Robin/Tani Media Factory; 2332-B Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291; VHS; 25 minutes each.
We're always on the lookout for good kids' yoga videos, and here's a pretty decent pair. They both follow a typical kids' video formula: some breathing awareness to start, lots of pretending to be animals (slithering like a worm, hopping like a frog), and a short finishing relaxation, all wrapped up in about 20 minutes. Rana Kirkland, certified Ananda Yoga instructor and professional actress, has a sweet and encouraging disposition, and I think most kids will really like her. I'm not convinced, however, that three-year-olds, the youngest targets for the beginners-level session, are prime candidates for yoga videos. The pair of three-year-old models on this tape, presumably hand-picked for their roles, evinced only sporadic interest in the proceedings and didn't seem to be benefiting much.
Still, as Krishna famously counsels Arjuna: No effort is ever wasted. So, who knows? Early training, however unappreciated it may be, just might pay dividends down the road. It certainly couldn't hurt to let your budding yogi or yogini play along with these tapes.
Contributing Editor Richard Rosen teaches public classes in Northern California. He is also the author of The Yoga of Breath: A Step-by-Step Guide to Pranayama.