“How do I get started with kids yoga?” I hear this question all the time.
If you’re looking to introduce your children to yoga this holiday season, I would love to share with you a few resources to get you started on your own kids yoga journey.
Below, you’ll find ten resources from my favorite kids yoga colleagues and from our own Kids Yoga Stories collection.
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10 Ideas for your Kids Yoga Starter Kit
This book about yoga for children is a comprehensive resource with practical tips on how to introduce yoga into your everyday life. This book is a necessity for when you want to either relax and unwind, or get moving and laughing with your entire family. You’ll come back to this book time and time again for fresh ideas and inspiration. I love the full-color photos of children practicing yoga throughout the book.
2. Kids Yoga Music
Kira Willey’s CDs (Dance for the Sun and Kings & Queens of the Forest)
My daughter loves Kira Willey’s Dance for the Sun CD. The first song on the CD, “Dance for the Sun,” takes you through a sun salute, which is a great way to start your day. It is a fabulous CD to play during the holiday season to get your family and friends moving, singing, and laughing together. Kira has a gentle, sweet, and soothing voice. The songs are great as both background music and active participation. It’s a rare treat to find a CD that the whole family can enjoy. Her folk-pop music is fun, catchy, uplifting, and captivating.
3. Yoga Mat
I love my red Jade Harmony yoga mat. My daughter started with a The Little Yoga Mat when she was younger, and recently, I bought her a regular-size yoga mat at a local sports store. Watch for a larger-sized mat for children to be released by The Little Yoga Mat in 2016. A yoga mat is a great way to signal “special yoga time” and offers their own space to practice their yoga. A yoga mat can also be transformed into a magic carpet, canoe, or surfboard for your imaginary yoga journeys.
4. Yoga Cards for Kids
Yoga Cards, by Kids Yoga Stories
We currently offer three different packs of cards. Two of the yoga card packs match our yoga books (Good Night, Animal World and Sophia’s Jungle Adventure). Our newest Yoga Poses for Kids Cards are a perfect way to introduce twenty-five of the most common yoga poses for kids. Each yoga pose has a matching keyword (sorted into five thematic categories) making it easy to create games and create meaningful connections to your child’s life. I’ve found that yoga cards encourage my daughter to engage in creative and independent play.
5. Yoga Books for Kids
Yoga books, by Kids Yoga Stories
A yoga book for kids integrates yoga postures and philosophy into a storybook for children. The purpose of our yoga stories is to integrate movement, reading, and fun to foster critically thinking children who are creative, responsible, and globally minded. Children follow the Yoga Kids characters in the books and act out various pretend journeys while learning about different places in the world as well as foreign cultures and new animals. At the moment, my daughter’s favorite yoga book is Good Night, Animal World, which features a bedtime yoga sequence that we practice together before snuggling up in bed.
6. Mindfulness Book
10 Mindful Minutes, by Goldie Hawn
This inspiring book makes the foundational concepts of Goldie Hawn’s MindUP program accessible to parents and applicable to everyday life. Goldie Hawn weaves in her own parenting experiences into several practical mindfulness techniques that you can start with your child today. With her work firmly grounded in mindfulness research, she offers parents a way to connect with their children to ultimately raise happy, healthy adults. The foreword by Daniel Siegel and multiple references to other brain scientists inspire confidence that mindfulness is not just a passing fad. I love that this book is an easy-to-use guide for introducing mindfulness to my daughter.
7. Relaxation Stories
Imaginations and Imaginations 2, by Carolyn Clarke
If you liked the first Imaginations book, then you definitely will love this second book, too. Not only will you find another seventeen gorgeous relaxation stories, but the layout of this book is stunning. I love the separate parent and child introductions at the front of the book. Also, the yoga prep poses and breathing games are a great resource. My favorite relaxation stories are each of the four seasons. The author also includes lots of fun themes that will easily integrate into your curriculum, such as the garden, weather, butterflies, the desert, and dinosaurs. This is a fabulous guided imagery resource to help children bring calm to their busy lives.
A Hoberman Sphere is a great way to introduce deep yogic breathing to children because it imitates the inflating and deflating of their lungs as they breathe. During my daughter’s intense tantrums last year, we introduced the Hoberman Sphere to help bring awareness to her breath in hopes of planting a seed for self-soothing. Having a visual representation of the breath has proved to be an invaluable tool to encouraging her to inhale and exhale.
9. Kids Yoga Lesson Plans
Free Kids Yoga Lesson Plans, by Kids Yoga Stories
Download one, or all, of our free thematic kids yoga lesson plans to help inspire you on your kids yoga journey. Each lesson plan includes an opening, a kids yoga sequence, a closing, and extension ideas. Choose from our list of Holiday Yoga Lesson Plans, Season Yoga Lesson Plans, Kids Yoga Ideas Using Children’s Books, or Monthly Yoga Themes. Children learn best when the learning experience is meaningful and relevant to their lives. Adding movement is an extra bonus. Choosing a thematic kids yoga lesson plans is a great start to getting your children actively engaged in the yoga session.
10. Mala Beads
My daughter and I have a sacred space for meditation, which includes a wooden Buddha statue, a cushion, towels, blocks, chime, and mala beads. When I sit silently each morning, I hold the mala beads in my right hand and count my breath with the beads. I bought my daughter her own custom-made mala beads, as well, to plant the seed of her meditation practice in the future. She loves to wear her mala beads on special occasions, and she holds them when she sits on my lap during meditation.
These kids yoga resources are meant to inspire and educate parents and ignite your imagination. However, all you really need to get started with practicing yoga with your children is curiosity, enthusiasm, and a “just do it” positive attitude.
We would love to hear what your favorite Kids Yoga Starter Kit ideas are, too! Please reply in the comments below.
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