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Shanti the Yogi: Mountain Adventure

4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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In this beautifully filmed and illustrated DVD, Snatam Kaur takes children on a mountain adventure with Shanti the Yogi. As children enter Shanti's world through the beautifully presented storytelling and illustration, Snatam Kaur guides them through yoga and movement in a children's yoga class setting.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Snatum Kaur, Colin Bulman, Taylor Garcia, Devta Khalsa, Narayan Khalsa
  • Directors: Alessandra Dobrin Khalsa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: SPIRIT VOYAGE
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001H5108I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,398 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is a great introduction to yoga for young children. The format is that of a children's yoga class with several students, Snatam Kaur being the teacher, and the class consists of Snatam Kaur telling a story, which is accompanied by short illustrated (not animated) segments, and the story is tied in with yoga practices such as chants, poses and fun exercises. My daughter is 4, and this was perfect for her because she did not feel pressured to participate (making her shy) as she might have in a class setting. She eased into doing more and more of the practice each time she watched, becoming more comfortable and confident with it each time.

The music is great (my daughter LOVES "I am Happy, I am Good") and Snatam Kaur has an absolutely beautiful voice.

The focus is very positive: finding strength, peace and happiness within one's self. References to god are non-denominational, so this would be suitable for any religious background.
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Overall this is a lovely DVD. The music is beautiful and the story has many nice lessons in it, such as overcoming fear (Shanti meets a fierce cobra who is really just reflecting Shanti's own fear back to her). There is a pretty good mix of yoga movements and meditation for younger kids, although as another reviewer noted, many of the movements are focused on the upper body and to me do not seem as relevant as they could be (simply waving hands/arms, etc). Occasionally the way Snatam addresses the "boys and girls at home" is a bit awkward.

The main reason I am giving this DVD only 3 stars is because in the part of the story where Shanti follows a butterfly and the children are doing a butterfly pose, Snatam says straight into the camera, "Oh my God! You're going off the ground! You better not tell you parents about this!"

First of all, I don't think it's appropriate to use the name of God in this way. Secondly, one of my main focuses as a parent is developing a relationship with my children in which they feel free to tell me about anything, and hearing this statement in the DVD was very disappointing. Thirdly, why would my kids not want to (or why shouldn't they) tell me about imagining flying up to the sky as butterflies? Because of the way the camera zooms in on her face at this moment makes it very difficult to simply ignore, and unfortunately, it almost ruined the entire DVD for me.

As a final note, my four year old enjoyed watching, and followed along for part of it, but found it hard to follow along with some of the chants. I think it got a little long for her, as well. My two year old joined in a bit, too.
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I like this video. My 2 year old might be still too young, but I saw him doing some of the postures. It's about a girl Shanti who makes a journey up a mountain. It's by Snatam Kaur, who is popular in the Kundalini yoga world, and has some KY CDs (a lot of songs from her CD Feeling Good are in this video, which you can find on iTunes).

It shows a live class with Snatam Kaur telling the story to 7 7-10 year olds (ideal range prob kids 4-10). It's 70 min long, and in 3 languages - English, Spanish, Dutch. Includes pictures from a storybook – wish I had the storybook to show in class. Songs include references to God so some may feel it is religious (in KY they teach God is within you).

I summarized video:

Introductions: Sat Nam my name is _______________.

Once upon a time, there was a girl named Shanti. And behind her house was a big, beautiful mountain. And she asked her mom if she could climb up it, and she always said “not until your older”. But one day, her mom said she could go today.

She said you can go if you remember to do 3 things: 1) your morning yoga practice 2) remember to do your meditations 3) remember the songs we’ve been learning in case you run into any trouble on the walk.

Shanti started off by tuning in – “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo”, which means I bow to that divine wisdom within me. Palms in center of chest, in easy pose, sitting straight. Chin in a bit. Close eyes. Inhale to begin. 3x. Inhale, hold breath, and exhale. Relax hands.

Shanti started off with her morning yoga practice so we are going to do the same. Left hands up in the air. Left leg out and right leg at thigh. Reach for toe, shin or knee. Inhale up and exhale down. Stretch and hold. Exhale down. Switch sides. Inhale Sat.
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I'm not Sikh, but once attended a Kundalini yoga class at a 3HO group outside of Orlando over 20 years ago. It was really enjoyable... and they had awesome chai. I remember feeling so energized after. I had always meant to find another class, but hadn't had much luck. Based on that one experience, I had guessed that there might be some chanting involved. (I was completely lost during the class I attended). I was right. The class is really enjoyable for little kids, but to me, it seems a lot more about meditation, singing, and chants and mudras rather than what I typically consider yoga. That could be my limited exposure though. Still, Snatnam has a beautiful voice and is a beautiful teacher. My 9 year old and just turned 3 year old all enjoyed it. I loved many of the songs, especially the affirmation-inspired "I am Happy, I am Good" as well as the "Sa Ta Na Ma" meditation/song, the "Aadi Shakti" meditation/song, and the "The Sun Shines on Everyone" song. (Note: I'm calling them based on what I heard the most, I don't know if it's their real name.)

I liked how they had subtitles for the chants/songs...but wish they had done this with the English words as well...not just the sanskrit (I'm assuming that's the language used...but I could be wrong).

I'd love to see another video by Snatnam targeting kids but with more actual asanas in it. Still, I think there is a lot of benefit to beginning or ending your (and your child's) day with a DVD like this.

The DVD had three language options...English, Spanish, and German for those who might be interested.
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