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Yoga for kids is like yoga for adults, but sillier. Practicing yoga with kids should be different from yoga practice with adults in that, instead of quiet and calm, it should be noisy and fun. Yoga is a great way to engage kids in physical activity because it helps improve flexibility, balance, and strength all while being noncompetitive and inexpensive. Some studies have even suggested that practicing yoga can improve a child's attention, relationships, self-esteem, and listening skills.

The Healthy Living: Yoga for Kids program was developed in Arkansas, and the routines outlined in the curriculum and DVD provide simple exercises that can be performed in a variety of settings, including classrooms, camps, and at home. Download our yoga for kids fact sheet or see below for videos and other resources.

Why yoga for kids?

The purpose of this program is to increase fitness, decrease stress, and improve mental focus in a noncompetitive manner. The poses don't have to be performed perfectly, just be sure to warm up with some light stretching beforehand and, most importantly, have fun!

Collage of Teens in Yoga Poses

The 4-H Pledge and Yoga Sequence

The video below demonstrates a short, scripted 4-H-themed yoga sequence, which includes the 4-H pledge, motto, and statements about each of the four H's. It also includes instructions for each of the 8 poses used in the sequence. This sequence is appropriate for use with any audience.

To order the Yoga for Kids DVD or other resources: Yoga for Kids DVD cover
  1. Click the picture to the right.
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  3. Search for the keyword "yoga."

For more information about the curriculum and training, contact Addie Wilson: 501-671-2027, 

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For more information on these and other youth healthy living programs, contact your local county extension office.