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5 Tips to Make Yoga a Family Affair 11
Getting a little time for ourselves as parents can be tricky. And at any age,stress can keep us from eating right, sleeping right and let’s face it acting right. We feel it and so do our children, so instead of trying to carve out a few precious minutes each day to de-stress alone, why not make it a family affair?
By introducing yoga into your family, you and your children can take part in an ancient tradition that seeks to connect mind, body and spirit. Whether they are 3 or 13, they can work with you on building their core muscles, breathing techniques, empowerment, letting go of stress, mindfulness… there is just so much yoga offers!
But where do you begin? We scoped out some great ideas for getting started! Here are a few of our favorites.
Try Partner Yoga
If you’ve been thinking about trying some yoga out with your kids to help you both relax and reconnect, try out these poses from Kids Yoga Stories. Not only might you find bedtime to be less stressful, you might discover you all really like yoga.
For Younger Kids, Let Them Watch You at First
According to an article on Rhythms of Play, kids 3 and under benefit by just watching you practice at first. While you don’t need to make them sit still and watch you, keeping the electronics off during this special time is key.
Get Kids a Yoga Mat that Fits Them
One size does not fit all when it comes to yoga mats. Per this article on Yoga Journal, kids feel safer when they have a yoga mat that fits them and has boundaries. Not up for buying a kid’s yoga mat right now? Make your own with this tutorial from Sewing Rabbit or this one from The Sassy Life.
Make the Yoga Age Appropriate and Fun!
Your three-year-old and your nine-year-old have different needs and wants when it comes to yoga. Make sure you are making the yoga practice fit each child. And liven it up with music, props and stories. YogiApproved.com has a great article entitled 5 Tips for Doing Yoga with Kids with ideas on how to make yoga fun for every age group.
Consider Taking Your Family to a Yoga Festival
Once you’ve introduced yoga into the home, check out a festival celebrating all the great joys of yoga. Not only might you have a fun family day and further grow your love of yoga, you might meet some like-minded families in the community!
Remember, yoga is more than just physical poses. The word yoga comes from the word yuj meaning “to unite or integrate”. The practice of yoga seeks to bring the mind and body together with the breath by integrating breathing techniques, meditation and yoga postures. So, any way that you can encourage this marriage of mind, body and spirit, will benefit you and your children. Whether it’s taking a few minutes each day to practice breathing exercises or coloring mandalas with your kids, you can make huge strides in creating harmony in your family and helping your children to develop techniques that will help them battle stress and promote health as they get older.
Thanks to Natasha for the use of the top two pics with her and her adorable children. You can follow her on Instagram as @natashaswinter for amazing videos and photos of her daily yoga practice. And thank you to Amy and Aimee for being part of our great photo shoot with our new decals. You can follow them on Instagram as @amyyogamomof3 and @aimeemasch for lots of yoga inspiration.
Why Coloring Isn't Just for Kids Anymore ~ ColorMe Decals 92
ColorMe Decals are the next wave in the growing adult coloring trend. Coloring is proven to be stress reducing, relaxing and great for mindfulness. It is also a wonderful activity you can do as a family without any electronics. Our ColorMe Decals are made from the same eco-friendly fabric we use for all of our My Wonderful Walls decals and are repositionable as well as easily removable.
Right now 9 of the Top 100 books on Amazon.com are coloring books for adults. You can’t look at Instagram or Pinterest without seeing something about coloring books for grown-ups. Art and coloring has been used as a mindful activity in art therapy for years and now it has become popular for anyone looking to reduce stress (which is pretty much all of us this time of year) or to reconnect to their creative self. Author and life coach, Martina Faulkner said in her article The Unexpected Thing That Happened When I Started Coloring, “Coloring was something to do that felt more productive than just watching TV. It wasn’t an escape, though—like TV was. Coloring was moving me toward something… something fabulous, calming, and expressive.” We couldn’t agree more!
Because many people are intimidated to draw or paint freehand, our coloring decals offer a channel for artistic expression without too much pressure. And there is something to be said for not having to think too hard about what you’re going to create! We offer a variety of coloring page designs including amazing mandalas, beautiful birds, fun animals and geometric designs that allow you to put your worries aside and focus on what is right in front of you. Unlike coloring books, however, our ColorMe Decals allow you to display your coloring in a wonderful way without the need for tape or push pins.
If you haven’t tried coloring lately, it’s a great time to start! Enter below to win a ColorMe Decal from now until 12/7. This giveaway is open to anyone 18+ worldwide (or as restricted by law). Two winners will each receive their choice of a ColorMe Decal from our store. Please see the Rafflecopter widget for all terms & conditions.
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SAVE: If you just can’t wait to see if you’ve won or want to buy a ColorMe Decal as a gift, shop now through 12/7 and you’ll save 25% on all coloring decals at My Wonderful Walls. No code needed. Plus orders over $25 in the continental U.S. ship for free (regular shipping only). It’s all part of our #MonthofGiving through 12/24 so make sure to check us out next week for another giveaway and more special discounts.
‘Tis the Season to Be Giving! Top 5 Reasons Why ColorMe Decals Make the Perfect Gift for Everyone on Your Holiday List: 4As part of the growing adult coloring trend as well as a great coloring activity for kids, ColorMe Decals make a great gift for people of all ages! As you well know, it’s that time of year again, and if you’re anything like me, you realize, “OMG! It’s already November and I haven’t done ANY Christmas shopping!” But, have no fear, ColorMe Decals are here! Here are the top 5 reasons why ColorMe Decals make the perfect gift for everyone on your list:
1). Coloring is just plain fun! Whatever your age, whatever your gender, coloring is just plain fun for everyone! Whether you’re looking for some alone time to relax and meditate, or know someone who does, ColorMe Decals are a perfect way to spend some enjoyable creative time solo. They also make a great party activity for adults and kids alike and are fun way to socialize with friends. So, whether you’re young in years or young at heart, ColorMe Decals make a great gift for everyone, bringing peace and happiness to any occasion.
2). ColorMe Decals are unique! Whatever you do, don’t buy another last-minute scarf, or matching hat and gloves to gift this Christmas! I don’t know about you, but I’ve got enough of these to last a thousand winters! Give a gift that’s distinct and unique. Unlike coloring books or designs printed on paper, ColorMe Decals are high quality, durable decals you can color and use for stunning home decor, like this nature inspired branching out mandala, that will last for years to come. And, because of the variety of materials you can use with ColorMe Decals, each design will be a unique, one-of-a-kind gift every time.
3). Gets the kids away from electronics! We’re all guilty of allowing our kids too much screen time. Whether it’s the computer, their ipad, video games, or good ole fashioned television, kids nowadays spend more time indoors gazing at screens than they do outdoors gazing at stars. So what form of entertainment can we offer them that trumps all that? ColorMe Decals! Because ColorMe Decals are high quality stickers you can color or paint, your kids will get swept up in the process of creating their own decor for their bedroom, locker at school, or laptop. They’ll get so absorbed in the creative flow of choosing their own colors and materials, they won’t even miss their electronics, at least until their done. So don’t reiterate the use of electronics this Christmas by getting your kids a bunch of new video games, a new ipad, or a television for their room. Do yourself, and your kids a favor by getting them a quiet, meditative activity that inspires their imaginations and ignites their creativity.
4). ColorMe Decals make a wonderful keepsake! Every holiday season, we search high and low for the perfect gift, a gift that will remind our loved ones how much we cherish them. ColorMe Decals make the ideal keepsake because they are so unique and engaging. When you think about it, what is more appealing than your loved one coloring or painting a design hand picked by you. Or better yet, a loved one receiving a ColorMe decal colored by you or your child. I couldn’t imagine grandma getting anything better. And once they’ve finished coloring, your loved one can display their one-of-a-kind masterpiece virtually anywhere: in their home, office, on their locker at school, and even on their laptop. Wherever they choose to put it on display, it will remind them of you and the awesome memories they made while coloring. It’s a gift they will treasure for a lifetime.
5). It’s a high quality gift at an unbeatable price! While Adult Coloring Books and free downloadable coloring images are all the craze, there really aren’t a whole lot of ways for folks to display their beautiful masterpieces when finished coloring. Their ambitious efforts just hide in a coloring book, or get easily torn while displayed around the house. Bummer. But how about a coloring page that also works as a decal? Now we’re talkin’! Because ColorMe Decals come in a variety of sizes and designs, like this beautiful butterfly mandala, there’s something for everyone, no matter your budget. Each design is handmade to order and printed on an eco-friendly, high quality canvas-like material that can stick to virtually any flat surface, so they’re never lost! They’re also repositionable, which means you have the option of moving them from room to room. And since they work with a wide range of artistic media, such as; crayons, colored pencils, markers, and paints, you’re free to focus on coloring or painting inside the lines while thinking outside the box! So, don’t spend your hard earned moola on an expensive gift that might get lost, forgotten, or hide away in a book. Give a unique, high quality gift that inspires togetherness, relaxation, individuality and creativity. Gift a ColorMe Decal. Your friends, loved ones, and wallet will thank you for it!
Now that you know the top 5 reasons why ColorMe Decals make the perfect gift for everyone on your Christmas list, don’t put yourself through fighting the holiday traffic, bah humbug shoppers, and waiting until the last minute! Order easily and quickly online today a treasured gift that will last a lifetime!
ColorMe Zen! Top 5 Reasons Adult Coloring Is Good For The Soul 0
When we color, we color for lots of reasons. It's fun, it gives us a sense of creative accomplishment, it’s relaxing, and it’s meditative. But, how can such a simple, age-old activity bring our body and mind to a much needed state of zen? Check out these top 5 reasons why coloring is good for the soul:
1). Coloring is Meditative: Because coloring is a repetitive activity, it brings your mind to a peaceful, trance-like state while also allowing you to focus on what you’re coloring and easily shut out other internal and external distractions, just as you would do in meditation. Serenity mandalas and geometric patterns are the perfect designs for anti-stress. The idea is not to think too much about the colors you choose, just let yourself be free and enjoy the moment. You will be amazed at the beautiful color combinations when you’re done!
2). Coloring Gives Us a Chance to Slow. Down: In our hectic, fast paced lives, we need a chance to escape our electronics, and take our eyes off the television. Stop and color the roses every once in a while, such as this Calming Calla Lilly ColorMe Decal, and give yourself some time to indulge in your inner artist. It’s important to take breaks and spend time with family and friends, or just some quiet time to yourself and delve into the nostalgic world of coloring to help you de-stress and decompress.
3). Coloring is Cheaper Than a Therapist: Let’s face it, we all feel frazzled from time to time. But, it’s understandable considering the loooong “to-do” lists ahead of us each day. From the early morning rush to work, getting the kids off to school with backpacks and lunches in hand, after school activities, dinner, and homework, it’s no wonder we all need a therapist! We just didn’t expect to find one in a box of crayola. The truth is, you don’t need expensive yoga classes or a big time commitment to relax and meditate, you just need to grab yourself a ColorMe Decal and a box of your favorite markers or paints. Your kids, your spouse, and your pocket book will thank you for it.
4). Coloring is FUN: These days, coloring isn’t just for kids. As a matter of fact, adults of all ages are getting in on the ever growing and popular adult coloring trend. Because coloring allows you to be social and creative at the same time, it’s a great activity for social gatherings and family get togethers. Coloring can also help you focus your mind when alone, travel inward into deep state of consciousness that allows you to relax, reflect, and meditate. So, whether you’re in a party mood and looking for an enjoyable group activity, or you just want some quiet, reflective time to yourself, look no further than your ColorMe Decal and a box of markers or your favorite paints.
5). Coloring is a Form of Artistic Self Expression: You don’t have to be an artist or have a fancy schmancy art degree to express yourself in a creative way. You just need simple, elementary coloring skills! When you’re able to solely focus on providing the colors for a picture or design, it takes away the dilemma and intimidating prospect of creating something from scratch. While it might pay off to be Betty Crocker in the kitchen, it’s not necessary to be Van Gogh when it comes to creating your very own decorative masterpiece. With coloring, the design is already there for you, you just have to provide the color. So go ahead and express yourself by staying inside the lines, while thinking outside the box!
So, now that you know the top 5 reasons why coloring is good for the soul, whatcha waitin for?! Grab your markers and paints and get your zen on!