Are you looking for a great activity to do with your children? Then try yoga for kids! Here are some fun and easy poses to start learning.
Hey, friends! How’s the last days of your summer doing so far? I am looking forward to spending time at the beach soon, but what really gets me giddy these days is yoga for kids! I had always thought about coming up with special classes for the little ones but never got around to it until my eldest wanted to give it a try.
Yoga For Kids | Fun And Easy Poses To Try With Them
From Tree Pose to Headstand, You Can Do It!
I know a lot of yogi parents out there want to share the same activity with their children so I came up with this post. Moms and dads and kiddos, get ready with your yoga mats and let’s try these.
There’s a moderate level of difficulty with this one – initially. Once you can achieve balance, this becomes super easy, and it’s a great way to remind your children to stay grounded. Its meditative effect can also help calm kids.
Directions: Stand straight with hands on the side. Lift your chest, keep the shoulders relaxed, and squeeze the butt as you lift one of your feet and press it to the opposite inner thigh with the knee pointing outward. Focus your gaze to a central point and keep your palms together and place them on your chest or raise them high. Hold for 10 seconds.
In yoga, there will be a lot of different kinds of twists and bends, so now is the best time to introduce them to the simpler ones such as this.
Directions: Sit on opposite sides in a lotus position, hold each other’s hands, and slowly twist your hips to opposite directions. Hold for at least 15 seconds.
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🧘🏼♂️ This little guy has been watching Nana @janicemoorhouse practice in the garden every day and has been joining in/interupting. He refuses to try anything other than 3 legged dog over and over…i have to say…he's nailed it! Kids really are the prime example of practice makes perfect/if at first you don't succeed try try again!
You may be wondering, “What is a headstand doing on the list? It’s incredibly difficult!” You’ll be surprised at how fast a child can learn this fun pose. Like other asanas, a headstand has a learning curve, but if you and your kids are dedicated, you’ll get this quickly and do it over and over.
Directions: This is called a supported headstand. To begin, place your head on a flat surface like in a downward dog position. Place both your arms on the side as you lift your legs high. Keep your shoulders and arms steady and your abs firm. Then press your legs on the wall. You can then position your hands behind your head for more support.
4. Big Dog Little Dog
The Downward Facing Dog is a great yoga for kids pose. One, it reenergizes the parents after a day of running after very active kids. On the other hand, it calms the children. And as you can see, your kids can have a lot of fun going under you.
Directions: From a standing position, move your arms forward until you reach the floor. Keep your legs straight and your knees in front. Plant your heels to the surface and position your tailbone up. Look at your belly button. Hold for 10 seconds.
Didn’t just I mention I love plank? When you don’t have a lot of time to exercise, just do this for at least 100 counts every day, and you’ll see a big difference in your strength and muscle definition. Not only that, it’s a nice way to bond with your baby! Just look at the picture above. When my youngest was at that age, I’d alternate planking and push-ups and kiss him in between. How I miss those times!
Directions: Begin in a push-up position with your legs straight and your heels pointed. Keep your elbows steady and level with the lower part of your body. Squeeze the butt and draw the abdomen in. Lift the central part of your body up and hold for as long as you can.
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. DO YOU STRETCH EVERY DAY? if your answer is no then you need to get up right now and start. i’m so serious and here’s why: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 💛it promotes blood flow! proper blood circulation allows for enhanced transportation of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood throughout the body which is so damn important esp if you are sitting at a desk all day. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 💛 it improves flexibility. stretching expands your muscle fibers and helps your muscles become more fluid and free flowing. a big part of yoga is flexibility and stretching for even 10 min every day before jumping straight into a pose will help your posture and performance. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 💛it helps prevent injury. this is probably the most important point. when you stretch, you are prepping your muscles for exercise. stretching before working out increases blood flow to the tendons and muscles, helping prevent them from any strain or pain. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ TLDR: please stretch every day!! your body will thank you💛 #liveinthelight🦋
The bow pose is awesome for those who have posture and back issues. I also usually get giggles from children as they try to stretch their body and reach their feet.
Directions: From a prone position, lift your legs off the mat and try to reach the feet with your arms. Your chest should be up, shoulders away from the ears, shoulder blades close to each other, and hips level with the knees. Hold for 10 seconds.
Here’s another way to do yoga for kids. Come up with a theme! You can begin with this Frozen sequence from Cosmic Kids Yoga:
You can try other yoga poses here in my blog or those found in other websites, but never forget the golden rule: breathe properly and take the words of Laura, which is to practice!
Most of all, have fun and cherish this moment.
Have you tried doing yoga for kids? What postures did you do? Share them with me in the Comments Section! In the meantime, if you’re new to yoga, you may want to read this nifty dictionary.