Friday, June 8, 2012

How To Actually Get Your Toddler Doing Yoga (For Real!) and A Giveaway!!!

First off, I want to make it clear that this is a product review post... except I've been totally pumped to make this post because:

1. This video is amazing (it seriously is)
2. Someone is going to win a copy!

I was recently sent a copy of Playful Planet's Storyland Yoga for Kids and Families (ages 3 to 8) to review.  Playful Planet is also offering a free copy of this DVD to one of my lucky readers, so keep reading!

I'll start by first sharing what this DVD is all about.
Storyland Yoga is a fun-filled adventure that infuses children with an eco-conscious message.  Two unique stories,  “Save the Whale” and “Condor Trek” engage a child’s imagination through storytelling.  Kid’s learn yoga postures by becoming part of the story and imitating animals. Yoga is great exercise and helps to calm children giving them greater focus and increased clarity.  Storyland Yoga is equally fun for parents and family members who can benefit from yoga, while enjoying ‘organic time’ with their children.  
This DVD was the winner of Parent’s Choice Approved, Mom’s Choice Gold, Dr. Toy’s Best Green Product and Creative Child Magazine “Preferred Choice” in the Environmentally Friendly Category.  



I have to admit, I was excited to preview this DVD, but I also had serious doubts about Aias actually watching it and/or participating in any sort of yoga activity.  After all, Aias is incredibly busy, has very specific interests when it comes to books and media (trains, trains, trains) and of course, he's only 2.5 and this film is suggested for ages 3-8.

The first time I watched it, he was actually napping.  My first thought was how incredibly smart it is to tell a story while you physically act it out with children.  Young kids love stories, but some don't really like to sit still.  Telling a story and acting out the motions with the children, beyond just hand motions, is a great way to get kids active.

The second time I viewed the DVD, I put it on while Aias was playing on the living room floor.  This time he watched the DVD and had some questions about it, but mostly went about his business.

Finally, I decided to put on some yoga clothes, bring out the yoga mat, and actually do the yoga myself... suddenly, Aias was totally into it!!!  The moral of the story here is that you can't expect to pop in a DVD like this and think your kid is going to start mimicking the actions;  your kid wants to copy YOU, not some DVD.  To make a video like this effective, you've got to participate yourself!  Don't worry, no one is watching if you are in your living room.  Let loose and enjoy!

The first half of the DVD is a called "Condor Trek" and it runs about 20 minutes.  At the start of the story, you look around for Condor eggs... Aias LOVED this.  As the story moves along, different yoga moves are performed and represent actions within the story.

By about 10 minutes along, Aias was (loosely) performing these yoga positions; and the ones he wasn't performing, he was climbing all over me while I performed them. Now don't get me wrong, he isn't on the fast track to becoming a yogi or anything, but he was definitely moving his body in new and different ways. 

By 15 minutes along I was actually sweating a bit and neither of us could stop giggling!

By the time the story was over, we were a smiling happy pile on the living room floor.

I was really shocked that this DVD had given us an opportunity to engage physically with each other in such a positive and new way.  How many DVDs can you think of that truly encourage that?  The second and third times we watched the video, Aias's yoga moves got a bit better (although he's only 2.5) and he was really thrilled about the entire process.  Whenever the second story would begin, he would whine and want to do the Condor Trek over again because he liked it that much!   I've been putting it on once a day (sometimes twice) and I find it really centers him... he hears it starting and no matter what he's doing he automatically runs to the mat in the middle of the living room floor in anticipation of playing condor with mommy.  This is really useful if he's in a cranky mood, because it seems to distract him from it. 

I strongly suggest buying this DVD because I truly believe it will give you an opportunity to try something totally different out with your child.  What we've taken from this DVD is not only a bit of yoga, but mostly the idea of acting out stories.  When I tell Aias stories now, we don't lay down or sit; we act them out.  It's goofy but it's a ton of fun.  We may not use graceful yoga moves, but we certainly do get moving.  Before viewing this DVD, this concept was not within my frame of reference.  I'm very grateful to have been given this new perspective.

Finally, I want to say that Playful Planet is a family business you can feel proud to support.  Run by Eco-conscious Karen and Bryan Duggan, a protion of the proceeds from the sales of the DVD are donated to the "Save the Whales" and "Kids Vs. Global Warming" Foundations.  You can read more about Playful Planet on their website.  I specifically recommend their Tools, Tips, and Treasures page.

You can purchase the DVD here:

Storyland Yoga: Yoga for Kids and Families (ages 3 to 8)

You can also download the stories for your computer separately if you go here.  Aias and I strongly recommend the Condor Trek, it's a lot of fun.

Or first, you could try your hand at winning a copy by participating in my giveaway below!!!  Playful Planet will send the winner a DVD, or if you want to save time and materials, they will send you an instant download (you can choose).
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2 comments:

  1. id love to do this with my son to teach him a great way to release some pent up energy

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  2. How do I enter this? I am very new to entering give aways!

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