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Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy Halloween! Pre-trick-or-treat warm-up for little yogis

Courtesy Google Images
This sequence comes to us courtesy of Hilary Shumate, kids yoga instructor at Bare Feet Power Yoga in Chicago, Illinois.

Calling all black cats! Start off with a few rounds of Cat/Cow with big breaths and sighs. Don’t forget loud MOOS and MEOWS.
Next, sit in a circle in a straddle fold with toes connected. Imagine that,...

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Cozy, cool yogi tanks - take two!

Express your playful side in class with Everfitte's racerback, old school, vintage looking tank in a Tri-blend fabric of
Available in sizes XS - L. $26.00/each.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A holiday treat you won't want to miss -- First-ever ivivva online warehouse sale!

After you've bagged enough candy, stock up on yoga apparel! Happy Halloween from ivivva! The athletic wear brand inspired by active girls, is holding its first ever online warehouse sale tonight! Sign up for their notification email, and you'll be alerted as soon as it starts.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Happy (Healthy!) Halloween! Themed yoga class calms holiday jitters

Kids at Peaceful Planet Yoga of Sag Harbor, New York got their spook on in costume for a special 45-minute Halloween-themed class led by studio owner, Kristin King Davey, who dressed up as, “SuperYogi” for the event.
"We had a lot of witches and a ninja,” says Davey of the eight through ten year old crowd.
Kids shook off any fears they had about the dark, scary and creepy holiday with a round of...

Monday, October 26, 2015

Flipping for yoga! Teen gymnast switches to non-competitive practice

Stretched to her limit, last year, fifteen-year old Kira Fox, a competitive gymnast since age eight from Englewood, New Jersey, decided to switch to a less competitive and commitment-intensive activity.

“The summer before high school, I decided I didn’t want to do it anymore. I wanted to try something else,” says the tenth grader.

Fox had been to a couple of yoga classes with her mom and decided to give it a go with a private teacher after school.

“I didn’t know the poses so well and wanted someone could personalize it,” she says.
Working twice weekly with Vinyasa yoga teacher and founder of non-profit, Yogis Heart, Trella Dolgin, Fox noticed benefits immediately.
“I thought I’d get more flexible, but didn’t expect that I’d...

Friday, October 23, 2015

Curl up (and upside down!) with new youth yoga book

When the world is spinning way too fast, what’s a girl to do?

She quiets her mind, unwinds her body, slows down her breath and practices yoga! In tree pose, she stretches to the sky and star pose lets her shine.
Afterwards, she’s rested, peaceful, and the world is just her speed again. Anything is possible with a dose of imagination.
Kids will love the uplifting meditations in, “I Am Yoga,” a new book by Susan Verde with beautifully colored illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds. A child-friendly guide to 16 poses in Common English and Sanskrit is included.

(Ages 4 – 8. Harry N. Abrams, $14.95 at Amazon.com)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Kids fall bottoms pair well - from school - to yoga cool!

Courtesy K-Deer
No need for an outfit change-up. These high style leggings work from the schoolyard to yoga class. 

Vibrant fall colors and patterns include “Harvest,” “Charleston,” and “Kayley Stripe.”

Available in kids’ sizes XS – XL.
Courtesy K-Deer
($48/pair at K-Deer.com)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Your mirror image. Body love workshop tightens mother/daughter bond

Julie Finkel. Courtesy Om Free Yoga
Is insecurity inherited?

Maybe. Negative self-talk around your kids is bound to rub off in one shape or form. 

Self-acceptance and body love are the subjects of an upcoming workshop, led by Julie Finkel, founder of Om Free yoga, of Glen Rock, New Jersey. Her services include childrens, group and private Vinyasa-style yoga classes, mini-retreats and nutritional counseling.

“Moms have to realize that how they speak about themselves in front of their daughters can leave a lasting impression,” says Julie Finkel, a practicing yogi since 1999. “We want to open up a dialogue.”

The upcoming two-hour, November workshop for teens and their moms will start off with yoga, including partner poses and postures which may evoke a bit of fear.

“We’ll talk about this feeling and how to breathe through it. I’m a bit believer in learning how to breathe in uncomfortable situations,” says Finkel.  “Our bodies are so amazing. We can control ourselves with meditation. We can choose good thoughts instead of self-deprecating ones.”

Finkel’s use of yoga to address body image was intentional since, “It’s different than a sport or dance, where you’re performing or competing. You do yoga for yourself. There’s no end result such as competition, or being on stage. It’s about discovering how amazing and strong our bodies are. It’s empowering,” says Finkel.

CleanandDelicious Youtube sensation, Dani Spies is a special guest and will discuss the psychology of eating, controlling your fat intake and lead a journaling activity.

Warrior Girl Mother Daughter Workshop
Sunday, November 1st, 2015
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Moonlight Ballroom (175 Rock Road, Glen Rock, N.J.)
Cost: $45
Girls ages 12 – 17 and their Mothers



Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Go little yogi - go! Fuel up with snack size gluten-free treats

Just grab and go!

A favorite snack staple now packs huge flavor in new 2-ounce snack packs from Gratify Foods

The gluten-free snack maker introduced the new line at a convenience store industry trade show this week.

Available early 2016, the single-serve bags come in Sea Salt Pretzel Twists, Everything Pretzel Thins and Buffalo Wing Pretzel Crackers.

 (SRP $1.49/each)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Make your mark! Create peaceful impressions with kids yogi stamp set

Courtesy EtchyThings
Spark creativity while learning Sun Salutations.
A great gift for young yogis. 3 ¼” round sizes mounted on upcycled wood plugs.
8 Yoga Rubber Stamps Set includes:
Mountain, Uttanasana, Uttanasana II, Chaturanga, Cobra, Downward Facing Dog, Cow, Cat.
($33.40 from EtchyThings)

Friday, October 16, 2015

Big gypsy style for little yogis! Trendsetting yogipreneur adds kids sizes

Courtesy Buddha Pants
Hold off on the umpteenth pair of leggings. For a stylish, comfy alternative, consider Buddha Pants, a successful line of yoga harem pants, which added kids sizes late last year.  

“Harem pants give you a sense of flow,” says founder, Rachel Raab of Fort Lauderdale.  “We target yogis and teenagers to yoga moms. Travelers and hikers love them too, ‘cause they’re lightweight and pack easily.”
In fact, they fit in to a pocket and come in fun colors and styles ranging from Pink Zag to Red Aztec and Blue Zebra.
Raab, a dedicated yogi who practices four to five times a week, used to own and operate her own...

Thursday, October 15, 2015

We're all in this together! New book teaches kids generosity of spirit

Courtesy Minedition
Known for her work in chimpanzee research and wildlife conservation, naturalist Jane Goodall has penned the forthcoming, “A Prayer For World Peace,” (Minedtion, $14.99/November, 2015), to spread a personal and universal plea for justice and for those who are suffering.

Each vibrantly illustrated page shares a distinct “prayer,” inspiring youngsters to care about those who are starving, the size of our ecological footprint, living in harmony with nature and helping the poverty stricken.
A great bedtime story option with spiritual punch! For ages 7 and up.




Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Me and my girl! Get dolled up for yoga class!

Give your young yogi a pretend mate for creative play. Comes in Blonde or Brunette styles. For ages 5 and up.
(My Life as a Yoga Instructor 18” Baby Doll, $27.97 at Wallmart.com)


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Patch it on! Accessorize in cool, earthy style

Sport a peaceful vibe on your sleeve, backpack or ripped denim with these wearable badges of yogi honor.

Cotton coverings are made in New York City and are 1.5 – 3” tall.
(Mokuyobi Threads Yoga Mountain or Yoga Forest Iron-On Patches, $5/each at urbanoutfitters.com)


Monday, October 12, 2015

Ticket to ride! Yogi's heartwarming story wins scholarship to India

Michelle Pitzer. Courtesy Yogis Heart.
This December, twenty-three year-old Michelle Pitzer, of Montclair, New Jersey, will travel to Mysore, India for a paid, month-long stay and study opportunity at the prestigious K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute based there.

Pitzer recently won the $5000 study abroad scholarship, which is sponsored by Yogis Heart, in collaboration with yogi figure, Kino MacGregor.

The New Jersey-based volunteer organization provides yearly, unlimited yoga...

Friday, October 9, 2015

Peace out and about!

Courtesy Nina Kohler
Come and go with style.

A thoughtful trinket for the young yogi hipster in your life. Comes wrapped in burlap gift bag.

(Peace Buddha Keychain – Antique Gold, $24.00 at ninakohler.com)


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Wonder woman! Teacher-turned-author shares yoga's magic with kids

How can you capture the yoga spark in a child?

Betty Larrea, of Verona, New Jersey, set out to do just that with her book, “Lucinda’s Magical Yoga Adventure,” which was inspired by mini outings she’s shared with her niece.

“She’s very creative and imaginative. When she was little, we’d go on...

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Park it! Be Autumn-inspired for kids yoga out-of-doors

Courtesy Google Images
Before the gorgeous fall foliage drops, pack a picnic lunch, some yoga mats and head to your neighborhood park for an inspiring stretch, care of Mother Nature.

If you're a yoga lover, but not a teacher, get a group of like-minded parents and kids together and hire one for a session or class series.

Courtesy Google Images
Check with your local Parks and Recreation department to learn if it offers Kids Yoga, and if not, suggest it as part of their leisure programming.

Slow down and breathe in the awesome colors and smells of the season with the exercise below.
Bird Seal Breath Exercise for Park Yoga
Rest in Child's Pose. Imagine you're a bird set to take flight. Inhale and rise up on to your knees while lifting your arms over your head and touching your palms together. On your exhale, return your arms back down to your sides and rest again in Child's Pose.




Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Mindful play. Kids' yoga expert shares bag of tricks

Courtesy Zazzle.com

Rebecca Young grew hooked on kids yoga, after having two children of her own.

The Seattle-based instructor now teaches youngsters at area schools and at 8 Limbs studio here. In her Kids’ Yoga & Mindfulness class, Young strikes a balance between play and self-expression to teach meditation.

“My desire is to connect with each and every child in my class. I want to create an atmosphere where...

Monday, October 5, 2015

Friday, October 2, 2015

Germ protection in a roll-on? Essential oils help fight off infection, expert says

Courtesy 21 Drops
With the cold season upon us, grease is the word – for your skin, according to Cary Caster, founder of 21 Drops, a colorful, 21-scent line of organic, essential oils.

“We’re always in contact with microbes that can cause us disease," says Caster. "Our "Immunity" blend is one I used constantly when my children were growing up. They always had the best attendance records, because their immune systems were supported with the benefits of the essential oils."

Caster’s “Immunity” oil consists of Ho Wood, Lavender, Eucalyptus, and Ravintsara, and have been found to break down microbial cell walls in testing with various microbes and common germs, she says.

Young kids should apply or reapply prior to going in to public places, or traveling, as well as at the first sign of illness, according to Caster. 
"It’s best to roll the oil on the pulse points, under the nose for a good inhalation, and on the chest when fighting respiratory infection," she says.

The pre-blended line of oils are 100 percent organic jojoba carrier, diluted to a safe concentration to be effective without causing skin irritations or excess exposure.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Take note! Self-express with yogi-minded journal

Get it out of your head and on to the page. Free your feelings and jot down inspirations in this cute, bound writing pad. Makes a great gift!

Measures 6.5” x 8.75”.  80 black and white lined pages.
(Yoga girl, Spiral Photo Notebook, $12.95 at Zazzle.com)