School’s out for summer and the kids are ready for some great adventures!
If you’re in need of some inspiration, then these yoga-inspired books and card decks may be just the boost you need. If you love yoga and want your kids to love yoga too, these yoga activities will introduce them to yoga in an engaging, fun and age-appropriate way. You can practise yoga together outside in the park or garden or in your living room on a rainy day.
Have a read of this interview with Jaime Amor from Cosmic Kids Yoga too – Bringing yoga for kids to life with Cosmic Kids Yoga. Cosmic Kids Yoga is hugely popular with kids and we can see why!
Starting with the youngest of children, here’s a beautifully illustrated book for Yoga Babies who love to have fun trying new poses.
Fearne Cotton’s Yoga Babies helps everyone chill out, however busy and tricky the day may be
Follow these babies big and small as they practise yoga at home, in the garden and before bedtime
Then you and your baby can have a go at home, too!
Yoga For Kids
If you’re keen to introduce your little ones to yoga, but are unsure where to start, then this Dorling Kindersley guide to Yoga for Kids is ideal.
Written by Children’s Yoga Expert Susannah Hoffman, with a foreword by Oscar winner Patricia Arquette, Yoga for Kids guides children through each pose, to make sure they achieve maximum fun and mindfulness in their yoga practice.
Parents are given notes on each pose to let them know what benefits it brings and how to stay safe.
There are more than 50 poses and activities for you to enjoy together. Yoga for Kids shows that supporting a child’s positive mental health doesn’t need to be expensive, time-consuming, or difficult. Poses and activities help children to de-stress, focus, and get moving while having fun.
If you find yourself with more than one child to entertain, then liven up a play date with this pose-by-pose adventure for kids. This beautifully illustrated city adventure introduces children to the delights and benefits of partner yoga.
A sailboat skimming across the waves, a feathery owl, a tree stretching from earth to sky….Together, what do we want to become today?
Perfect for teaming up with a friend, sibling, parent, or carer, each easy practice shows how cooperation helps us to imagine, move, and have fun in a whole new way. Includes a back-page guide for parents and carers, showing how to do each pose and how to connect them into an easy-to-follow flow.
Yoga For Littles Cards
Card decks are a great way to bring yoga, meditation, and movement into the home for children and families in a fun and playful way.
Each card in this Yoga for Littles deck is designed to be engaging and just challenging enough to create a healthy daily habit of mindfulness and calm.
Not only do the cards teach yoga poses, they also develop discipline, focus, balance, and wellness for both parents and their littles.
The Go Yogi! Card Set
Perfect for use at school or home, this card set is the ideal way to introduce yoga to young children, with a booklet with instructions for use and ideas for adapting poses and using the cards as part of interactive storytelling.
Together, you will learn which way to bend your legs to sit like a lotus, how to balance in boat pose, and spread your arms wide to stand like a warrior!
Each of these fun flashcards shows exactly where each body part needs to go to feel the full benefits of each pose, to improve strength and flexibility, concentration, and achieve greater well-being, so that kids can learn how to do these 50 common yoga poses, either alone, in pairs or in groups.
Suitable for children aged 4+
Enchanted Wonders A-Z Cards
These Enchanted Wonders A-Z cards by Ayala Homossany are packed with inspiring yoga activities to elevate your child’s self-expression – what a wonderful way to spend a summer’s afternoon!
Each unique card combines a yoga pose presented with a unique colourful illustration complemented with carefully crafted questions and some charming text. You and your child will set sail on a journey that will be as exciting and varied as your child’s imagination.
Whether it’s playing memory games, creating yoga dances or building stories around each card, your child is bound to love diving into this colourful world of self-expression.
Suitable for ages 3-8 years old.
Breathe with Me
When it’s time to slow down from all the activity of the day, focusing on the breath is a great way to feel strong, calm and happy.
Breathe with Me teaches kids fun and easy breathing practices based on the proven methods of yoga and mindfulness meditation, guiding young ones through 11 exercises to promote body awareness, calm anger and temper tantrums, self-soothe in fearful new situations, energise in the morning, and relax at bedtime.
Through visualisation and play, this engaging breath-by-breath journey teaches children an essential set of self-care skills that will benefit them for a lifetime.
Suitable for ages 4-8 years old.
Here’s a delightful little book for the little ones in your world.
Kids love bugs – and what better way to get them excited about yoga than with the help of our multi-legged friends?
This delightfully illustrated board book brings the fun and benefits of authentic yoga practice to infants and toddlers, guiding them through ten authentic yoga poses named after insects that unfold in an irresistibly whimsical flow of play, imagination, and movement.
Yoga Bug offers parents, teachers, and caregivers the perfect way to introduce children to yoga at an early age and includes a parents’ guide to the source yoga poses and helpful tips.
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