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reviewed by Kristine Morris

Yoga for Youth

Elizabeth Reese, Ph.D.

YoginosThis trilingual (English, Spanish, and Sanskrit) interdisciplinary yoga-for-kids program combines music, games, original art, and stories with yoga postures for physical strength, flexibility, and balance. It encourages awareness and respect for oneself, others, and the environment, both on and off the mat.

Designed for ages 6 to 12, the DVD shows a group of lively and engaged children being led, with skill and creativity, through a series of yoga poses, as well as breathing, cardiovascular, and relaxation exercises. It also offers segments on art, story, and myth, and using yoga in daily life. Its multisensory approach effortlessly introduces children to yoga vocabulary and concepts in three languages, while inspiring compassionate self-awareness and creative imagination. Parents, teachers, and yoga instructors who work with children will find this manner of presentation not only helpful but fun. Children who view it will experience the calming effects of yoga itself, as well as seeing an organized, respectful, and obviously engaged group of kids like themselves learning and loving yoga.

Yogiños: Yoga for Youth was founded Elizabeth Reese, Ph.D., who now is the program’s executive director. Reese is a teacher with more than 20 years of experience in leading learners of all ages in creative problem-solving, self-refl ection, and empowerment. She has been a yoga practitioner in a wide variety of traditions and styles for more than 10 years and has completed her Anusara Immersion and teacher training.

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