I recently came across a web site which I really loved, in fact so much that I called to talk to the owners. The name is The Kitchen Yogi and they make the most adorable yogi asana shaped cookie cutters. The powerhouses behind these artful creations are two New Jersey women Karen La Du, a yoga and art instructor, and Amy Wolochowicz the marketing and business manager.
There are currently three yoga inspired cookie cutters with an associated recipe included: Vrksasana (Tree Pose) with a molasses honey ginger cookie recipe; Sukhasana (Easy Seated Pose) with an organic sugar cookie recipe; and Paripurna Navasana (Boat Pose) with a gluten-free recipe. I am also assured that there will be even more poses on the way in the future.
These are large cookie cutters and they also lend themselves to creating artful craft presentations such as wreaths and mandalas as well. I like versatile items when it comes to the kitchen and my children. Homemade cookies and craft projects are very big in our house so I know that these will actually be used unlike the last product that I brought home from a home sales party.
Founder La Du says that she hopes her products will generate more interest in at home baking and art making time, bringing a greater awareness of the mind-body connection, and inspire healthy choices and family time. My children love to do anything that involves their hands and I bet your children will as well.
Being a sustainable business owner another thing that I like about The Kitchen Yogi is that they give back as well. The Kitchen Yogi proudly donates 10% of their profits to animals in need and associated charities.
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Tees for Change started with the idea that the words on your t-shirt can change the world. By wearing an inspirational word or phrase you can lift your mood, and affect the mood of everyone you meet. Your positivity will encourage others to think positive, and they will in turn affect more people. Think of it like happiness dominoes. I like thinking of it in terms of ahimsa or non-violence as a part of the spirit of yoga. I also like the fact that the founder was inspired to start the company in part to put out positive messages when looking towards the upcoming home birth that she was planning.
I have to confess that I own a gorgeous purple bamboo shirt of theirs and it is the softest on the planet. It has washed and worn well too over the years too.
Being a former sustainable business producer I can say that I feel good that Tees for Change is an eco-friendly company. They choose organic fibers because they are better for the environment and the farmers who grow them. Each time you purchase organic clothing you are sending a message to farmers and clothing companies that says you support green initiatives. In addition to providing you with an eco-friendly tee, they also plant a tree for each shirt they sell. I think that it is very important to leave the world a better place for our children.Visit Tees for Change to see the difference a shirt can make in brightening up your day. Sign up for their mailing list to save 15% off your first order.
I recently received The ABCs of Yoga for Kids book by TeresaPower, coloring book, and poster and I can’t tell you have fantastic theseproducts are. I am always looking for more interesting ways to incorporate yogainto my young ones lives. Let’s face it the good old A,B,C’s can get prettyboring after a while but these products actually liven them up. My children areactually asking to do the poses in the book. The quality of the illustrationsis very high as well. Next time you are looking for a birthday gift that theyaren’t going to receive duplicates of consider one of these ABC’s of Yoga forKids products, it’s sure to be a hit at the party.
The The ABCs of Yoga forKids is a colorful very easy to understand book where each page is a letterof the alphabet and a corresponding yoga pose. It is a fun read, a book thatreally gets your little one moving. The color book is a great way to get themto remember which pose goes with which letter. The poster is just a funreminder to do the poses everyday. I also think that the poster would be greataddition to a pre-school environment. This is a great product for children’syoga teachers and parents alike.
With this book children can:
· practice yoga a healthyactivity for everyone’s life
· learn the alphabet
· read the explanations ofthe yoga poses
· imitate the funillustrations
· become calmer and moreself-aware
· develop flexibility,coordination, focus, and strength
Some of our favorite poses from the book are:
· The dog –“Stretching from a nap. On my hands andknees”
· Theflamingo – “Standing tall, I bend one leg, and hold onto my knee”
· The lion –“I look to the sky. I give a mightyroar”
· The pretzel– “My hand then stretches directly behind me”
Power says “I have practiced yogamyself for over 25 years, and have taught yoga for seven years. I have seenoverwhelmingly positive results in the children I teach, and want to share mylove of yoga across the nation and around the world. If our next generation could learn to calm themselves, while atthe same time building strength and fortitude, our world would be a betterplace. With more body awareness, kidscould make better choices for keeping their bodies healthy, both mentally andspiritually.”
I’m always looking for a new yoga game to play with thechildren. I really enjoyed these products and think that your children wouldtoo. I’m sure that I will be using these products for years to come.
We all want to help the environment but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. I know what you are thinking… this is going to be a hassle, or expensive but it’s not. As a mother of two and the owner of several businesses I’m here to tell you if I can do this anyone can. Here is a guide on how to reduce your lunch waste. Remember, reducing is the new green recycling model. If the environmental impact doesn’t move you, maybe I can appeal to your sense of frugality? According to Waste Free Lunches, the average disposable lunch costs $4.02 where the reusable lunch costs only $2.65. Add that up for every person in your household and you might just have yourself a vacation fund in a year 1. Here are just a few facts to get you fired up to make some positive changes:
Kelly Neylan is a registered yoga teacher, reiki master, eco-entrepreneur/advocate, and author of the upcoming book Little Bodies Big Souls: How Stories from Yoga and Children will Change your Life. Submissions are being accepted at Little Bodies Big Souls.
1. “What does it cost to pack a waste-free lunch?” n.d., http://www.wastefreelunches.org (accessed Oct. 2009).
2. “Facts about Plastic Bottles” n.d., http://earth911.com/plastic/plastic-bottles/facts-about-plastic-bottles/ (accessed Oct. 2009).
3. “How to Reduce Waste in Your School” n.d., http://www.epa.gov/osw/inforesources/news/2007news/03-school.htm (accessed Oct. 2009).
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