How to do yoga for kids at home (and more)

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HEALTHY LIVING  |  8.4.15  |  by Terra Wellington

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One of the newer exercise trends for kids that we’re seeing is yoga for kids.  How to do yoga for kids at home is encompassing not only kid friendly yoga equipment but also yoga-for-kids DVDs and child-centric classes.  “Research shows us that yoga helps build concentration, coordination and mindfulness – great benefits for adults and kids alike,” says Susan Haney of Gaiam. “Yoga is a fun way for children to develop these important skills in a creative, noncompetitive environment.”  We agree!

Read on for ideas on how to do yoga for kids at home 

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How to do yoga for kids at home

Here’s some ideas and fun products to get your children moving with yoga at home —

  • Get a fun, kid friendly mat that’s just for your child — Gaiam has some beautiful ones with butterflies, bright colors, and zebra stripes and are specifically for ages 5-8.  The mats are latex free and also free of harmful phthalates.
  • Get follow-along yoga DVDs just for kidshere’s a great selection — the thinking aspect of trying to follow the video with balancing their bodies and body weight bearing may also have working memory and mood improvement benefits.  This is called proprioceptive activities combined with another element that requires thinking, which was recently studied at the University of North Florida.
  • Find a kid yoga class — progressive yoga studios are now offering kid yoga classes, which is a great thing so that your child can learn proper alignment.  Some yoga classes are also for families — so mom and tot can go together.
  • Keep it shorter with variety — most kids, unless they are pre-teen or teenagers, won’t be able to successfully make it through a 60-minute or 90-minute yoga video or class.  Look for videos that are fun and break up the yoga routine with a bit of play — like Amazon Instant Video’s “Yoga for Kids: Outer Space Blastoff” or “Yoga For Kids: Dino Mite Adventure.”  Classes should also bring out the fun side with lots of variety, so specifically ask what will happen before you enroll your child.  Says Kat Heagberg of Yoga International

And while grown-ups expect at least an hour-long asana sequence, 60 minutes of nonstop direction-following is a lot to ask of little yogis. To keep kids engaged, break up pose sequences with relevant games, stories, and songs. “Yogi Says” (Simon Says with asanas) is a fun way for kids to review poses they’ve learned and gives them each a chance to shine as the “teacher.”

If anything, teaching yoga to kids has reminded me not to take myself so seriously. Sure, this yoga stuff is important, but not at the expense of playtime (or, as the great Mister Rogers once called it, “the work of childhood”).

Has your child tried yoga?

Let us know in the comments below 

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