Do you find that your kids are little stressed out between school work and all of their activities? I know my kids get worn out between going to school, homework, and sometimes just life in general. Have you considered trying to yoga to help your kids relax? I have done yoga in the past and I’ve always felt great after completing my yoga work out. Here are some fun yoga poses that your kids can try that will naturally help soothe and relax them. Your kids can do this yoga, inside on carpet, outside on the grass or on a yoga mat. (I would like to add, I am not a doctor, nor do I work in the medical field, and for some people, it may be necessary to check with your doctor or health care practitioner before your child starts any sort of exercise regimen.)
This is a great first pose to get your child started in yoga.
Have your child stand up nice and straight and take several deep breaths. Then have your child lift up their arms, past their head, and reach for the sky. Make sure the legs stay firmly planted on the ground and make sure they stretch as high as they can. While they’re doing this stretch and moving their arms up and down, encourage them to say “om” or “ah”. They can you do this pose several times.
Cat/Dog Stretch Pose
Once your child has warmed up with the sunrise/sunset pose, you can give this one a try. This kids pose will be especially fun because you can encourage them to make cat sounds, like purring or hissing, while they’re doing this pose. Then, when they get into the dog position, they can make some dogs sounds.
This is a very easy pose for a child to get into. Position them on the floor, on their hands and knees. They will need to arch their spine towards the ceiling. Once they get into the cat pose, they will reassemble a hissing and scared cat. After they’re in the cat pose, have them move their spine in the opposite direction, so its arched downward and now you’re in the dog position. I’m sure your kids will have a ball with all the meowing and barking and they won’t even realize that they’re actually exercising and doing something that’s good for their health.
This is a great pose that will help your children with their balance and concentration.
To get your child in this position have them stand on the floor, feet facing forward and shoulder distance apart. Start with lifting up your left leg and put the bottom of your foot on the inside of your right knee and have your kids holds their arms out for better balance. This is not the easiest pose to do, so if your child is unsteady, they can lean against a wall for some extra balance. Also, if they need to move their foot down lower to their calf, that’s fine too. If your child is able to hold the pose, try and have them focus on an object, on the wall in front of them. Try and have them hold this pose for around ten seconds. Once they get better at this pose, have them hold it for 20 or 30 seconds.