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The benefits of Yoga for kids: A visit to Apollo Beach Yoga and the Palmetto Art Center

The benefits of Yoga for kids: A visit to Apollo Beach Yoga and the Palmetto Art Center

Most people know me in this community as either a freelancer writer and business owner or a yoga instructor.  Recently, these two separate arenas came together with the publication of the first in my Acting Out Yoga Series, Harvir in the Amazon. The series was born out of my need to find creative ways to engage young yoga students in class.

Being a kid today is much different from what I remember when I was 6 years old. We had recess every day in school and spent our weekends climbing trees, playing Freeze Tag and riding our bikes for miles on end.

Today, physical education is no longer a requirement in most elementary schools, and many outdoor activities have been replaced by Wii, web browsing, TV and computer games.  While I’ll be the last person to dis technology (I love my laptop, Smart phone and GPS, thank you very much), the bombardment born from being “plugged in” everywhere has led to information overload.  Add in the stresses that kids face (even eustress – the good stress – can still cause tension in the body) with school, learning how to get along with their peers, family relationships and finding their personal identity and, well?  It’s a lot for young people to deal with.

Marauders pitcher named Jewish Baseball All-Star

Marauders pitcher named Jewish Baseball All-Star

BRADENTON-- Bradenton Marauders starting pitcher Brett Lorin has been named a Jewish minor league All-Star by Jewish Baseball News, according to a release from the team.

Lorin finished the 2011 season with a 7-6 record, 2.84 ERA, and 99 strikeouts.

He was also named a Florida State League All-Star at midseason.

SCF Volleyball team invites public to fundraiser for Snooty the Manatee

SCF Volleyball team invites public to fundraiser for Snooty the Manatee

Bradenton, Florida -- State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Manatees Volleyball team is inviting fans to attend a tournament from Friday, Sept. 23 – Saturday, Sept. 24, at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West, in Hal Chasey Gymnasium, to raise funds for Snooty the Manatee and his friends.

The fundraiser, “Volley for Snooty,” will benefit the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, which is home to Snooty and his friends. Funds raised at the tournament will be matched by donors participating in the “Ripple Effect for Manatees” campaign.

Six teams participating in the tournament include SCF, Iowa Western Community College , Polk State College, Brevard College, College of Central Florida and Florida College.

Grouper fans can get out their fishing poles again

Grouper fans can get out their fishing poles again

Gulf Coast, Florida - It's the time of year some fishermen look forward to for months. The Gulf gag grouper sport season reopens September 16.

The two-month season allows anglers to harvest gag grouper in both Federal and state Gulf waters. During the open season, which lasts from September 16 - November 15, recreational fishermen may keep two gag grouper and two other types of grouper, for an aggregate daily limit of four. The minimum size limit for gag grouper in these waters is 22-inches in total length.

For more information on grouper management, click here.

 

Final weekend to see Marauders at bat in 2011!

Final weekend to see Marauders at bat in 2011!

Bradenton, Florida-- This weekend the Bradenton Marauders will wrap up their 2011 regular season by hosting the Charlotte Stone Crabs for three games.

The teams will play in Bradenton on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.

Sunday's 10 a.m. game at McKechnie Field is the regular season finale.

Lakewood Ranch special needs kids have a ball in soccer

Lakewood Ranch, Florida - At this soccer practice there's plenty of cheering and sometimes hands are allowed. That way 4-year-old Chance French who's in a wheelchair can also take part in the fun. "I'll try again," he shouts after maneuvering the ball close to the goal.

These kids are gearing up for the Braden River TOPSoccer season. It's a program designed for kids with special needs and everyone's welcome.

Julian Repetto, 7, has been diagnosed with autism, but he's got the soccer basics down. "I know how to put the ball in the net...you kick it," he says.

Parents say they've seen their kids blossom playing soccer. Not only do they get to run around a lot, but they exercise their social skills as well.