A "Child's Way to Yoga" introduces yoga to children through music and movement. Learn yoga poses to eight original songs by yoga instructor Leanne Gotvald and songwriter Carl Tiegreen. "A Child's Way to Yoga" has been enjoyed by children of ages 3 - 12 as well as their parents and has been taught as a "live" yoga class by Leanne for over 7 years now in Atlanta and as a guest as major elementary school conferences.
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School Library Journal - "This yoga film stands out from many of the recently released preschool exercise videos because it is fun yet provides clear instructions that make following along easy for young children and it even encourages adult participation. Yoga instructor Leanne Gotvald teaches 10 preschool and elementary-aged children. She uses witty metaphors in her directions, such as 'reach your arms like they are the rays of the sun.' Once she explains the individual movements in the workout segment, she performs the routine with the children along with songs that reinforce the instructions. Using simple rhythms and melodies, the lyrics suggest that children, shine to the left, and shine to the right. The outdoor setting in a field is very laid back, and during the final relaxation exercise, soothing footage of a waterfall is displayed. This movement program combines stretching, aerobics, and relaxation techniques for children based on traditional yoga, and it will be useful in early childhood classes as well as at home." --School Library Journal
Booklist magazine - American Library Association - "Experienced yoga instructor Leanne Gotvald introduces 8 child-friendly yoga routines backed with original music. This sweet no-frills program is set in a park where the teacher and 10 youngsters perform on yoga mats. Cute story lines draw viewers in. For example, one segment traces the life cycle of a caterpillar as the children perform such postures as downward dog, table, and child's pose that mimic a caterpillar crawling, eating a leaf, and resting in a cocoon. Gotvald clearly combines the story with the yoga instructions, highlighting the benefits of each pose. Song lyrics illustrate the story and movements. An option allows viewers to do the yoga routines to music sans instructions. An enjoyable DVD for children and their parents, who may want to follow along." --Booklist