• Holiday Gifts for Little Yogis

    My Top 10 - Holiday Little Yogi Gifts

    The most important gift for any child is your attention and presence.  But if you happen to be looking for a gift for the special yogi or yogini in your life then below is a list of just a few or our favorite yoga gifts for kids.  We included the illustration, the link, a brief description and an idea for you to use it and connect with your little ones.



    Wisdom Within Book by Allison Morgan

    This is a cute story to read with your kids(s). It's fun to read the book offers great pictures. Who doesn't want to re-discover their wisdom within. This helps in discussing emotions and feelings and better ways to live.  At the end of the story, there are child-friendly, illustrated yoga poses and mindful meditations relating to the elements of nature contained in the story. Parents, Teachers or Caregivers are provided with an easy to use guide to introduce movement, breath and meditation to their child in a fun, creative and interactive way. A book for all ages. Snuggle up and read tothether or make this into a fun movement game to burn through some energy!

     

     The Little Yoga Mat

    The Little Yoga Mat is thicker than most children's mats. The cushion-y texture provides a comfortable pad for play.  The mat is perfect for yoga, but also great as a play mat, sleeping pad or surface for an outdoor picnic. The Little Yoga Mat is biodegradable, recyclable and hypoallergenic. It is BPA, latex, PVC, formamide and lead-free.  The mats are lightweight with a non-slip grip and clean easily with soap and water.  The yoga inspired designs are printed with eco-friendly ink. 

    Get on your kids level and explore things through their eyes.  Do some yoga poses, read a book, cuddle together or pretend you are a bunch of tacos!

     

    Timer/Focus Toy  

    Watch as gravity works on the colored drops within this hand held Liquid Motion device. Once the colorful drops have reached the bottom, turn it over and re-start the action. Each bubbler contains two colors inside. Yours will be selected from the company's in-stock supply. If you order more than one they will select a variety of colors. Colors available: Blue and Purple. Blue and Green.  

    We use these in so many ways with our kids at home.  For use in a hide and seek game, brushing our teeth, as a sharing tool to tell a favorite story that, or just to look quietly at as we get nice and still after a long day.

     

    Concentration Toys

    Includes:  * One Tangle Jr. Original; * One Tangle Jr. Metallic; * One Tangle Jr. Textured; * One Tangle Jr. Fuzzy; * and One Tangle Relax! The multicolored pieces snap together and swivel in all kinds of ways to satisfy the need to fidget and be creative. 

    Perhaps lay on your yoga mat with your kiddo and see who can be as quiet as a mouse as you fiddle your way through the puzzles.  Or make a date with your child and get creative!  Turn the lights out and use flashlights, put on some music and concentrate on your toy! 

     

    Memo Yoga Game

    Memo Yoga is a fun, engaging and active game that introduces children to yoga while building their concentration, coordination and memory skills. The game includes thirty-six, sturdy, full color, illustrated cards that feature eighteen different yoga poses. Memo offers physical, social and intellectual benefits for players of all ages. The game helps provides opportunities for social interaction and builds positive self-esteem & confidence.  Spread out your yoga mats and get playing!

     

      Eye Pillow

    This herbal eye pillow is filled with rice and organic dried lavender. The pillow is intended for meditation, relaxation and destressing for you or your little one. The weight of the rice applies gentle pressure to the eyes and the subtle lavender scent is uplifting. Can also be used for herbal therapy as a hot or cold compress. Heat in the microwave or under a hot water bottle, or chill in the freezer. Soothing for headaches, sore throat, belly aches and other ailments.  (The woman who makes these has a great variety of material and patterns great for boys and girls).  

    There is nothing better then finding a reason to get quiet and become still.  See how peaceful you and your little one can be while you help each other place an eye pillow on the other and practice a little care-giving.  Add a blanket to the mix and who knows maybe a nap could be next!

     

    Kids Yoga Pillows

    The links are for a Zabuton & the Zafu - Dharma kids sells these as a set with the zafu (which is the seat portion) or you are able to also just purchase the zafu alone.  These are wonderful for your kids to sit while reading, being quiet, meditating, napping, or even playing a game with the family. 

    Explore a comfortable seat with a better posture, perhaps create a routine for your kids so they may find a set time in their days to sit quietly.  We use these to sit around the fireplace and play games on and we've even been known to have a pillow fight or two!  

     

    Kids Mala

    Yoga and meditation practice for children is great for calming the mind and releasing stress. This exclusive mala features light wood beads perfect for smaller hands, cool black spacers, and totally awesome turquoise blue Malaysia Jade. Mala beads are beautifully finished with a Rudraksha guru bead and lime green tassel.

    This can be such a special practice.  Use the mala to check in with your child to see how you and he or she are feeling.  Then choose a word that best would fit and touch each bead as you say, "I", "Am", "So", "Kind" or whatever word that you both choose.  Talk together afterward to see how you both feel.  

     

    Hoberman Sphere

    The hoberman sphere is a timeless tool.  You can throw, bounce, spin, roll, grow and shrink the sphere.  Share in the fascination of this dynamic structure which expands and contracts in a second to create a sphere scaled to almost any size. This is just a smaller version of similar spheres on display in science museums all over the world.

    Play catch one on one with your child.  Sit together with your kids as your explore your breath by inhaling as you open the sphere and exhaling as you close. The options are endless!  

     

    Make Your Own Focus Jar Kit

    Get creative!  Find a basket that would be appropriate for the little yogi in your life and fill it with the items to make your own Focus Jar: Clear Containers with lids, Glitter, Water and anything more you would like to add (like stickers for your jar, or glitter glue, etc).

    You can make these in so many ways that this craft never gets old.  Perfect to do on an 'indoor' day and its truly great for almost any age.

    Click Here - 4 Easy Steps to Make Your Own Focus Jar!

     

    No matter what you give your child, the bottom line will always be the time that you share with them.  It could be any present big or small or none at all ... The greatest gift is offering your attention and showing them how much you love spending time with them!

    Sending out peace, good health, lots of love and so much joy to everyone over the holidays and with our coming new year.  

    Happiest of holidays to you and yours!


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  • Spread the Love: Great Books to Cultivate Gratitude for Children of All Ages

    As the holidays approach, it’s all too easy for our kids to get caught up with wanting more stuff, especially. How can we help kids be happy with what they already have and cultivate an attitude of gratitude?

    Research from the Greater Good Science Center tells us that gratitude actually blocks toxic emotions even as it allows us to celebrate the present. Additionally, its been proven that grateful people are more stress-resistant and have a higher sense of self-worth.


    In a 2003 study from the University of California, Davis, grateful people reported higher levels of happiness and optimism, as well as lower levels of depression and stress. High school students who score high on gratitude have more friends and higher grades, while more materialistic students report more envy, lower grades and less life satisfaction, according to a study in the Journal of Happiness Studies. While some people may be blessed with a natural inclination toward thankfulness, for most of us gratitude is learned. By learning gratitude, children become sensitive to the feelings of others, developing their innate capacities for empathy and altruism.

    The following is a list of books that provide kids with lessons in generosity and gratitude. In some cases, the books demonstrate outright gratitude while others weave the concept of giving throughout the story. Let us know how you weave these great titles into your work!

     

    Click here for some great tips on how to integrate books into your kids yoga classes.
     

     

    Thankful by Eileen Spinelli 
    (Ages 4-8)
    In a sing-song tone, “Thankful” takes the reader through a slightly silly tale what people are thankful for. The gardener is thankful for every green sprout, the artist is thankful for color and light, the chef is thankful for plates licked clean. Kids will love the illustrations that add to this simple story of thanks.
     

    Giving Thanks: a Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp
     (Ages 5-11)
    “Giving Thanks” illustrates what the Mohawk tribe refers to as the “Thanksgiving Address,” a morning habit of starting each day by giving thanks to Mother Earth. This tradition is based on the belief that the natural world is a rare gift to be cherished. Readers give thanks for blue waters, green grasses, the animals, sun, thunder, and other natural wonders.
     

    The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving by Ellen Sabin
    (Ages 4-8)
    How many times have you said to your kids: “It’s better to give than to receive.” only to be met with blank stares? Giving to others and being generous can sometimes be a challenging concept for kids. Ellen Sabin’s The Giving Book, aims to nurture a better understanding of giving with stories and fables of people who were generous, lists of how kids can support charities, and worksheets to get kids thinking about thankfulness, generosity, and charity. Think of this as more of a workbook than a story book.
     

    Beautiful Hands by Bret Baumgarten and Kathryn Otoshi
    (Ages 2 and up)
    Little hands can do so many beautiful things. This colorful concept book reveals an illustrative surprise and reading delight with every turn of the page. Little hands can do so many wonderful things: plant ideas; stretch imaginations; and reach for dreams. Parents and educators will enjoy sharing the word play with young readers. Children will revel in the spectacular art created using thumb- and hand-prints. The book's uplifting message will rouse and motivate, leaving no heart untouched.This book was created to inspire children everywhere to use their power to help themselves and others achieve their dreams! 
     

    Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
    (Ages 8-12)
    In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life's questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family's fortune. Minli sets off on a quest to find out how she can change her poor family's fortune and discovers much about what brings happiness in life. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer. 


    The Grateful Giraffe: A Kids Yoga Feelings Book by Giselle Shardlow
    (Ages 2-5)
    Join six yoga kids from around the world as they learn about various animals and relate their behaviors to our feelings. Be a caring koala, a cranky crocodile, or a curious cat. Visit countries around the world, learn about various animals, and talk about feelings! This feelings yoga book for toddlers and preschoolers includes a list of kids yoga poses and a parent-teacher guide.
     

    Today I am Grateful: Adventures in Gratitude by Lorraine Miller
    (Ages 5-10)
    Today I Am Grateful was created to inspire children of all ages to experience the incredible power of gratitude. By taking the time to think about all the wonderful things that happen each day, children gain an appreciation for what matters most to them in their own lives. Following the lead of Milo, young readers can take part in this mindful practice using the activities provided at the end of the story.
     

    There Is a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me by Alice Walker (Author), Stefano Vitale (Illustrator)
    (Ages 4-10)
    A beautiful book that makes you stop and realize that there are so many things happening around us that we typically don’t notice. Through this book’s simple text we learn that there is beauty all around us to recognize, connect with, and feel grateful for.
     

    Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? by Dr. Seuss
    (Ages 5-9)

    This classic book provides the perfect antidote for readers of all ages who are feeling a bit down in the dumps (or having a hard time being thankful for what they have). Thanks to Dr. Seuss’s trademark rhymes and signature illustrations, readers will, without a doubt, realize just how lucky they truly are.
     

    Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness with Kids by Carol McCloud
    (Ages 4-9)
    This heartwarming book encourages positive behavior by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation and love by "filling buckets."
     

    Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts (Author), Noah Z. Jones (Illustrator)
    (Ages 5-8)
    All Jeremy wants is a pair of those shoes, the ones everyone at school seems to be wearing. Though Jeremy’s grandma says they don’t have room for “want,” just “need,” when his old shoes fall apart at school, he is more determined than ever to have those shoes, even a thrift-shop pair that are much too small. But sore feet aren’t much fun, and Jeremy soon sees that the things he has — warm boots, a loving grandma, and the chance to help a friend — are worth more than the things he wants.


    Mayuri Gonzalez (E-RYT, RCYT)  has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 25 years since her own childhood and specializes in bringing yoga and mindfulness to children. She has taught for Little Flower Yoga since 2010 and is currently the Director of The School Yoga Project, a program of LFY offering direct service yoga and mindfulness classes for preschools and K-12 schools in the Greater New York Area, staff development workshops, staff yoga, and tools for schools nationwide.

    For more information about Little Flower Yoga and The School Yoga Project, visit www.littlefloweryoga.com. Contact Mayuri by email at mayuri@littlefloweryoga.com


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