If you are looking for a creative and engaging way to teach children to respect their bodies and the environment, it has arrived. Whale Yoga by Next Generation Yoga founder Jodi Komitor is sure to be a hit with children aged 2-8.
Inspired by the humpback whales off Maui, Jodi created a series of yoga poses imitating the behavior and movements of these OMazing animals. The photos and videos of whales and the ocean help children to identify with these beautiful creatures and increase their imaginative play as they become whales through fun and creative yoga-inspired activities, which include: Whale Breath, Swimming Whales, Ocean Waves, Sleeping Whale, Breaching, Humpback Pod, and more.
The love Jodi has for children is evident in all she does. Her smile, engaging demeanor, playful attitude and easy-to-follow instructions will resonate with young yogis. They will also enjoy the sweet child yogi models who accompany Jodi on her Whale Yoga adventure, providing a wonderful example of how children perform the poses.
In addition to the 20-minute yoga class, this DVD includes a Whale Yoga flow ideal for older children or for once your child is familiar with the poses, an interview with Jodi, a music video for the song “Wild and Living Sea” by Ron Franklin, and the inspiration for Whale Yoga.
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This DVD is perfect for teaching appreciation for the ocean and respect for the amazing creatures with which we share our world. Homeschooling parents and teachers will easily be able to incorporate this DVD into lessons plans and science curriculums. My own children now have listed a whale-watching tour as their top pick the next time we visit the ocean. I especially liked the video footage of a momma and baby whale waving their tails. My youngest and I were glued to the screen as we waited for the baby to imitate its mother’s actions. Too cute!
Watch this trailer of the splashing good time that is Whale Yoga.