Om-believable Yoga Mats for Kids and Other Pose-Friendly Gear
Yoga is a great activity for kids. It helps with concentration, balance, and general mental and physical fitness. Who doesn't want more of that for their kiddo?
Children can build flexibility and focus with yoga, and its proven results mean greater popularity for the practice. Schools are adding yoga to their curriculum, and classes for kids are popping up everywhere.
But which mat should you purchase for your progeny? And what other accessories does your child need to practice yoga? (Hint: they don't "need" any other gear to practice yoga, but some of this stuff is fun or practical to have on hand!)
The Guide's rounded up some great options for your little yogini. Check out our mat picks — whatever your criteria — as well as other cool gear. We've found an interactive water bottle, a beautiful picture book, activity cards, leggings, and more. Namaste!
A simple, sturdy, and bright mat for little ones
A cute first yoga mat, this affordable DragonFly Studio option from Target is 4 mm thick and comes in three designs: pink butterflies, orange suns, and blue turtles. The mat measures 60" x 24" and is made of high density foam and environmentally friendly polymer resin.
The yoga mat that’s also an exercise game
This fun yoga mat features symbols that correspond to free videos and an app (Chi Universe Yoga Mat & Exercise Program), providing an interactive exercise game for kids ages 4–9. Phresh Chi's symbols system is "designed to help improve posture, body confidence, and physical alignment for growing bodies."
The non-toxic mats come in two sizes: a kids' mat, which fits a person 3'5" to 4'6" and a tween/adult mat, fits someone with a height of 4'6″ to 5'11."
A mat that’s easy to store and easy to tote
This handy mat folds up (which can be easier for kids than rolling) for portability and storage. The set includes a handy travel tote — no need to buy a separate bag or straps!
The 60" x 24" x 6mm Khataland mat comes in cherry red and sky blue. It's cushioned and features a textured, non-slip surface and a carrying handle for extra convenience.
Kids’ yoga mats with whimsical prints
Yoga brand Sugarmat's fun prints for kids include unicorns, flamingos, dinosaurs, ice cream, ballet, and elephants. But these quality mats don't just look cute; natural rubber and a synthetic suede top keeps little ones from slipping. The mats are 4 mm thick and measure 48 x 24 inches. The offer a unique touch: you can personalize your mat with a monogram for $12.99.
Get more for your money with this cute yoga mat
The price is right on this textured kids' yoga mat from Gaiam. (And the Amazon reviews aren't too shabby either!) These non-toxic yoga mats (60" L x 24" W x 3mm) feature fun designs like a spaceship, dinos, a seahorse, zebra print, a bird, or an owl. Or if you prefer, solid lime green. Ideal for ages 5-8, you get a free downloadable yoga class with purchase of a mat. Extra value!
Tote your yoga mat in style
If your kiddo is headed to a class, a mat bag is a handy thing to have. Stott Pilates makes a great lightweight bag for kids, and it comes in vibrant red, blue, and orange. The durable canvas bag holds a kids' size mat, with room to spare in the main compartment to for water, snacks, or other items.
Trendy leggings for little yogis
Find leggings for the littlest yogis from Jill Yoga. These kids' pants feature trendy details like mesh panels and hip prints like heather colors and galaxy. The brand makes other fun yoga items, including jackets, tops, and socks. These polyester/spandex blend jersey leggings are machine washable.
Beautiful illustrations to inspire young yogis
Animals that inspire yoga poses are beautifully illustrated in this accessible picture book from artist Taeeun Yoo. Instructions for enjoying yoga are woven throughout the text: flutter like a butterfly, roar like a lion, and hiss like a snake. A great gift for a little one aged 3–5.
Comfy, eco-friendly footwear for little yogis
Made from recycled yoga mats, Sanuk's yoga sandals are a fun addition to a yogini's wardrobe. Wide cloth straps and squishy foot beds make these flip-flops extremely comfortable. Available in multiple color combos and prints.
Have a kid who's hard to hydrate? Gululu makes water consumption into a game.
Gululu is an interactive 3D water bottle — yes, you read that right! Kids drink water to grow their virtual pet, encouraging them to keep drinking. As they progress (and hydrate), they can win rewards in the Gululu Universe. It's pricey, but there's a health benefit to this digital game. (Or a digital game benefit to the water bottle, depending on how you look at it.) So it's 2 for 1! Best for ages 3+
Get moving with yoga activity cards
These colorful cards feature 50 yoga activities, making it easy to practice at home (or anywhere, really). "Yoga Pretzels" cards from Yoga Ed. are designed to teach the basics of yoga. If cards aren't your thing, you can also get "Yoga Pretzels" in book form.