After talking about wanting to start some physical activities for the kids because movement is good for brain development and inculcating a healthy habit of exercise is something we must begin early in life, I tried doing yoga at home with Gavin. Yoga is great for children because it offers a variety of benefits above and beyond physical health (flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness). Yoga also teaches children how to handle stress in healthy ways; they learn self-calming and self-regulating practices which are useful skills to have in life.
I figured it would be safer to test something out at home rather than signing him up for more classes he wouldn’t want to attend, so I picked up the following DVDs:
YogaKids Vol 2 & 3 – Yoga ABCs and Silly to Calm
Since Gavin had already done Yoga at Kinderland (he demonstrated a lovely “tree pose” for us when he came home from school one day), I figured he would delight in seeing something familiar. We tried Family Yoga first. Although they say it’s great for kids ages 3 and up, it didn’t excite Gavin at all. We didn’t get past the first bit which was just a series of yoga poses that Rodney Yee and his family go through. Personally, I like Rodney Yee’s yoga DVDs, but this one was a little disappointing, I thought. It’s okay for older children, perhaps, but for younger children, this DVD is only marginally more inspiring than a yoga for beginners DVD. Here is a preview from Gaiam:
Next I tried YogaKids Vol 3 – Silly to Calm. I have to admit that I was pretty sold on the title because it was exactly the way I wanted Gavin to go – from silly to calm. Created by Marsha Wenig, YogaKids: Silly to Calm aims to “harness a child’s willy-nilly energy and turn it into constructive, character building fitness playtime”.
Here’s a description of Yoga Kids: Silly to Calm:
- Channels energy into fitness fun!
- Helps kids feel calm and confident
- Builds focus and challenges creativity
In this remarkable addition to the award-winning YogaKids series, kids’ yoga expert Marsha Wenig meets youngsters where they are – in high gear – and expertly shifts their frame of mind from silly to steady, restless to relaxed, boisterous to balanced.
Created with inspiration, imagination and a kids-eye-view, Silly to Calm engages lively young minds and bodies and ingeniously segues from energetic activities to calming basic yoga movements.
With this program, kids can express, release and refocus excess vim and vigor – challenging muscles and thinking skills at the same time. You’ll reach for Silly to Calm again and again as a fun, constructive outlet for boundless young energy.
Silly to Calm gets kids into a new frame of mind!
- Transforms restlessness into balanced energy
- Teaches lifelong tools for refocusing mindset and mood
- Builds both physical fitness and learning skills
YogaKids: Silly to Calm was definitely more fun than Rodney Yee’s Family Yoga. Gavin, who is usually unimpressed by most things, actually got into the groove of this DVD. Although we didn’t make it all the way through the program, we made a lot more progress than we did with the Family Yoga DVD. Here is a preview of the DVD:
Not exactly the stereotypical yoga exercises but definitely more fun for the kids.
Another program that looked interesting, but we didn’t try is Wai Lana’s Little Yogis.
Here are some yoga poses from Wai Lana’s Little Yogis.
The Elephant pose:
The Lion pose:
The Cobra pose:
The Camel pose:
The Grasshopper pose: