Sunday, June 21, 2020

Education : Intl Yoga Day : Children's books : Yoga for well-being !

International Yoga Day
credits: courtesy of UNSRC and E. Wolff./ UN

“Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.”

B. K. S. Iyengar

On 21 June, we celebrate the International Yoga Day, the tradition inscribed in 2016 on UNESCO's Intangible Heritage List.

Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga.

Yoga-sutras 196 aphorisms that constitute the foundational text of Ashtanga yoga (The eight limb path of yoga) 
written some 2200 years ago by Indian Sage Patanjali

The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.
Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.
"Yoga for Health. Yoga for Well-being."

While the social distancing measures adopted by countries to fight the COVID-19 pandemic have shut down yoga studios and other communal spaces, yoga practitioners have turned to home practice and online yoga resources.

Kids hold their position during a yoga class/ AP

With schools closed and summer break activities cancelled, parents may find it challenging to keep their children physically active. Yoga can help. UNICEF says kids can practice many yoga poses without any risk and get the same benefits that adults do. These benefits include increased flexibility and fitness, mindfulness and relaxation.

via Yoga Journal

You might be wondering whether it’s safe or even beneficial for your kids to practice yoga. It’s both! Kids can practice many yoga poses without any risk and get the same benefits that adults do. 
These benefits include: increased flexibility and fitness, mindfulness and relaxation.
Yoga is a great form of exercise for people who are looking to stay in shape with a low-impact activity. Of course, not all yoga poses are ideal for children. Like adults, they need to master the basics before moving on to more advanced stretches. 
So here two lovely books to teach your kids to practice yoga at home. The first one I Am Yoga in English, and two Zen Un Jeu d'Enfant in French.

I Am Yoga
Susan Verde
illustrations : Peter H. Reynolds

"An eagle soaring among the clouds, a star twinkling in the night sky, a camel in the desert, or a boat sailing across the sea . . . Yoga has the power of transformation. Not only does it strengthen bodies and calm minds, but with a little imagination, it can show us that anything is possible..."

I Am Yoga
Susan Verde
illustrations : Peter H. Reynolds

Anything is possible with a dose of imagination. Tree Pose can stretch you above the clouds into the limitless sky. Star Pose can set you asparkle. Boat Pose might float you all the way across the sea. And Camel Pose could expand your loving heart enough to hug the whole wide world.

I Am Yoga
Susan Verde
illustrations : Peter H. Reynolds

I Am Yoga encourages children to explore the world of Yoga and make room in their hearts for the world beyond it.

New York Times bestselling illustrator Peter H. Reynolds teams up with author and certified Yoga instructor Susan Verde in this book about creativity and the power of self-expression.

Zen, un jeu d'enfant 
ÉlodieGaramond & Lise Billien (tome 1 & 2)
illustrations: Soledad Bravi
Elodie Garamond et Lise Bilien partagent leurs connaissances du Yoga, du Qi- Gong, du Shiatsu et de la méditation dans ces deux excellents livres disponibles au format poche : Zen, un jeu d’enfant, illustrations Soledad Bravi.

L'envie de partager le yoga comme un art de vivre, Élodie Garamond et Lise Bilien interprètent avec humour, créativité et pédagogie les plus belles postures et techniques de relaxation de cette pratique ancestrale, aujourd'hui reconnue pour ses innombrables vertus sur les enfants, tant sur le plan physique et physiologique que mental.

Zen, un jeu d'enfant ÉlodieGaramond & Lise Billien (tome 1), 2018
illustrations: Soledad Bravi
J'ai lu (éditions livre de poche

Ce livre d'éveil au yoga et à la relaxation propose plusieurs séances, calmes ou toniques, adaptées à chaque âge et toujours ludiques! 

Chacune est accompagnée des postures illustrées par la talentueuse Soledad Bravi et de nombreux trucs et astuces. 

Le yoga, un jeu d'enfant
Élodie Garamond & Lise Billien
illustrations: Soledad Bravi

Avec une approche très ludique axée sur l'imitation des animaux, les auteurs Elodie Garamond et Lise Billien proposent aux parents de partager des séances de yoga avec leurs enfants en fonction du moment de la journée, quand ils ont besoin de se calmer, ou au contraire de se défouler, pour qu'ils « s'enracinent » ou s'ouvrent aux autres.

Le yoga, un jeu d'enfant (6 à 11 ans)
Élodie Garamond & Lise Billien
illustration: Soledad Bravi

Ces moments de communication, verbale ou pas, permettront d'avoir un vrai temps d'échange, d'écoute et de complicité pour un développement harmonieux de l'enfant.
Etl les calmer du stress du confinement à cause de la pandemie du coronavirus. Ces livres peuvent être une bonne solution pour calmer les petits enfants un peu électriques sans aller à l'école ou collège à cause de la pandémie.
Et même, après la réouverture de écoles, en plein air, faire do yoga avec vos élèves.

Zen, un jeu d'enfant
ÉlodieGaramond & Lise Billien
illustrations: Soledad Bravi
Cela joue aussi pour les garçons un peu chahuteurs et bondissants. Mais les bienfaits sont encore bien plus larges et intéressants. 

Des livres également riches de la multitude de «trucs & astuces» de mamans actives et super healthy, curieuses et dynamiques, que vous aimerez partager en famille de la première à la dernière page... pour le bonheur de tous.

Le volume 2 contient un CD & une affiche.

On peut aussi le feuilleter en ligne

Photo taken with permission from Flickr by Unicef

Resources UNICEF : Yoga Stretches & Pose Kids

A list of ten yoga poses that are safe and easy to get your children started. These poses are not in a particular sequence, but we’ve indicated the stretches you should do together, at the beginning and end of the practice. You can choose a few of these poses to master or cycle through them all, spending a minute or two on each. In any case, your child should never push themselves or do anything that hurts. It may even be advisable to consult a specialist before having a child take on a new exercise routine.
Namaste !




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