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Epona Yoga ISSUE 9 | June 2010| www.eponayoga.com

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Media Coverage

Epona Yoga has continued to be in the media.  Signing a deal with Scooter Entertainment to bring our Dvd's into stores such as KMart, Target, Big W, David Jones and bookstores. 

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.

EPONA YOGA TEACHER FEATURE

This newsletter we meet King Jo who has brought Epona Yoga into Singapore.  King is a wonderful teacher who brings centeredness and understanding to everyone.


KJ’s background is in education, with a special interest in young children’s learning and development. While living in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and in Australia, she chanced upon several neuro development/education and sensory integration programmes for young children and has been involved with such programmes since. She is a certificated Epona Yoga® instructor.

‘You have been such a wonderful part of my child's life and I can’t thank you enough for your enthusiasm and dedication … you have been an absolute asset …’ (Skye, business owner)

‘My 3yr old has opened up so much and come into her own. She has enjoyed all the sessions. Your patience and exuberance has helped her to become more confident …’ (Elizabeth, mother of 3yo)

Next Month we will be meeting Meg Mann a community health nurse in Perth who is changing the lives of many children and families.

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

MUSIC

This week I want to remind you of a time when you where young and video games and dvd's were something you would see on the Jetson's.


Today I ask you to get your children into the kitchen and make some noise.  Forget about the mess, forget about having to wash the dishes after.  Just allow your self to create a band with your family.


Remember the time when the wooden spoon was your guitar or even your drum stick.


Take the rice from the cupboard and pour it into the tupperware container and maraca away.


Film it and send it to the grand parents.  This fun activity not only brings families together, it stimulates creativity and breaks from routine.


You would be amazed at how into it you can get.  Kids will want to dress up and be rock stars.  They may even amaze you or you may amaze yourself with some musical talent you never realised you had.


Enjoy and Jive Away.
 


This month’s article

Breathing for Children

Have you ever sat and watched a baby breathe.  Their breath is relaxed, rhythmic and deep.  At some point as a child we lose that beautiful nourishing breath.

Just like for adults the breath can be used to decrease stress, anxiety, tiredness, tantrums as well as having many more benefits. 

Our brains although only 2% of our body mass does require about 20% of our oxygen intake.  The more efficiently our body takes in oxygen the more efficient we can grow.

Teaching children different breathing techniques can be fun and is very easy to do.

For instance alternate nostril breathing is a fantastic breath to balance the right and left brain, promotes clear thinking, calms our nervous system.

Here is an easy way to teach it to children.  I teach children as young as 3 and although they may not do it exact it brings awareness to the importance of the breath.

Get two different coloured tissues. (e.g. yellow and blue) Place one in each hand.

Place the yellow one over the right nostril blocking the air flow. Take a deep breath in through the left nostril, then place the blue tissue over the left nostril blocking it closed, hold for 1 second, take the yellow tissue away from the right and exhale.

Repeat in reverse.  Keep the left nostril blocked with the blue tissue.  Breath in through the right nostril then block it with the yellow tissue, hold for 1 sec, then move the blue tissue away and exhale out the left nostril.

This completes 1 round of alternate nostril breathing.

When kids first begin this can be quite funny, make a game of it.

Have fun and breathe.

 

Debra is coming to Perth, Melbourne and South Australia
Epona Yoga Facilitator Training July 2010

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.

Also note Debra is to release a new book on Kids Yoga to be sold on Amazon.com – yours free when you sign up.

For more information – please click here

Debra will also be offering other course, please click here and complete the form tor receive further details. Courses include Reiki, Understanding Crystals and Crystal Healing, "Who are you making responsible for your happiness?", Primordial Sound Meditation plus more.


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.



 

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!

Yoga for Kids – Asana or Activity

Lion Pose and Breathe

To release the buildup of stale Carbon Dioxide in our system we can do Lions Breathe.

I did this Breathe to an audience of 2000 adults while touring with Deepak Chopra here in Australia. It is fun and just a little bit silly.

Kneeling with your back straight and chest expanded.  You are a proud Lion.  Take your hands and groom your beautiful maine.

Take a big breath in and roar like a lion, really roar from the bottom of your tummy.

Fantastic job.  Now this time when you roar I want you to stick your tongue all the way out,  don't worry you wont get into trouble.

Big breathe in and roar stick that tongue out all the way.  As you do fold forward as if you about to pounce.

 

Recipe

Super Strawberry Bars

Prep time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 c. rolled oats
  • ½ c. butter or margarine,
    softened
  • 1/3 c. light brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • ¾ c. strawberry jam

Utensils:

  • oven (you'll need help from your adult assistant)
  • large bowl
  • square (8" x 8") pan coated with nonstick spray
  • large spoon
  • knife (you'll need help from your adult assistant)
  • measuring cups and spoons

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit (180° Celsius).
  2. In a large bowl, mix everything together except the strawberry jam.
  3. Measure out 2 cups of this mixture. Leave the rest in
    the bowl, and set it aside.
  4. Take the 2 cups of the
    mixture and press it into the bottom of the pan. You can
    use your hands or a spoon.
    Make sure you cover the
    entire bottom of the pan!
  5. Using a large spoon, spread
    the strawberry jam on top
    of the mixture in the pan.
    Spread it evenly all over.
  6. Take the mixture that was
    left in the bowl, and spread
    it over the strawberry jam.
    Press it down lightly.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes.
    Remove the pan from
    the oven, and allow it to
    cool for at least 15 minutes.
  8. Cut the bars into 12
    squares to eat and share!

Serves: 12

Serving size: 1 square

http://kidshealth.org/kid/
recipes/recipes/strawberry_
bars.html

 

Character Update

Did you know our characters have their own blogs, check them out and ask us questions

Tula  Mali  Rafferty  Sunni 

Colouring In Sheets

For all of those who have been asking for updated colour sheets please now find them here Epona Yoga Funstuff


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 when I leave I am always taller” Sam 12 years old

“I like yoga because I can be me” Jessica 9 years old

“Yoga is good because we get to make up stories” Lucas 6 years old

If you would like yoga introduced in your school please contact the founder Debra Mc Cormick on0401 698 588 or Click here to register your interest.


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.  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.
 



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