We’ve talked before about teaching yoga to your kids. It’s a great way to exercise, relax, reflect, learn, and imagine. We’ve even shown you a few adorable products, like this pint-sized yoga mat, or the wonderful Storyland Yoga DVD.
Yoga is a great way to bond with your kid while teaching them healthy thinking, exercising, and playing. And you don’t have to be a proficient yogi to teach it– there are all sorts of great products and tools online you can use. Here’s just a couple that I’ve found.
If you aren’t very familiar with yoga, it might be a good idea to find somewhere to teach your child. If you don’t want to worry about the hassle of another extracurricular, there’s plenty of online resources, everything from YouTube to Yogadownload.com which you can either stream to your TV, iPad, or download directly for a slightly more expensive but still reasonable half-hour workout.
There’s a lot of really cool pictorials out there that teach kids how to do poses. Like these from Etsy store When Guinea Pigs Fly.
Why do guinea pigs need to do yoga? These are the adorable questions of our time and maybe your child has the answer.
Marsha Wenig explains the importance of storytelling while teaching yoga to children very eloquently here.
One quote I really like in particular is, “Together we wove stories with our bodies and minds in a flow that could only happen in child’s play.”
Her book, Yoga Kids: Educating The Whole Child Through Yoga, has received excellent reviews on Amazon.
Another highly rated book, more suited for groups of kids is Storytime Yoga: Teaching Yoga to Kids Through Story. Storytime Yoga not only explains why yoga is ideal for kids, but helps you and your kids explore the magic of storytelling through the different poses and explores old folk tales from all around the world.
If you want to encourage your little one to come up with their own routines, you can have them roll these awesome woodburned dice from Etsy store Averyrayne.
Does your kid have cold feet about learning yoga? Have no fear. Etsy store Cutefinds4U has some adorable yoga socks made just for kids that will keep them from slipping on the mats. Or, you can find a pattern and make your own on favecrafts.com.
As a nerdy bonus, I found these wonderful pose illustrations from Rob Osborne and WeWasteTime. Who wouldn’t want to do Star Wars themed yoga? Yoda Yoga is my favorite. They aren’t available for prints just yet as far as I can tell, but keep an eye on the blog.