Yoga & Meditation with the Littles

Updated: Jul 20

As a Pilates, Yoga Mama you would expect me to share my love for the practices with my little(s) and you'd be right! I recently saw a headline announcing the obvious, our children are more anxious than ever. I didn't find Yoga until practically 30 years old, and Pilates a few years later. What my world would have been like if I've had these tools earlier on...... These are some books and tools I have utilized with my beloved Charlotte, and Charlotte and I fully intend on sharing our practices with her little sister when she arrives.

Baby and Toddler Board Books

  • Anything by or illustrated by Sarah Jane Hinder | She has a collection of board books that are easy to enjoy on our mats together.

  • I Yoga You - it's a cute board book to make you smile

  • All the World by Liz Garton Scanton

  • The Feelings Book by Todd Parr

Kid Picture Books

  • Good Morning Yoga and Good Night Yoga by Mariam Gates and Illustrated by Sarah Jane Hinder

  • I am the Jungle by Melissa Hurt

  • A Beginner's Book of Mindfulness "HAPPY" by Nicola Edwards and Katie Hickey

  • Swirl by Swirl by Joyce Sidman - This book happily reminds me of the queuing I use and have been taught to use. So many swirls! We are made of swirls!

Baby and Child Yoga Activity Books

  • Itsy Bitsy Yoga by Helen Garabedian

  • Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers by Helen Garabedian

If you've tried to have a yoga practice with a baby, toddler and preschooler you know it's not your typical yoga class. lol. I found this series of books to be perfect for their ever changing development and growth. And it's based on like 8minute routines to try out.

Other Tools

  • Sesame Street | May those Muppets be blessed forever. The creators and writers of Sesame Street are so aligned with mindfulness, kindness, and breath/calming techniques.

  • Headspace App | I've said it once, and a million more times, I find this meditation app essential to my own health but, it also has meditation practices for children and older. There is a Sesame Street collaboration as well.

  • Glitter Jars | When Charlotte was around 2 years old, we made glitter jars together, and whenever she had a big wave of feelings, we would redirect to the glitter jar. It helped this mama too! Thanks to Esme and Roy for this one - another Sesame Street offspring. Pinterest is full of ideas on how to create your glitter jar. I just used a canning jar, water, glitter, and a little bit of corn syrup to slow down the glitter when mixed.

  • Feelings Flashcards "A great way for kids to share - and learn about -all kinds of emotions" as the box itself says, couldn't it say it better myself!

  • Goodnight, World Podcast | Free Sesame Street and Headspace Collaboration that works wonders for my 3.5yr old. Episodes start with a story with one of our favorite monsters, then moves into a very slowly..... narrated....story..... zzzzzzzzzzz And, then Charlotte and I are asleep.

I hope these resources are helpful to you!

Good luck!

Don't forget: Legs up the wall can be a great place for you and your little(s) to start. It's a 2 minute practice I hold dear and can hold potential magic.

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