If you’re looking for a way to integrate kids into your yoga practice or one of their own, start with some adorable gear and fun. In addition to cute pint-sized mats, there are games, books and more that do an excellent job of teaching kids poses in a way that makes sense to them.
It only makes sense that a practice considered so beneficial for adults is also fantastic for kids. Yoga promotes hand-eye coordination, is something that can be done almost everywhere, strengthens the tie between mind and body, can instill the art of patience, develop focus, improve balance and a whole host of other benefits.
Get your kids started with this fun yoga gear designed just for them.
(As this was one of my most popular posts back in the day, I’ve updated it with a few newer products and most are affiliate links to Amazon.)
Kids’ Yoga Deck
The Kids’ Yoga Deck: 50 Poses and Games is a best-seller that teaches kids that yoga is fun. Easy-to-understand imagery is used to show kids how to do each pose. The deck also allows kids to choose random cards and build their spontaneous sequence.
Little Yoga Kids Mat
The Little Yogis Eco Mat shows a picture of Wai Lana and her little yogi friends. It’s free of phthalates, phenols, dioxins, and furans and the perfect size for kids.
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. The ball comes with its own foot pump which is an extra bonus.
YogaDirect Kids Yoga Mat
This is the kids’ yoga mat that my daughter picked out, and she’s been using it for six years! It comes in a turtle, sun or butterfly print and has rounded edges that are supposed to help keep it in place. It’s completely latex and phthalate free and measures 1/4″H x 24″W x 60″L. The YogaDirect Fun Yoga Mat For Kids comes in various patterns.
Kids World Yoga DVD
Let kid yogis show how it’s done in the Kids World Yoga DVD, most appropriate for ages 6-14. There are three separate classes on the DVD that walk through over 100 poses.
Excellent Read: Good Night Yoga
Kids will love unwinding at the end of the day to 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.
Gaiam Kids Yoga Socks (Pack of 2) is a perfect solution for kids who practice on slippery surfaces like hardwood or tile floors. The patterned silicone grip helps kids practice safe and stable yoga.
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. Learn over 200 yoga poses, meditations, and activities that are suitable for children between the ages of two and twelve.
Girls Yoga Pants, Shorts and More
My 8-year-old is a fan of Lululemon girls. While it takes a bit to get used to the cost, she wears these pants to tennis, school, dance and more. They’ve become a critical part of her wardrobe and wear well. So far, we’ve gotten our money’s worth out of them.
How do your kids practice yoga?
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