The Yoga Adventure for Children: Playing, Dancing, Moving, Breathing, Relaxing

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Yoga has become a popular activity for children around the world, and The Yoga Adventure for Children is a ready-to-use resource for elementary school teachers and yoga teachers who wish to create children's classes or add sessions between lessons, during a gym class or after school. Ideal for stretches and warm-ups, yoga is also useful for P.E., dance and drama classes and camp activities. Parents, too, can share this book with their child at home. Practicing yoga together offers parents and children an ...
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Overview

Yoga has become a popular activity for children around the world, and The Yoga Adventure for Children is a ready-to-use resource for elementary school teachers and yoga teachers who wish to create children's classes or add sessions between lessons, during a gym class or after school. Ideal for stretches and warm-ups, yoga is also useful for P.E., dance and drama classes and camp activities. Parents, too, can share this book with their child at home. Practicing yoga together offers parents and children an opportunity to interact, play and have fun together.

Yoga play encourages and develops: coordination, emotional calm, physical strength, awareness, flexibility, self-confidence. Short yoga breaks allow children to take a few moments to breathe, relax or stretch, leaving them calmer, refreshed and ready to go on with their day.

What is a yoga adventure? Kids discovering connections between their bodies, thoughts and feelings. This book contains 82 exercises and games, many of them inspired by animals, that stimulate suppleness and strength. Most of the exercises are accompanied by drawings, and they are organized into sections, which include: Warm-Up Exercises, Yoga Postures, Breathing Exercises, Concentration and Meditation, Visualization Exercises, Wake-Up Exercises. The book also includes child-friendly stories that can help children understand yoga concepts such as karma, the elements and energy centers (chakras) without too much detail. Younger children enjoy the physical and energetic aspects of the activities, while older children may also develop new self-awareness. For some it can bring up questions about life and behavior, which can be further addressed by parents orteachers.

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Have you ever practiced yoga? Yoga has been around for many years. Many grownups have practiced yoga to calm their emotions and increase physical strength. Helen Purpehart has created a book which focuses on children doing yoga as a way to gain self-confidence, coordination and flexibility.

The Yoga Adventure for Children is a valuable resource. There are many pages of yoga exercises for kids to try. Each exercise is illustrated with step-by-step instructions. There are many childf riendly stories included to help the older children with the concepts presented. Kids of all ages will enjoy the many yoga exercises in this book. Teachers may even use this as a manual to assist them in introducing yoga to their classrooms.

I found many of these exercises to relax me. I tend to get nervous when taking tests. Maybe I will be able to use some of the techniques presented in this book to calm me down and receive a better grade. There are so many games in this book both for small groups and larger ones. There are also many stretching exercises which can help me become more flexible before competing as part of a sports team at school.

Note from Brianne's mother: Brianne loved The Yoga Adventure for Children. She is always looking for new ways to play and new ways to relax in stressful situations. I could see her using this book both for herself now and throughout her growing into adult years. - Reviewed by Brianne Plach (age 10) for Reader Views

I work with children. I am a paraprofessional in a special needs school, and was very excited to read this book, to see if there might be anything I could use with our kids.

One of the things that I noticed right away is how many of the games and exercises were done in groups or pairs. This is fantastic in my opinion! It seems to me that these days kids are more isolated than in the past. I am not sure what it is, but I rarely see little girls walking and holding hands or boys roughhousing. Fighting yes, just roughhousing, no. I also have noted that most parents do not hold their children’s hands any more. This is very sad in my opinion, as touch in and of its own is healing. Touch during play is a good thing!

So, I was very pleased to find that there were things that there were games where the kids held hands or leaned back against each other. I believe this helps to build co-operation and understanding.

There are also plenty of games where it is individuals alone. My favorite is Sun Salutations! It incorporates many basic yoga positions, and it will be a lot of fun for the kids. The Mountain is a close runner up. I can just see the kids enjoying those games, and having fun.

The relaxation exercises are ideal as well. Sometimes kids, as well as adults, need to just let it go and breathe. This book gives several examples of how to do this.

I will not be able to use many of these games with my special needs classroom. We have a low functioning group and the understanding is not there in some cases, and the physical abilities are not there in others. My niece is a preschool teacher in a daycare facility, as well as being Assistant Director. She is very excited about trying many of these games with her class! I had a hard time holding onto the book long enough to finish reading it before passing it on. She is thinking that if it works out she can suggest it for other sites in the corporate system she works in.

This book would also be great fun for any family with young or even not so young kids. I raised four kids of my own, and know how valuable that together time is, and there are many fun suggestions here. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has young ones in their life. - Kathleen Wagner, LibraryThing Early Reviewer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897934701
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/9/2005
  • Series: Hunter House Smartfun Book Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 725,525
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword     xi
About the Author     xiii
Acknowledgments
Introduction     1
The Exercises
Planning the Yoga Class
Timing
Workspace
Preparation
The Role of the Leader
Rules
Duration
Key to the Icons Used in the Games
The Rules of Yoga     7
The Five Abstinences
The Five Precepts
The Peace Agreement
Exercises, Games, and Stories     13
Warm-Up Exercises-Dance of the Joints     14
Yoga Postures     20
Yoga Games     51
Breathing Exercises     58
Concentration and Meditation     63
Exercising the Senses     70
Chakra Exercises     76
Visualization Exercises     98
Wake-Up Exercises     107
Storytelling     114
Experiences with Crystals     120
The Games Arranged by Specific Categories     127
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