Sunday, November 15, 2015

When Packing Your Suitcase, Pack a Good Book

Bunnies on the Go:  Getting from Place to Place by Rick Walton
The bunny family loads up the car and sets off for vacation.  The bunnies explore many types of travel during their adventure: car, train, wagon, tractor, hot air balloon, boat, bikes, truck, bus, ferry, cab, and plane.  Each page has a rhyme that allows the reader to guess the next mode of transport!  The family has a pleasant surprise upon their arrival home.  To extend the story, have kiddos move like how the bunnies travel.  Students can make up rhymes about others ways to get from place to place too. Bon voyage!    

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
Travel to Italy, France, Sri Lanka, England, Jamaica, and Vermont to collect the ingredients to make a delicious apple pie!  Readers learn where ingredients originate as they travel by boat, train, car, plane, parachute and bus!  There is a map included to chart the trip as well as a recipe for apple pie.  I’m thinking it would be fun to do a yoga posture when you visit each place.  You could play a matching game to review the story afterwards and move through the postures again, i.e. tree pose for the kurundu tree in Sri Lanka.  It would be even more fun to have an appley dessert at the end of the story and conclusion of class?!  Is your mouth watering as you read about this tasty story?  YUM!

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Miss Rumphius, as a child, longs to see the faraway places! She also wants to live by the sea.  Her grandfather encourages one more life goal:  she must find a way to make the world more beautiful too.  Alice Rumphius grows up and accomplishes her dreams.  She explores faraway places, settles in by the sea, and now folks call Miss Rumphius “The Lupine Lady.”  How will YOU make the world more beautiful?  Barbara Cooney’s illustrations are soft and delicate, capturing the journey of a life well lived.  

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
This book would make a great graduation gift or a present for anyone embarking on the next phase of life!  With tongue twisting rhymes and imaginative illustrations, Dr. Seuss includes the ups and the downs, the fears and celebrations of the places you’ll go.  This book opens the door for discussions of the good times and the not-so-good ones too.  Bangups and hangups can happen to you .  . .  but with patience and perseverance, you’ll find balance.  You’ll move mountains!  This story inspires and builds confidence for the road to be traveled!  With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, in ALL the places you’ll go, you’ll learn and you’ll GROW!

The Smile That Went Around the World by Patrice Karst
This is a story about a smile that is shared from one face to another ‘til it comes full circle!  It is a powerful thought to know one kindness can circumnavigate the globe!  It is also a little reminder how the small choices we make each day may impact the lives of others in a BIG way!  It is a kiddo that shares the first smile .  .  . a smile works in all languages and for all ages.  Turn up the corners of your mouth today!  Your countenance has the power to make the world a brighter, happier place.  :-)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Give the Gift of YOGA

Give the gift of YOGA this holiday! Need an idea for those on your Christmas list?  Give the gift of yoga!  I'm offering a special on private sessions between now and December 31st--a 30 minute or 1 hour session of yoga, in the comfort of home,  personalized to meet the needs of the yogi.  We'll develop a personal practice to strengthen, s-t-r-e-t-c-h and balance!  A gift of yoga not only helps the gift receiver, but the whole world will be a better place!  :-)  Maybe the gift of yoga should be in your own stocking?!

Package 1 -- "Untangle Your Tinsel" -- $150
30 minute sessions for $30 ea - buy 5 get 1 free!

Package 2 --  "Shine like Rudolph’s Schnozz" -- $250
1 hour sessions for $50 ea - buy 5 get one free!

Package 3 -- “Believe in YoursELF” -- $100
Four 30 minute sessions

Package 4 -- “Frosty Improved--No More MELTDOWNS” -- $165
Four 1 hour sessions

Package 5 -- Family Yoga -- “WHOs can Soothe Grinch!”
30 minute sessions for $30 ea - buy 5 get 1 free!--$150
1 hour sessions for $50 ea - buy 5 get one free!--$250
Four 30 minute sessions--$100
Four 1 hour sessions--$165