My 4.5 year old loves to exercise with both me and my husband – he goes on runs with us, walks, does the occasional jumping jacks and even if he can’t do strength training, he will cheer us on through push ups and sit on his daddy’s tummy while he is doing crunches. We’ve tried a few ‘mommy and me’ exercise programs, but have never found one that we both enjoyed and wanted to do again and again. I’ve been on the lookout for a relaxation program of some sort that we could do together that incorporates physical activity.
I was hoping to be able to help him relax at the end of a long day, calm his brain and his body. Like most kids his age, he is a ball of energy and a sponge for learning, but at the end of the day he has a hard time turning off. This can sometimes translate to frustration, tantrums and other meltdowns. I’ve found that if we can put aside time for quiet activities in the morning and at the end of the day, we have a smoother tantrum -free day.
So I was excited to try Storyland Yoga with my wee guy and to see what he thought of it. The DVD has 2 programs, ‘Condor Trek – 23:10’ and ‘Save the Whale 18:30’. I let him choose which one he wanted to do, seeing as he is very into both Condors and Whales. He chose the whale adventure, so we popped it in and got going.
What immediately struck me was that the Certified Children’s Yoga Instructor leading the kids was drawing both myself and my little guy in. He understood that we were trying to save the beached whale and was very dedicated in this pursuit. A variety of yoga poses are strung together to make for an adventurous story.
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The Yoga Instructor uses simple instructions and the outdoor settings as opposed to a indoor or classroom setting made it feel very real for Mr 4.5 to follow. He didn’t fully get the story the first time around, but it was exciting enough that he wanted to do it again right away! I was unsure as to if he would want to do it again, but we have gone through the DVD a few times over the last 2 weeks. The kids were all of different abilities, so has also helped him as he gets progressively better over time.
It’s amazing to see the relaxing benefits doing yoga has on my son. When we do it in the morning, he tends to be calm and overall happier throughout the day. If we do it in the evening it is equally calming and we usually end up talking about the environment as part of our bedtime talk. I also like that we can do something together that we both enjoy. Though the DVD is for 3-8 year olds, I can still get a good yoga stretch doing it along with him.
As someone who used to do yoga for years, I appreciate that the poses that were incorporated stayed true to yoga.
Produced by Playful Planet, Storyland Yoga is a mom created yoga program empowering kids and their families to be healthy and live sustainably.
To find out more about Storyland Yoga or to make a purchase, be sure to visit the Playful Planet website. You can also follow Playful Planet on Facebook or on Twitter. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the DVD are donated to ‘Save the Whales’ and ‘Kids vs Global Warming’ Foundations.
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