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Online Hang-Out Invitation from Belleruth!

10 Aug

Greetings, good people! Is it really the middle of August already? And have I really become one of those perpectually baffled old codgers who ask, "Where did the time go"?

Guess so.

In any case, it's time, to remind you of our First Ever Google Hangout on Air. It's happening on Thursday August 27th from 1-2 p.m. Eastern.

We're going for an open Q and A, back and forth, shoot-the-breeze, share-the-info with me and fellow panelists. So bring any and all of your guided imagery thoughts, discoveries, questions, concerns and experiences.

I'm assured that it's really easy to participate (being a codger myself, I wouldn't know).... Any number of attendees can join us, and type in their questions and comments whenever they wish. There will also be a few people on the screen with me – part of our live panel.

Any level of participation is welcome - even silent watching. If you're interested, join our Google Plus community here. More specifics coming soon.

4300bI'm also happy to announce that Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story by Mariam Gates just arrived in the warehouse. It's a real charmer of a book – beautifully illustrated and expertly narrated by a real pro – and a great way to get young kids to sleep, not to mention teach them some easy but powerful and healthy self-calming skills to last a lifetime.

It offers eleven simple yoga poses by way of a rhymed poem about the natural world coming to rest at the day's end. It's made to order for a nighttime practice that parents and kids can enjoy together as they get ready for sleep – a potent evening ritual that's easy for kids (and their moms and dads) to memorize.

I'd say the age range for this terrific resource is somewhere between pre-school to third grade, depending on the kid. And of course, the poses themselves can be used at any age. I for one know a 2-year-old and a 7-year-old who relish this routine each and every night.

Mariam Gates is an expert of substance and something of a yoga rock star icon. She founded the Kid Power Yoga Program. The dynamite illustration is by Sarah Jane Hinder.

I've already given this book as a gift a half dozen times, and I'm just getting started.

And finally, clinicians and practitioners interested in guided imagery should check out the free sample of Imaginews, the aesthetically pleasing, informative journal produced by Guided Imagery International. GII is an organization dedicated to supporting, training and promoting the practice of guided imagery worldwide.

Imaginews reports on practice innovations, posts research, offers personal stories from clinical work, and introduces members to each other. It also provides a platform for members to announce their workshops, talks, books and digital materials.

That's it for now. Don't forget to sign up for the Hangout on August 27th!

All best,

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Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award.