This post is a continuation of our Youth Yoga Movement Heroes series. We continue to extend our sincere gratitude to all those who have collaborated to support Move with Me in Partnership for a Healthier America’s End Childhood Obesity Innovation Challenge. We encourage to take a moment to check out these inspiring organizations and the great products they offer to support children’s physical and emotional well-being.
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Winner of 4 national awards: Parent’s Choice, Mom’s Choice Gold, Dr. Toy’s Best Green Product, and Creative Child Magazine’s Preferred Choice.
Storyland Yoga is a fun-filled adventure that infuses children with an eco-conscious message. Two unique stories, Save the Whale and Condor Trek, engage a child’s imagination through storytelling. Kid’s learn yoga postures by becoming part of the story and imitating animals. Yoga is great exercise and helps to calm children, giving them greater focus and increased clarity. By connecting with nature and gaining respect for their own health and well being, children become empowered to create solutions for the health and sustainability of our planet. Storyland Yoga is equally fun for parents and family members who can benefit from yoga, while enjoying organic time with their children.
Program run time:
Condor Trek 23:10 minutes
Save the Whale 18:30 minutes
Instructor: Ahmed Fahmy
It is important for communities to support each other in their efforts to spread the word about the benefit of healthy activity. Move with Me is doing just that by actively engaging kids in moving more and taking them out of the cycle and end childhood obesity!
Endorsed by athletes, film stars and moms alike, The ABCs of Yoga for Kids, written by Teresa Anne Power and illustrated by Kathleen Rietz, is a multiple award winning book which uses the alphabet, rhyming vignettes and colorful illustrations to introduce children to basic yoga postures in a kid-friendly way. Yoga Adventures with Down Dog, a Mom’s Choice Award Winning DVD produced by Teresa Anne Power, also teaches kids how to be fit and healthy by practicing simple yoga poses as well.
I am supporting Move with Me because I feel that yoga can play an integral role in ending childhood obesity. Statistics show that 33% of U.S. kids are now obese, and yoga for kids helps to develop discipline, aids in the performance of other sports, heightens body awareness and self-control, helps kids gain flexibility and strength, increases their ability to concentrate and focus, and helps kids feel empowered and calm at the same time. All told, this translates into healthier minds and bodies, not to mention better performance in school!
In 2007, LisaFlynn, E-RYT, RCYT and founder of ChildLight Yoga, was inspired and challenged by the classroom teachers she encountered to create a yoga and mindfulness-based program focused on the whole child that would also be appropriate for the classroom setting. After three and a half years of research, development and test piloting, Yoga 4 Classrooms® was born.
Yoga 4 Classrooms offers professional development workshops for educators, in-service workshops for school staffs, a classroom residency program, and opportunities for yoga teachers, educators and school counselors to train to be Y4C Trainers. Due to popular demand, we are now thrilled to offer the Yoga 4 Classrooms Card Deck, a supporting or stand-along resource for classroom teachers.
The Yoga 4 Classrooms Card Deck is a fun and effective tool for teachers to use with their students for a peaceful and productive classroom.
Yoga 4 Classrooms helps children develop the self-awareness to realize how they feel and what they need; teaches them strategies to slow down, unwind and manage their emotions; guides them through movements that optimize their strength, flexibility and balance; demonstrates healthy habits; and reminds them to love and forgive themselves. Y4C provides students with tools for learning and lessons for life.
Absolutely anyone can use and benefit from the Y4C Activity Card Deck – teachers, students, parents, therapists. No prior yoga experience required.