Mindful Movement for Kids

Mindfulness can take many forms. Mindful movement, in the form of breathing exercises & yoga, can benefit all members of the family. Our family has worked it into our schedule with nightly breathwork & yoga poses after bathtime before books & bedtime, as well as going to yoga class for kids & the family on weekends! Read on to learn about the benefits of yoga for kids & spots to do it in Calgary.

how kids benefit from yoga  //

Kids benefit so much from yoga! It enhances their:

  • flexibility
  • strength
  • coordination
  • body awareness
  • concentration
  • confidence
  • emotional regulation

yoga is easy to add to your family’s routine  //

Yoga is totally portable, & doesn’t necessarily require special equipment & clothing. So you can introduce yoga & breathe work at home, on-the-go, or in a studio.yoga-pretzels-cards

  • Play a yoga-inspired game any time of the day! A few include (available from Master Mind Toys, Amazon.ca & other vendors):
    • Yoga Pretzels: 50 Fun Yoga Activities for Kids & Grownups
    • The Magic Path of Yoga Board Game
  • Introduce yoga into your child’s bedtime routine. Do a couple of poses, ending with a pose where they put a stuffed animal on their tummy while laying in the bed. The idea is they close their eyes, breathe deeply into their belly, & rock the stuffed animal (& themselves!) to sleep!
  • Try getting a yoga book for reading any time of day or specifically at bed time. Great ones include (available from Master Mind Toys, Amazon.ca & other vendors):kids Yoga at home
    • My Daddy is a Pretzel: Yoga for Parents & Kids, by Barone Baptiste
    • Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story, by Mariam Gates and Sara Jane Hinder
    • ABCs of Yoga for Kids, by Teresa Power
  • Check out a local yoga studio for a kids-only or a family class! See the list & links below!

spots for little yogis in YYC  //

In every quadrant of Calgary you can find spots for kids & their families to practice yoga. Here are a few:

♥ Namaste to everyone, big & small, from WHyyc ♥