Yoga is great exercise for all ages, but the earlier kids start the earlier they can start enjoying the life-long benefits. Specifically, yoga for kids can help them preserve physical flexibility and develop mind and body wellness lessons that they can carry well into adulthood.
And the best part is, many of the moves we recommend for your kids are great exercise for you to do right alongside them!
So grab your yoga mats and let’s get started. Watch physical therapist Kendra VanWasshenova and her assistants Michael and Elena demonstrate a kid-friendly yoga workout in the below video.
Take the next step:
- More yoga! Check out the Part I segment from this year’s yoga set, or our intro to yoga for kids video from the 2013 Camp Little Victors season.
- Get your kids moving with this simple aerobics workout.
- Try these play-based activities that help develop motor skills.
- Tips on how to introduce your child to running, even if you’re not already a runner yourself!
Kendra VanWasshenova, DPT, is a physical therapist at U-M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital’s Milestones program. Milestones offers physical and occupational therapy by pediatric PT and OT specialists trained specifically to care for a children and young adults who have acute medical problems, rehabilitation needs and congenital or acquired conditions.
University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is consistently ranked one of the best hospitals in the country. It was nationally ranked in all ten pediatric specialties in U.S. News Media Group’s “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” and among the 10 best children’s hospitals in the nation by Parents Magazine. In December 2011, the hospital opened our new 12-story, state-of-the-art facility offering cutting-edge specialty services for newborns, children and women.