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Yoga for Teens Card Deck

Yoga for Teens Card Deck

Spring 2008 Doing & Learning
Ages: 12 - 17 yrs.
Author: Mary Kaye Chryssicas
Publisher: DK Publishing
ISBN: 9780756635237
Hardcover Price: $15.99
Teens who practice yoga will find this Yoga for Teens card pack an invaluable resource for continuing their practice at home or on the go. The pack includes 50 cards that show 40 different poses and "yoga to go" cards illustrating different sequences of poses that can be done for different moods. The yoga poses are divided into Warm Up, Work In and Wind Down sections, making it easy for yogis to pick and choose their own routines. Most important, each pose card offers detailed instructions about: performing the pose including the steps for proper positioning; a photograph of a teen yogi in the pose; "pose check" points and arrows pointing to key body positions to assure that everything is aligned correctly; pose benefits; counter poses; best transitions; and ways to modify the pose or make it more challenging. Poses are also ranked from easiest to hardest so that those new to yoga will know to start with the easy poses first. Additionally, each card includes inspirational quotes and lifestyle tips.

The opening cards explain how to use the poses to build a series, breathing and meditation techniques and a glossary of yoga terms, making this an ideal resource for anyone interested in practicing yoga. Although the set is designed for teens, younger children and adults alike could certainly benefit from the Yoga to Go series including "Perk Me Up," "Bendy Back Relief," and "Anxiety Buster." As an experienced yogi, I even picked up a few tips and tricks about improving my own practice and found the lifestyle tips a pleasant reminder about how to live a calmer, less stressful life.

Jessica Hensley   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Jessica Hensley is a web designer, yoga and fitness enthusiast and proud mother of two very active young boys. She has been working with family and educational websites for over 12 years.

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