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November 17, 2003

17 Nov
I have just renewed my 50+ year love affair with Babar, after reading Yoga for Elephants. The easy-to-follow instructions (including what to do with your trunk), appealing illustrations and enchanting story line…
Hello again.

Well, I am simply besotted with some of the new kiddie yoga resources we’ve just added to the warehouse. These new goodies will be appearing, (along with some other fabulous, new stuff,) in our upcoming catalog, scheduled for mailing later on this week. For instance, yoga is a natural for children, and teaches them powerful, transferable skills.

Indeed, I have just renewed my 50+ year love affair with Babar, after reading Yoga for Elephants . Written by Babar himself, it explains how yoga was introduced to Celesteville. The easy-to-follow instructions (including what to do with your trunk), appealing illustrations and enchanting story line will grab kids and adults alike. The text is sophisticated enough for older kids to enjoy, and a colorful poster guide, replete with elephants demonstrating the postures, comes with it.

Yogateers is an innovative, fun, interactive game that also teaches yoga to kids. Our staff road-tested it on several random nieces and nephews, and it was a huge success. The kit includes a tote case for the non-skid mat, 24 playing cards that show the yoga poses, 4 playing pieces, and game instructions. Dynamite for home or class, it’s won the National Parenting Center Award and the Oppenheim Best Toy Award.

Marsha Wenig’s book, YogaKids, offers 50 innovative, carefully selected, yoga poses, including special yoga routines for help with calming down, getting ready for a test, riding in a car, and even a section for children with special needs. There are clear, easy-to-follow, color photographs, paired with special activities that stimulate a child’s verbal, spatial, and artistic skills - a terrific educational and emotional aid for parents, teachers, and caregivers, too.

And another book, Baby Om, by Laura Stanton & Sarah Perron, is just the thing to help a new mom get back her shape without giving up precious time with her bambino. The rigorous but calming practices align and strengthen the momma’s body while she connects and plays with her baby. Better yet, the practices are geared to each stage of the baby’s development. The photos of mommas and babies are fabulous.

We’ve also got a new Kiddie Comfort Gift Pack - inside a beautiful gift bag, we’ve combined Betty Mehling’s enchanting Magic Island, to empower the kiddo by day, with Roxanne Daleo’s soothing, magical Good Night, to lull her to sleep at night, along with the cutest little soft and snuggly, designer, plush toy you ever did see. This is totally adorable - and USEFUL.

And not to leave the grownups behind, we’ve also assembled a Spa Wellness Gift Pack, consisting of Sharon O’Connor’s Spa book, offering delicious recipes from America’s most celebrated spas, interspersed with wellness wisdom for revitalizing mind, body and spirit. It includes a CD of lovely, soothing piano music - the better to dine on the spa creations with - and we’ve added our own, popular Relaxation & Wellness imagery, all in a beautiful gift bag - a thoughtful and unique gift for someone you care about who could use a little coddling.

And finally, we know that many of you - especially the practitioners - are always on the lookout for good guided imagery scripts, so we’ve added two classic books to our collection: Guided Imagery for Self-Healing by Martin L. Rossman MD (the creator of Interactive Guided Imagery and co-founder of the Academy for Guided Imagery) offers the basics on why imagery heals, provides recent research, and offers imagery scripts for Basic Relaxation, Meeting Your Inner Advisor, Listening to Your Symptoms, and more.

Julie Lusk’s book, 30 Scripts for Relaxation, Imagery & Inner Healing, Volume I, is a very fine, edited collection of 30 carefully chosen guided imagery scripts. It’s been in my reference library for years, and it’s as valuable today as it was when I first got it. Designed for relaxation, healing, personal growth and accessing intuitive wisdom, it is prefaced by Julie’s excellent practical wisdom on how to best read and use them.

Well, our phones and website are still jammin’ like crazy from last week’s Woman’s World article about the success of our Weight Loss tape, so we’re a little shell shocked from the response. Interestingly, our ASK BR this week was a question about what to do for weight loss - obviously the writer hadn’t seen Woman’s World - and I offer some suggestions on how to use more than one recording when they’re all aimed at addressing the same challenge.

OK, that’s it for now. I look forward to seeing many of you in Copper Mountain, Colorado, this week for our intensive workshop on imagery and trauma.

Take care and be well,

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