Mindful Gifts for Educators
The year 2020 has redefined the way we live, work, study, and play. For many, it shed a glaringly bright light on the role educators play in our children’s lives. Show some love to educators this holiday season with tools to help them to continue providing quality academic, social, emotional and physical development for the kids they serve.
Psst! These make great holiday gifts for families and pediatric professionals too!
Teach Your Child Yoga
It’s a stressful world—even for children. Yoga can help, and this fun, hands-on guide shows parents and other caregivers how to give kids the tools to relieve anxiety, gain focus, cultivate mindfulness, and feel healthier. Filled with step-by-step illustrations and instructions, Teach Your Child Yoga features practices that focus on improving posture, allergies, sleep, digestion, and more, as well as games that foster teamwork and communication. There’s even a special sequence to counter the effects of sitting in front of a computer or tablet. Tips explain how to adapt the exercises for different ages, from toddlers to teens, so every child can experience and enjoy the many benefits that yoga has to offer.
Teach Your Child Meditation
Even children need to learn ways to calm and center themselves. With its hands-on exercises, Teach Your Child Meditation gives kids ages 5-12 important tools to relieve anxiety, cultivate mindfulness, and gain confidence. More than 70 illustrated exercises—which all have fun names like “Funny Bunny Breath” and “Elephant Shower”—are organized to highlight their special benefits: choose from such categories as “Hocus Pocus, I Can Focus,” “The Chill Zone,” “Stress Busters,” or a section with group exercises that teachers and parents alike will love. Whether the goal is for a child to sleep better, concentrate before a big test or game, or enjoy some much-needed relaxation, this guide helps anyone who loves and plays with children to introduce them to the many benefits of meditation.
The Mountain That Longed to be Different
Featuring gorgeous illustration and a charming story, The Mountain That Longed To Be Different is so much more than a moral lesson teaching kids the importance of loving and appreciating who they are. It is a picture book that can be used to creatively teach kids sun salutations, commonly practiced in yoga to warm up the body, sun salutations awaken and invigorate young, tired yogis – they may also be practiced to burn off excess energy. The book includes a handy illustrated guide, demonstrating 33 kid-friendly yoga poses creatively renamed to appeal to young imaginations, allowing readers to build on the story and create a different experience each and every time the book is read.
(Available at www.amazon.com, www.yoyoyogaschool.com, and most major booksellers)
Flashcards Lisa Roberts’ Alphabet and Number cards are GREAT for kids of all ages – review sight words and basic counting, or solve algebraic equations! The whole family can get their stretch on while reinforcing academic learning for kids.
Alphabet Yoga Flashcards are a fun learning and s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g experience for kids of all ages. Who needs pencils and paper when kids can MOVE and use their bodies to learn the alphabet, spell and communicate? Use your Alphabet Yoga Flashcards to: Identify letters, learn to spell, play games, and MOVE and LEARN in a unique and healthy way.
Deck of 34 cards includes all 26 letters of the alphabet, along with instructional cards suggesting centering and warm up techniques, and 9 different games and activities for kids of all ages (including teens!).
Number Yoga Flashcards are a fun, educational, s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g experience for kids of all ages. Who needs pens, notebooks or calculators when kids can MOVE and stretch their bodies to learn and play yoga math? Use Your Number Yoga Flashcards to: Identify numbers, values, and learn to count, Introduce double and triple numbers, simple arithmetic (or complex algebra with the abc cards!), play fun games, and MOVE and LEARN in a unique and healthy way.
Deck of 35 cards includes individual number cards to create the numbers 1-998; Common math symbols: add, subtract, multiply, divide, greater than, less than, equal, infinity; along with centering and warm-up suggestions and 11 different games and activities for kids of all ages (including teens!).
(Available at www.yoyoyogaschool.com)
Family-Friendly Guided Breathing and Meditations (MP3 or CD)
Written and recorded by Lisa Roberts the following tracks may be purchased as individual downloads or in CD format. Roberts’ ability to tap into imaginations couples with her smooth, hypnotic voice, guiding listeners to breathe well, relax deeply, and feel great.
Discover your inner superhero, feel your firefly’s belly glow, play in the snow, melt in the sun, relax on a beautiful beach, explore your colorful inner Rainbow, and much, much more.
(Available at www.amazon.com and www.yoyoyogaschool.com)
And, don’t forget Lisa Roberts’ online training program and kid-friendly Movement, Meditation, and Mindfulness videos — all available for immediate download! Made for families and kids: learn, stretch, play, breathe, and grow together!