The benefits of yoga for kids + great items for teaching yoga to kids!

Yoga for kids

Now I became a mother I am so much looking forward to do yoga practices with my little princess. But how can you make yoga practice interesting and fun for your little one? How to let your child enjoy the advantages of yoga and mindfulness without the practice become dull? I searched the internet for the coolest books, yoga mats and games that will make teaching yoga to kids super fun and easy. Your child is going to love yoga, just like you when you use these items and tips!

The benefits of teaching yoga to kids

But why is it so important for your child to practice yoga and mindfulness?

First of all, you’ll connect and bond when you’re practicing yoga and mindfulness together with your child. You’ll enjoy some quality time together wherein you can just have fun and focus on each other. It’s a healthy and playful way to connect! Yoga also helps your child to establish positive habits in his/her life. Your child will gain strength, get a better coordination and more flexibility. And mentally you’re teaching your child to be aware of his/her body and to be self-confident. Yoga and mindfulness can help your child to cope better with anxiety and stress and to feel more inner peace. So, it improves your child’s well-being in any possible way, physically and emotionally. In my opinion, yoga should be integrated into the basic education of every child and it should be taught in every school. Especially in the world we live in today, which is full of stimuli every day and all day long. Many children (and adults) are really affected by that and don’t know how to distance themselves from all these stimulations. This is where yoga and mindfulness come into play. Because yoga and mindfulness actually can help your child to create some peace and quiet, which is very hard to find elsewhere.

Only benefits! But how can you make yoga and mindfulness fun for your child, without your child getting bored at point? Because we all know how fast children can be distracted, get bored and lose their focus. Luckily, there are many super fun products which you can use to let your child learn yoga and mindfulness in a playful way. I found children’s yoga mats, books, and games for you. Here are the ones I like the most:

Book: ABC Yoga For Me & ABC Mindful Me

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These awesome books with beautiful illustrations pair the letters of the alphabet with words that promote dreams and healthy living. In ABC Yoga For Me you teach your child the ABC while you’re also introducing them to many different animals and yoga poses for children. All the asana’s (yoga poses) are renamed, so children can remember them more easily. And in ABC Mindful Me you teach your child the concepts of mindfulness in a playful way, while you’re also teaching the ABC. The books encourage your child to move and learn at the same time!

Childrens Yoga Mat: Kindergie with Special Teaching Design

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Childrens Yoga Mat: Alex Active Yoga Mat

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Book: Itsy Bitsy Yoga Babies & Itsy Bitsy Yoga Toddlers & Pre-schoolers

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The Itsy Bitsy series are a great way to bond with your baby or toddler and improve their health at the same time. The poses in the books will help your child to sleep better and feel happier. The author is a certified yoga instructor in yoga and she developed 70 yoga postures + 35 series for babies and more than 50 poses for older children (18 months – 5 years), which you can enjoy together. Ages 0 – 2 can use the baby version of the book and the Toddler / Pre-schooler book is for the ages 18 months up to 5 years old.

Yoga will help babies to sleep better, get relief from gas pains and colic, have a stronger immune system and learn to relax. And for the moments your baby is upset there are special Magic Poses that will help to calm down your baby almost instantly!

And for your 18-month old to 5-year-old, yoga will help your child to sleep better and longer, increase coordination, listen better, have fewer tantrums, a higher self-esteem, and easier relaxation.

Book: Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story

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This book prepares your child for sleep in a playful way. This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of the world that is ending the day and closing down for the night, while teaching your child a flow of yoga postures which are inspired by nature, such as Sun Breath & Butterfly. You can repeat the sequence every night before going to bed. It supports better sleep and relaxing the body and mind.

Card deck: Yoga Pretzels Cards

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Teach your child all the yoga poses with this card deck. How I love the illustrations of this one!

“Yoga Pretzels is a fantastic way of spending quality time with my kids. Together, we exercise our bodies and minds leaving us feeling energized and refreshed! I’d highly recommend it to anyone with children.”
Catherine Zeta-Jones

Card Deck: Mindful Kids: 50 Mindfulness Activities for Kindness, Focus and Calm

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Another card now for Mindfulness. It includes 50 cards with games, visualizations, and exercises. This card deck helps your child to feel grounded, improve his/her focus, practice kindness and relax in a fun way. For the ages of 4 and up.

Do you know other fun products for teaching yoga to kids? Please let me know in the comments below!

Enjoy your yoga practice with your little one!

Love

Angelica

4 Best Eco-Friendly Yoga Mats And Why You Should Invest In One

Best eco friendly yoga mat

Anyone who practices yoga knows that yoga is a practice of (self-love, enlightenment, your connection to source/God/the Universe, (or whatever you may call this amazing force) and to others and about opening your chakras. Yoga teaches you the importance of taking good care of yourself and also of those around you. Do no harm is one of the biggest yoga-concepts we need to learn to understand to become a real yogi. So that would also mean that your yoga practice shouldn’t harm others or the environment as well, right? An eco-friendly yoga mat will make your yoga practice more healthy for yourself and for the environment. I will explain to you why.

The importance of an eco-friendly yoga mat

Even more than the physical aspect, yoga is actually really about the mental aspect. It’s where we learn to nourish our soul through physical action. It’s where we learn that the world doesn’t evolve around us and where we learn to raise our consciousness about this beautiful place we are so blessed to live in; planet Earth.

Then how would it make you feel if I tell you that most yoga mats are made from plastic? Most yoga mats are made from PVC, which is cheap material for manufacturers, but at the same time very harmful for the environment. They contain chemicals that cause big impacts on your health as well as on the environment. Also, we can‘t recycle them. They are major polluters!

More plastic soup or being able to completely relax during your guilt-free asana’s?

Most of us want to buy the things we want without spending too much money on it. We all want to think of ourselves as someone who really cares about the environment, our planet and our health, but when the price-tag becomes a bit higher, we are tempted to go for the price, instead of looking at the bigger picture.

We use our yoga mats for a very long time. And if we practice yoga on a regular basis, with the intention to take care of our bodies, we should use an eco-friendly yoga mat that won’t harm us or this planet with those nasty toxins. That’s why it’s definitely worth it to invest in one.

Is ‘eco-friendly’ really eco-friendly?

Not all eco-friendly yoga mats are really eco-friendly. A lot of the so-called best eco-friendly yoga mats are made of TPE (thermoplastic elastomers). This is a biodegradable plastic and even though it’s much better for the environment compared to PVC, I still found too many information that says it might not be as eco-friendly as it is advertised. For sure it’s already a lot better if you’d opt for a TPE yoga mat compared to a plastic one, but I found too many contradictions about this material to still rank them in my top 4 of best eco-friendly yoga mats. The mats that I’m describing here are – let’s be honest – quite expensive. So if this is too big of an investment for you, I’d recommend you to search for TPE yoga mats.

The best eco-friendly yoga mats:

1. Repose Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat

The Repose Eco-Friendly mat is made out of organic, natural rubber. It is a non-toxic mat, it doesn’t contain any glues, PVC’s, TPE’s or other harmful chemicals. The cork and natural rubber eliminate bacteria and germs. It is recyclable and there are no recycled rubbers added! With a little more than 6lbs/2.7 kilo’s in weight, they are still easy to carry around. They have a non-slippery surface and work especially well during hot classes.

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2. Basically Perfect Cork Yoga Mat

This yoga mat is also made out of cork with natural rubber, it’s non-toxic and non-slippery. And on top of trees were cut for this mat! It is free of phthalates, PVC, TPE, foam and other chemicals. The cork material will help you breathe better. The is naturally antimicrobial and thus self-sanitizing. This mat is also perfect for hot classes, for stretching and for meditation. are that it’s not the lightest mat on the market and that it offers less grip in classes that aren’t sweaty. Spraying it with water can solve that!

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3. Jade Harmony Yoga Mat

The Jade Harmony yoga mat is known for its great grip, its comfort and for its environment-friendliness. The mats are made out of natural rubber and contain no synthetic plastics. Awesome fact: For every mat, they will plant a new tree in return! 🙂 The mat comes in a big variety of beautiful colors and is light in weight.

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4. Aurorae Pro Natural Yoga Mat

The Aurorae Pro Natural yoga mat is slippery free, made out of natural Portugal with a rubber bottom, all toxic-free. The mat is free of PVC, TPE and other chemicals. Like all cork mats, it is naturally antimicrobial, so you don’t need to worry about bacteria and icky smells. And just like the other mats I recommended, it is biodegradable and recyclable. The mat also comes with a 2-year guarantee and is made by a small family business!

Out of all 4 best eco-friendly yoga mats this is my favorite mat. The idea of supporting the environment as well as a small business is something I really like. And even though they don’t have hundreds or thousands of customer reviews (yet), the ones that I found are the most positive.

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Good luck with finding the right yoga mat and enjoy your next practice!

X

Angelica