I met Bea more than ten years ago when both of our oldest children were at the same preschool. Our girls weren’t even in the same class but we both had sleeping toddler girls in strollers that first painful week when we were required to wait for hours on a different floor just in case our preschoolers freaked out. At least, that is my version of the school policy.
It turns out that we both nursed our kids well beyond the first year and I found Bea to be a friendly and welcoming mom in the midst of total strangers. It was also Bea who introduced me and my entire brood including my husband to yoga after she became certified. Quid pro quo, I introduced her to blogging!
When I spoke to her about yoga poses for kids, she immediately mentioned Yoga Pretzels, a great oversized deck of cards. Turns out that I had a set of these from the nice folks at Barefoot Books. My youngest likes to use these cards when he wants to “learn” yoga. My oldest actually hates doing yoga; she has very tight hamstrings and has to do yoga to keep from being injured. And my middle daughter has crashed my yoga class as the only child practitioner in her class. After years of gymnastics, she’s really flexible and can do the entire Vinyasa flow. She says it makes her feel calm which is a good thing.
Yoga for Kids
My kids’ idea of yoga is before-bedtime-on-the-bed-goofing around using these cards like one might play Twister. They have a tendency just to pick a card, any card, and do the pose. I have an ulterior motive; I want them to stretch out to maintain their flexibility (or, in my daughter’s case, increase it) to prevent injury from the other high-impact sports they play.
Bea put together a brief sequence that uses a fraction of the Yoga Pretzels cards. Here are the images for the pose but the back of each card gives detailed instructions on how to get into the pose, and I highly recommend getting Yoga Pretzels!
- down dog
- lying twist
- all is well
And All is Well indeed!
108 Awesome Yoga Poses for Kids: STOMP Like a Dinosaur! FLUTTER Like a Butterfly! BREATHE Like the Sun! by Lauren and Brian Chaitoff
Yoga poses are presented with easy-to-remember kid-friendly names such as “owl,” “pigeon,” “rainbow,” and “butterfly.” There is also an option to move within each yoga pose making it dynamic, a feature that children will enjoy! I also like the narrative that describes each pose as a story. The pages are well designed and hold a lot of information including the Sanskrit names for each pose. Pair this book up with the Yoga Pretzel card deck; the deck can determine which pose to do and the yoga book can give more detailed information. [nonfiction book, for ages 4 and up]
Unicorn Yoga by Gina Cascone and Bryony Williams Sheppard, illustrated by Jennifer Sattler
Unicorns demonstrate basic yoga poses that readers can try. If the instructions and illustrations are not specific enough, use the Yoga Pretzel cards since they show human anatomy. The picture book story is also a complete yoga flow sequence. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
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