15 Great Ways to Get Kids into Yoga
Yoga is wonderful practice for kids to get into. Some of the reported benefits to kids doing yoga include reducing stress, helping kids’ focus, concentration and memory, and improvement in appetites, sleep and overall well-being. With a little help from a DVD, online video, app, book or some nifty yoga cards you can help your kids practise yoga at home. With that in mind we have sought out the best stuff to help you get your kids doing some super cool yoga stuff pronto. Namaste.
Best Yoga DVDs for Kids
There are quite a few yoga DVD aimed at kids. We checked out the following:
For ages 3-5
The best DVD for the ages 3-5 seems to be a toss-up between YogaKids, Vol. 3: Silly to Calm and Storyland Yoga: Yoga for Kids and Families (ages 3 to 8). Oddly enough, a few reviewers for both DVDs found them a little “weird”, but overall the reviews for both these DVDs were very positive. A lot of users like to use Silly to Calm before bedtime to get their kids to wind down and become calm and peaceful. A common complaint about this DVD seems to be that there is a bit too much downtime or long pauses in the DVD where the instructor talks about the beauty of trees, etc. The other DVD that is good for this age range is Storyland Yoga: Yoga for Kids and Families this DVD has two stories with bit of an eco-conscious message that introduces yoga by having kids learn yoga postures that are related to the story. What people really like about this DVD is that it keeps very kids interested and gives a fun, engaging very basic introduction to Yoga.
For ages 6 to 9
For ages 6-9 the best DVDs seems to be Yoga Kids Two by Marsha Wenig (not to be confused with Yoga Kids, Vol. 2: ABC’s for Ages 3-6). This age group has a bit less choice in yoga DVDs than the younger group so it’s a little harder to find a standout DVD, but the few reviews we could find(mostly from Amazon) are very positive.
If you are looking for something a little different you can try Kids Teach Yoga – Flying Eagle starring Lynea Gillen and Haley. There is a great review of this DVD on Child Light Yoga. One of the things that they like about this DVD is that the class is led by a child.
For ages 9+ we recommend Shanti Generation: Yoga Skills for Youth Peacemakers – Ages 7-16. A review on It’s All Yoga, Baby said of this DVD “The sequences and instruction address more than the physical aspects of yoga practice, encouraging youth to make “conscious, wise choices.” For example, full-length sequences have names such as ‘Creating Happiness’ and ‘Voice Choice Possibility’ and the language used throughout is intended to create this effect. Designed for kids between the ages of 10 and 15, the practice will probably appeal to the lower end of the age spectrum. This DVD is essential viewing for anyone who teaches yoga to youth, and is also good inspiration for any yoga-curious teen who is looking for some stress relief and confidence-building tools.”
Yoga Apps for Kids
- Super Stretch Yoga
- Kids Yoga Journey
- Tot Yoga
- My First Yoga – Animal Poses For Kids
- Yoga For Kids
- Appu’s Yoga For Kids – Media Fusion
Out of the reviews that we researched for these apps, Super Stretch Yoga seems to be a good choice if you are looking for a yoga app to help kids learn a few simple poses. Padgadget says about this app “The app includes poses that most children should find fun and not too difficult. The illustrations were distinctive and attractive. I liked that Super Stretch was not defined explicitly as a boy or girl, and that the developers chose both boys and girls to appear in the video clips. Take home message: yoga is for anyone.” Kids Yoga Journey is another really interesting option for those a little more serious about yoga. They offer four apps: I am Love, I am Sun, I am Moon, Short Sequence: Kids’ Yoga Journey Lite, and I am energy. In a review of Kids Yoga Journey I am Love the KidsYogaResource said of it “I AM LOVE is a beautifully presented, engaging introduction to yoga for children. Children 6 and up can use the app by themselves. Kids younger than that will happily follow along but will likely look to a parent, caregiver or older kids for pose demonstration assistance. If you are looking for a quick and effective yoga practice for your family, and don’t mind giving up your prized iPhone or iPad for a few minutes, I AM LOVE is the perfect answer. We highly recommend it!”
Yoga Decks (Cards) for Kids
If you are interested in something a little more low tech, these are just cards you can pull out with the various yoga positions on them. Take them anywhere.
The Best Books to Teach Kids Yoga at Home
One of the best books that we’ve found to help you teach your kids yoga at home has to be YogaKids: Educating The Whole Child Through Yoga. People rave about this book, it’s by Marsha Wenig who does the very popular Yoga Kids videos, and appears to be the biggest name in yoga education and fitness products for children. Almost all of the reviews for this book are stellar, Yoga Journal said of this book “It’s a wonderfully joyous romp through 50 poses, with more than 150 color photos of young models who smile, scrunch up their noses, and puff out their cheeks. There are encouraging suggestions, helpful advice to parents, useful sidebars, and appendixes that are informative, fun, or both. You couldn’t ask for a more kid- and parent-friendly tool for introducing youngsters to yoga.”
Another really well reviewed book to consider is Fly Like A Butterfly: Yoga for Children by Shakta Kaur Khalsa. Our Big Earth reviewed this book say about it “I instantly connected with this lovely, warm book because it has a great sense of humor, has sweet little child-sized stories to go with the explanations of the poses and gives kiddos the permission to get into yoga at their own pace while giving parents simple directions on how to help their kids proceed.” and “The book is designed specifically for children and is truly meant as an introduction into the creative movement that yoga can bring for kiddos. Very fun and lively. I LOVE it, and so does the tiny person, because it guides us through a great adventure – with creatures, far-off lands and even a bit of mythology – in movement.”
Free Online Yoga Classes for Kids
Also check out these super easy to follow You Tube yoga videos for kids:
- Canadian Living
- Yoga Calm
- Child Light Yoga
- It’s All Yoga Baby
- Kids Yoga Resource
- Yoga Journal
- Our Big Earth