Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Good Free App of the Day: The Adventures of Super Stretch — help kids find calm with yoga

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I was recently talking to a teacher at my kids' school about how antsy the students have been lately. We've had pretty bad weather in our area and so there has not been any outside recess, and without that outlet for extra energy their focus is suffering. She began looking into starting basic yoga with the kids to help get them moving, stretching and calming down. She's only one week in, and the outdoor recess has restarted, but so far she's impressed.

Some of the Smart Apps for Kid's staff have been talking about The Adventures of Super Stretch as a great FREE beginners yoga app for kids. So give it a try and let us know if it helps with your kids.

If you’d like to download The Adventures of Super Stretch, please use the handy little link below so they’ll know who sent you. (FREE, iPad/iPhone)
Itunes link


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Super stretch 1From iTunes:
Description
A fun, interactive yoga app created for kids, used by the whole family!

Move, play and breathe as Super Stretch introduces you to his friends and their yoga poses. Super Stretch is your guide who takes you on your journey.


Using storytelling, animation and video examples, kids enjoy making NAMASTE a part of their day. NAMASTE is The Adventures of Super Stretch’s secret code to help kids learn to find balance and strength in their lives. Be the best you can be! Practice poses, collect 12 stars and get a team photo.
 
Each of Super Stretch's friends helps us learn how to use movement and breathing to make every day balanced. Then, real-life kids demonstrate the pose. So easy and entertaining we forget that it’s exercise.
 

Super stretch 2Features:
-12 yoga poses for all skill levels and ages
-Animated flashcards to live action with real kids showing how to do the poses
-Breathing breaks. Can you take 3 deep breaths?
-Inspiring music with each pose
-Team photo

Variety of ways to learn and use:
-Teaching tool you can do with kids or, kids can do alone
-Follow along by pressing ‘Play All’ button and Super Stretch will introduce you to his friends and their yoga poses
-Pick 1 pose to do at a time and follow along with Super Stretch and his friends

Additional BONUS features:
-Go through 12 poses and take a photo. The more we progress and practice, the more photos we get to make.

Super stretch 4The Adventures of Super Stretch app was developed by Jessica Rosenberg, an industrial designer and 500 E/RYT national yoga educators, plus an incredible team of creative app developers. Jessica’s love for yoga, inspiration from her students and desire to offer children accessible wellbeing tools helped bring Super Stretch to life.

The app was created for everyone - young to old, layman and educators - to teach the immeasurable benefits of yoga. Yoga is a powerful physical discipline. In the ten years of teaching thousands of wellness classes, Jessica has seen incredible transformations. An estimated 17.5 million adults practice yoga. As of 2007, there were over 1.5 million children practicing yoga. 

The scientific community is coming out with more and more research statistics on how yoga is helping children with issues like obesity, diabetes and asthma. And yoga has been proven beneficial in teaching positive cognitive skills for a variety of different special needs populations, from physical disabilities, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders. The physical practice of yoga provides a healthy outlet to calm the nervous system reducing stress and teaching kids how to relax. The mindfulness and breathing aspects of yoga offer children skills for dealing with emotions giving them an ability to understand their feelings and relate to others. The balancing and standing postures help kids with sensory integration issues, which help to provide structure and discipline in their development. Yoga helps cultivate good character traits like trusting and respecting themselves and others. 

Super Stretch is an educational yoga tool to use and teach the fun of physical activity and breathing to children. They will use the skills of self-awareness, self-esteem and self-regulation that they learn from this app as a foundation for the rest of their lives.

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Rachel H has taken one yoga class ever. Maybe practicing in the privacy of her home will help her get over the fear of looking like a fool in front of others.

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