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Kids Yoga Cards – Balance at Mealtimes

We don’t know about your household, but mealtimes for us can often be a challenge! Chaos is perhaps even a word we may use. #mumlife

So, you can imagine our delight when we came across Simone, from Play With Food, and her tips and tools for mealtimes.

This is a special collaboration between Yoga Mamas and Play With Food to create Kids Mealtime Yoga Cards, perfect for finding balance at mealtimes!

These kids mealtime yoga cards are a fantastic way to engage with your kids before meal times. They help to get kids moving, away from the TV, and stimulate the digestive system ready to take on food.

DSC_6513They’re also an effective way of focusing their minds towards the next task, enjoying a meal with the family, and to let go of the busyness of the rest of their day.

Yoga and kids are a perfect match, as it’s all about exploring and learning in a safe and playful way.

The word ‘yoga’ literally means ‘union’ and translates to the coming together of the body and mind (thoughts and feelings) After a stimulus filled day, using yoga to focus the body mind connection is a wonderful way to “empty your kids cup” and prepare for new stimulus.

As well as preparing the body for the sensory exploration of food, yoga is also a great way of teaching kids about their bodies, how to breathe better, how to channel energy and quiet the mind.

“Yoga creates children who are bright lights in this world, increasing their self-awareness and strengthening their bodies”

~ Shakta Khalsa

Yoga teaches us to listen to our bodies by modifying or changing poses that are difficult or uncomfortable. By using the cards as an exploration, parents can encourage their kids to explore their bodies, exploring both movement and play, and find balance.

Not only is yoga an effective way of preparing the body for your mealtimes, it can also be a wonderful way to wind the body down for sleep when restorative or calming poses are chosen.

Kids Mealtime Yoga Cards

They are amazing for:

  • Exploring making shapes
  • Increasing body awareness
  • Improving presence in space

They’ve been designed with fruit and vegetables to make the connection with mealtimes, and include pose names that kids can relate to.

Ways to use them:

  • Individually
  • Group them together to create a sequence

Explore some movement between the poses as well – the cards are just the beginning, let your imagination go wild!

Kids Yoga Cards

Together with Olivia, we had so much fun making these cards, we hope you have as much fun using them!

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Simone’s philosophy on mealtimes

Engaging a child in some sensory stimulation prior to a new task enables them to prepare their body for it. This is particularly important at mealtimes.

Before sitting down to a meal, we like to be prepared for the job at hand.  Sometimes (and due to a range of reasons) children need a bit more help preparing for the task at hand. Having a routine before mealtimes helps your child empty their “sensory cup”.

The things that make their day crowded and full of sensory inputs build up over the day. I like to use the “sensory cup” analogy to help relate this to children – you can only fill a cup so much, right?!  If a cup is full, it’s hard to add more into it. If you are feeling overloaded, you will struggle to take on a new task.

Having a routine before mealtimes helps your child empty their “sensory cup”.

Eating is one of the most sensory engaging tasks we have to do, especially if we are being offered something new or something we perceive as difficult. So, before we eat, it’s a great idea to make some room in our “sensory cup”.

Making room can be done with a range of sensory inputs from auditory (music/singing), physical (clapping), vestibular (swinging), smells (cooking) and what I find to be most effective – proprioceptive system stimulation.

Our body is most effective at processing new sensory inputs when we have engaged our proprioceptive sensory system prior to taking on the new task.

Proprioceptive inputs are sensations from joints, muscles and connective tissues that underlie body awareness. This means that we are getting information and feedback about what our body is doing in space. Proprioceptive input can be obtained by lifting, pushing, and pulling heavy objects, including one’s own weight.

This is why kids yoga is the perfect and a simple addition to your prepare-to-eat routine. Not only have you helped move your child on from the task they were doing, you have engaged their proprioceptive system, emptied their sensory cup a little and you have engaged them with you and the process at hand. This doesn’t even cover how great it is for you to add a mini burst of yoga into your day when you probably need to clear your mind too, restore your own balance and your own connection with your family before meal time.

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Simone is the founder of Play With Food Australia. She is a mum of 2 gorgeous girls and works part-time as a feeding therapy assistance in Castle Hill, Sydney. With a background in science, food studies and children’s nutrition, she write a regular blog and is actively on social media promoting a healthy relationship between kids and food. Simone is a guest speaker on fussy eating, and co-wrote the Happy Mealtimes eCourse. “My aim is to delight the imagination and taste buds of kids with food!” 

Connect with Simone via www.playwithfood.com.au | Facebook | Instagram

 

 


Have you heard about the Happy Meal Times eCourse?Happy-Mealtimes-eCourse

Are you stressed out trying to feed your family?
Do you raise your voice at your fussy eater and feel guilty?
Do you want some ideas about how to add variety and more healthy foods to your family’s diet?
Do you want to understand and assist your child overcome their fussy eating behaviours?
Do you hate the mealtime battle?

The amazing eCourse (which we have participated in personally and is packed full of awesome tips) is broken down into 7-easy-to-read and follow modules. Each module appeals to your learning style offering a range of visuals, text, audio, video and fun exercises/activities.

It’s 100% online so you can work through at your own pace and in your own time. Perfect for busy mamas.

PLUS Simone is offering Yoga Mamas readers a 15% discount of the Play With Food Happy Meal Times eCourse. Just enter promo code “happy” at the check out to take advantage of this offer valid until 31 December 2016.

Learn More Here

2 Responses

  1. Kate Bowern
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    These are AMAZING! We all absolutely LOVE them. Thank you so much. Dinner time has just become more fun!

    • yogamamas
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      Awwww….thanks mama. We are so glad you like them and are having so much fun with them!