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EPONA YOGA
ISSUE 8 | NOVEMBER 2009| www.eponayoga.com
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Media Coverage

Epona Yoga has continued to be in the media.  Being seen in Sunday Telegraphs Body and Soul Magazine rated as the best yoga mat to purchase.  This was compared to others on the market including leading brands like Rebel. 

If you have not seen our recent coverage click here.  Also on this page you will be able to hear Debra being interviewed about Yoga for Children with Disabilities. 

So what’s new with children and yoga this week? 

Debra is coming to Perth
Epona Yoga Facilitator Training November 2009

Limited Spaces Available

Awareness is growing and has grown over the past few months about the benefits of yoga with children I receive more and more calls requesting Epona Yoga in schools, kindergartens and general communities.  I am unable to service them all therefore by opting to becoming an Epona Yoga Facilitator you too can help share the joy of bringing yoga to children.

The course runs over a 6 day period.

Included in the Epona Yoga Facilitator course is a comprehensive 200+ page manual including in depth exploration of your own personal journey, anatomy and physiology, chakra, pranayama (breathing techniques), asanas, class formats, introducing yoga into schools for all ages, music, chanting, right brain development of children, and more.

For more information – please click here

Debra will also be offering other course, please click here and complete the form tor receive further details.


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


Music

This month we answer a question often raised by parents.

Does Music Make My Child Smarter?

According to research when learning a song, a musical instrument, or a dance step, the child experiences the unique integration of body and mind that music provides. Sensory integration is a crucial factor in children's learning readiness for school subjects such as reading, writing, and math. Music improves spatial-temporal reasoning, a neurological process needed to understand mathematics. The best way to enhance your child's learning with music is to encourage listening to and learning music throughout the child's developmental years. Do it in a variety of ways that are enjoyable and fun, then let your child's own interest and aptitudes guide your choices of lessons and activities.

 

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 endeavour 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 sparks the imaginations of children.

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

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 minute 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.





Founder and Epona Yoga Teacher
Debra Mc Cormick







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!


Click here to visit our online store to purchase Epona Yoga products!

Epona Yoga Classes

Epona Yoga Classes are running in schools and also outside of schools all around Australia.  Please click  here for a class near you 

If you cannot find a class please contact an Epona Yoga Teacher in your area to see when they are running classes.  

Yoga in Schools

There has been much research done on the benefits of yoga in schools.  We here at Epona Yoga offer Yoga to children via the use of games, asanas (poses), music, breath and meditation.  Yoga has been adopted by many societies both in the eastern and western world.  Yoga means to join or to yoke; yoga is the union of mind body and spirit.  Yoga is not a religion it is a method used by many to help them feel calmer; allow their bodies flexibility and strength.  Yoga is non denominational and also a person’s own journey or experience.  Everyone is able to practice yoga as there is no competition; we celebrate everyone’s unique talents.

“I love yoga because it makes me strong” Jake 10 years old

“I love flower because it makes me feel pretty” Sarah 5 years old

“I like doing yoga before my test it helps me stop being scared” Samuel 9 years old

If you would like yoga introduced in your school please contact the founder Debra Mc Cormick on

 0401 698 588 or Click here to register your interest.



Yoga for Kids – Asana or Activity

Breathing Technique

As we come into summer we will need to find ways to cool our body down.  This is a great breath that will help you and your child or your students to calm their body down and keep cool.  This breath is similar to what dogs do when they overheat.  Similar to their panting however we focus more on a slow sipping breath in through the mouth and out through the nose.

Cooling Breath

This particular breath helps the body cool down and calms the body if they get angry.

Have them sit in sitting positing and stick their tongues out.

Have them curl their tongue into a funnel – some people cannot do this so explain that some tongues are unable to do this.

Have them sip in through their tongue then close their mouth and breathe out through their nose.

Note – breathing out through the nose may be a little hard at first.  Keep encouraging them to breathe out through the nose.


Recipe

Before we give you our receipe today I thought I would share a great website I found.  http://www.supercook.com/

On this website you can enter in what ingredients you have and it will give you a recipe.  How cool!! You can even tell it to exclude recipes with nuts, meat, fish and a whole heap of other items.

Solution solved on what’s for dinner. J

Yoghurt Pops

Ingredients:

  • 1 8-oz. container of your favorite flavor of yogurt

Utensils:

  • small paper cups
  • wooden popsicle sticks (available in craft stores)
  • plastic wrap

Directions:

  1. Pour yogurt into paper cups. Fill them almost to the top.
  2. Stretch a small piece of plastic wrap across the top of each cup.
  3. Using the popsicle stick, poke a hole in the plastic wrap. Stand the stick straight up in the center of the cup.
  4. Put the cups in the freezer until the yogurt is frozen solid.
  5. Remove the plastic wrap, peel away the paper cup, and eat your pop!

Serves: 3 to 4

Serving size: 1 pop

Nutritional analysis (per serving):

127 Calories
5 g protien
2 g fat
21 g carbohydrate
0 g fiber
7 mg cholesterol
73 mg sodium
262 mg calcium
0 mg iron

Note: Nutritional analysis may vary depending on ingredient brands used.

Variations and suggestions:
If you like, you can make this recipe using plastic ice-pop molds instead of the paper cups and popsicle sticks.

For a cool-looking snack, fill your cups only halfway with one flavor of yogurt in Step 1. Follow Steps 2, 3, and 4. Remove your pops from the freezer, take off the plastic wrap, and spoon in another flavor of yogurt that's a different color. Put the plastic wrap back on and freeze once more. When your pops are frozen, you'll have two-colored treats!

Recipe take from http://kidshealth.org/kid/recipes/recipes/yogurt_pops.html
 

Character Update

Did you know our characters have their own blogs, 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/sunni