As a yoga teacher, a mom and a person that is around children a great deal I found The Whole Brain Child by Dr. Daniel Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, PH.D. incredibly helpful on so many levels.
Upon finishing the book I had two immediate thoughts:
3 things I learned from the book:
This book delivers so many helpful strategies and also provides the reader with a valuable toolbox to use when nurturing children. The authors offer age appropriate exercises and an easy to read reference graph at the end. You literally can identify the need of the child in the headings, scroll to the age and find the strategy recommended to help connect with your child so you can offer helpful and effective ways to teach a valid lesson. The real life examples and strategies help any caregiver so they may easily teach kids to identify and regulate their emotions, connect to themselves and the world and live a happy life with love, confidence and compassion towards others.
What else can you ask for!
I'm also so excited that the authors of “The Whole-Brain Child” are getting ready to release their new book “No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind.” It will be available in Sept, and you can find the full description here on Indiebound.
Tree Pose Exploration
Tree pose is among the most recognizable of yoga poses for a good reason. It is a balancing pose that is both challenging and achievable, and once you’ve practiced a bit the feeling of steadily grounding down and reaching up at the same time is very satisfying.
Tree pose is also the perfect place to play and explore how staying strongly connected to one focus point can make a huge difference in the experience of your body. You can practice this with your own children, or with the kids you work with, without even using a yoga mat. Be playful, and approach the practice as an exploration.
In the Spring, take your practice outside, and bring the energy of the sun and the spring air into your body.
* Discuss how the placement of the gaze impacts the experience they are having in their bodies. You may want to finish up with one more round using a steady gaze point. Don’t forget to practice along with your kids!
Get instructions for many more activities for children and families in LFY founder Jennifer Cohen Harpers book, Little Flower Yoga for Kids: A Yoga and Mindfulness Program to Help Your Child Improve Attention and Emotional Balance, available now from New Harbinger Publications.