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Practice Yoga with Kids to Improve Patience and Increase Confidence

Confidence, patience and both mental and physical balance are some of the most important skills for children to learn while they grow, and yet are also some of the most difficult to teach. How can parents even begin to explain such broad and complex concepts, while still keeping their kids engaged? Body and mind awareness can be achieved however, through one all-encompassing activity — yoga!

Experts agree that starting yoga at a young age helps to develop skills that will serve your children their entire lives. Body control and self-induced calmness can soothe tantrums, help fussy bedtimes and make kids more agile and balanced on their feet.

Yoga incorporates play, exercise and connecting with inner feelings all in one! It can teach children how to relieve stress in a healthy and positive way, while also providing a fun and interesting new activity. PBS kids has comprised a few examples of why yoga is so great for kids:

xxxx1. Yoga teaches us about our bodies. When we practice the physical postures or exercises (called asanas), we learn how to move more freely and with greater ease and awareness. These postures help our bodies become strong and flexible. Yoga is also a great way to teach children how to take care of themselves and their bodies! It teaches us to listen to our bodies by modifying or changing poses that are too hard or cause pain.

xxxx2. Yoga teaches us how to use our energy more effectively. When we practice yoga, we learn how to use the life force energy in our bodies (called prana) to feel more relaxed, focused, or motivated. It helps us breathe better too— when we breathe deeply and fully (called pranayama) we become more aware, and we can bring peacefulness or energy to our bodies.

xxxx3. Yoga teaches us how to quiet the mind. When we practice yoga, we learn how to be still. This helps us to listen with attention and make good decisions. As with all forms of exercise, a good yoga practice can mean a good night’s sleep!

xxxx4. Yoga teaches us about balance. When we practice yoga, we learn to be more aware about the need for balance in our lives. This could mean equal stretching on the left and right sides of our bodies or making sure we balance our very busy time with equal quiet time and relaxation.

Having a visual aid is a great tool to help your children easily comprehend and get excited about yoga! Check out some of our yoga oriented products to encourage the namaste lifestyle with your children.

My Daddy is a Pretzel

NAPRA Nautilus award finalist, My Daddy is a Pretzel), is the perfect way to engage kids in yoga. Follow a group of children as they discuss their parent’s occupations, while comparing them to different poses. Each pose emphasizes a certain skill and gives step by step instructions on how to safely achieve them. A light-hearted look at yoga, yet one with a lasting message, My Daddy is a Pretzel is a wonderful introduction to yoga for readers of all shapes and sizes.

Yoga Pretzels

Inspired by the book is the unique card collection of yoga activities, Yoga Pretzels. Featuring 50 different yoga activities for kids and grownups, each card is beautifully illustrated and easy to understand. Pick randomly or follow the color coded categories for partner poses, breathing exercises, balancing and much more!

Yoga CD

Perfect for mediating or practicing your poses, Barefoot’s Yoga CD ) features 14 soothing tracks composed by a diverse group of world renowned artists. Play it while your little ones read before bedtime, or while they are stretching and controlling their breathe with Yoga Pretzels!

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‘It’s easy to master the body; it’s far more difficult to master the mind.’

These words from one of my yoga teachers still live with me, thirty years on. I started practising yoga as a teenager, following a long-term illness which excluded me from team sports at school. I didn’t really study it properly until I was an undergraduate, and then I was hooked.


Today we are pleased to have guest author Alissa Nicol* share with us some tips for taming temper tantrums with yoga…please share a comment and let us know what works for you to tame a tantrum.