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Elizabeth Gibbs | Ogi Bogi, The Elephant Yogi: Stories About Yoga for Children

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Ogi Bogi, The Elephant Yogi: Stories About Yoga for Children

by Elizabeth Gibbs

The stories in 'Ogi Bogi, The Elephant Yogi,' provide effective ways for children to address their needs for stress reduction and self-management through anywhere, anytime easy yoga that helps them, wake up, relax, co-operate and learn to pay attention.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. How Ogi Bogi Became the Elephant Yogi
6:42 $0.99
2. Tara: When You Want More Energy
12:18 $0.99
3. Juan: When You Need to Calm Down and Pay Attention
11:58 $0.99
4. Bob: When You Want to Get Along with Others
12:36 $0.99
5. Shadowland: When You Need Help with Feelings
9:33 $0.99
6. Sunee: When You Want to Feel Peaceful
22:28 $0.99
7. Kai: When You Want to Relax
12:31 $0.99
8. Shauna: When You Want to Feel Good About Yourself
16:23 $0.99
9. Raheem: When You Need to Slow Down and Breathe
12:27 $0.99
10. Ogi Bogi’s Yoga School
18:22 $0.99
11. Practice Files: When You Want to Practice What You’ve Learned
49:56 $0.99
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Album Notes
Ogi Bogi, The Elephant Yogi, is recorded in child-friendly language that allows children to work on their own. No special equipment needed. Older children can read the stories to younger children. Adults can use the book with groups. The book was recorded at CRIS Radio, Windsor, CT: www.crisradio.org, the reading service for the blind and print-handicapped.

Why is this book needed?
The book is timely and answers many of the critical concerns surfacing now on the health problems and behaviors of children – obesity, heart disease, learning disabilities, kids dealing with the stresses of peer pressure, pressure for academic success and over stimulation from TV, video games and the internet. The stories provide effective ways to help kids address their needs for stress reduction and self-management.

How does the book answer the need?
Specifically, Ogi Bogi, the storybook, provides clear examples, in child friendly language that helps children make a direct connection between a real life situation, a specific exercise and its effect and through that process learn to manage emotions and reduce stress. Ms. Gibbs and her colleagues have tested the ideas and stories in this book with over 4,000 children and youth in Wake Up and Relax! yoga classes and programs in school and the Camp Courant summer camp over the past 15 years. Many of the story ideas and characters have come from the children themselves.

Endorsements for Ogi Bogi, The Elephant Yogi
1. “While most yoga books for children focus on basic exercise routines in the form of animals or other symbolic shapes, they don’t deal with the most important questions of personality and values development which are at the heart of yoga. While the yoga positions are practices to support this foundational work, Beth’s book, along with the companion manual, gives practical tools for children to learn the real value of yoga.” - - - Joseph Le Page, Founder and Director, Integrative Yoga Therapy

2. As a career educator and yoga teacher, I thoroughly enjoyed Elizabeth Gibbs’ focus in her children’s book and the companion manual. She has provided children the opportunity to build character, develop decision-making skills and relate to the character’s experiences and problems. Ogi Bogi links literacy to the mind/body connection by allowing children to experience the benefits of yoga. This is an innovative and entertaining experience for children that can be used in small groups and in the classroom setting.
- - - Sheila Way, Educational Consultant

3. “Ogi Bogi, along with the companion manual are innovative works; Elizabeth Gibbs has taken the essentials of yoga and “translated” them for elementary school aged children—no small feat. Her use of “wake up, relax, focus, and feel their special place in the world” for each child visiting Innerville allows children to feel empowered about a variety of physical and psychological challenges. The valuable, reflective discussion questions following each chapter, allow this book to be used in a variety of group and educational settings.” - - - Mala L. Matacin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Hartford

4. "After the 2012 tragedy at Sandy Hook in Newtown Connecticut, the Vernon-Rockville school system surveyed their children and found that they were feeling unsafe and stressed. They instituted a 10-week trial yoga program, which I taught in 2013 using Beth’s manual to structure the program. After a few weeks, the teachers remarked that the program had healed a schism in the classroom between students. Many children were showing signs of compassion, tolerance and kindness toward each other. For the first time that year the teachers felt they had more teachable hours in the classroom.
- - Laura Magnussen, M.A., RYT, Kripalu 500, Certified YogaKids® Facilitator

5. “As a graduate school professor, I have begun to integrate yoga and other contemplative practices into my teaching to help students become more reflective and more focused. If my students had been exposed to the exercises in Beth Gibbs’ book when they were children, I believe they would be more self-directed and more fully integrated, both in their studies and in their lives.”
- - - Judith Beth Cohen, Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies, Master's Program, Lesley University



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