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10 New Year’s Resolutions with Young Kids: #4 Yoga Fun & Fit

Are fitness and exercise new year’s resolutions for you? How about for your child? Both of these are possible with yoga for kids, plus lots of fun. Yoga has tremendous health and wellness benefits for children and adults.

yoga for kidsYou do not need to be a yoga instructor to do yoga with your child. There are some wonderful videos on YouTube that you and your child can do together. A really fun series is Cosmic Kids Yoga. The yoga moves are combined with adventures and stories about animals. If you participate with your child, you get some of the same health and wellness benefits such as increased flexibility, relaxation, concentration, focus, self-control, balance, body awareness, coordination, and confidence, plus reduced stress and anxiety. That’s quite a list of reasons to include yoga in a routine.

yoga for kidsFor young children, yoga, as well as other movement activities, are building connections and pathways in the brain that are used for a variety of learning, such as language and math. Besides physical and mental skills yoga also impacts the development of  self-control and emotional regulation. Yoga is often particularly helpful for children with anxiety disorders.

I have shared this story before, and it will put a smile on your face, even if you have already heard it. A young mom was going out to her class. When her 3-year old daughter heard “Yoga”, she asked her mom if she would see also see Darth Vader, but no, Yoda wasn’t there.

Besides the youtube videos–and check out the really cool one below of how bendy the body gets during yoga–there are books available about yoga. Some communities may have introductory or more advanced classes for kids and parents. If you feel so inclined, you might want to join with 2 or 3 other families for a yoga morning or afternoon once a week. That way you could enjoy yoga and each others company at the same time. Is this an appealing new year’s resolution for your family?

Kindergarten Readiness: Conversations with Guest Experts #10

For each radio show on Learn and Play with Mrs A, I take notes because I’m learning so much about kids and kindergarten readiness from fascinating guests who are experts in a variety of areas. Each of them is passionate about kids and loves the work, or maybe that’s play? Here’s a play-of-the-day suggested fromContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness – Chinese New Year

Being part of a community and participating in or just watching cultural events is also part of kindergarten readiness fun and learning. We all live in a space that we share with others, so we need to learn about others as we are learning about ourselves. This weekend, many communities will have a Chinese NewContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness ABC’s – Y is for Yoga with Kids

The letter y is for yoga so today kindergarten readiness fun and learning gets to bend and stretch. Yoga for adults has many health and wellness benefits and even more so for children, including strength, flexibility, relaxation, reducing stress and anxiety, concentration, focus, self-control, cooperation, balance, body awareness, coordination, and confidence, to name just aContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness – Body Position in Space Sense

In doing this month’s series of blog posts on brain development and kindergarten readiness, I learned that we have more than 5 senses. Apparently, we have 7. In addition to taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing we have the sense of movement and of our body position in space. In a way, would that meanContinue Reading

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