I believe I've found that video with YogaBuddies. YogaBuddies is based in California, and has provided yoga instruction to numerous children. They have released a new Bedtime Stories DVD, which combines the tradition of storytelling with the calming practice of yoga. I decided to try this out on my son one afternoon, as he busied himself with "painting" the table creatively with water from his sippy cup. I reasoned that his creativity could be put to better use by practicing yoga.
Bedtime Stories includes three stories read by founder Danay DiVirgilio. Each story features one or two children (the Yoga Buddies) demonstrating the yoga poses. I liked how the poses fit in seamlessly with the story lines. The poses are clearly described, and include animals such as cat, giraffe, and lion, as well as other poses like tree, baby, and around the world. There are 42 poses in all. The DVD is recommended for ages four and up, so I questioned whether my two year old would really benefit from it. It turns out I had nothing to worry about. This video is actually perfect for my son. It showcases older children than him, which he seems to prefer, allows him to move and he gets read to. He even mastered some of the poses. Here's a picture of him performing down dog pose:
YogaBuddies was a hit with my son, but it's also a hit with me because I like the benefits that go along with it. It helps my son relax and be calm, prepares him for a restful sleep and increases his strength and flexibility. In addition, I can see this lasting a long time. As he gets older and gains more understanding and awareness of what he's watching, it will take on a whole new meaning for him and it will be something new for him to enjoy. You can check out YogaBuddies for yourself and view a preview of the DVD here.
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