Early Childhood Yoga: Great Teen Yoga Starts Here

 

In an ideal world, every child would have access to yoga, or an equivalent wellness practice, as early as 3 years old. Integrating yoga into preschool curriculum is a wonderful way to set young children on a path of healthy self awareness.

Having taught yoga in preschools for 13+ years, I know it works! I am excited to share a few gems “born of the experience” this month in our blog. To kick it off, we are giving away this package of early childhood yoga gifts:

 

Move With Me Action Adventures  The Magic Scooter – Kids Yoga DVD for Strength and Resilience

#1 Yoga Story DVD from the Scooter & Me series combines yoga, creative movement and Brain Gym for an active play movement adventure kids love.  Develops focus, fitness and coordination; introduces universal values such as kindness and courage; and teaches Adventure Skills, which are simple exercises kids can use to calm and center themselves when angry, frustrated, confused, scared or sad.

Here’s what one educator has to say about the Move with Me DVD series:
The Move with Me DVDs are so much more than kids exercise DVDs.  They are a terrific enhancement to our curriculum by truly supporting all developmental tasks and standards in an engaging, experiential, integrated way.  We use them for PE and motor skills, early literacy and creative thinking, direction following and concentration as well as social-emotional learning and impulse control.  Teachers are all using the “Adventure Skills” because they give kids behaviors/activities that they can use to pause and support themselves.  Now, kids are not just controlling their impulses, they are learning how to redirect their thoughts and choices in a positive way, which really shifts and empowers them. –Mike Russo, Director of the Davis Monthan Air Force Base Child Dev Center

Give your kids the daily exercise they need and playtime they crave even when you are busy or they can’t go outside.

 

 

Eye to Eye Vol. One  by Gloria Walther

You can rapidly become a far more joyful parent, foster your young child’s enthusiasm, cultivate a sense of cooperation, and truly connect with your child by coming Eye to Eye with them. Eye to Eye is a touching, practical, and often humorous book that centers on loving, respecting, and honoring your children. Based on Gloria Walther’s over 30 years of guiding three to five-year-old children in mastering a wide range of life and social skills, Eye to Eye teaches parents how to be the happy and loving parents they truly want to be. It is centered around Gloria’s numerous, highly entertaining and extremely effective teaching stories. As such, it is a both informative and empowering read. It tackles a wide variety of situations and behaviors, teaching parents and educators the importance of presenting children with choices, of following a child’s lead, and of teaching children the rules of effective social interaction. It shows how to stimulate and support a child’s passion, and how to use music, art, color, and sound in a child’s holistic development. Parents, grandparents, teachers, and friends will learn the importance of speaking softly, honestly, and directly to children, and really listening to what a child has to say. Three to five-year-olds are capable of so much – learning, sharing, cooperating, creating, problem solving – yet adults often find themselves without the tools to know how to bring out the best in their youngest. Eye to Eye provides these tools.

 

 

Namaste Kid Apple Green Eco-Friendly Kids Yoga Mat

Perfectly sized for young children, this studio quality kids yoga mat will help your little yogi explore yoga poses with confidence. The waffle texture offers comfortable grip for little hands and feet, and the slip resistant surface provides extra traction.
Made from food grade, nontoxic, eco-friendly materials: Poly Environmental Resin – PER Yoga Mat.

 

 

 

Just leave a comment on this blog post and “like” us on facebook for a chance to win these great prizes!  We will select one winner at random. Keep an eye on our facebook page for updates!

 

 

 

COMMENTS (28)

I’m anxous to check out that book!

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As a yoga teacher who especally enjoys workng wth young people, I am always seekng new deas and resources. I wll be teachng a kds yoga camp next month and would love to add these goodes to my collecton! Thanks you for your nsprng work!

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Love your blog and all the great deas you have. I m just startng my Chld’s Play Yoga busness and would love to wn any of your great przes! Thanks for all you do for kds!

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I’ve often reflected that Early Chldhood yoga has helped me to relate better to adults!

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It’s hard to beleve that we all start out as precous wee ones and pass through the awkwardness of beng a teen. Let’s help those that follow do t wth some grace! Namaste!

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love ths blog and all your resources and commttment to yoga n the lves of ll of us, part of the plan for well beng for all of us. Thanks and aroha sent your way from New Zealand :)

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As an early chldhood educator who has now become a parent myself, I am actvely seekng ways to teach my son many thngs ncludng compasson, a healthy lfestyle and to control hs emotons and mnd. These are great tools to do so!

What a great gveaway combo! I would love to have all of these to use wth the kds & famles I work wth at the JD McCarty Center for Chldren wth Developmental Dsabltes n Norman, Oklahoma. It would help support carryover of yoga wth kds outsde of the weekly therapeutc yoga class I do there. The Eye to Eye book would be fabulous to have as a resource to share wth parents I work wth snce parents of kds wth specal needs face extra challenges. Thanks for offerng such a cool package!

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Oh my goddness, what a great resource! I would love to use ths n my classroom!

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*goodness!

Thank ayou for sharng the nformaton about all of these great products! I look forward to recevng your blogs va emal.

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Ths s amazng. I have been huntng for yoga resources geared toward chldren! My toddler and I would LOVE ths!

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I would love to add these to my resources, and be able to tell the our school age helpers “we won these from Shant Generaton”, they would totally get a kck out of t

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Looks lke some great resources…thanks for sharng! :)

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We already love Namaste Kd – and now I’m excted to check out that book – sounds great!! thanks!

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These look wonderful. I have seen clps of Move wth Me on YouTube and would love to have a copy!

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I receved your Shant Generaton DVD for my 8 year old yesterday afternoon. We dd one of the paths after school and she woke up early before school to do t agan before she had breakfast. She has a younger sster (4) that tred to partcpate, but t was a advanced for her. The Move wth Me DVD sounds a bt more for her. Thank you so much, these age approprate Yoga DVD releases are an absolute godsend!

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I’ve just realzed my dream of teachng yoga to chldren WILL become a realty! I am so grateful to all who have nspred me and am hopeful for any opportunty to learn more about becomng an nfluental yoga teacher!

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Love the resources! Would love to use them at school.

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I have hgh anxety. My son s turnng 6,and I would love to get hm nto yoga. Me as well, of course.

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What wonderful resources!

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JusT starTeD a MooN shNe studo n RuraL aPpalacHa!! aM deveLopnG a CoMmuntY awaRness proGram nCorpoRatnG seNoR streTch..geNtLe stRetch anD Yoga mEEts danCe alonG wtH yoga foR reCovErY.PoLLwOgs anD PrnCessEs :) AnY HeLp wOuLd be a BleSSnG! NamaStE xo

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I’ve been workng wth kds n some capacty for many years, t’s amazng to see how much you learn from beng around kds. I have recently begun spreadng the joy of yoga to youngsters through every means possble, whether n studos, classrooms, partes, or when watng n obsene lnes at supermarkets wth my kds- I LOVE IT!!!!!!!! These resources would be AMAZING to share :)

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What a fantastc bondng kt for my daughter and I! Cheers!

Just got on netflx ths mornng lookng for a kds yoga vdeo that I can do wth my two daughters every mornng as a calmng ntroducton nto our day, and was delghted to see that Shant G was there!;D

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Thanks for the book suggeston and revew. What a wonderful experence you had. I have an 8 year-old daughter and I teach tot and youth yoga. Ths looks lke t would be a wonderful source of wsdom and nspraton for me as a parent and teacher.

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If t s wrtten to parents and you are recommendng t to teachers as well then t follows that t wll
surely be a great resource for homeschool parents. Can’t wat to read t. It s on my summer readng lst.

Teachng yoga to chldren s truely a blessng, thank you for shareng your nsght and knowledge. Namaste’

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