Kids Holidays and Yoga: Five calming yoga poses for the holidays.
With the excitement of the holidays, combined with travel, visitors, schedule changes and a greater focus on material things, kids can sometimes find themselves overwhelmed and out of sorts.
Parents can encourage their children to enjoy some quiet focused time such as reading a book, listening to calming music or doing some yoga. Yoga has a special way of bringing our focus to our bodies and breath without necessarily trying. When this happens, even for a moment, calmness replaces our thinking minds and our stress.
So if you find that your children need a few moments to recuperate during the holidays, encourage them to try these 5 yoga poses for kids to help return them to a lovely calm!
For Butterfly sit and touch your left and right feet together with your knees wide. Sit up tall, lift your chest and put your hands on your ankles. Relax your face and head while lifting your chest up, up, up!
For Cow Pose sit with your legs outstretched. Bend your knees and have your legs apart with your feet flat on the floor. Slide one leg under the other, then line your top knee up with the lower knee (as in the photo). Now meet your arms behind your back with one elbow high and the other low. Sit as tall as you can! Hold the pose for a bit of time and then switch to the other side.
For Turtle Pose sit with your legs outstretched. Bend your knees, legs apart with your feet flat on the floor. Bend forward at the waist and slide your arms under your legs. You can either put your hands on your feet or back toward your hips (as in the photo). Relax your head toward your feet.
For Child’s Pose sit on your feet then bend and place your forehead on the floor. Relax your tummy between your thighs and your arms by your side. Try to relax your whole body.
For Savasana (relaxation pose) lie down on your back with your palms facing up. Close your eyes. Relax your body from the top of your head to the bottom of you feet. Imagine your whole body melting into the floor. Relax in Savasana for a few minutes. Then sit up slowly and enjoy the rest of your day!
Namaste! (“The light in me honors the light in you!”)
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