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Amy Teddy is a fun way to teach kids yoga, mindfulness, and meditation.

Amy Teddy is a role model and compassionate buddy for young ones, helping them lead healthier, more mindful lives. The teddy bear has an internal frame allowing him to bend into lots of yoga positions. He is happy doing yoga with a room full of kids or sitting in lotus on your desk. A great teaching tool and supremely soft plush toy. He comes wearing one pair of zen white yoga pants.

Why Raise Healthy Kids?

Every generation thinks that their childhood was better than that of future generations. While smaller communities still provide parents with the peace of mind of letting their children play outside unsupervised, those residing in large metropolitan cities and other areas wouldn’t think of letting their children walk out of the house alone. Kids today have much less freedom, more fears and less playtime than their parents and grandparents did.

Today’s youth is also fighting kids health and other issues that were not common decades ago, such as high obesity rates, anxiety, isolation, drug and alcohol abuse, violence, etc. The statistics are frightening; one in three children and teenagers are obese, a problem that leads to “high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels... low self-esteem, negative body image and depression,” according to the American Heart Association. One in eight children are anxious; in fact, NBC News reported that teenagers are more stressed out than adults, with reported stress levels being 5.8 on a scale of 1-10, while adults reported a score of 5.1.”

“Twenty-one percent of high school seniors say they get high, and 41 percent of the same group report drinking alcohol.” Many of these problems cause children to become angry and violent; according to the School Associated Violent Death Study, between 14 and 34 school-age children are victims of homicide on school grounds on their way to and from school—each and every year,” cites the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Many parents want to raise carefree and healthy kids, but simply don’t know how. Below, we will provide tips to improve kids health, both mental and physical.

What are Tips on How to Practice Mindfulness for Children?
Start Simply - What is mindfulness in plain English? It is a hard subject for most adults to understand fully, so don’t try to confuse and overwhelm your kids. Start simply, by asking your little ones to practice meditation by focusing on what they are feeling and thinking about at the moment. How fast are they breathing? What emotions do they feel? What are thoughts going through their minds?

What is Meditation for Children?
Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years by people all over the world. Records seem to indicate that it started with Hindus living in India, and spread from country to country as different cultures and religions incorporated it as part of their rituals.

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