5 TED talks on caring for the planet and sustainabilityJan. 20th

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Sustainability. What does it really mean? How do we look at it? Where do we go from here?

We’ve rounded up some of the best TED talks on sustainability for you, all in one place! 

 

THEN, TED has 12 talks in one place that focus on green architecture, called Sustainability by Design. If you or someone you know has a building project on the horizon, you don’t want to miss these talks, rich with resources, inspiration and ideas. 

 

and lastly, here is another excellent series of talks called Earth, appreciated. Any of the above would be great for a classroom or workshop, or simply to educate ourselves. Enjoy! 

links for your New Year!Jan. 8th

Happy New Year, Playful Planet friends! It’s that time again, when many of us think to begin again, to reach our highest potential, fast! Our goals and resolve to make positive changes in the new year are good things. Until they are not. Just like anything else, putting our minds to improvements can take on a negative life. We can fall victim to putting so much pressure on ourselves that we inevitably fail.

At Playful Planet, we believe in making positive changes, and we also believe in keeping our expectations realistic, so we have more personal sustainable energy for the long haul.

Life is full of trials and joys, we must go easy on ourselves so we can feel more free to live the beliefs we have.

So, in starting the new year, we simply want to share some good reads with you. Maybe for today, a small step we can take is to fill our minds and hearts with little doses of education and empowerment. Happy reading!  

Why yoga and kids go together on PBS Parents

Is Yoga Religion by Mary Rountree on YogaKids

“If I had a dime for the number of times someone in Alabama asked me if yoga were a religion, I would be a very wealthy woman. This question is one that arises a lot in all regions of the country, but especially in the Bible Belt where religion is a very important component of daily living. As a practicing yogini in the south, how does one address this question with a “yoga-like” answer? Well, its simple…”

 

Are Goals Setting You Up for Failure? on Karma Spot

“What a compelling reason to come to our mats! The more we get comfortable with the feelings of uncertainty, the more likely we can make sound choices for ourselves. The more we sit in discomfort, the more we find our voice of reason.”

 

May 2015 be filled with fun and a few more healthy choices! 

 

Yoga for Kids: Holiday gifts!Dec. 4th

This year, give your child (or any child you love) a gift that’s healthy and keeps the FUN in the holidays! Playful Planet has you covered, from stocking stuffers like our award-winning children’s yoga DVD, Storyland Yoga, and its accompanying Condor Trek book, to a travel set complete with a colorful kid-sized yoga mat! 

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 Winner of 4 national Awards, Storyland Yoga is a fun-filled adventure that teaches kids yoga poses along with an eco-conscious message. In “Save the Whale” and “Condor Trek” kids engage in a story where they learn yoga poses by imitating animals.

 

 

 

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Now Storyland Yoga is also available for download or rental via Amazon Instant Video! Download it today!

 

  

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Condor Trek Kids is the book version of the fun-filled Storyland Yoga Adventure that teaches kids yoga poses, while it infuses children with eco-conscious messages, physical activity and literacy. And now you can get Condor Trek Kids FREE with a 30-day trial of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited! (700,000 book titles to choose from!)

 

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Save with Gift Sets!

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Storyland Yoga DVD + Condor Trek Kids book

 

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Yoga poses book, mat, and travel set

 

The Storyland Yoga book–Condor Trek– FREE!Nov. 28th

With all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals coming your way, we wouldn’t want you to miss this one!! Right now, on Amazon, you can get Condor Trek, the Playful Planet book based on our award-winning Storyland Yoga DVD for kids, FOR FREE! 

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Amazon has created an amazing service, at a low cost of $9.99 a month. It’s called KindleUnlimited, and it allows you to upload however many titles you can devour in a month, for yes, just $9.99! 

Even better, the trial period of 30 days is FREE. (You can find your way to YOUR free trial by visiting the Condor Trek page and clicking on “Learn more” next to the blurb about KindleUnlimited, on the right side of the picture of the book!)

So sign up for KindleUnlimited and upload Condor Trek and any other of the 700,000 titles that strike your fancy! 

Sidenotes:
-Condor Trek is priced at just $6.99 without signing up for KindleUnlimited
-We would absolutely fully appreciate it if you would take a moment to write a review on Amazon after you upload! Spread the love? *head bow* Thank you!

Grateful MondayNov. 24th

Hello, Playful Planet friends! 

It’s Thanksgiving week, which seems like the perfect time to get back to Grateful Mondays around here. 

Maybe you’ve noticed? We’ve had some work done, and we’re grateful for that! The website needed a little fine-tuning, and we hope it helps you find your way around, learn more about FUN and healthy living, and connect with the inspiring products, posts, and people that keep sustainable living playful. 

2015 is going to be here before we know it, and we’re grateful for some really exciting projects and endeavors we have in the works. It seems we’ve been saying that for a while, and that’s because the behind the scenes work of growth is always A LOT (of work, AND a lot to be grateful for), and is best not rushed, to bring the highest quality products, messaging, and projects to YOU. 

Yes, you guessed it, we’re really grateful for you. 

Happy Monday, Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Playful Planet. 

Parenting with Awareness: less turmoil + more cooperation, with Julie NevisonOct. 30th

We love to meet and support creative and inspiring people in our community. This description fits the owners of a local yoga studio, Peter and Tawny Sterios perfectly. We (Bryan and Karen) recently had the opportunity to meet them, and what a true pleasure it was!

We wanted to let you know about an upcoming series of classes that Peter and Tawny are making possible! You don’t want to miss this opportunity, friends! Julie Nevison will be teaching Parenting with Awareness, a series of six classes focused on children ages 1 to 10, giving parents the insight and understanding it takes to encourage cooperation in young children without all the turmoil! Julie is a gifted and certified Parent Educator and Consultant with many years of experience. 

Please check out m*Body’s website for all the details. These classes are available in San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, OR by tele-class! 

Check out Peter Sterios yoga DVDs, Gravity and Grace: Yoga for Longevity 1 & 2 

 

 

What is Permaculture?Oct. 21st

We were recently introduced to a Permaculturist. Then we passed the word around Playful Planet, 

“Hey, have you heard of Permaculture? Do you know what it is?” 

“Um…no…Does it have something to do with getting a perm?” 

No, friends. Permaculture is not about perms or highlights, I promise. It’s really fantastic. 

In a nutshell, 

Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.

—Bill Mollison
 
So what does “working with, rather than against nature” really mean? 
Let’s start with an example, sheet mulching
 
Today all you need to do to see the variety of ways to grow your own beautiful gardens is to hit up Pinterest. But with permaculture, sustainability is different in that its focus is not on what can be given to you from your surroundings, but how you can contribute to the natural reproductive cycle of all living things in your surroundings. 
 
I like to think of this as utilizing what you have around you that is already actively sustaining rather than turning your surroundings into something it wasn’t meant to be simply to service your needs. 
 
Gardening, farming, sustaining…are necessary and valuable functions, but permaculture reminds us that these activities need not be manufactured. 
 
So, back to our example. Sheet mulching. Instead of taking over another plot of land to build gardens or till up fields, permaculture uses the idea that a human can head to where conditions are ripe for the picking, so to speak. This is what you do when you are sheet mulching–allowing the environment to be utilized by you in a place where it is already doing the work you’ll need!
 
Sheet mulching is best done under a tree, for example, as the water run-off and ground moisture are condusive to the needs of the soil. All you need is that cardboard you were going to recycle, then you add some compost, and just like that, you watch a thriving garden replenish itself year after year. To learn the steps taken to do this, Read more.
 
There is a lot to be said about Permaculture. In short, it makes sense. For generations people have looked to the land for what it can give us, and then we’ve changed the natural landscape and ecosystems to meet those needs. Permaculture is a valuable line of thinking in which one chooses to allow nature to take its course, which (naturally) leads to the thriving of the planet’s ecosystems, benefiting all living things, including the people who were looking to benefit over all this time by making damaging changes. 
 
The philosophy of Permaculture is one that is much broader than it may first appear. When we step back and work with nature, to give and take equally, we also create lasting changes in community, governments, and all other social systems. To read more about that and many other topics on Permaculture, head on over to The Permaculture Resource Institute. 
 
Other great posts on permaculture:
 
What is Permaculture by Home Ready Home 
EXCELLENT post by Levi Meeuwenberg at Homestead Lady
 
 
 
 

Storyline Online – where celebrities read children’s books aloudOct. 10th

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Storyline Online brings books to life by video. Hearing a story read aloud is becoming less common as our digital age zips through days. Storyline Online is a fun and creative way to bring books back to that “sitting around a fire” feeling.

It isn’t easy to find websites that are educational, enriching and healthy, but this is one that is simple and smart, and a great way to increase your child’s educational health!

Storyline is brought to us by the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) and The Entertainment Industry Foundation.

Grab those kiddos and listen to some stories! Here’s a great place to start…

with BETTY WHITE!

Find a Farmers’ Market Near YOUOct. 7th

 

We have to pop in to share this excellent resource from the Agriculture Marketing Service!

Farmers’ Markets are a fun and friendly way to eat local, eat healthy, and connect with people in your community. Many cities do have Farmer’s Markets, but if it’s a big community or you’re new, you may not be in the know just yet.

Here’s a link to the resource you may need– Farmers’ Market Finder  

If you don’t find your city or a city near you, contact your local city office and ask!