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Meet the newest (and unlikeliest) wellness star: Meddy Teddy


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After Californian and meditation aficionado Tom Jordan went to the caves of India to meditate, a vision came to him: that of a super bendable teddy bear “yogi” with a blissful smile across his face.

And now that vision is a reality. Introducing: Meddy Teddy. Despite being only in the launch phase, Meddy Teddy already has over 10,000 Instagram followers and a fan base of yogi mom influencers (such as Summer Perez, The Giving Mom, and Kristin McGee). Oh, and he’s getting his own customized pair of striped leggings from K-Deer (no joke).

Photo: Instagram/@meddyteddy
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Meddy Teddy is designed to teach young kids about mindfulness and health through yoga and meditation (they call it meddytation) in a way that relates to them specifically (and makes their oms a lot more fun).

Since yoga and meditation can be beneficial to kids in a number of ways, studies show—including improved academic performance and memory, higher self-esteem and self-control, and reduced anger and depression—Meddy is more than just a toy. He is pliable enough to show kids what a tree pose looks like, for example, and he looks completely at ease while doing it—unlike some adults (ahem) trying to get through a challenging vinyasa flow.

Photo: Melisse Gelula for Well+Good
Photo: Melisse Gelula for Well+Good

 

We just got a Meddy Teddy in our office, and I can attest to the smiles he brings to team Well+Good. The little guy’s peaceful face just emanates glee and does wonders for the morale of adults—so imagine what he can do for children everywhere.

Want to start “meddytating” but don’t know where to start? These 7 apps will help kickstart your practice. If you ever begin to doubt yourself because your mind wanders, don’t worry—these are the biggest meditation myths, debunked.