Saturday, January 8, 2011

Giveaway: Shanti Generation Yoga DVD for Youth

Have you given much thought to the cultural phenomenon that is Yoga? What's your thought on Yoga for kids/teens?

I'm still trying to figure out what I think. On one hand, I have no problem at all with teaching the exercises and skills for coping and calming. I think many kids could benefit from learning these techniques. I'm still conflicted, though, because I believe that coping skills aren't enough. I believe kids (and adults) need to experience the grace of God in their lives in order to truly cope with everything this world and this life is going to throw at them. And I know it's going to throw a lot at them.

I just asked my friend who is a certified pilates instructor and a Christian to give me her thoughts on Yoga in general. Here's what she said, "Having the time to be physically aware of what your body is doing and getting in touch with that is a good thing. However, the true focus of yoga is to gain a peace that comes getting in touch with your "spirit" and you have to be aware of that thinking when you are participating because we believe true peace doesn't come from OUR spirit, but the Holy Spirit."

As with everything else, don't check your discernment at the door. Participate with your children and communicate what you need/want to communicate to them.

Still. Learning some physical techniques for coping isn't a bad thing. Watch this and tell me what you think:

Shanti Generation describes themselves in this way:

[We are] a movement to empower youth with peacemaking skills to build a world that respects and celebrates difference on the way to discovering unity. We produce educational media experiences that bring ancient and modern practices to youth in relevant, innovative formats. Every step of our process is informed by youth input. Our company is founded on the belief that each individual holds a valuable piece of the human puzzle. In recognition that youth voices are far too seldom heard, we exist to provide a greater platform for youth to express their wisdom and guide the future of the world.
Thoughts one way or the other? Either way, you can decide for yourself. Shanti Generation is giving away one copy of the Shanti Generation for Youth Peacemakers DVD. Here's how to enter:

  • Simply leave any comment on this post. Tell me your thoughts on Yoga.  That's an automatic entry.
  • For a second entry, Check out the Shanti Generation website and find out one of the other things they offer. Come back and let me know what you found.
  • For a third entry, follow@shantignr8tion on Twitter and tweet this: Interested in learning more about teaching yoga to kids? Win a Yoga for Kids DVD from @shantignr8tion right here: - Come back and leave an extra comment letting me know you did that.
  • For a fourth entry, mention this contest on your facebook wall and include the link to this giveaway: Come back and leave another comment for that one too.
  • For a fifth entry, "like" Shanti Generation on Facebook and mention you entered this contest on their wall, including this link to the giveaway: Come back and let me know you did that.
  • For a sixth entry, subscribe to this blog, St. Louis, Seminary Style. Come back and let me know that you did it!
The winner will be selected by This contest will close on Friday, January 14. The winner will be notified over the weekend and will need to respond within 24 hours or risk forfeiting the prize to the next in line. This giveaway is limited to a US address only. IMPORTANT: You must have your email address available for me to contact you. If I can't contact you, I will choose another winner. It's happened before.

Congrats to:

Congrats, Stacey! I'm emailing you now!

You can see the rest of this week's reviews and giveaways here. 
Disclosure: I received a copy of this DVD  for the purpose of review. My kids enjoy learning some of the poses. At the end of the day, I still haven't decided what I think about it and that's about as much truth as I can give you. See my proper disclosure statement here.


Stacey said...

Well I've never tried Yoga but have many friends that do it.

Stacey said...

They also offer Yoga and Peacemaking Classes and Workshops.

Stacey said...

tweeted here!/kawsarani/status/24162620466532352

Andrew Vander Maas said...

Pretty sure we're not buying this worldview, but may get something out of the stretches.