10 Adorable Kids' Yoga Products
It’s never too early to begin practicing yoga. In fact, I wish I had gotten started so much earlier! I took an interest in yoga when I was in middle school, but classes and yoga resources weren’t easily accessible to me at the time. I didn’t develop a regular yoga practice until I was out of college.
Yoga has so many benefits for children, both physically and mentally. Studies are showing that yoga improves balance, strength and endurance for kids who practice (just like it does for adults!). And children who practice yoga have increased focus, memory, and self-esteem.
Many yoga poses are natural for kids. Child’s pose and happy baby are even named after them! I remember doing plow and wheel all the time as a child and my body recognizing them in yoga classes when I got older.
Through yoga, kids can learn compassion, mindfulness, and self-awareness - three things that are direly needed in our world. If your child is ready to start learning yoga, you’re in luck. There are a plethora of adorable yoga mats, videos, books, and accessories available for children. Here are just a few…
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Kids’ Yoga Mats
Gaiam is one of my favorite yoga companies. I usually buy my mats from them because they’re durable, affordable, and attractive. And their kids’ mats seem to be the same! This mat is 3mm thick, 60 in long, and 24 in wide. It has a sticky and grippy texture that looks a lot like my mat. And it comes in adorable designs, including the elephant pictured here, a rocket, birds, dinosaurs, a giraffe, an owl, pink zebra stripes, and an under the sea theme.
TOPLUS’s kids’ mat is the only one I’ve found that is foldable, which is such a great feature for a children’s mat! It makes it easy to tuck away in a drawer or on a shelf to cut down on clutter. And you can just fold up the mat and stick it in your child’s backpack if they need it for school or an activity. They might struggle to carry and manage a rollable mat, but this foldable one is extremely portable for kids. Additionally, TOPLUS’s mat is the most colorful I’ve seen, with vibrant animal scenes on one side and a map of the world on the other.
Written and illustrated by the same team, Good Morning Yoga and Good Night Yoga would be the perfect books to incorporate into a young child’s wake-up and bedtime routines. The stories include poses that will wake kids up or calm them down, depending on the time of day. And Good Morning Yoga has a Good Morning Yoga Flow and a visualization for How I Want to Feel Today.
This yoga dice game has great reviews! It’s a group game where players compete together by holding yoga poses. It fosters teamwork and encourages students or families to work together to complete a shared goal. The dice are large and colorful, and kids can challenge themselves by trying new yoga poses or holding them for longer than they thought they could.
This kit includes 20 yoga pose cards with beautiful illustrations, 20 poem/direction cards, 2 dice, and a book with 4 activities. The cards are really versatile. Some parents said they use the suggested games and have also made up their own. The illustration cards give children something to imitate, so you could lay them out to create a yoga sequence that you and your child can do together. The kit also includes a birthday activity. What a wonderful way to incorporate yoga into your child’s special day!
Other Fun Kids’ Yoga Products!
The ABCs of Yoga poster would be perfect for a classroom where the teacher wants to regularly incorporate yoga into their students’ day. The illustrations are gorgeous, and many of the poses have been renamed with child-friendly descriptors, like “Grasshopper” instead of Sphinx.
Combining coloring with yoga is a great idea! Each page of the coloring book includes a pose to color, as well as its name and a rhymed description. Coloring in the poses can help your child remember their names, and they might even be inspired to practice some yoga in between all their coloring!