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Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Yoga teaches calm to energetic kids

  • Jennifer Bardsley

Do you have an active kid who could use some help calming down? If so, you might want to try checking out “My Daddy is a Pretzel” by Baron Baptiste from your local library for a quick way to introduce yoga to young kids.

I liked this book so much that I went ahead and purchased the companion deck of cards, “Yoga Pretzels, 50 Fun Yoga Activities for Kids and Grownups” to use at home on a permanent basis. The cards are colorful, easy to follow and focus on traditional yoga poses as well as introducing some quick games.

I’ve been thinking about yoga and kids a lot recently because one of my mommy-friends is Tracy Kim, who teaches the Tween Yoga class at Twist Yoga in Edmonds.

I asked Tracy about what she sees as the benefits of children doing yoga and she mentioned focus, discipline and environmental awareness, in addition to physical education. Yoga can also be a stress relieving activity for kids after an intense day at school.

So pretzel it up! Maybe your family, like mine, will find that yoga is a great way to unwind.

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