21 Dec2010December 21, 2010

Yoga in School part 3 of 3

By Jodi Mardesich Modifying Your Methodology The introduction of yoga into schools has not come without some controversy, however. When Yoga Ed. founder Tara Guber introduced the program to a school in Aspen, Colorado, school officials and fundamentalist parents opposed having yoga in their children’s school, claiming it to be a religion. As a solution...

18 Dec2010December 18, 2010

Yoga in School part 2

By Jodi Mardesich This year, however, YogaKids has trained 51 teacher-educators nationwide, who have taught another 50 teachers in the “Tools for Schools” program, according to Haysman. YogaEd has trained about 200 teachers nationwide, Kalish says. So far, most of Yoga Ed.’s teacher trainees have come through the ranks of the public education system, largely...

17 Dec2010December 17, 2010

Yoga in Schools part 1

By Jodi Mardesich Although kids’ yoga has been catching on in studios over the past few years, not all families have the means to send their children to classes at $15-$20 a pop. Another venue is growing, however: More and more public and private schools are welcoming yoga and integrating it into the curriculum. “Most...

14 Dec2010December 14, 2010

P.E. with a twist: More schools offer yoga part 3

Yoga and storytelling, yoga and bullies Written by Rebecca Jones The Wellness Initiative is not the only organization pushing yoga in Colorado public schools. Another Boulder group, Calming Kids: Creating a Non-violent World, promotes yoga in school as an anti-bullying tool. Storytime Yoga, which integrates children’s yoga and storytelling, poetry and healthy eating, is also...

13 Dec2010December 13, 2010

P.E. with a twist: More schools offer yoga part 2

Still some fear, reluctance out there Written by Rebecca Jones Yoga isn’t new, of course. But many schools have been slow to adopt it into the physical education curriculum. “Years ago, there were protests about bringing yoga into the schools because people were afraid it was religious,” said Mara Rose, executive director of TWI. “But...

12 Dec2010December 12, 2010

P.E. with a twist: More schools offer yoga part 1

Written by Rebecca Jones Tom Barela, the physical education teacher at Denver’s Colfax Elementary School, grew up playing football and basketball in his gym student days. But on Monday, he was down on the floor alongside a class of kindergartners roaring like a baby dragon, then hissing like a cobra, then steadying himself like a...

11 Dec2010December 11, 2010

The Balloon Breath Relaxation Technique

by Mellisa Dormoy The balloon breathe is a deep breathing technique based on ancient yogic breathing (and correct breathing). The technique is simple to do and share with your children. It simply consists of a repetition of 3-5 deep breaths that fill up the tummy with air completely, like a big balloon.  Inhaling, take in a...

10 Dec2010December 10, 2010

Kids Yoga and Disney on Ice

What does Disney on Ice and Kids Yoga have in common? Last night my daughter Grace (now 5) and I,  as well as our extended family went to see Disney on Ice. It was our first time, and it was great for kids and adults. As I watched the show, I couldn’t help but notice...

08 Dec2010December 8, 2010

Kids’ TV time linked to bad habits part 2

How does TV harm kids? Pagani’s study is merely the latest to call attention to the drawbacks of childhood TV-watching. A number of studies have linked too much TV to a range of negative effects in kids, including shorter attention spans, slower language acquisition, increased aggression, and weight gain. Experts have suggested several possible explanations...

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