1. Do Yoga with Your Child. Kids love to be active and play with an adult, especially when it involves playing on the ground and twisting bodies up. There are multiple ‘partner poses’ in yoga that create a great jumping off point for doing this practice together.
2. Keep it Fun and Light. The last thing a child will respond to is a serious setting and strict guidelines to their yoga ‘practice.’ They call it practice for a reason – it is not about doing the poses perfectly. As long as our bodies are not misaligned or being pushed beyond their capacity, kids should be allowed to ‘interpret’ the poses and move toward them at their own speed.
3. Use Story as a Vehicle for Your Yoga Time Together. This award-winning approach used in the Storyland Yoga DVD can be accessed through the DVD, or adopted into your own storytelling. To do this on your own, simply research 5 – 10 yoga poses that you would like to work with and see if you and your child can spark those imaginations and come up with a story to go along with the action. It may not be a Pulitzer Prize winning story, but it sure will be fun!
(HINT: Sun salutations have many variations and are ripe with opportunities to name the poses!)
4. Set-Up a Regular Time to Practice Yoga. For most people, kids included, having something become part of a routine can be a great way to create a habit of a healthy behavior. The more you practice yoga, (you and your child,) the easier it becomes and the more benefit you will see.
5. Invite Some Friends to Play Along. What is fun with one is even more fun with friends! Many people are reporting that the Storyland Yoga DVD has been an excellent addition to their party, play-date or even as an alternative to a storytelling session.
Tips provided by Playful Planet, creators of the
Award Winning- Storyland Yoga DVD
Storyland Yoga from Bryan Duggan on Vimeo.
Stay Playful, Karen