If you grumble whenever you notice that it’s going to rain and storm seven days in a row, thus making it impossible for your kids to go outside, you might want to consider getting some yoga mats. Yoga is a great way for your kids—and you— to exercise, and also to find some stillness at the same time. It’s a calming workout that helps build body strength, improve flexibility and helps bring some peace to their minds. You can even do a flow along with them. Adult mats might be too advanced and too massive for your kids, which is why they make special kids yoga mats.
We rounded up the best yoga mats for kids. They don’t take up so much space, come in fun colors, have traction, so your little ones don’t get frustrated when they’re trying to hold a downward dog and are slipping backwards on their mats. It’s happened to the best of us. These mats are trying to make yoga as easy as possible. One of our picks even has illustrations of 24 yoga positions, so your child has the images right in front of their faces (or feet) while they’re learning.
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1. Gaiam Kids Yoga Mat
If you have a little or aspiring yogi in your life, you should get them a fun mat. There are a total of eight different mats to choose from, so you can find one that fits your child’s personality. The mat is made out of a non-toxic PVC material, and it has a mildly sticky surface to keep your little one from slipping and sliding around in the downward-facing dog position. This set even comes with a downloadable kids’ yoga class. The mats are meant for children ages 5 to 8.
2. Really Good Stuff Children’s Yoga Mat
This yoga mat, made out of phthalate-free materials, is meant for kids of all ages. The bright blue mat has 24 animal-inspired yoga poses on the front of the mat, so your kids can learn how to master them without having to watch a yoga instruction video. Elephant, tree, warrior and down dog are among some of the poses that are illustrated on the mat. This mat is great for keeping kids active on rainy days or during inclement weather.
3. Hello Fit – Kid’s Short Yoga Mats
This non-slip mat is designed so your kids can hold their poses comfortably. It has plenty of traction for little hands. If you’re worried about bacteria and germs hiding in this mat, you don’t have to. The mat has a closed-cell design that prevents bacteria from soaking into this easy-to-clean mat. You can order one mat, two mats or a set of four mats. They’re available in dark blue or bright green.