Whether you don't mind if your kids play with gun-wielding action figures or the thought makes you cringe, we can all agree that Yoga Joes are a decidedly evolved incarnation of G.I. Joe. The classic toy trades in his gun for a yoga mat and his ammo to strike a perfect Asana, achieving mindfulness and demonstrating the ancient art of yoga to kids at a young age. The toys, which portray powerful images of army men fixed in a series of poses ranging from Warrior Two to Child's Pose are designed to inspire children, men and military veterans to try yoga. Creator Dan Abramson recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring these toys to the front lines, and it far surpassed his goal of raising $40,000, soldiering on to $108,065. Clearly, people think Yoga Joes need to be on active duty.
A complete set of 6 Yoga Joes comes in a display case with bamboo flooring. The 6 poses are: Warrior Two, Child’s Pose, Meditation Pose, Headstand, Cobra Pose, and Downward-facing Dog. Abramson has a special offer as well, “If you are an active duty or retired military veteran, it’s half off for a complete set of 6 Yoga Joes. We will not question you on this, so please be honest, because our service men and women deserve it.” The set is reasonably priced at $20 and an estimated shipping date is December 2014. Additional Yoga Joes are offered in a limited edition hot pink hue, as well as figures posing on tiny little yoga mats.
Of course we’d like to see Yoga Joes made with recycled and recyclable plastic to elevate the enlightenment of these toys even further.