Much has been written about the disconnect created by our constant ability to receive information. More than ever, carving out a space for ourselves to experience full presence while living with ready access to distraction is important for our well-being.
Technology can also be a tool to help with mindfulness. For example, we can learn about mindfulness practices, set alarms to remind us to practice, and record our experiences.
My goal with this series is to share mobile apps that I have found especially useful in cultivating mindfulness practices. I believe that harnessing the power of our handheld distraction devices has the potential to integrate mindfulness into our already overfull lives. Or, as a friend aptly noted, bring balance to the force.
Today’s app is, called:
Adventures of SuperStretch Yoga
by The Adventures of Super Stretch, LLC
Version I demo: 1.2 on iPhone
Cost: Free, no ads
This app is now available in Spanish:
It is also available on iPad and in Spanish on iPad
The Adventures of SuperStretch is a an app that makes sharing yoga with kids a joy. It’s simple, colorful interface invites kids to create their own sequence of poses or play the entire 12 pose series in order.
The series is introduced by “Super Stretch,” a kid super hero who talks about the meaning of Namaste and why breathing and moving your body are important. The animated Super Stretch floats above live action videos of kids doing the poses as described.
You can’t really tell Super Stretch’s gender, which is great because I think it helps to give kids a break from the gender-conforming messages that constantly inundate them even in yoga apps. Whether or not the parent chooses to create a gender-neutral space, this is one kids app that doesn’t need to be labelled.
The app has gentle background music and the instructions given by Super Stretch are clear. The kids are shown doing the poses as kids do, imperfectly and with happiness. Each of the poses has an introductory splash screen of an animal with a name. The names come from the Sanskrit names for the poses or for the animal. My kids and I enjoyed looking the words up and talking about them.
Another thing I enjoyed about this app was that I can choose to talk about yoga’s message. This is especially useful when we’re working through a challenging time like not telling the truth or even picking up after ourselves. The creators have pulled from the word NAMASTE to create this acronym:
- Nothing is impossible
- Always be honest
- Make the world a better place
- Act with kindness
- Share with others
- Trust and believe in yourself
- Enjoy and have fun
I might say something like “Super Stretch says Namaste and reminds us to trust and believe in ourselves,” while popping into the monkey pose. There’s nothing like seeing your parent doing yoga in public to change the energy of a stressed out child.
I do the poses with my kids a lot, but they often do a pose or two as a break from another game. I think they enjoy being my teacher, though. Making the animal sounds is rarely optional.
If you try this app, I’d enjoy hearing how you use it in the comments.
Consider adding this app to your device, between Candy Crush and Twitter to bring a little mindfulness into your device, won’t you?
Do you have a mindfulness app that you recommend or one that you would like me to review? Please let me know in the comments below. I would enjoy hearing from you.
- Mindfulness: There’s An App For That, Part 1 (touchstonez.com)
- All Mindfulness Technology Posts on TouchstoneZ.com
- Mindfulness: There’s An App For That, Part 2 (touchstonez.com)
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(Since I’m writing most of these late at night, in bed, while tandem nursing twins, I’m choosing to concentrate on writing rather than formatting, proof-reading, researching or editing as much as I’d like. Please forgive the extra typos and non-nonsensical grammar. Thank you.)