“Barefoot” for the best walking start!

Hello everybody,

Two words most of us love to hear? Shoe shopping! But it's quite a different story when you're buying footwear for your baby or toddler. Most of the time you'll be hard-pressed to get her to try on a pair without wiggling out of your lap or having a kicking-and-screaming tantrum. And even if you can get them on her feet without a fuss, it can be tricky to figure out whether they're actually the right size. A baby or a toddler can't use words to tell you that she doesn't like the way something feels. To make matters worse, it's really important to find shoes that fit properly when she's learning to walk--otherwise, she could stumble more and take longer to develop the skill. Kids Fun in Cyprus discovered Barefoot!

And Barefoot Cyprus discovered the perfect shoes for your babies and toddlers that will keep their feet worm and help them in their first lucky steps in life. The most wonderful feeling of walking “Bare Foot” will be given only by their special baby/toddler shoes.
Barefoot Cyprus is selling two types of shoes  for babies and toddlers Little Blue Lamb from 3 months old to 24 months old and the amazing Afello shoes for from 6 months to  years old.

Babies need support. Starting crawling and walking it is a very important business and helping them with the proper shoes is the first step.

Why a 6 months old baby would need shoes and which are the best choices?

The purpose of shoes is to protect your baby's delicate feet from rough surfaces and sharp objects on the ground once she is walking outside and even inside on the cold tiles. Shoes also keep her feet warm in the cold and protect them from heat. Shoes will also help them on slippery surfaces when trying to crawl or stand up. The Little Blue Lamb shoes are specially designed for babies, made out soft soled baby shoes with soft plush leather and feature non slip pads on the soles.

Little Blue Lamb shoes are designed specifically for natural movement with flexible, wide soft soles and breathable, natural materials.

How to choose the best toddler shoes?

"After they start walking, you want them either barefoot or in the most flexible shoe possible so their muscles can develop properly," said Dr. Jane Andersen, a podiatrist in Chapel Hill, N.C., and past president of the American Association for Women Podiatrists. "Flexibility is the most important issue as they are developing their arch."

The bones in a baby's foot are soft and don't finish hardening until a child is around 5 years old, though kids' feet keep growing into their teenage years. In theory, constricting soft feet with rigid shoes could prevent the bones from developing properly, Andersen said. Also, stiffer soles can make walking harder for those just starting out because their feet are heavier, making them more likely to trip, Jane said.

The Little Blue Lamb shoes are the perfect choice for your toddlers as they combine all the qualities of the first pair of shoes for your kids and they represent excellent value for your money.
The  Afello shoes are made out of very soft leather, soft sole, perfect for cold tiles just perfect for the little walkers!

We are very happy that we could introduce Barefoot to all parents in Cyprus giving a fantastic solution to a very complicated problem. Barefoot shoes will make your kids happier, healthier and it is the best choice for their sensitive feet in Cyprus!

Lots of sunny days from Izzy the Cypriot lizard!

Barefoot Cyprus

How to Order: By phone or Facebook webpage
Prices from: 20.00 euro - 24.50 euro
Contact person: Katarina Katkova
Phone no: +357 97801230
E-mail: barefootcyprus@gmail.com
Facebook: Barefoot Cyprus

Here are some steps to take to measure your baby ‘feet for shoes.
1. Have your baby to stand up on a piece of paper.
2. Mark on the paper the position of the toes and the heel.
3. Compare the length with the size chart.
4. Add extra 0,5 - 1 cm.

Infinity Yoga Energy Center Samadhi – Limassol

Hello everybody,

Somebody said “Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate”. Kids Fun in Cyprus would like to add … give them yoga lessons! Why? Simply because in yoga it doesn't matter if the postures aren’t perfect, but practice is your children’s time to feel alive, loved and free. We loved the peace and tranquility that we found at Infinity Yoga Energy Center in Limassol and most of all we liked the smiling, beautiful yoga teacher Nathalie Kass-Danno that took her time to help us understand why we should bring children to her lessons:

Izzy: Nathalie, when was your first introduction to yoga and how did you start to teach yoga?
Nathalie Kass – Danno: The philosophy of yoga is usually to start from the body asanas and moving forward to body, mind and spirit.
My path was the opposite, because I was first introduced to the spiritual aspect of yoga and meditation.
I started meditation and parapsychology at the age of 16, and year after year my desire to learn more expanded.
I moved on, to the mind knowledge, reading more books and meeting many teachers, to find peace, this is what I was looking for.
The path led me to yoga in 2001 but mostly self - taught and self - practiced.
As I expanded, I started wishing to teach to others what I had learned.

Izzy: Dear Nathalie, the yoga world for many of us, is like a door that we never tried to open. You decided to start yoga lessons for children after having a long adult experience. Can you help us open this door and explain to us what yoga is and how yoga could help our children?

N.KD: Yoga for me is the realization and the surprising development of the body.
I still get fascinated every time my body expands, and I accomplish a new asana without me even practicing that significant asana.
The body and the spirit is just ready for it and provides the support.
I believe children learn from yoga the power of self-knowledge and learn to respect their bodies and their limitations, as much as their strengths points.
Kids also gain self-discipline through yoga, which is by non-competitiveness.
They learn that they are not competing with anyone in the class, they are unique and so is their ability, their gifts and their spirit.
They learn to respect each other, they learn to love and share through games and asanas. The magic of a healing touch!

Izzy: Meditation on the body itself, the precision and the balance of yoga postures - are they going to make children mind more razor sharp and why?
N.KD: Yoga gives balance, increases concentration, and makes us more intelligent.
Asanas and pranayama exercises (breathing techniques) help to balance the right and left hemisphere of the brain. It mostly calms our nervous system and provides us with more patience and stability.

Izzy: What's your favorite pose and why? What types of poses will you teach and practice with the children? What benefits will children gain by this practice?
N.KD: For children my favorite asana is chakrasana the wheel pose, for it activates all 7 chakras in the body!
It is said that you are as old as the flexibility in your spine.
Children are so open to this wonderful asana, so I enjoy keeping that energy in their spine open and filled with prana (life force)
All the asanas will teach them about all the animals and how to connect to nature, will make them an imaginary travel on different countries of the world.

Izzy: What makes a private studio different to a yoga class at the gym? How would you describe your way of practice and teaching for kids?
N.KD: I would say that I private studio is more intimate because the teacher is really there creating what she or he wants. She / he is using their own energy, creating, and giving from the heart of their own space.
Sometimes the gym space can only give the physical aspect of yoga, and loses the spiritual part.

Izzy: The asanas (or yoga postures) may be the first thing we think of in Cyprus when we hear yoga, but that's only part of it. However, many of us still equate yoga solely with the movement, and do not consider the spiritual aspect. How will you deal with this at your yoga lessons for children?
N.KD: As yoga is not only asana, especially in my case which I started first to learn about the spirit and meditation, I wish to teach children to keep their innocence and their enthusiasm for life as adults.
I believe it is easier teaching children that yoga is not only asana, as they know better than us to connect with their higher self. This was said to me during my first class, by a 4 year old girl;
I was explaining that Namaste means that "my little light honors your little light, and that we all have small light inside our hearts".
The little girl looked at me and said, Nathalie I have a big big light in my heart, not a small one!

Izzy: Lots of children have plenty of energy. Sometimes, parents find it difficult to believe, that their child could be quietly participate to a yoga lesson. What examples could you give us about children changes at your yoga classes? How old, could be the children participating to your yoga classes?
N.KD:For kids at our yoga lessons we go from a slow movement in to a very active state. We bring kids energy levels up and then we take them down.
Kids listen and feel more than we know. When they feel love they love to participate. The class is a combination of postures that will take them from a quiet state to a very active giving them joy and raising their involvement.
Making yoga could be playful but it is also educational.

Izzy: Thank you very much for the opportunity you gave to our readers to find out more about yoga classes for children and for the end could you share with us a little story from your experience that changed your life?
N.KD:We need to believe in our uniqueness and the light in our souls, trust the divine power that everything leads us to our life goals and spreading the light to others.
There is no greater joy than seeing others achieve their goals and see their eyes and faces light up in love!


Lots of sunny days from Izzy the Cypriot lizard!

Infinity Yoga Energy Center Samadhi

Address: Panayoti Tsaggari Str., No.119, 4042, Limassol
Schedule of lessons: Tuesday 17:00 – 17:45
Phone no: +357 99 696 481
Age groups:
Ages 4-8
Ages 8-12
Ages 12-16
Lessons Fees: 35 euro/ month 45 min - 1 session a week,
More than one child 24 euros/ month
Contact person: Nathalie Kass-Danno
Yoga teacher & Kids yoga teacher, Alternative therapist

Rodney Yee: “Yoga has nothing to do with flexibility. It is about opening the body wherever it goes and exploring the resistance. It has nothing to do with putting your leg around your head! We may go into those shapes with the body, but that is just to explore our mind and our body and our breath. Where the foot actually goes is not really of much consequence. Eventually, the different shapes you take have a chemical effect on the body. The shapes have just as much to do with the breath and the neurological input that you are putting into the body as they do with flexibility. If the nervous system is telling the body to stand up, you are getting some of the same benefits from that action as you would with going ahead and standing up. Scientists have recently discovered that if you get people to just think about doing an activity, several times a day, it has an effect on the body. So if people are tight physically, it is all the more reason why they should explore opening the body up. It does not matter if you ever get flexible or not--what matters is that you are in your body exploring it. You are feeling it; you are changing its shapes and personality. You are asking and demanding different things of it.”

BurgerLab a new restaurant for children and parents in Limassol

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Kids Fun in Cyprus is always happy when new places, where parents can go with their kids and enjoy a wonderful day, are opened, and now is Limassol city turn! Starting 17th of June 2015 BurgerLab Restaurant has opened their gates to everyone who is eager to taste delicious Original American Hamburgers, let their children play in one modern, fancy environment … enjoying a marvelous day! 

Where there is a playground, Kids Fun in Cyprus will found out and will make them a visit, to introduce it to our lovely readers. So, we will tell you how it is and what you can do at BurgerLab.
First of all Burger Lab has a large parking space exactly in front of the restaurant. One of the biggest advantages for people that have small kids or babies, that they do not have to drive for hours, looking for a parking space and then getting down of the car and trying to reach the restaurant with the strollers or pulling your toddler’s arms. A wonderful design, modern space will make your lunch or dinner a special one. The playground is well surrounded by a fence that will keep all your kids safe and easy to supervise. The service is very fast … so you do not need long time to wait for your food and about the food…..

The first attraction was their hamburgers, made with 100% all natural Black Angus, the finest cuts, ground in – house, fresh every day, hand – molded juicy cooked. Because before playing, eating is the first decision! Black Angus were specifically breed from the indigenous cattle of Scotland by Hugh Watson in the mid-nineteenth century.    What’s so great about Angus: Angus beef develops with better marbling than most cattle. Marbling is the amount of intramuscular fat. Most people agree that marbling improves flavor, tenderness, and keeps meat moist while cooking (especially at high temperatures). So this is the reason for, which you will love the hamburger made at BurgerLab.

Besides their main hamburgers, you will also find: for fish lovers “Meet the Sailor”: seared sashimi-grade tuna burger; delicious vegetarian hamburgers made with portabella mushrooms, fresh hand cut, twice cooked, skin-on, 100% Cypriot made, never frozen fried chips; all flavors of shakes; fresh juices made from oranges, carrots, apples and much more, for all the healthy children in Cyprus.

The playground is wonderful. Has many swings for small children, two slides, climbing area and it is covered with special rubber tiles. There is plenty of space to add your favorite Bouncy Castel in case you decide to celebrate a wonderful birthday party at BurgerLab. They will take care, so you do not miss anything - form fresh food for your kids, to a marvelous coffee variety for parents - Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte, Americano, Hot Chocolate and much more.

You can also choose to bring your laptop as there is Free Wi-Fi and just in case, that you read this article, you look at the pictures and feel your stomach asking for a hamburger, call them for a free delivery.

Visit BurgerLab restaurant and their playground and spend a lovely day with your children!
Lots of sunny days from Izzy the Cypriot lizard!

BurgerLab Restaurant

Address: Georgios A Street, Potamos Yermasoyias 4047, Limassol, Cyprus (opposite Royal Apollonia Hotel)

Opening hours:12:00 - 23:00
Delivery phone no: +357 25 31 30 30
Delivery opening hours: 12:00 – 23:00
Contact Person: Pambos Michael Manager
Phone no: +357 25 313 030; +357 97 877 213
Facebook: BurgerLab

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