Young yogis can take savasana in style! This eye-catching eye-pillow with pink lotus design is filled with soothing flaxseed and lavender. Made of cotton with a silk backing. Happy shuteye! (Soothing Pink Lotus Eye Pillow With Lavendar, $28.00 at BuddhaGroove.com)
Kids can set their inner animal free with this bright and sassy, kid-sized pink zebra yoga mat.
Grippy, no-slip surface and 3 mm cushioning. Latex and 6P free. Ideal for ages 5-8. (Kids Pink Zebra Yoga Mat. $17.98 at Gaiam.com)
Goofing around with dad. When a butterfly lands on you. Having a friend who always boosts your mood. Starting a daily gratitude practice just got easier with a new mindful living book by Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar.
"Happiness Is....500 ways to be in the moment,"(Chronicle Books, $12.95) adorably illustrates as many ways to slow down, unplug, de-stress, connect with others and relish the simple moments in life.
Teaching your kid to see the glass of life as half full is a life skill made easy with this little guide book. Makes a great gift, too!
Give PB & J a rest for the day and try a Tofu protein alternative!
The USDA’s National School
Meal Program has approved Tofu and many school districts are incorporating tofu
in to their programs
Made from soymilk, the Asian
diet staple may reduce the risk of cardio vascular disease and is one of the
few plant-based proteins that contain all of the essential amino acids we need
to stay healthy.
House Foods Tofu is homegrown
in the U.S. and offers a range of tofu-based recipes on its website in a range
of cuisine styles, including Mexican, American, Italian, Chinese and Japanese.
Sold in most larger grocery
stores in the vegetarian or Asian sections, House Foods Organic and Premium
brand tofu are sold at Sprouts, Kroger and Costco stores nationwide for $1.99-
$2.49 per package.
For House Foods recipes for above images, visit the below links:
If your young one loves the sea as much as practicing yoga, don’t
miss the 5th Annual Mermaid Challenge coming soon to Instagram. To
participate in the 30-day, online yoga party, snap a photo of your child, or with
your child, practicing the designated daily pose and upload it to one or more
of the contest host's social media handles below. The fun-spirited, month-long event unites
water-loving yogis worldwide -- in breath, flow and positive vibes!
Tech gadgets are major inhibitors when it comes to setting a
restful, bedtime vibe.
“The most disruptive
factor I see in tween and teen bedrooms these days is from mobile devices such
as smartphones and tablets that are kept turned on all night while recharging,
usually place dnext to the bed or even under the pillow,” says Karen Kingston,
author of, “Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui,” (Harmory Books, $14.99).
While kids want to stay connected to their friends, “They
don’t realize the health impact of such high levels of WiFi and electromagnetic
field exposure so close to the body all night, every night, or the busy
thoughts this causes, which means they do not get deep levels of rest. I always
recommend turning off the WiFi at night and recharging the device in another
room, or at least as far away from the bed as possible,” says Kingston.
While such practice is sure to be met with resistance, “Being
connected it cool, but not sustainable. Something has to give, and it’s usually
health or vitality. Don’t let FOMO run your life. It’s for the weak and
insecure, and is just not worth it,” says Kingston.
To lead by example, “Make it a house rule –no WiFi after a
certain time, and no devices recharging next to the bed. You can’t ask your
kids to change unless you change first,” says the author.
grow even longer for kids when schoolwork piles up. With curriculum to keep up
with and cramming for tests, the workload never seems to end.
Yoga can help
children to pace their study efforts and reduce mental and physical burnout,
says Amy Quinn Suplina, owner of Bend + Bloom Yoga of Brooklyn, New York (bendandbloom.com).
“From a mental health perspective, getting the
blood flowing and the energy back up, improves kids’ ability to focus and
regroup,” says Suplina. “Movement breaks help them to return to work in a more
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“Kids’ heads and shoulders are hunched over
their computers and electronic devices all day, which has long term
implications for spinal health. Yoga can help to counter the effect of that
forward flexion and return healthy curves to the spine,” says Suplina.
are hours of homework to tackle, Suplina recommends that kids take a yoga
“Doing so can
make them more alert,” she says. “Instead of turning to social media or
television, practicing can enhance focus, clarity, and make them more present
in their work and thinking. With a renewed ability to focus on what’s in front
of them, they’ll be more efficient about their work.”
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10-Minute Seated Yoga Homework Break Sequence!
in your desk chair, take your right hand to the left side of your skull and
encourage your right ear toward your right shoulder. Hold on to your chair for
extra leverage. Practice on both sides.
arm under the other, lift your elbows to shoulder height. Imagine your elbows
are the tips of a paint brush and you are painting a horizontal line back and
forth across your computer screen. This opens up the space between the scapula
and the musculature of your upper back. Practice on both sides.
hands in your lap, inhale as you slide your hands back to your hip creases,
point your elbow tips back and broaden your collar bone. Gaze up as your chest
rises. Exhale and slide your hands down the thighs to cup your knee caps as
your belly draws back to round you in. Practice three to five rounds.
Lateral Side Bend Using Chair
left hand under your chair and breathe in to raise your right arm up. As you
breathe out, bend toward the left using the chair as leverage to lengthen your
right side body to open the musculature between your side ribs. Repeat on the
inhale, sit tall feeling a sense of spaciousness in your spine. Exhaling, twist
to your right, taking hold of the back of your chair with your two hands, hold
for a few cycles of breath. Repeat on the left side.
Come to the
edge of your chair in Ankle to Knee shape, taking your right ankle above your
left knee. Fold forward from the creases of your hips, lengthen your chest past
your chin bone, elongating the front of the spine. This shape can ease low back
pain that results from hours of sitting at your desk. Try on both sides.
If you need
to revive yourself…
comfortably and close your eyes. Draw sharp, short inhales and exhales through
the nose of even length, pumping the navel in and out for about one minute.
This rhythmic breath ignites your energy. If you need to focus your attention…
This is an
interrupted breathing technique where you take pauses on the inhale and enjoy a
nice smooth exhale. Draw in a third of a breath on a count of two
seconds, pause for two seconds, draw in the next third, pause, then completely
fill the lungs and pause. Slowly exhale all the breath out to a slow
count of 6. Villoma means "against the natural flow" and will
release anxiety and enhance mental clarity.