Tips for Kids’ Yoga

I don’t like exercise.

Well, that’s not totally true. I don’t like things that feel like exercise. I like indoor rock climbing, riding along a bike path, or volleyball, but aerobics classes with cheerleader instructors annoy me to no end.

I have, however, always loved yoga, which requires just as much strength as aerobics or weightlifting, without all of the shouting and boob bouncing. With yoga, you still sweat and work out, but it’s much more relaxing and focused.  That’s why I stick with yoga and have brought my toddler into it.

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We do yoga in 2 ways at home.

1. Activity TV

We watch the kids’ yoga episodes on Activity TV through Comcast On-Demand, but you can also view it online here without being a subscriber.  Each 5-minute episode introduces basic yoga poses with child-like analogies such as doing Table Pose (svanasana) for picnics or doing Cat Pose (bidalasana) on a farm.  My daughter loves to see other little kids doing the poses in the videos.

2. Sun Salutation

Sun Salutation is an easy routine of 8 poses that we do when we wake up.  It took a while for her to memorize the order and her form is nowhere near perfect, but she enjoys it and expects it each morning.

Sun Salutation

Sun Salutation

Overall, yoga serves many purposes for me

  • it’s a great rainy day activity for my daughter;
  • it develops her gross motor skills;
  • it tones up all that Mom Meat I have as a belly; and
  • it calms me and helps me concentrate

Do you exercise with your toddler (other than chasing them)?


  1. Madaline says:

    These are awesome ideas. My daughter LOVES when I do downward dog so much that she started doing it to! (She’s 15 months). I’m going to try sun salutations today!

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