Teach your kids yoga and meditation with a cuddly stuffed animal. Not only are they adorable, they are designed to help your child find a fuller, richer life. A Zen sloth helps teach children how to do yoga, meditation, and even kids sleep meditation in a fun and interactive way. They are great gifts for Zen friends. The perfect companions for kid's yoga with stuffed animals.
Sage and Shiloh have unique, fully posable inner frames. These cute stuffed animal yoga sloths can be moved into just about any position to teach yoga poses for kids. Take your Zen Friend to your kids yoga classes or practice yoga at home.
Your Zen Friend sloth is a Bluetooth stuffed animal so you can connect them to your smart device to play guided meditations, affirmations, sleep music, sleep meditation for kids, and audio books.
Childhood is a magical time but it can also be rough, especially these days. Modern life can be incredibly stressful for all of us, including children. Kids yoga and their Zen Friend helps them unite mind, body, and soul in a way that eases tension and promotes health and well being.
Yoga kids have lower stress levels and an improved outlook on life. Children's yoga also enhances their self-awareness. Kid yoga poses help children learn how to pay attention to their bodies, thoughts, feelings and emotions.
Self-awareness leads to better self control and a healthier regulation of those big emotions every child experiences.
It's not just for grown ups. Kid meditation is a powerful learning tool and coping mechanism. Meditation has proven extremely effective in reducing stress and anxiety, especially in combination with yoga.
Thousands of studies show the positive effects of mindfulness and meditation on our health and well-being. Meditation for children is a tool that gives them a head start and helps equip them for a happy and successful life in this hectic world.
These adorable Bluetooth stuffed animal sloths are the perfect guides to show your children the value of powering down when needed and living life at a slower pace.
A kids bedtime meditation can even help them unwind and drift off to dreamland. Kids sleep meditation can help them relax and feel safe, comfortable, and loved.
A regular mindfulness practice helps your yoga kid learn how to pay attention to their bodies, thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Bringing awareness to how they're feeling helps kids learn self regulation, which helps them to calm themselves when they experience stress and big emotions.
Today's fast-paced environment has led to shorter attention spans, less patience, and increased anxiety and depression among children. Developing a healthy mindfulness routine and practicing yoga poses for kids with their Zen Friend can bring balance into their lives.
These practices have been shown to alleviate depression, increase focus and cognitive retention, improve school performance, decrease hyperactivity while increasing attention span, expand natural creativity, as well as improve sleep and overall psychological well-being.
THE PROBLEM AND THE SOLUTION
As a mother of three, I know the joys of childhood and parenthood. But I also know from personal experience the unprecedented pressures children face today. No family is immune from the dangers of depression and suicide. The statistics are staggering. I firmly believe kid yoga, yoga for toddlers, meditation for kids, and kid's bedtime meditation can make all the difference. Now more than ever, we need to equip our children with tools to lead happier and healthier lives. We need to protect their mental health the same way we would protect them from physical harm. The old solutions are not working and the system is failing our children. It’s time for a change.
Zen Friends provides a source of comfort that encourages kids to slow down and turn inward. Kid yoga and kids meditation are habits that can help keep them mentally healthy for a lifetime. We focus on reaching children at a young age to give them the life tools to connect with their inner guidance system. We help them learn how to regulate their feelings and emotions. We are setting them up for success so that by the time they reach young adulthood they’ll already know how to work through their emotions in a positive and constructive manner. Our goal is to teach self-love through mindfulness, meditation, and yoga with kid.
Zen Friends is not just another adorable stuffed animal and they don't just teach kid yoga poses. Sage and Shiloh are here to wrap our children in love, be a friend, a source of comfort, a guide, and even a cheerleader. A friend and steady hand to help guide them through all their emotions, their highs and their lows, and encourage them to keep going. And, most of all, to love who they are at their core. Zen Friends hopes to create a ripple effect by empowering heart-centered, connected children who will grow up to change the world for the better.
The mission of Zen Friends is to reduce youth anxiety, depression and suicide by encouraging self-love through mindfulness, meditation and yoga. Mindfulness meditation and yoga became extremely important to me when they proved invaluable in healing my own depression and anxiety. As a mom, I knew it was important to share this gift with children everywhere. I believe it is the key to turning around the huge increase in depression, anxiety and suicide plaguing our youth. And I'm not the only one.
"If every 8-year-old in the world was taught meditation, we would eliminate violence from the world in one generation." – Dalai Lama
I took those words to heart. And I decided to do something to help realize that dream. I knew he wasn't talking just about violence towards others, but also violence done to ourselves. I did lot of research but couldn't find anything that really focused on teaching kids yoga and meditation.
So I decided to create something on my own. I took a stuffed animal, something that every child loves, and I gave it a whole new mission. I chose sloths because they have so much to teach us about slowing down and really enjoying life. Not to mention, they're add cute and loveable. I made them fully poseable so that they would be able to help teach children's yoga poses in a really fun and interactive way. They can even teach yoga for toddlers.
I added the Bluetooth speaker because I knew that playing guided affirmations and meditation would not only make Zen Friends unique, it was also the key to getting kids excited to learn children's yoga poses – and putting them on their own path to really loving themselves.
– Kristina Butterfield, creator and founder of Zen Friends.
It's not just about yoga with kids. We have a passion at Zen Friends for building a strong sense of community. We are so excited to be able to have Sage & Shiloh not only in your homes, but in your classrooms, yoga studios, and anywhere else you desire....and we would love to see them in action!
Make sure to follow us on social media so we can see how you're loving your sloth friends! Remember to tag us in your photos and use #zenfriends so we can give your photos some love!
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