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Throw the Ultimate Kids’ Yoga Party

Yoga Poses Cookie cutters

Children’s birthday parties keep going further and further over the top. But add yoga—and this is a trend we can get behind.

“Kids’ yoga parties are unique, special ways to celebrate your bean,” says Alexa Klein, co-owner of Yogi Beans, a New York City-based children’s yoga company and studio, which facilitates three to four events of this kind per month on average. The parties, ranging from 90 minutes to 2 hours, feature 45 minutes of yoga and a “pizza picnic,” with the longer affairs including extra activities. Klein’s studio also caters birthday events at private homes, restaurants, and gyms. To host your own crowd-pleasing celebration for little yogis, Klein’s offers a few tips.

4 Tips for Throwing a Kids’ Yoga Party

Make it age appropriate.

“Facepainting is super popular for the 2- to 5-year-old crowd, while the 6- to 12-year-olds love our signature yoga class with a fun spa experience,” she says. “And parents love the idea of making the kids feel pampered in a kid-friendly environment.”

Hire professionals.

“Our parties are staffed by a professional hostess and two or more experts, caring Yogi Beans’ kids yoga instructors,” she says. “We want parents to be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the yoga vibes!”

Build off of a theme.

“The birthday child chooses a favorite theme like jungle safari or flower power, a character like Dora or Spiderman, or favorite music, such as the Frozen soundtrack or One Direction,” she says. “We provide options for yoga-themed goodie bags and all of our paper goods are tie-dyed and peace sign-themed. Parents have given out yoga favors such as kids’ yoga mats and yoga-related jewelry.”

Let your yogi guest of honor shine.

“Make sure the birthday child feels like the center of attention,” Klein says. “Our birthday beans always sit next to our instructor at the front of the room and help to lead all of the games, activities, and poses.”

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5 Yoga-Themed Party Favors

Yoga Chick Stickers

yoga chick sticker

Hip youngsters will adore these cute stick-ons. ($6.50 per sheet of 20 at zazzle.com)

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Yoga-themed lip balms

yoga lip balm, chapstick

All-natural lip balms will protect smiles in yoga style! (Set of 20 in Poppin Cherry flavor, $18.74 at https://www.etsy.com/shop/sweetpeaonlinegifts)

See also6 Kid-Friendly Yoga Poses From Alanna Zabel’s New Children’s Book

Asana Cookie Cutters

Yoga Poses Cookie cutters

Little yogis will love these baking tools for edible Asanas! (YummiYogi 5-pc Cookie Cutter Collection, $40 or $8.50 each at yummiyogi.com)

See also6 Reasons to Send Your Child to Yoga Camp

Yoga Playing Cards

yoga game cards

Kids can enjoy their favorite yoga games at home or on the go with this colorful deck.

(Wailana’s Little Yogis Game Cards, $4.17 at shop.wailana.com)

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One Love Flash Tattoos

yoga flash tatoos

Wow them with temporary, metallic, yoga-themed skin ink creations. Includes gold, silver and black ohm sign, yin yang, lotus flower and others. (5×7 sheet, $8.50 at tats4now.com)

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ABOUT OUR WRITER

Erika Prafder is a veteran writer and product reviewer for The New York Post and the author of a book on entrepreneurship. A long-time yoga enthusiast and Hatha yoga teacher, she edits KidsYogaDaily.com, a news source for young yogis. The working mother of three resides in a beach community in Long Island, New York.