There are many good DVDs, online videos and Yoga studios either specializing in Yoga for children, or who include classes for children. Some offer weekend workshops for kids and also summer camps. We’ve highlighted some of the best programs in the USA, including a specialized camp that features classical Indian temple dance, Yoga, meditation and kirtan for children.
Yoga for Children with Swami Satchidananda (DVD)
Primarily for children 5 to 13, but the whole family can join in for fun and fitness. Along with each pose, Swami Satchidananda gives a brief explanation of the physiological benefits. The DVD introduces children to Yoga and inspires continued practice. Yoga can be done alone or with friends. Even toddlers love to play along with the bigger kids on screen. Includes asanas, deep relaxation and chants.
Sharon Tessandori’s Video Station
Sharon has about 20 short videos on eHow.com on teaching kids Yoga and meditation.
Sharon has completed yoga teacher trainings with Ashtanga Yogi David Swenson in Ashville, NC and a 200 hour training with Anna Feruson of Tymeless Health in Cincinnati, OH. Sharon is also Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. She has also collaborated with Kimberly Wilson, author of Hip Tranquil Chick: The Girls Guide to Yoga On and Off the Mat. Sharon uses a modern and lighthearted approach in teaching Yoga. She brings to her class an inspiring energy where she encourages students to find their own way. For more info, visit her website, barefootworks.com
The Jabberwocky Jellyfish, the Volcano, the Moo-Meow… From Alligator to Zebra, YogaKids 2: ABC’s (sold separately) uses the alphabet to guide 26 kid-style Yoga games inspired by animals, flowers and other familiar icons kids love. They start out silly and end up calm. Available from Gaiam.com
Fun excerpts on YouTube from Gaiam’s popular video series Yoga Kids:
Yoga Kids: From Silly to Calm
Meet the Yoga Kids/Belly Breathing
Teaches kids how we breathe & how to stretch: 5 mins
Sri Swami Satchidananda Answers Kids’ Questions
In this delightful DVD, children from the Yogaville summer camp ask questions about a wide range of children’s interests and concerns. Also available as a downloadable MP3.
Integral Yoga Institute of New York phone or 212-929-0586
The IYI offers ongoing programs for kids including satsangs and classes.
Karma Kids Yoga Address: 104 W. 14th St. (b/w 6th and 7th Avenues) NYC 10011
Phone: (646) 638-1444 email: downdog[at]karmakidsyoga.com
Karma Kids Yoga is a fun, creative approach to Yoga that can be very helpful for children whose bodies are still developing. The use of animated poses and basic stretching exercises promote strength, flexibility, coordination and body awareness. Breathing and visualization techniques teach kids how to focus, relax and develop self-control.
Mini Yogis studios:
Enlightening children throughout Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Diego County, and the San Fernando Valley…now also in Chicago, Illinois!
Phone: (310) 471-9644
At mini yogis Yoga for kids we foster creativity, cooperation, and confidence in a safe environment where all children are perfect just the way they are. Unlike many other yoga programs that simply scale adult practices down into childsize chunks, mini yogis builds each practice from the ground up, creating an exclusively child-based practice and giving children the sometimes rare opportunity to just be kids within the context of yoga asana and meditation. Also offering classes for children with special needs as well as classes in Spanish and other languages…just ask!
Recreates traditional Yoga techniques and poses in fun and educational ways. Classes incorporate our unique 14 elements to reach a variety of learning styles. Reading, storytelling, music, creative arts, science, and earthcare blend seamlessly with Yoga poses to educate the whole child, ages 3 through teens. YogaKids teacher finder link.
Camp Yogaville is a week-long, Integral Yoga, sleep-away summer camp for children ages 8-12 held each June. Camp is held at the beautiful Satchidananda Ashram at Yogaville, Buckingham, Virginia. The program is hosted by Haris (Harini) Lender and senior staff of Yogaville.
Camp Yogaville is an opportunity for children to enjoy a week in the country while having lots of fun doing traditional camp activities such as hiking, swimming, star-gazing, sitting around a campfire and telling stories. The kids enjoy non-competitive, stress-free activities filled with opportunities to share and relate in a yogic way. They practice daily Hatha Yoga, learn about Patanjali’s four keys, and experience the wonderful adventure of sleeping in rustic cabins. The children learn a few Sanskrit chants along with their campfire songs and listen to wonderful stories of saints and sages from all over the world. At Camp Yogaville, kids experience an environment where yogic ideals such as vegetarian diet and non-violence are supported and nurtured.
The program includes daily Yoga classes, fresh vegetarian food, experiences with nature, terrific staff and much more. They meet other children from the greater Yoga community and experience an environment where yogic ideals, such as vegetarian diet and non-violence, are supported and nurtured.
Bharata Natyam Summer Camp at Yogaville
The Fine Arts Society, inaugurated in 1984, has conducted, since 1989, the annual residential Natya Adyayana Gurukulam (Summer Dance Camps). All classes are taught by world renowned teachers and dancers V.P. Dhananjayans from Chennai and Padmarani Rasiah Cantu, Artistic Director of the Society. This intensive, full time residential course for children 10 years & older, features the complete study of and training in Bharata Natyam (classical South Indian temple dance) as well as Hatha Yoga, meditation and bhajan instruction.
E-mail for more information: prcan2[at]hotmail.com