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Yoga with Kids…Really! {Giveaway}

Are you a veteran yoga practitioner, or have you dabbled in a yoga class at your local gym, or does yoga sound like something you’d like to try, but it’s hard to fit it into your busy life?

If you fit into any of the three categories above, then a yoga video is the way to go.  There are several great yoga videos available on the market.

Continuing with this weekend’s theme of family fitness, I was eager to learn about Tot Yoga–A teaching DVD specifically designed for parents and their children ages 10 months to 3 years, hosted by Khadi Madama.

Regardless of your experience-level in yoga, you can pop Tot Yoga into your DVD player, and follow along, or just learn creative ways to incorporate relaxation, stretching, and creative play with your toddler.

I learned better ways to stretch, and my son enjoyed imitating me and the kids on the video.  We had fun playing together, and I even got a chance to feel like I accomplished something toward my fitness goals.

After yoga, I was inspired to bust out with the jogging stroller and hit the sidewalks for my first run of 2010, even if several of them are STILL covered with icy snow.

Enjoying yoga-bonding with my son

My son enjoys the poses that mimic animals–something he already naturally does in his play.  In fact, he loves performing “the dinosaur” complete with a specific walk and sound effects.  But, that’s a post for another day…

Tot Yoga DVD retails for $20 on Totyoga.com and Amazon.com.  Running time is approximately 40 minutes.

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As a mom, I feel like my son’s nap time is precious time for me to catch up on all the things that I can’t exactly do when he’s awake.

Do I do the dishes or laundry?

Do I work on writing up blog posts or catch up on phone calls?

Seldom do I ask myself if I should just take time out for me to stretch, relax, exercise, or just rest on the couch.  But, after doing some Tot Yoga this week, as much fun as it is to exercise with my son, sometimes I appreciate stealing a few minutes of ME-time to stretch, pray, relax, and breathe.  It’s a beautiful thing.

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One of our favorite new CDs for dancing and relaxing is Party Like a Twinkle Star by Charity and the JAMband.  It’s a 2-CD set, one for Party time or dancing in the living room with your child, and one for Twinkle time–stretch, do yoga poses, relax, and prepare for bedtime.

The vocals on the Twinkle CD are out of this world–tight a capella harmonies and soothing lullabies.  The Party CD includes fun songs about pancakes, s’mores, rocket ships, and a snazzy take on the favorite Row Your Boat. Check out jamjamjam.com for a free song download each month.

Party Like a Twinkle Star retails for $20 and can either be purchased as a 2-disc CD or as a full album download on the Charity and the Jamband site and Amazon.com. That’s $1 per song, 2 albums: playtime and sleepytime.

Note: if you’d prefer that your child doesn’t listen to the word “Booty” even as a reference to “bottom” then avoid the first track on the Party CD, “Get
Your Booty Out of Bed.”  I like both CDs quite a bit, but I don’t want my son going around saying the word “booty,” so we just skip over that one, and move on.

YOUR TURN: What ways have you found to make exercise fun with your child?  What do you do for yourself during your ME-time?

WIN IT!

One winner will receive a copy of Tot Yoga DVD (retail value $20), and one winner will receive a copy of Party Like a Twinkle Star 2-Disc CD (retail value $20).

Even if you don’t win on this contest, EVERYONE can be a winner.  Just enter code TWB2010 on Amazon.comor Totyoga.com for a 15% savings on your Tot Yoga DVD purchase plus free standard shipping within the United States.

To enter, leave a comment relevant to this post prior to January 30th at 11:59 p.m.  Please follow the contest rules and avoid any generalized comments, or you will be disqualified.

FOR A SECOND ENTRY: Blog about this giveaway, then leave a comment with a link to your post.

FOR A THIRD ENTRY: Tweet (include @drdolly) about this giveaway, then leave a second comment telling me that you tweeted with a link to your tweet.

*I received product samples of Tot Yoga DVD and Party Like a Twinkle Star CD for the purpose of this review.  Read my full disclosure policy.
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*UPDATE*
Congratulations to the winners, #5 Lo won the Tot Yoga DVD, and #1 Carlita won the Party Like a Twinkle Star CD!