Family Health

Teacher-Turned-Kids-Yogipreneur Shares Art of Storytelling

Erika Prafder by Erika Prafder | July 20th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Yoga

Four years ago, stay-at-home mom, Giselle Shardlow turned her preschooler’s naptime in to a budding self publishing business. The well-traveled schoolteacher-turned-yogipreneur pens yoga stories for kids, which she sells online.

With thousands already sold, her home-based operation is doubling in sales annually. Now at work on two titles for fall, the 40-something-year-old balances her mothering and business ownership duties by maintaining a weekly yoga practice and by meditating daily. We caught up with Shardlow to get the backstory behind her success.

Downward Doggy

Arielle Parris by Arielle Parris | June 15th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Yoga

Here at Gaiam we know the importance of yoga for kiddos. Our bright, playful teeny yogi collection inspires even the littlest ones to come to the mat.

Since I have yet to have a human child, I have started getting my fur baby involved in my practice. So here are a few tricks for yoga for you and your dog.

3 Ways to Integrate an At-Home Family Yoga Practice

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | June 7th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Yoga

Family yoga is a wonderful way to spend time together as a family, incorporating the breathing, mindfulness, and physical benefits of yoga with the fun, creative spirit of your family.

Kid-Friendly Yoga Practice for Spring

Erika Prafder by Erika Prafder | March 9th, 2016 | 1 Comment
topic: Family Health, Yoga

As spring arrives and bathes us in a gorgeous display of floral colors, pack a picnic lunch, some yoga mats, and head outside for an inspiring stretch, courtesy of Mother Nature. Practicing in the open air with your kids is a great way to foster a love, connection, and partnership with our earthly blessings.

9 Ways to Get Kids Off the Couch and Onto the Mat

Lisa Truesdale by Lisa Truesdale | September 10th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Yoga

The other day, when I was entering the rec center for a class, I passed a woman who was just heading out. She had a long blond ponytail, and over her shoulder was a purple yoga bag with her mat strapped underneath. Following close behind her was her adorable “mini me”—a little girl, about 5 or 6, with a long blond ponytail, toting a rolled-up pink yoga mat almost as big as she was.

Kids Yoga

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | September 9th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Yoga

Have you ever thought of introducing your children to yoga? Just as yoga has many benefits for adults, it provides a wonderful foundation of mindfulness and body awareness for children. Kids need the tools to handle the ups and downs of life, connect to their body, and tune into their emotional and mental state on a regular basis, and yoga provides a safe space to explore and nurture that.

5 Ways to Get Kids Involved in Yoga

by guest | September 9th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Yoga

A guest post from Two Fit Moms.

It’s a new year — a new school year that is — and time to get back to the books! It’s also a great time to get back on track fitness-wise.  What better time than now to also get your kids involved in your yoga practice. Kids are naturally interested in any activity that they see their parents doing — at least ours are — so, we bet they will be super excited to practice yoga with you.

Pregnancy and the Gift of the Feedback of the Body

by guest | May 8th, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Family Health, Yoga

A guest post from Pre and Postnatal yoga and fitness expert, Desi Bartlett.

The Wealth of a New Year

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | January 15th, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth

A new year has commenced with the opportunity to think about the triumphs and pitfalls of the past year in order to plan for the future. Most of us set resolutions at this time. Fortunately, some of those resolutions become part of our daily life, but unfortunately others fall away shortly after we try to implement them.

5-Minute-a-Day Yoga Routine for Kids

Teresa Anne Power by Teresa Anne Power | May 13th, 2014 | 5 Comments
topic: Family Health, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga

Candle PoseAlthough people realize the numerous health benefits of yoga for adults, they may not realize that kids can reap the same benefits from practicing yoga. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Yoga can be a gentle method for your child to get more physical activity and enhance his or her well-being.”

Yoga can allow kids to learn discipline, enhance athletic performance, heighten body awareness and self-control, build both strength and flexibility, and increase concentration and focus. It can also help kids feel empowered, and helps them stay calm (even kids with ADD or ADHD). This translates into healthier minds and bodies, not to mention better performance at school.

Teaching children about the merits and health benefits of exercising can be challenging for any parent. While some kids are entirely receptive to different exercises that you might present, others may be resistant. The good news is that the following this 5-minute-a-day yoga routine for kids is not only fun, but can also enthrall your child and instill effective health benefits at the same time.