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101 Relaxation Games for Children

Finding a little peace and quiet in between

Allison Bartl

The games in this book help teachers, parents, and others who work with children maintain or restore order, refocus children's attention, and break up the classroom routine. Most of the games are quite short and can be used between academic activities as a treat or quick break. Many are noncompetitive, most don't require props, and none require special skills or training. All can be played with the whole class; there are partner games, small group games, and outdoor games. Clear, complete instructions are included for each activity, and icons denote appropriate age levels, time, and group size. Author Allison Bartl has tested all of the games herself and recommends that the teacher or parent fully participate in each game, both to relax and to provide a model of good social behavior. Tips and thoughtful quotations from Goethe, Rudolf Steiner, Seneca, Lao Tse, Mother Theresa, and others are also included.

23x15cm  112 pages  $28.00  

30 Scripts for Relaxation, Imagery & Inner Healing 1

Volume 1 2nd ed

Julie T Lusk, ed

Relaxation and visualization can heal the body, mind, and spirit. Lusk has gathered these exercises from physicians, psychologists, therapists, and educators who have developed and fine-tuned each script. People just beginning to use imagery and visualization will find here the help they need to get started - a wide variety of scripts on a broad range of themes, plus helpful information on how to use guided imagery. Experienced leaders will find new ideas that will expand their repertoire and renew their creativity.

15x23cm  178 pages  $60.00  

30 Scripts For Relaxation, Imagery & Inner Healing 2

Volume 2, 2nd ed

Julie T Lusk ed

Volume 2 offers a wide variety of guided meditations to help people relax deeply, lose weight, quite smoking, connect with nature, manage physical pain, and converse with their inner, personal guide. The scripts were developed by experts in the field of guided imagery. Editor, Julie Lusk, provides clear instructions for group leaders and therapists.

22x16cm  175 pages  $60.00  

Arriving at Your Own Door

Jon Kabat Zin

In the bestseller "Coming to Our Senses," internationally renowned author and meditation teacher Kabat-Zinn made clearer than ever the connection between mindfulness and spiritual well-being. Now he offers this beautifully illustrated collection of 108 verses excerpted from that acclaimed work.

14x14cm  160 pages  $30.00  

Bee Still

An Invitation to Meditation

Frank Sileo, illus Claire Keay

Lovable honeybee Bentley doesn't participate in the frantic buzzing of other bees. Instead, he uses meditation to calm himself and find inner peace. Soon the rest of the forest animals join in with Bentley as they sit, breathe, and "bee" still. Includes information on how to teach children to practice meditation and its benefits. Full color.

28x22cm  32 pages  $34.00  

Cool Cats, Calm Kids

Relaxation and Stress Management for Young People

Mary Williams

Today's children are stressed. They need learning tools that are fun, informative and memorable to help them ope. Cool Cats, Calm Kids is a practical yet humorous guide to stress management for children ages 7-12.

13x20cm  32 pages  $17.95  

Creative Visualization Workbook

Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life

Shakti Gawain

Designed to accompany the book Creative Visualization, this workbook offers powerful, effective techniques presented in an easy-to-use manner. The workbook contains special notebook sections for you to work on each of the following areas of your life: relationships, work and career, prosperity, lifestyle and possessions, health and beauty, leisure and travel, among others.

19x23cm  147 pages  $27.95  

Daily Meditations for Calming Your Anxious Mind

Jeffrey Brantley, Wendy Millstine

This is a collection of more than sixty-four daily mindfulness-based meditations to help you engage with the present moment, manage stress and anxiety, and rediscover the joy in living. Each meditation contains an easy-to-learn visualization exercise, affirmation, or activity, with meditations grouped into four sections: relaxing and feeling safe, embracing joys and fears, befriending your anxious mind and body, and connecting to the web of life. Trying to control your anxious thoughts can backfire, making them more prevalent, not less. The best way to calm these common feelings is by attuning yourself to your thoughts in a nonjudgmental, attentive manner, acknowledging your anxieties but choosing to act rather than react.

18x13cm  216 pages  $33.95  

Daily Relaxer

Relax your body, calm your mind & refresh your spirit

Matthew McKay and Patrick Fanning

Brings together the most effective and popular techniques for learning how to relax. Each relaxer presents a simple, tension-relieving exercise that one can learn in five minutes and practice with positive results right away.

183 pages  $28.00  

Five Good Minutes

100 morning practices to help you stay calm & focused all day long

Jeffrey Brantley & Wendy Millstine

Are you willing to invest five minutes a day to create focus, presence, and real intention in your life? This little book offers engaging ways you can make simple, effective and lasting changes that will set the tone for a calm, balanced, and more fulfilling day.

15x15cm  235 pages  $30.00  

Frog's Breathtaking Speech

How Children (and Frogs) Can Use the Breath to Deal with Anxiety, Anger and Tension

Michael Chissick, Sarah Peacock (illus)

Frog is very worried as he has an important speech to make at his school assembly. The speech is about breathing and he doesn't know a thing about it! He asks his friends for help and they teach him all about the lion breath, the crocodile breath, the humming bee breath and the woodchopper breath. Can any of these breathing techniques calm his nerves before the big speech?
This charming illustrated picture book teaches children four yoga breathing techniques in a fun and interactive way. The story successfully increases children's awareness of their breath and shows how breathing can be used to deal with anger, anxiety and tension. A delightful way to teach children about coping with difficult emotions and stressful situations.

22x29cm  48 pages  $32.00  

Handful of Quiet

Happiness in Four Pebbles

Thich Nhat Hanh

This title presents one of the best known and most innovative meditation practices developed by Thich Nhat Hanh. Pebble meditation is a concrete activity that parents and educators can introduce to children in school settings, in their local communities or at home, in a way that is meaningful and inviting. Illustrations.

15x15cm  61 pages  $30.00  

Here and Now

Julia Denos, illus E B Goodale

The simple text continues to bring awareness to the present moment: the placement of the book, the position of the reader's body, the floor and Earth beneath us, the spinning of the Earth in space. The reader is invited to imagine how "many, many things are happening" while they read this book - rain is forming, a phone somewhere is ringing, an "idea is blooming." Finally, the text circles back to the reader: "Right here, right now, / YOU are becoming." The ink and watercolor images complement the text beautifully, with close-ups and panoramic views shifting to cozy vignettes, all emphasizing the focus on emotional connection between characters.

26x26cm  40 pages  $34.00  

In Stillness Conquer Fear

Overcoming Panic Attack

Pauline McKinnon

Stress, anxiety, fear, panic...we all encounter these feelings at some time in our lives. But when they become constant companions we are crippled, our lives stifled by our inability to break free. This book shows how panic disorder and agoraphobia cause suffering and how this can be overcome by using meditative relaxation.

21x13cm  219 pages  $18.00  

Ladybird's Remarkable Relaxation

How Children (and Frogs, Dogs, Flamingos and Dragons) Can Use Yoga Relaxation to Help Deal with Stress, Grief, Bullying and Lack of Confidence

Michael Chissick, Sarah Peacock

Frog, Dog, Flamingo and Dragon are all very upset - Frog has too many chores to do, Dog has writer's block, Flamingo is being bullied at school and Dragon's granddad has just died. Ladybird listens to their worries and comes up with a plan that will help them all - let's learn Ladybird's Remarkable Relaxation! This beautiful picture book teaches an effective yoga relaxation technique that can be used anywhere and anytime to deal with a problem. Little Ladybird flutters from big toe to knee to thumb and onwards around the body, showing children how to focus their attention and calm their thoughts. Whether they feel stressed like Frog, or lack confidence like Dog, children will relate to the cast of delightful characters and learn that they too can use relaxation to cope with anxiety, bullying, or grief, and face their worries.
This book will be an excellent resource for teachers and teaching assistants in both mainstream and special needs schools, yoga instructors, and parents looking for a fun and engaging story to teach their children about coping with difficult emotions.

22x29cm  48 pages  $38.95  

Lemonade Hurricane

A Story of Mindfulness and Meditation

Licia Morelli, illus Jennifer Morris

Emma's little brother Henry is a good kid--but when his day has been too busy and too full, Henry can become a hurricane! Emma wishes that she could teach Henry to be still. One day, she shows Henry how meditation can make a big difference in both their lives

26x24cm  32 pages  $35.00  

Meditating with Children

The Art of Concentration and Centering: A Workbook on New Educational Methods Using Meditation (Revised)

Deborah Rozman

A psychologist and holistic educator shares her proven techniques for teaching the art of concentration and centering to children. Adds balance and self-esteem, improves decision making, and puts children in touch with their deeper core values. Children love these simple, fun techniques that develop concentration, stimulate creativity, balance the mental, emotional, and physical natures, and build self-security. Used by educators nationwide.

26x26cm  153 pages  $32.00  

Moody Cow Meditates

Kerry Lee MacLean

Peter the Cow is having a bad day. After missing the bus and wiping out on his bike, he loses his temper and gets in trouble. To make matters worse, all the other kids and cows are teasing him, calling him "Moody Cow." Peter's day just seems to get worse until his grandfather comes over. Can Grandpa teach him to settle his mind and let go of his frustration? This vibrant children's book is a fun and funny way to introduce children to the power of meditation.

20x26cm  32 pages  $32.00  


A book of meditations for children

Maureen Garth

Developing "the gentle art of going within", the delightful stories in this and other Maureen Garth books have helped many children to feel secure and sleep peacefully. Readers are invited to go on journeys into an imaginative world of animals, people, and places. Garth shows parents how to use these imaginings with their children, helping them deal with their anxieties, develop their concentration and enhance their creativity.

22x19cm  121 pages  $22.95  

New Meditation Handbook

Meditations to make our life happy and meaningful

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

This book teaches us how to make ourselves and others happy. The meditation practces in this book, based on Buddism, are actual methods to control the mind. The 21 meditations in this book are progressive - the first 6 help develop renunciation while the mext 12 help to cultivate compassion and love. The next 2 help to counter and eventually eradicate our misconception of the way things exist and the final one is to gain a deeper understanding of all previous 20 meditations.

13x20cm  215 pages  $19.95  

One Who Is Not Busy

Connecting with Work in a Deeply Satisfying Way

Darlene Cohen

Seeks to rejuvenate the weary professional, busy parent, and harried student by offering a path on which to walk away from exhausted frustration toward a holistic approach to time management. A must read for the busy person who rarely seems to have time to relax.

20x14cm  126 pages  $28.00  

Peaceful Piggy Meditation

Kerry Lee MacLean

Sometimes life seems like it's all about hurrying. So how do young piggies find a peaceful place in a frustrating world? They meditate. MacLean brings her experience as a meditation therapist to this unique storybook guide.

23x28cm  32 pages  $24.00  

Purrfect Pawse

A Little book to help children pause, stretch and be grateful
(Feel Brave series)

Avril McDonald, illus Tatiana Minina

Some of the colourful, lovable characters from the Feel Brave series help nurture young children’s physical and mental well-being through a combination of activity and poetry. The book uses rhythm, rhyme and repetition to encourage children to take a pause, stretch out and unwind with Catreen the cat. Its beautiful verse brings to life pleasant imagery that connects them with the wonders of nature. The gentle stretching activity is an ideal example of a ‘daily dose’ of emotional well-being that children can effortlessly learn and incorporate into their day. (We know of children who love this book and demonstrate the moves while the book is being read to them)
The book also features the enchanting poem ‘Stars in the Night’, in which Wolfgang the wolf takes children on a magical starry journey into their minds to think about all the people, things and places they love, stir them around in a cup and drink them up like hot chocolate. ‘Stars in the Night’ not only warms children’s hearts but also helps them get into a powerful, positive state of mind.
Together, Catreen and Wolfgang offer both a positive message and an accessible level of activity that teachers can embed as part of their personal, social and health education (PSHE) objectives, and that parents can adopt for use at home with their children at any time (around the kitchen table, before bedtime).

21x21cm  40 pages  $20.00  

Quiet the Mind

An Illustrated guide on How to Meditate

Matthew Johnstone

Modern society has made sitting still a near impossible task with its constant mantra of being connected. Our brains never get a break and the result can be increased stress, anxiety, insomnia and, if left unchecked, even depression. But there is something you can do - meditation! This book is a simple, accessible, step-by-step guide on how to meditate. Stripping back the mystical concepts that often put meditation in the too-hard basket for many of us, Johnstone's book, with its stunning illustrations, makes meditation as easy as sitting down and focusing on the breath. This beautiful guide will help you find the space and peace for a relaxing meditation practice every day.

18x21cm  72 pages  $20.00  

Relax Kids The Magic Box

Marneta Viegas

Social stories are a wonderful way for children to explore learning and mindfulness. Children love to tell stories, role-play stories and teach others what they learn from stories. Research supports that mindful meditation calms the brain, inspires creativity and enhances cognitive and social-emotional skills. The reflections in The Magic Box incorporate simple relaxation exercises and visualizations designed to improve children s self-esteem and confidence and reduce stress and anxiety. Practiced regularly, these exercises can have a profound effect on children s mental, emotional and physical wellbeing

124 pages  $25.00  

Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook

Simple, concise, step-by-step directions for mastery of ... 6th ed

Martha Davis and others

Breathing, progressive relaxation, meditation, self hypnosis, visualization, refuting irrational ideas, thought stopping, worry control, coping skills, exercise, nutrition, time management, assertiveness, job stress management and quick relaxers.
Now in its sixth edition, this book, first published in 1980 is an excellent comprehensive workbook with straightforward instructions on every major approach to stress management known.

22x28cm  294 pages  $39.95  

Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids

Help for Children to Cope with Stress, Anxiety, and Transitions

Lawrence E Shapiro, Robin Sprague & Matthew McKay

Children pay close attention to their parents' moods. When parents feel upset, their kids may become anxious, and when parents wind down, children also get the chance to relax. When you feel overwhelmed and stressed, it can be hard to help your child feel balanced. This book offers more than 50 activities you can do together as a family to help you and your child replace stressful and anxious feelings with feelings of optimism, confidence, and joy.
You'll learn proven relaxation techniques, including deep breathing, guided imagery, mindfulness, and yoga, and then receive guidance for teaching them to your child. Your child will also discover how taking time to do art and creative projects can create a sense of fulfillment and calm. By completing just one ten-minute activity from this workbook each day, you'll make relaxation a family habit that will stay with both you and your child for a lifetime.

25x20cm  144 pages  $24.00  

Relaxation for Children

Jenny Rickard

Learning to relax is a valuable life skill that can be taught to children, increasing their ability to cope, improve their self-esteem and respond positively to challenges. This step-by-step program can be easily integrated into the daily classroom curriculum, or used by parents at home.

19x26cm  149 pages  $34.95  

Sitting on a Chicken

The Best (Ever) 52 Yoga Games to Teach in Schools

Michael Chissick

The best way to teach yoga to children is with games. With 52 vibrant, easy-to-follow yoga games requiring no previous yoga experience, this book will enable you to help children become better listeners, take responsibility, gain self-control, improve behaviour, become assertive and improve self-esteem and confidence.
Within these pages Michael Chissick has distilled nearly twenty years' experience of teaching yoga to children aged 3-11 in mainstream and special needs schools. He explains the ideal yoga lesson structure to transform your children's behaviour: you will learn which games to teach, when to teach them and how to teach them, and how the additional benefits of improved co-ordination, flexibility, fitness, self-calming and relaxation can be accessible to all children regardless of impairment, need, culture, shape, mood or size.

112 pages  $31.95  

Sitting Still Like a Frog Activity Book

75 Mindfulness Games for Kids

Eline Snel;, illus Marc Boutavant

Packed with 75 fun mindfulness games and activities to teach young children calm themselves down, focus, be attentive to people around them, and to feel more peaceful. Features fun yoga exercises, hands-on activities and projects, meditation stories, colorful stickers, and more. Full color.

28x22cm  100 pages  $30.00  


Meditations for Children

Maureen Garth

Another set of stories that help children to feel secure and sleep peacefully. Garth writes that "relaxation and visualization, if taught at an earlier age, could enhance not only children's school work but other areas of their lives." Garth shows parents how to use these imaginings with their children, helping them deal with their anxieties, develop their concentration and enhance their creativity.

22x19cm  105 pages  $22.95  

Stress Can Really Get on Your Nerves!

Trevor Romain & Elizabeth Verdick

Skipping school and kicking bricks are NOT good cures for stress. Screaming and yelling won't help either. And forget about being captured by aliens. Stop being a worried wreck and start handling your stress. This book tells middle primary to lower secondary kids how. Look inside to find facts about stress, strange-but-true tales about stress, the world's worst stress relievers (things not to try and why) ways to be a Panic Mechanic and fix your own stress messes, and more ...

13x18cm  96 pages  $14.00  

Stress Management for Dummies

Your stress-free guide to stress relief

Allen Elkin

Stomach in knots, not sleeping at night? This friendly "Dummies" guide is packed with quick, easy tips and exercises - from breathing and posture to imagery and meditation - it gives you all the tools you need to reduce your stress level immediately. Discover how to determine your stress level, relieve tension at work and at home, deal with difficult people, combat stress with diet and exercise, tame your anger and worry.

19x23cm  289 pages  $34.95  

Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens - 2nd ed

Mindfulness Skills to Help You Deal with Stress
Instant Help Series

Gina Biegel

First, the bad news: your teenage years are some of the most stressful of your life. Up to 70 percent of teens say they're stressed out, and with pressure about grades at school, parents who just don't seem to get it, and friends who drive you crazy, it's no wonder. Here's the good news! If you learn a few strategies for getting stress under control now, you'll have the skills you need to deal with problems and difficult feelings that life sends your way in high school and beyond.
The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens is a collection of thirty-seven simple workbook activities that will teach you to reduce your worries using a technique called mindfulness. Mindfulness is a way to be aware of your thoughts and feelings in the present moment. You can use mindfulness when you start to feel as though things are spinning out of control, so you can stop worrying about what might happen and focus instead on what's happening now. Ready to get started? Open this workbook and try out the first activity. Soon, you'll be well on your way to developing resilience and a new kind of strength.

25x20cm  118 pages  $36.00  

Take the Time

Mindfulness for Kids

Maud Roegiers

What do you notice when you take the time to stop, listen, and experience? This pensive and peaceful book encourages children to slow down and become deliberate with their day-to-day actions and thoughts. With gentle rhythms and soothing imagery, kids may be guided toward a quiet self-awareness and mindfulness. And when a day feels stressful or topsy-turvy, kids can use such self-awareness to calm down and feel better. Kids can then enjoy the beauty of the world all around them and fully savor life.

21x16cm  32 pages  $18.00  

Talk with Teens about Self and Stress

50 Guided Discussions for School and Counseling Groups

Jean Sunde Peterson

All students need a safe place to "just talk" - to share their feelings and concerns with supportive peers and an attentive adult. Based on the author's years of experience teaching and leading discussion groups, this book is a proven way to reach out to the young people in your care. With these ready-to-use guided discussions, many complete with reproducible handout masters, you can help students to gain self-awareness and self-esteem, make better decisions, anticipate and solve problems, cope with stress and affirm themselves in all their complexity. Students gain valuable practice in articulating their feelings and learn that they have much in common with one another - they are not alone. Shocking cover, excellent book.

22x28cm  183 pages  $44.95  

Teach Yourself to Meditate in 10 Simple Lessons

Discover Relaxation and Clarity of Mind in Just Minutes a Day (2ND ed.)

Eric Harrison

Ideal for beginning students, "Teach Yourself to Meditate in 10 Simple Lessons" guides the reader through a series of core meditations that the author has carefully honed over the years while personally guiding his students. Each lesson takes only a few minutes, yet each one relates a valuable meditation skill, including breathing, posture, body awareness, visualization and detachment. In the end, the reader will possess everything needed to develop a healthy practice.

22x16cm  168 pages  $24.00  

What To Do When You Dread Your Bed

A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Problems with Sleep
What-to-Do Guides for Kids series

Dawn Huebner & Bonnie Matthews

Wouldn't it be great if you could climb into bed, snuggle under your covers, and fall asleep without any fuss or fear? Without listening for noises or thinking about bad guys? Without an extra drink, or an extra hug, or an extra trip to the bathroom? Bedtime is tough for many kids. If you're a kid who dreads your bed, and are convinced that nothing short of magic will make nighttime easier, this book is for you. This book guides children and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques used to treat problems with sleep. Fears, busy brains, restless bodies, and overdependence on parents are all tackled as children gain the skills they need for more peaceful nights.

28x22cm  93 pages  $35.00  

Wherever You Go There You Are

Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

John Kabat-Zinn

An enlightening exploration of the principles of mindfulness--the ancient Buddhist method of stress reduction. The author blends stories, anecdotes, poems, images, and scientific observations with easily followed instructions in the art of "capturing" the present and living fully within each moment in order to achieve inner peace.

21x15cm  280 pages  $24.00