Ozzy Bear Yoga
Ozzy Bear Yoga
The Author - Marlene Barrera

HOT KIDS TOPICS:  HEALTH, EMOTIONS and VALUES!
People, including “children” people, learn best through STORIES.  Through stories we convey values, consequences, problems solving, in a nut shell, KNOWLEDGE.  Three hot knowledge topics among children and youth today are HEALTH, EMOTIONS, and VALUES.  Wake Up, Ozzy Bear!  combines all three topics in a creative story book that teaches health by incorporating yoga postures within a story line that demonstrates human values.  Children learn to manage emotions as a consequence of acting out the postures in the story as one of the characters.  By the end of the tale the actor will be “calm”……and have received a full physical work-out.   More important he will have integrated the lesson on many levels.

LEARNING BY DOING and EMPLOYING THE FIVE SENSES
 Odd, you say?  Not at all, actually quite NATURAL. We all have experienced that “knowing” is not “doing”, and most of us learn by “doing”.   In our lives, we put off whatever is seen as “work”, while we naturally gravitate at whatever is seen as “FUN”.  DRAMA, YOGA and VALUES make a fun combination children love to engage.  When you involve all the five senses in learning, whatever the subject taught, becomes deeply embedded.  Wake Up, Ozzy Bear is the first in a series of books that incorporates this principal of learning.  The purpose is to make a habit of healthy lifestyles practices, and thus create protective factors in children’s lives.  For more information regarding the principles of learning used, you may refer to texts regarding multiple intelligence learning.