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Deb Bowen: "Aha" Moment After Son's Injury Inspired Career Teaching Yoga To Teen Athletes

In recognition of April as National Youth Sports Safety Month, MomsTeam is again asking our friends in the health, fitness, nutrition and athletic training communities to write blogs answering two questions: first, how or why did they get into their field, and second, how have they made a difference in the life of a youth athlete in the past year.

Today, we hear from certified yoga instructor, Deb Bowen. 

A sports mom tells how she was inspired by her son's overuse injury to become a certified yoga teacher so she could bring the physical and mental benefits of yoga to teen athletes.

Wanderlust Festival: Seven Reasons Why It Is A Not-To-Be-Missed Experience For the Entire Family

Once again this year, I had the privilege of attending on behalf of MomsTEAM the fabulous Wanderlust Festival, a 4 day adventure combining yoga, music, nature, and inspiration.  Although I am not yet a parent, I returned from Colorado more convinced than ever that Wanderlust is a not-to-be-missed experience for parents and their children.

The Wanderlust Festival is a 4-day adventure combining yoga, music, nature, and inspiration. After attending again this year, MomsTEAM blogger Tracey Wright shares her list of 7 reasons why attending the festival is a not-to-be-missed experience for the entire family.

Yoga For Kids: It Helps Calm A Child's Overstimulated Mind

Most of us know by now that yoga is good for your body and can keep you strong and flexible. John de Kadt (the gentleman in the video below) addresses something that I feel has become a major source of stress physically, mentally, emotionally, and definitely neurologically in the children of the world today: overstimulation.

In the last in her series on the Wanderlust Festival, Tracey Wright, D.C. talks to John de Kadt about how yoga can help calm a child's increasingly overstimulated mind.

Yoga Helps Kids Be More Focused, Confident, and Empowered

In the fifth in my series of Wanderlust Festival videos on why yoga is great for kids, Jenny Sauer-Klein, co-founder of AcroYoga, discusses how yoga can be a catalyst for children, increasing self-confidence and focus, and helping them feeling empowered in their bodies.  Jenny explains how the sport provides kids a wonderful foundation as they grow to feel strong and connected to their bodies.

Like Jenny, I know from my own experience that many adults who practice yoga have discovered that it brings a playfulness into their lives. When children are given the opportunity to discover their strengths and power in a non-competitive way, they, too, radiate self-confidence. 


In the fifth in Dr. Tracey Wright's series of Wanderlust Festival videos, Jenny Sauer-Klein, co-founder of AcroYoga, discusses how yoga can help kids to gain self-confidence and focus, and feel empowered in their bodies.

Yoga Helps Kids Discover Their Strengths In Gentle and Less Competitive Way

Many adults I spoke with at the Wanderlust Festival this summer in Stratton, Vermont were athletes growing up. When I asked them how their lives would have been different had they practiced yoga as children, they all agreed that they would likely have discovered their strengths as athletes and as individuals in a more gentle and less competitive way.

In today’s world of youth organized sports, much of the focus is on winning, moving fast and being the best. Many of these goals come from outside pressures of parents, coaches and society. Yoga dissolves the external pressures to perform at a fast pace, allowing participants to slow down and realize that they are perfect exactly where and how they are, in the moment.

Practicing yoga helps children discover their strengths as athletes and individuals in a more gentle and less competitive way.

Wanderlust Kids Love Yoga, And So Will Yours!

I was so inspired by the number of children and families at the Wanderlust Festival I recently attended in Stratton, Vermont. Aside from having numerous yoga classes to choose from daily, the Wanderlust environment provides amazing opportunities to explore classes that contribute to community, sustainability, and  positive lifestyle.

Looking for a healthy alternative to team sports this fall?  Check out this video of what some kids had to say about yoga at the Wanderlust Festival in Stratton, Vermont this summer.

Yoga as a Natural and Drug-free Way to Keep Kids Calm

This is the start of a 5 part series of videos recorded while representing momsTEAM at the Wanderlust Festival in Stratton, Vermont. My hope is to inspire you to experience yoga as a family. Our world is moving so fast these days. Parents are constantly running their children from game to game, friends' houses, extracurricular activities, and appointments. When we are moving so fast we aren't always aware of what is happening within our bodies. Taking time daily to slow down and go inward has many positive attributes for the mind, body and Spirit. Knowing what benefits yoga is bringing to the hundreds of thousands of adults worldwide, it only makes sense that we would want to share this gift with our children.

Looking for a great way to calm your children without having to resort to prescription drugs? Here's a video about how practicing yoga can help.

Practicing Yoga As Child Can Set Tone For Healthy and Active Life

When the invitation came in from the Wanderlust Festival in Stratton, Vermont, I wanted to go, especially as I had spent time there visiting my father growing up and practice yoga as an adult. But it turned out that I couldn't find time in my busy schedule running MomsTEAM to get up there, so I offered the media credentials to Tracey Wright, a young chiropractor and yoga enthusiast I have known since she was a child.  Tracey had gone last year and wanted to start blogging on MomsTEAM, so she was only too happy to attend in my stead.

Here's what Tracey had to say about her experience:

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MomsTEAM's newest blogger, Tracey Wright, D.C., reports from the Wanderlust Festival in Stratton, Vermont about the benefits of yoga for kids.

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