater in Downtown Phoenix
400 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Visit http://www.constitutionweekusa.com/ for more information!
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