You might think of yoga as a workout strictly for adults, but the truth is that the under-18 set can benefit from practice, too. Not only is it a source of strength-building and flexibility-training for kids, it also improves their concentration and helps relax them. Additionally, regular yoga can improve a child's posture, increase their confidence and teach them how to use their bodies in a healthy manner.
However, it's not always feasible to bring your kid to your favorite yoga class. The studio might forbid under-18s or your child might get antsy and bored in the middle of the hour-long class. Instead, turn to a yoga DVD that's designed specifically for children.
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Cosmic Kids Yoga
Although Cosmic Kids yoga videos are available for free on YouTube, you might want to be able to pop a DVD in rather than huddle around the computer. Therefore, you can buy a DVD of some of the most popular Cosmic Kids yoga adventures. The videos, designed for children, are colorful and whimsical, and each session — which can be 10 to 20 minutes long — features a different theme. These include "Squish the Fish, " "Kickapoo the Kangaroo" and "Parsnip the Cat." The DVD itself is 45 minutes long.
Give your child her own personal yoga instructor with a Sport Yoga DVD, which won the 2014 DVD of the Year award from Creative Child magazine. The DVD engages children by setting yoga poses to their favorite sports, each of which gets one of 11 chapters dedicated to it. Each chapter completes a 3- to 5-minute yoga routine — ideal for a child with a short attention span. Alternately, the DVD can be played all the way through for a 42-minute exercise session.
Yoga for Kids: Dino-Mite Adventure and Outer Space Blastoff
If you've got a child who's crazy for dinosaurs or just loves outer space, Yoga for Kids might have the right DVD for your family. Designed for ages 5 and up, both DVDs include three yoga sessions. On the Dino-Mite DVD, there's "Baby Brontosaurus" that's 17 minutes, "Dino-Mite," which is 15 minutes, and "Dino Dig," which is also 15 minutes. This DVD also includes a bonus 10-minute "Dino Duo" session, which they can do with a friend or sibling.
The Outer Space Blastoff DVD has a similar setup — it includes "Outer Space Blastoff" for 13 minutes, "Solar System Yoga" for 16 minutes and "Out of this World" for 13 minutes. This DVD also includes a bonus, "Space Balance Balls" that includes exercise ball work.
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