My Top 10 - Holiday Little Yogi Gifts
The most important gift for any child is your attention and presence. But if you happen to be looking for a gift for the special yogi or yogini in your life then below is a list of just a few or our favorite yoga gifts for kids. We included the illustration, the link, a brief description and an idea for you to use it and connect with your little ones.
Wisdom Within Book by Allison Morgan
This is a cute story to read with your kids(s). It's fun to read the book offers great pictures. Who doesn't want to re-discover their wisdom within. This helps in discussing emotions and feelings and better ways to live. At the end of the story, there are child-friendly, illustrated yoga poses and mindful meditations relating to the elements of nature contained in the story. Parents, Teachers or Caregivers are provided with an easy to use guide to introduce movement, breath and meditation to their child in a fun, creative and interactive way. A book for all ages. Snuggle up and read tothether or make this into a fun movement game to burn through some energy!
The Little Yoga Mat is thicker than most children's mats. The cushion-y texture provides a comfortable pad for play. The mat is perfect for yoga, but also great as a play mat, sleeping pad or surface for an outdoor picnic. The Little Yoga Mat is biodegradable, recyclable and hypoallergenic. It is BPA, latex, PVC, formamide and lead-free. The mats are lightweight with a non-slip grip and clean easily with soap and water. The yoga inspired designs are printed with eco-friendly ink.
Get on your kids level and explore things through their eyes. Do some yoga poses, read a book, cuddle together or pretend you are a bunch of tacos!
Watch as gravity works on the colored drops within this hand held Liquid Motion device. Once the colorful drops have reached the bottom, turn it over and re-start the action. Each bubbler contains two colors inside. Yours will be selected from the company's in-stock supply. If you order more than one they will select a variety of colors. Colors available: Blue and Purple. Blue and Green.
We use these in so many ways with our kids at home. For use in a hide and seek game, brushing our teeth, as a sharing tool to tell a favorite story that, or just to look quietly at as we get nice and still after a long day.
Includes: * One Tangle Jr. Original; * One Tangle Jr. Metallic; * One Tangle Jr. Textured; * One Tangle Jr. Fuzzy; * and One Tangle Relax! The multicolored pieces snap together and swivel in all kinds of ways to satisfy the need to fidget and be creative.
Perhaps lay on your yoga mat with your kiddo and see who can be as quiet as a mouse as you fiddle your way through the puzzles. Or make a date with your child and get creative! Turn the lights out and use flashlights, put on some music and concentrate on your toy!
Memo Yoga is a fun, engaging and active game that introduces children to yoga while building their concentration, coordination and memory skills. The game includes thirty-six, sturdy, full color, illustrated cards that feature eighteen different yoga poses. Memo offers physical, social and intellectual benefits for players of all ages. The game helps provides opportunities for social interaction and builds positive self-esteem & confidence. Spread out your yoga mats and get playing!
This herbal eye pillow is filled with rice and organic dried lavender. The pillow is intended for meditation, relaxation and destressing for you or your little one. The weight of the rice applies gentle pressure to the eyes and the subtle lavender scent is uplifting. Can also be used for herbal therapy as a hot or cold compress. Heat in the microwave or under a hot water bottle, or chill in the freezer. Soothing for headaches, sore throat, belly aches and other ailments. (The woman who makes these has a great variety of material and patterns great for boys and girls).
There is nothing better then finding a reason to get quiet and become still. See how peaceful you and your little one can be while you help each other place an eye pillow on the other and practice a little care-giving. Add a blanket to the mix and who knows maybe a nap could be next!
The links are for a Zabuton & the Zafu - Dharma kids sells these as a set with the zafu (which is the seat portion) or you are able to also just purchase the zafu alone. These are wonderful for your kids to sit while reading, being quiet, meditating, napping, or even playing a game with the family.
Explore a comfortable seat with a better posture, perhaps create a routine for your kids so they may find a set time in their days to sit quietly. We use these to sit around the fireplace and play games on and we've even been known to have a pillow fight or two!
Yoga and meditation practice for children is great for calming the mind and releasing stress. This exclusive mala features light wood beads perfect for smaller hands, cool black spacers, and totally awesome turquoise blue Malaysia Jade. Mala beads are beautifully finished with a Rudraksha guru bead and lime green tassel.
This can be such a special practice. Use the mala to check in with your child to see how you and he or she are feeling. Then choose a word that best would fit and touch each bead as you say, "I", "Am", "So", "Kind" or whatever word that you both choose. Talk together afterward to see how you both feel.
The hoberman sphere is a timeless tool. You can throw, bounce, spin, roll, grow and shrink the sphere. Share in the fascination of this dynamic structure which expands and contracts in a second to create a sphere scaled to almost any size. This is just a smaller version of similar spheres on display in science museums all over the world.
Get creative! Find a basket that would be appropriate for the little yogi in your life and fill it with the items to make your own Focus Jar: Clear Containers with lids, Glitter, Water and anything more you would like to add (like stickers for your jar, or glitter glue, etc).
You can make these in so many ways that this craft never gets old. Perfect to do on an 'indoor' day and its truly great for almost any age.
No matter what you give your child, the bottom line will always be the time that you share with them. It could be any present big or small or none at all ... The greatest gift is offering your attention and showing them how much you love spending time with them!
Sending out peace, good health, lots of love and so much joy to everyone over the holidays and with our coming new year.
Happiest of holidays to you and yours!
As we embark on the holiday season, I am realizing more and more that joy is an essential quality of life that needs to be present when I teach. Oftentimes, joy gets knocked down the totem pole of qualities of teaching, in both traditional and non-traditional classrooms, and many people think feeling joy simply means having fun. Please note that when I talk about joy I don’t necessarily mean fun or silliness, although these can help create joy.
In Maps to Ecstasy, ecstatic dancer Gabrielle Roth writes, “Joy is the expansive energy of dynamic well-being. It uplifts, energizes, makes our eyes shine, gives a lift to our step, light to our whole being. It comes when our emotional energy flows freely…”
It is important in our teaching practice to take a step back and reflect on how much joy you are allowing yourself to feel in your teaching. How do you experience joy? Joy can be incredibly grounding for our students and it can also help our students to feel safe.
Below are some tips to cultivate more joy in your teaching practice.
Remember that you deserve to experience joy in your life on a daily basis. Bringing joy to your students can be one of the most important parts of the work that we do as teachers.
Model this for your students, and classes will begin to take on a whole new life.