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 anxious to check out that book!

Reply

As a yoga teacher who especially enjoys working with young people, I am always seeking new ideas and resources. I will be teaching a kids yoga camp next month and would love to add these goodies to my collection! Thanks you for your inspiring work!

Reply

Love your blog and all the great ideas you have. I m just starting my Child’s Play Yoga business and would love to win any of your great prizes! Thanks for all you do for kids!

Reply

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

Reply

It’s hard to believe that we all start out as precious wee ones and pass through the awkwardness of being a teen. Let’s help those that follow do it with some grace! Namaste!

Reply

love this blog and all your resources and committment to yoga in the lives of ll of us, part of the plan for well being for all of us. Thanks and aroha sent your way from New Zealand :)

Reply

As an early childhood educator who has now become a parent myself, I am actively seeking ways to teach my son many things including compassion, a healthy lifestyle and to control his emotions and mind. These are great tools to do so!

What a great giveaway combo! I would love to have all of these to use with the kids & families I work with at the JD McCarty Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities in Norman, Oklahoma. It would help support carryover of yoga with kids outside of the weekly therapeutic yoga class I do there. The Eye to Eye book would be fabulous to have as a resource to share with parents I work with since parents of kids with special needs face extra challenges. Thanks for offering such a cool package!

Reply

Oh my goddness, what a great resource! I would love to use this in my classroom!

Reply

*goodness!

Thank ayou for sharing the information about all of these great products! I look forward to receiving your blogs via email.

Reply

This is amazing. I have been hunting for yoga resources geared toward children! My toddler and I would LOVE this!

Reply

I would love to add these to my resources, and be able to tell the our school age helpers “we won these from Shanti Generation”, they would totally get a kick out of it

Reply

Looks like some great resources…thanks for sharing! :)

Reply

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

Reply

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

Reply

I received your Shanti Generation DVD for my 8 year old yesterday afternoon. We did one of the paths after school and she woke up early before school to do it again before she had breakfast. She has a younger sister (4) that tried to participate, but it was a advanced for her. The Move with Me DVD sounds a bit more for her. Thank you so much, these age appropriate Yoga DVD releases are an absolute godsend!

Reply

I’ve just realized my dream of teaching yoga to children WILL become a reality! I am so grateful to all who have inspired me and am hopeful for any opportunity to learn more about becoming an influential yoga teacher!

Reply

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

Reply

I have high anxiety. My son is turning 6,and I would love to get him into yoga. Me as well, of course.

Reply

What wonderful resources!

Reply

JusT starTeD a MooN shiNe studio in RuraL aPpalacHia!! i aM deveLopinG a CoMmunitY awaRness proGram inCorpoRatinG seNioR streTch..geNtLe stRetch anD Yoga mEEts danCe alonG witH yoga foR reCovErY.PoLLiwOgs anD PrinCessEs :) AnY HeLp wOuLd be a BleSSinG! NamaStE xo

Reply

I’ve been working with kids in some capacity for many years, it’s amazing to see how much you learn from being around kids. I have recently begun spreading the joy of yoga to youngsters through every means possible, whether in studios, classrooms, parties, or when waiting in obsene lines at supermarkets with my kids- I LOVE IT!!!!!!!! These resources would be AMAZING to share :)

Reply

What a fantastic bonding kit for my daughter and I! Cheers!

Just got on netflix this morning looking for a kids yoga video that I can do with my two daughters every morning as a calming introduction into our day, and was delighted to see that Shanti G was there!;D

Reply

Thanks for the book suggestion and review. What a wonderful experience you had. I have an 8 year-old daughter and I teach tot and youth yoga. This looks like it would be a wonderful source of wisdom and inspiration for me as a parent and teacher.

Reply

If it is written to parents and you are recommending it to teachers as well then it follows that it will
surely be a great resource for homeschool parents. Can’t wait to read it. It is on my summer reading list.

Teaching yoga to children is truely a blessing, thank you for shareing your insight and knowledge. Namaste’

Leave a Comment

Name (required)
Email (required)
Comment (required)