Thursday, May 30, 2013

Playful Planet – Storyland Yoga

I recently received a dvd in the mail from Playful Planet to use and review. They sent us a copy of Storyland Yoga to test!

Playful Planet is a company that was created by husband and wife Bryan and Karen Duggan. After attending a birthday a child’s birthday party where Karen talked to her daughter’s “kids yoga” teacher, she learned of the desire many moms had to share the experience with their children, but were not close enough to attend the classes. This gave way to the development of Storyland Yoga which features the “kids" yoga” teacher.

Per the Playful Planet website: “Storyland Yoga is a fun-filled adventure that infuses children with an eco-conscious message. Two unique stories, Save the Whale and Condor Trek, engage a child's imagination through storytelling. Kid's learn yoga postures by becoming part of the story and imitating animals. Yoga is great exercise and helps to calm children, giving them greater focus and increased clarity. By connecting with nature and gaining respect for their own health and well being, children become empowered to create solutions for the health and sustainability of our planet.”

We picked the Condor Trek story to start. Ava was excited to try this out as we it for a few days before we were able to test it.IMG_1678

The video tells a story and invites you to join them as you encounter bears, snakes, and carry a birdie in your hands..IMG_1662

Ava did pretty good with the moves. She enjoyed some of them a lot and thought they were very fun! IMG_1663    

She said her favorite part was when she had to row the boat!IMG_1668     

As with any child this age, it’s sometimes hard to keep their attention span, but she stuck with it for about 15 minutes.IMG_1674   

Here is a video of one of the segments. Ava really enjoys doing gymnastics and some of these moves are similar to some of the stretches she does at the beginning of gymnastics class!

I liked that this video makes exercising fun for kids. It’s important for them to move and Ava definitely enjoyed this. There were several times where she stopped and giggled because she thought it was funny to be laying on her back pretending to ride a bike or to be hissing like a snake! It’s a creative way to engage children and make them move, and I’m glad we have it. Reed tried to sit down next to her and join in, but he is just a little too young. I have no doubt he will be joining in before long! Ava has done the video a few more times since the first time and really likes it! Thanks, Playful Planet, for the opportunity to try this!!! Check out their website to learn more!!!

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