With ADD and ADHD rates skyrocketing in the United States over the past decade, it is critical to find natural ways to help our children achieve a state of balance and relaxation—without a prescription. Wai Lana, host of the long-running PBS series Wai Lana Yoga, provides a solution for tired or troubled youngsters with her latest CD, Daydream. Using techniques from the ancient art of yoga, Wai Lana helps kids find natural relaxation and relief from stress through soothing sounds and songs.
“Rest and relaxation is essential to our well-being, no matter how old we are,” Wai Lana emphasizes, “and learning to relax when you’re young will stay with you for the rest of your life.”
Wai Lana’s Daydream CD is the latest product in her Little Yogis line, which includes videos, DVDs, music CDs, mats, kits, games and books. The Daydream CD includes two tracks, each containing a guided relaxation, original songs, ambient music, and soothing sounds of the oceanside. Track 1 lulls listeners to sleep, then ends with a song called “Wake Up, Sleepyhead” to lure them out of their slumber in good spirits. Track 2’s relaxation session fades out with the sound of ocean waves, letting listeners continue resting peacefully.
“When my kids were small, they never wanted to nap or settle down,” laughs Wai Lana, “so I was crafty about it. I’d relax my kids by singing to them, with simple visualization techniques, and with yoga relaxation. I’d get far better results than by announcing ‘Kids, it’s naptime!’ or telling them to calm down. The approach I used was more subtle and enjoyable for us all—and far more effective. Since my children were young, they’ve appreciated the importance of relaxation and have used yoga’s techniques to achieve not just physical health, but mental health as well.”
Having raised three children herself, Wai Lana knows well the benefits kids can experience through yoga relaxation. And with her Daydream CD she shares yoga’s gift of relaxation with the world’s growing population of little yogis, helping them deal naturally with stress, anger, and other turbulent emotions, now and in their future years.