Integration of yoga into a child’s life allows for a sense of calmness and relaxation, coupled with environmental awareness and tools for personal stress management. Children’s yoga classes foster a sharing and caring environment and bring honour and thankfulness for their self, family and surroundings. Yoga classes encourage kids to move their bodies, create calmness in their little minds and allows their spirits to soar.
Here are some fun yoga postures you can do with your kids at home or at the local park!
Downward Dog (Mommy Dog)
(Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Begin on all fours (table position) distributing equal weight in your hands while spreading the fingers. Gently lift your hips towards the sky, as your press your heels deep down into the earth. Keep the fingers spread and hands pressed evenly into the ground as you create a V shape with your body.
Preschoolers enjoy shaking their “tail” in this position as they bark like a Mommy Dog.
Bound Angle (Butterfly)
Begin in a comfortable seated position and bring your knees in close to your chest. Allow your knees to slowly drop to the side, towards the earth. Your hips should stay on the floor, with a tall spine. Press the souls of your feet together.
Move your legs and/or arms in a fluttering motion so your butterfly can fly high in the sky!
Upward Dog (Baby Dog)
(Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)
Begin on your stomach with your chin resting on the floor, bringing your hands in close to your chest. Spread your fingers and press your palms into the floor. Pressing the feet into the floor and begin to lift your chest and shoulders off the floor. Lengthen your arms and press the crown of your head towards the sky. Open up your chest, pressing your shoulder blades together. Toddlers and Preschoolers may want to bark and make noise like a little puppy!
Child’s Pose (Sleeping Bunny)
Begin in a kneeling position, with your buttocks on the heels of your feet. Allow your upper body to fold forward reaching towards the earth. Your forehead drops towards the floor, and your hips reach back towards your heels. Lengthen the spine as your breath dances throughout your body. Place your hands on the floor next to your body. Another option that the children enjoy is a variation (as shown in picture) with the arms extended in front. This is a great relaxation pose.
Amanda is mom to Dominic, 2 months, and can be found blogging about life, product reviews & giveaways at Namaste Mommy, PTPA Panel of Moms & Tools for Schools. When not feeding and changing diapers Amanda is busy with her company DeGrace Energetics & Little Lotus.