If you’re looking for a way to inspire a love of yoga in children, start with some adorable and fun kids’ yoga gear. In addition to cute kids’ yoga mats, there are games, books, cards, and more that teach poses in a way that makes sense to young minds.
It’s a worthwhile investment in effort, too. If you’re reading this, you already know how beneficial yoga is for any age. Yoga improves hand-eye coordination and can be done almost everywhere. It strengthens the tie between mind and body, instills the art of patience, develops focus, improves balance, and offers a whole host of other benefits that kids need, too.
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Yoga Books for Kids
Yoga books for kids can be bedtime stories that weave in concepts of mindfulness and breathing, for example. Or, they can be resources for parents looking for ways to effectively teach poses to their children.
1. Breathe Like a Bear
This Amazon bestseller teaches kids how to manage their breath and emotions mindfully. Breathe Like a Bear includes exercises that can be performed anywhere — at home, in the car, in a restaurant — at any time.
2. Good Night Yoga
Kids will love unwinding at the end of the day with Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story, a book full of poses to practice for a restful night of sleep that are inspired by animals in nature.
It’s the first of a 3-book series that includes books about morning yoga and yoga with friends, too.
3. Yoga for Children
Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises, and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children is for parents who want to have a hand in teaching yoga poses to their kids.
You’ll learn over 200 yoga poses, meditations, and activities that are suitable for children between the ages of two and twelve.
Yoga Cards for Kids
Yoga cards are small enough to use during your practice. Plus, they add an element of surprise because you can shuffle the deck and draw cards to decide which pose to do next.
Some of these yoga cards for kids add a gamification element that make practicing a little extra fun.
4. Kids’ Yoga Challenge Pose Cards
Pull cards with over 40 poses, some partner poses, and games from the pouch. Kids’ Yoga Challenge Pose Cards poses are rated by a difficulty level of one to five stars and are fun to do with family or even on your own.
5. YOGI FUN Kids Yoga Cards Kit
Here’s another top seller for multiple ways to get in your yoga practice between games, cards, poems, two dice, and more that even adults will love with this YOGI FUN Kids Yoga Cards Kit.
6. Yoga Pretzels
With a name like Yoga Pretzels, how can this deck of 50 cards not be fun for kids. The pose and breathing instructions are easy to follow, with a little humor injected along the way.
Yoga Sets and Games for Kids
If you’re looking for something beyond books, cards, and essential gear, here are a few other ideas for encouraging yoga.
7. Stretch and Play Eco Ball Kit
The Stretch n Play Eco Ball Kit is actually suitable for kids three years old and up. It comes with 20 exercises and four games on a poster for use with the ball to make a fun kids’ yoga set. The ball comes with its own foot pump which is an extra bonus.
8. Yoga Dice
Roll one of the six, six-sided Yoga Dice, each featuring poses, breaths or focus techniques for all players to try. Suitable for ages 6 and older, the group wins by holding yoga poses together.
Best Yoga Mats for Kids
One of the essential pieces of gear is the yoga mat. There are plenty of nontoxic versions out there, even for kids as young as toddlers, and patterns that appeal to girls and boys.
And, kids yoga mats are also great resting places should they want to dit on the floor to read a book. We use our mats for much more than exercise.
9. Gaiam Kids Yoga Mats
Gaiam kids yoga mats come in a variety of cute patterns ranging from mermaids to birds to cacti so whether you’re looking for girls yoga mats or boys yoga mats, you’ll be able to find a neat design.
The mats have a non-slip surface and are non-toxic and free of phthalates. The ideal age for use is 5–8. They also come with a free downloadable yoga class.
Gaiam kids yoga mats are among the most popular choices with thousands of glowing reviews and a good price point. The mat is 60 x 24″ and 3mm thick.
10. YogaDirect Kids Yoga Mat
YogaDirect Fun Yoga Mat For Kids is the kids’ yoga mat that my daughter picked out as a toddler, and she used it for six years!
It comes in a turtle, sun, or butterfly print and has rounded edges supposed to help keep it in place. It’s completely latex and phthalate-free and measures 60 ” x 24″ x 1/4″.
11. Toddler Yoga Mat
The stretching fox design of this toddler yoga mat by Borpein is meant to inspire kids to do the same. In fact, parents can also use it as a resting place where kids can lay down like the fox. The nonslip, anti-skid, anti-tearing, PVC mat is 60×24″ and 4mm thick.
12. Alex Active Yoga Kids Activity Exercise Mat
Another great choice for younger kids and older toddlers includes the Alex Active Yoga Kids Activity Exercise Mat offers 24 poses illustrated by animals that fit together like a puzzle.
13. The Chi Mat
The Chi Mat is more than just a yoga mat. You’ll receive a how-to poster and access to free online videos and a free app that details exactly how each exercise should be performed. The shapes on the mat help kids learn where to put their hands and feet. Choose the kids’ yoga mat or the adult size.
14. Really Good Stuff Children’s Yoga Mat
What’s neat about the Really Good Stuff kids yoga mat is that poses are actually on the map so kids can decide which one they’d like to do on the fly. This means that they can very easily practice on their own at any time.
Kids’ Yoga Clothes
Kids don’t really need special yoga pants, as any pants or shorts with give in them will work, but they may want them.
You can try Amazon, Target, or Athleta.
15. LUOUSE Girls Stretch Leggings
These girls’ yoga pants come in a multipack making them great value per pair. Sizes for these stretchy leggings range from 4-14 years.
What kind of kids’ yoga gear does your family like? See my lists of outdoor games and beach games that will also keep your family active while having fun.
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