By Kim Bassan, Pretzel Kids content writer
Do you want to be the coolest parent? You know – the one that all the other parents look up to? But most importantly, your kids look up?
If you love your kids (and we know you do), you probably want to throw them the BEST birthday party ever. Right?
We get it.
We understand the importance of our little ones. We are also yogis, and we see the value of yoga for kids. So why not not link these two worlds together?
Indeed, if you’re looking to share the gift of yoga with your kids, you’re in the right place. We’re now going to share with you everything you must know about how to throw a kids yoga party!
Let’s get this party started! ?
But, let’s first back up and discuss why yoga is so beneficial for children – and then we’ll talk about how to host a kids yoga party.
Why is Yoga Important for Kids?
Let’s discuss why yoga is important for kids.
As adults, we tend to think that kids’ lives are a piece of cake (pun intended!) But they often struggle with anxiety too, whether this stems from school, peers or family.
There are many factors that can increase stress for children. Thankfully there are also ways to help them cope with difficult situations. Just this helps adults deal with stressors, it also is proven that yoga for kids can help reduce stress and anxiety. Apparently no age is resilient to the benefits of movement and breathwork!
The earlier that you introduce asana into kids’ lives, the better. There are even some toddlers out there rocking their downward facing dog!
Now: Are you ready to plan a stress-free party? Well, maybe not entirely stress-free but we can meditate on this, right?
The Best Reason to Have a Kids Yoga Party
If you read this far, you should already know that yoga has significant benefits to childhood development.
Running a party just means that you’re going to introduce all of these benefits not only to your children but to their friends!
Can you imagine? Just think: Your little one is smiling, their friends are looking up to them, and the other parents are thinking “brilliant!”
Hosting a yoga party will make you the superhero!
How to Throw a Children’s Yoga Party
This is where the fun stuff begins. We’re going to help you plan and execute the ultimate kids party. But first, let’s answer a few burning questions, shall we?
What to expect from a kids yoga party?
Expect to be surprised.
Oftentimes the most unexpected thing happens when you least expect it! However, we can promise a few things.
Where should I do a yoga party?
We know, we have clever answers in this post; we learned it from our parents. But truly, you can throw a party wherever you want. You can have a class outdoors if the weather is accommodating, but if the skies are gloomy you can take it inside and have a cozy yoga party in your living room. Yoga parties are a year-round kind-of-thing!
How to plan a kids yoga party
Now that we got you all excited and ready to hop into your tree pose, what do you need to do to prepare for a kids party?
We know that parties can be quite a headache (to say the least!) Hosting a bunch of energetic children sounds like a lot of work, right? We promise you that yoga helps reduce stress, and here at Pretzel Kids we stick to our promises. Therefore, we created your favorite bucket list. Here’s what you definitely want to check off when planning your big event!
Bucketlist for a Kids Yoga Party
- Your kids are happy and energized ✅
- You have mats or the kids will bring their own ✅
- You’ve got a playlist of music ready to go (if you want to use tunes) ✅
- Electronic candles just for fun ✅
- Mindfulness and yoga pose bundle pack ✅
- Water to keep the kiddos hydrated✅
- Healthy snacks ✅
- Cake and candles ✅
- A Pretzel Kids teacher to lead the party or maybe YOU!?
What mindfulness and yoga activities can you include in your party?
Let’s break it down, shall we? Take a look at some of the mindfulness activities you can incorporate into your party:
Meditation and Mindfulness Activities for Kids
Did you know that centering activities can be fun? It’s true! Together with a Pretzel Kids yoga teacher, your kiddos will learn fun mindfulness and meditation activities that will also help them cope with overwhelming emotions. Plus, you can even include some fun mindfulness activities from this printable pack!
Breathing Exercises for Kids
During the party you might want to consider adding in breathing techniques and activities, also known as ‘pranayama’. Breathing exercise can help you stay calm and decrease stress. So take a deep breath in and yoga on!
Yoga Poses for Kids
Why not include various types of fun poses, such as animal poses! You may also consider theming your party and including a group of fun themed poses. Some themes to try: A day at the beach, a princess party, or a trip to outer space. For more ideas, head over to the Pretzel Kids shop to check out awesome new printable sets!
Birthday party games
There are plenty of awesome yoga games for kids, and you should definitely incorporate some of these into your event. Check out some of our absolute favorite birthday party games!
Have a Creative Birthday Party!
We probably don’t need to tell you but you should expect to have LOADS OF FUN at a yoga birthday party! Even savasana can be fun – no lie – at a Pretzel Kids party!
At the end of the day…
We know you love your children and want to make them happy with a yoga party. With this in mind, why not enroll your children in yoga classes, too? Yoga classes are always a blast because not only are they fun and interactive, but also they are educational and valuable. So if you want to give your little ones the best birthday present, the gift of yoga should be on that list.
Here’s another pro tip: Perhaps you want to learn to teach kids yoga. This way you can lead your child’s party and earn extra income running other parties! Not a bad idea, right?
If you truly want to become a superhero to your children, you can become a yoga teacher, and make every day in your household special!
About Kim: Kim Bassan is the content intern at Pretzel Kids. She’s also a yoga teacher and a communication and publishing student at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Kim is originally from Israel but moved to Canada with her family and little puppy Moana. In her free time she’s busy hiking or doing downward facing dog with Moana!