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EPONA YOGA
ISSUE 2 | APRIL 2009| www.eponayoga.com

Dear stephen,

Welcome to this issue of the Epona Yoga newsletter. We have lots of exciting news and information to share with you in this issue.

In This Issue


In this issue of our Newsletter we have published a couple of great articles,

Chanting and how to work with children to get the most out of chanting,
Music and the Learning Process excerted from Gari Stein's The More We Get Together: Nurturing Relationships Through Music, Play, Books and Art
Debra shares a great fun way for children to exercise their eyes with an Asana "Eyes Around the Clock"
Healthy recipe for kids to make


Resellers and Classes

Epona Yoga sees the expansion of its product being displayed and sold around the world.  Recently Forte Music in Canning Vale Perth joined our team of resellers, visit in and see the product being used by children of all ages.  We welcome David to our team. You can find David at

Suite 16
Level 1
2 Batman Road
Canning Vale 6155 WA

Freecall 1300 367 830

canningvale@fortemusic.com
 








Epona Yoga in Your School, Day Care Centre or Mothers Group


If you have not experienced Epona Yoga why not have Debra come and visit your school for a free 30 min presentation, Sydney NSW only at this stage. 
(Register here if outside of Sydney so Debra can make a time when she is next in your area)

Fundraising packages are available for schools and kindergartens, which can assist your school in investing in the program for the benefit of your pupils. Click here to register your interest.


Character Update

Did you know our characters have their own blogs, you can check them out and ask us questions –
 
Tula -  http://www.eponayoga.com/_blog/tula

Mali - http://www.eponayoga.com/_blog/mali

Rafferty - http://www.eponayoga.com/_blog/rafferty

Sunni - http://www.eponayoga.com/_blog/sunn
i

Your Say

We at Epona Yoga would love to hear what you have to say about our products, our services, questions you may have in relation to kids yoga, experiences you have etc.  We may feature these in our upcoming
newsletters.

We would also like to provide a dedicated area in our newsletters recognizing children throughout the world for their contributions whether entrepreneurially or any other gift of inspiration.

Did we miss something?  If you would like us to do an article on a particular subject then please CONTACT US and we will endeavor to put it in our next newsletter.

You can order Epona Yoga products online at www.eponayoga.com there are also some fun things for kids at the site, including free colouring in sheets of Sunni, Tula, Mali and Rafferty. Visit the site today and explore a world which sparkes the imaginations of children.

Check out future issues of this newsletters for more yoga activities and fun recipes for kids and informative articles. You can share this newsletters with friends too.

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 Chanting – What is It

Chanting has been around for over 5,000 years and is defined as the continuous recitation of mantras. Mantra is a Sanskrit word meaning, “vehicle of the mind”.

The sacred utterances or chanting of Sanskrit Mantras provide us with the power to attain our goals and lift ourselves from the ordinary to the higher level of consciousness. They give us the power to cure diseases; ward off evils; gain wealth; worship a deity for exalted communion and for attaining blissful state and attain liberation.

Different sounds have different effects on human psyche. If a soft sound of wind rustling through leaves soothes our nerves, the musical note of running stream enchants our heart; thunders may cause awe and fear.

Probably one of the most common mantras known to us in the West is that of “Om.”

Chanting has many of the benefits:

It uses rhythm and rhyme in an enjoyable way

It provides patterns that can make learning easier

It builds children's confidence in oral language

It can promote a sense of community, which is
conducive to learning

It provides a change of pace and mood to improve student motivation

It offers opportunities for repeated readings, which build fluency

It can serve as a writing prompt, offering students the chance to write new verses

Kids love it!

Teachers use chants as a way of learning, we sing our ABC’s, there are many ways we learn to count, often using words repetitively to learn.

In our Epona Yoga Classes we often use chants as a way to bring the focus to the here and now.  Using chants is a great way to create fun, co-ordination and present moment awareness.
 
The chants we use in our classes have no connection to any particular faith or religion.  For example –
 
Om – vibration of the universe

Peace – love to all

Hari OM – overcoming obstacles

The child's name – provides empowerment

Positive affirmation – e.g. I am strong

When using a chant we incorporate hand movements, clapping to a particular rhythm, clapping high, clapping low.  We may also have the child create their
own mantra, children are great in finding ways to connect and have fun.

If you are not comfortable with using a chanting then let your facilitator know and the class can be structured without it.  Our aim is to have both you and your child enjoy the wonderful experience of yoga.


 


Music and the Learning Process

Excerted from  Gari Stein's The More We Get Together: Nurturing Relationships Through Music, Play, Books and Art

Everything about good music is positive, with the power to affect our lives forever. In our hurry-up dot-com world, musical experiences provide a sense of community and belonging. A simple song, readily available, can help slow things down.

Children are born musicians, dancers, artists and storytellers, and the opportunities for healthy development are endless. We just have to provide the canvas, the paper, the paints, the materials and the welcoming environment, setting the stage for creativity, learning and fun. Can’t we try to deemphasize the ABCs and reemphasize what comes nturally to young children? Not only will the children’s environment brighten, but adults will find the stress decreases and productivity and efficiency increase. It really is so simple.

Studies suggest that music and movement
    • Nourish the brain while affecting all areas of    development
    • Strengthen listening, motor skills, language, problem solving, spatial-temporal rformance and literacy
    • Help develop critical listening skills
    • Create space for emotional well-being
    • Provide opportunities to practice social skills
    • Support phonemic awareness
    • Instill acts of kindness and cooperation
    • Calm and focus the mind
    • Encourage interaction in non-threatening ways

     Play has always been the work of young children. But now play is in danger of becoming extinct. Play time is being replaced with structured activities, TV and computers. The push to standardize children has pushed recess off the playground. Children are literally being robbed of their childhood.  (End of exert)

In our Epona Yoga Classes we use chants, music and songs to create an environment that connects the child to the vibration of unbounded pure innocence.  

Founder and Epona Yoga Teacher
Debra Mc Cormick


Facilitator Training

Debra has spent the past 6 weeks writing the facilitators manual for Epona Yoga.  If you are interested in finding out more then please click here.

The course is currently undergoing the complex process of international yoga accreditation with Yoga Alliance.

Epona Yoga is taking the USA and Canada by storm

Debra has been asked to both the USA and Canada to teach and spread the joy of Epona Yoga. Debra will be in California USA from the 28th April until 18th May.  With a brief visit for a book signing in Edmonton from 10th – 13th May.
 
If you would like Debra to call on you or provide a display in your school please contact us.
 

Yoga for the Special Child

Debra Mc Cormick is a Yoga for the Special Child Practitioner. 
She studied with Sonia Sunar in Melbourne Victoria when she
visited this year.  Yoga for the Special Child is a fantastic program.

Yoga for the Special Child, LLC is a comprehensive program of Yoga techniques designed to enhance the natural development of children with special needs. The style of Yoga used in the program is gentle and therapeutic -- safe
for babies and chidren with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Microcephaly, Autism and other developmental disabilities.
These methods also provide an effective treatment for children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, ADHD and Learning Disabilities.

Yoga for the Special Child therapeutic program includes:

An integrated series of balanced Yoga poses to increase body
awareness, strength and flexibility Specialized breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to improve concentration and reduce hyperactivity.

An early intervention program to assure the healthy formative
development of infants and toddlers Email us to find out more
 
 


Twitter?

Twitter is a social networking site where you can follow persons of interest and keep up to date on what is happening with them
through the exchange of quick, frequent messages.

Epona Yoga uses Twitter to update followers on the latest deals - I have also used it to inform clients if a session has become available due to a client post-poning a session so you can get in quickly at the last minute.

Follow us by clicking here: http://twitter.com/eponayoga



Facebook

Facebook is a free-access social networking website. Users can join networks organized by
city, workplace, school, and region to connect and interact with other people. People can also add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves.

Join us on Facebook




Banana Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup reduced fat milk

200 g reduced fat vanilla yoghurt

2 tablespoons skim milk powder, (optional)

2 tablespoons wheat germ, (optional)

1 large banana, or peach or mango (peeled) or 1/2 cup strawberries

Method:

Put all ingredients in blender, blend until frothy and drink immediately.This smoothie is a great way to get kids to enjoy making healthy food it tastes great and is full of essential vitamins and minerals! Great for
fueling up little
bodies for more health activities!




Yoga for Kids – Asana or Activity

Eyes around the clock

This issues move is "Eyes around the Clock".  It helps create eye movement for the child.  It is also a great exercise
for adults.

Benefits

Stretches the eye muscles

Helps kids to tell the time and learn numbers and location

Internally they are activating all parts of the brain

How to do it

Take an analog wall clock and place it eye level for the child (if not have them imagine one or create your own)

Have your child look up and down from 12 to 6, remember to keep the head still just move the eyes

Begin to then move the eyes left to right 9 to 3

Begin then to move the eyes from 1 to 7, 2 to 8 and so on

Then move the eyes clockwise 12, 1, 2, 3 etc

Then anti clockwise 12, 11, 10 etc

 







Mats are available in pink, yellow, red, teal and
sand.  Each mat comes with a DVD, instruction booklet and is packed in a handy carrybag.

Prices start from only $34.95!



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