In this post I am going to share some amazing yoga for kids online resources to help your children get mentally and physically fitter.
Why Should Your Child Do Yoga?
I recently wrote a post which looked into the scientific research behind all the benefits that yoga for kids can bring.
Some of these super benefits of yoga for kids include:
- Improving children’s attention spans
- Better self regulation and executive functioning
- Improved physical development, motor skills and coordination
- Improved social skills
- Helping to regulate sleep
- Greater academic performance
- Being a great way for kids to relax and reduce stress
- Raising children’s confidence and self esteem
- And it can be a brilliant way for you to bond with your child
So there’s some amazing reasons why your child would be better off if they took up yoga.
But I’m not a yoga teacher, I hear you shout, I’ve never even tried it.
Downward dog? I’ve never even done an upward dog! (Maybe someone said this once?)
I know that not all parents are yogic demigods with the power to contort their bodies into weird and wonderful shapes; or able to maintain a statue-like pose of absolute stillness while reciting Sanskrit mantras.
And that is why I have created this list for you.
I have scoured the internet to trackdown and collect the very best of yoga for kids online resources. Created by people who know what they’re doing.
So if you want to you can just play your child one of the amazing videos led by an experienced yoga instructor.
Or download some of the super yoga printables with many different child friendly poses that your child can try.
Or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous you could join in with some of the family yoga activities or surf one of the super sites to learn more about yoga!
Well then, here we go…
The Best Youtube Yoga Channels For Kids
Children love videos! They love Youtube – maybe too much sometimes.
But why not show them there’s more to see than just some high-pitched videogamer laughing maniacally over gameplay of Fortnite?
It can be a great place to stream some yoga vids too!
Below are some of my favourites:
Cosmic Kids Yoga
This is my favourite yoga channel!
It’s the one we use at school and it has loads (and I mean loads) of fun videos based on popular kiddy culture; everything from Moana to Minecraft.
The videos are semi animated with just the instructor being real and are for children ages 3 and up.
There are also mindfulness and relaxation videos as well!
There are so many well produced videos here – you have to check it out.
Bari Koral sings lots of calming yoga songs and has lots of short animated and mindfulness videos. To complement them.
Perfect for a little chilling out session!
Yoga Education Resources
This is a great channel if you just want to see how to perform the poses correctly. There are lots of very short videos of children just doing one particular pose.
Smile and Learn
This channel is a broad child education channel but has quite a few yoga videos. They offer detailed instructions to teach kids how to perform specific poses.
Like Cosmic kids, the videos are semi animated but have children completing the poses.
Karma Kids Yoga
This channel contains videos filmed at the Karma Kids Yoga studio.
They are for children of different ages and a few would be great for you to join in with as well!
Yoga With Adriene
Although this a yoga channel aimed mainly at adults there are a few videos designed for specifically for children (you may have to use the search function to get to them all).
And if your child is older or well versed in the way of yoga there are some great videos to move them on to the next level!
Yoga for Kids Online Resources – Printables
Sometimes it’s good to get your kids away from their screens.
This is where printables can help! They’re great for showing children what they should be doing and what the poses should look like.
They’re also generally colourful and attractive to kids!
Some of them may require you to sign up for a newsletter – but the websites are all good ones so it’s not the end of the world…
Childhood101 – they have some great posters which are themed and show the children what the poses should look like as well some instructions on how to do them correctly.
Parenting Chaos – This one requires a newsletter signup but has some fun printable cards which change some common yoga poses into poses all to do with dinosaurs!
Young Yoga Masters – Has a range of posters and cards as well as some yoga for kids coloring sheets and an alphabet poster
Nerdy Mamma – Has a yoga printable with some poses specifically designed for toddlers
Olive Branch School – Have a nice little set of image only yoga cards
Lemon Lime Adventures – This one is a newsletter signup freebie but is a poster with yoga
poses intended to help angry children calm down
Wy Quality Counts – Have a really attractive set of yoga cards freely available
Cosmic Yoga – offer a free sample pack in their store. This one is just a taster of what you can but from them but is good to get if you are considering making a purchase.
Kid’s Life – They have some really good cards but you have to subscribe and share their post to be able to download them
And The University of Arkansas – Offer a yoga for kids fact sheet
Yoga for Kids Online Resources – Websites
Kid’s Yoga Stories – This is a comprehensive site with detailed instructions on loads of yoga poses and activities for children to try
Flow and Grow Kid’s Yoga – have a super blog with loads of great articles aimed at getting children into yoga
The Kid’s Yoga Resource – This site has some interesting articles and activities from everything from baby yoga to being a better yoga teacher – you may just have to do a little digging to find exactly what you need.
Little Flower Yoga – Have loads of articles. They’ll help you be a better yoga teacher to your child as well as have some great ideas for activities and songs you could do together
Barefoot Yoga – Is an Australian Yoga school but they have some interesting posts about yoga and mindfulness activities you can try with your little ones.
I also have a great Yoga for Kids Pinterest Board which I keep updated with loads of other great yoga posts, printables and activities from around the web so feel free to check it out!
Bonus – Some Brilliant Children’s Yoga Books
I thought I’d include just a few of the great yoga books I know of.
I know this is a yoga for kids online resource guide but I love books and I love reading to my little one!
There’s just something so special about pulling a book from the shelf and sitting (or standing on one leg) to read together.
RELATED: To learn some scientifically proven ways to get better at reading to your children check out this post.
Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story was written by Mariam Gates and illustrated by Sarah Jane Hinder.
This book is written in rhyme and has lots of bright and colorful illustrations. It focuses on relaxing poses and mindfulness visualization to help kids to calm down and get ready for bed.
It also includes an illustrated guide to all the poses with more detailed instructions.
ABC Yoga was written by Christiane Engel.
This is a fun little alphabet book which dedicates a page to each letter of the alphabet.
On each of these pages there is an animal beginning with that letter, as well as a child performing a similar yoga pose.
It is also written in rhyming text and has colourful and playful illustrations to give children an idea of how to perform the poses.
The book also has a handy index in the back with the correct names of the poses for adults to refer to.
I Am Yoga
I Am Yoga was written by Susan Verde and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.
This is a beautiful little yoga book.
It serves as a great introduction to yoga for kids.
The way it is written is very calming and helps children to relax and slow their breathing while they perform the yoga poses.
It contains lots of lovely illustrations of fun things that children will just love to imagine themselves doing.
It also contains a section at the end which breaks down the poses and explains how to correctly do them.
Final Thoughts on Yoga for Kids Online Resources
I hope the above lists have helped open a world of yoga for your child to try!
I plan to update this list as I come across more online resources. So if you have made something that could be included here or know of anything I have missed then please leave a comment below.
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