Amy MacConnell and Nicole Thompson, two local moms of the South Bay decided to create something they wanted for their kids, a yoga board game that would be fun, silly, teach yoga and also highlight some important values like gratitude.
“Turasa is a tool for families to connect and laugh together, when I teach yoga to schools and I bring the game with me everyone wants to play it, the kids love it and the great part is we see that its message carries a lasting impression.”
-Amy MacConnell, co-creator of Turasa
Nicole and Amy were both teaching kids yoga when they realized the impact it was having on their students. Kids yoga is not a serious yoga class, well not the way they taught it. Its about getting on the child’s level, doing some yoga moves and having fun while slipping in a question that asks “what does it take to be a good friend.” Kids were telling us what they were grateful for,
their parents were coming in and saying how they were falling asleep easier after doing our yoga meditations with them. We questioned how we could expand the message that yoga was giving to these children and their families. But we didn’t want it to be too yoga like, we wanted it to appeal to everyone. So we took the best parts of yoga, mixed it in with exercise and viola, six
years later we now have a tool families can bring home and begin the conversation on mindfulness through play.
Nicole explains, “I had my daughter when I was 18, so I was calling my mom everyday asking what I should do and the answer was always to take responsibility for the way she was acting and to spend more quality time. Everyone wants to think their child is a great kid, but my daughter is one well adjusted kid. I’ve watched her maintain her integrity and gracefully stand up to bullies in high school while fighting a chronic disease, I can see the invested time I spent with her shining through. It takes more than just quality time and conversations about good ol fashioned values but its a start, and we need all the tools we can get as parents to prepare our young ones. As a mom who is always reading and updating my parent tool box I would not want to be without Turasa if I had a young child. When the world is producing war games, Turasa is a good playful balance that includes parents. Its simply fun.”
“Turasa is about quality time which is something that we are losing today. While kids are glued to their tech devises, good ol’ fashioned play has gone out of style. We wanted to develop something that celebrated quality time, exercise and good ol’ fashioned values.”
-Nicole Thompson, co-creator of Turasa
Turasa retails for $25.00 and Amy and Nicole are currently offering free local delivery to the South Bay. For more information about Turasa visit turasagame.com or connect on Facebook. Turasa is also available on Amazon.
Guest Writers-Nicole Thompson and Amy MacConnell
Nicole has her background in fitness and is a personal trainer in the South Bay. Amy has her BA from OSU and was the backbone of the project, together their message is traveling far. We already have had people order from France and Mexico and we’re excited to see how this kind of quality time can impact families, we’re hoping it spurs a movement of more wholesome family games.
Editor’s note: Turasa will be available to preview and play at the upcoming What’s Up for Kids Family Expo and Camp Fair on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center from 10am to 3pm. Visit the Turasa booth in the Interactive Activity Hall, meet the creators, and experience the fun first hand!