Yoga has become more and more popular with weird and wonderful variations popping up. But, one of the best things to come out of this rise in popularity is the accessibility it has for children.
Introducing your children to yoga at an early age can help them learn healthy lifestyle habits that could last a lifetime. Not to mention set the foundations for a fit future that nurtures healthy bodies, minds, and spirits.
However, there’s one difference when it comes to yoga for kids. You're going to need to shake it up a bit. While adults will attend yoga to find peace and release tension and stress. Kids will only be motivated by one thing. Fun.
So, first things first you need to peak their interest and do everything you can to keep them engaged. So, we're going to need some fun and exciting poses.
Once they are engaged, then it's time to think about introducing breathing and meditation exercises.
So, let’s get into it. Here are 5 yoga poses to do with your kids! Nothing too hard, just some easy, quick, and safe poses for everyday practice.
1. Cat Cow Pose
We're going to keep most of these poses animal related so you can have a bit of fun with sounds. It will also help keep their imagination engaged as the relatable imagery will help yoga feel more like play.
From their hands and knees, walk them through dropping their belly and looking up for Cow Pose, and then arching their back like an angry cat for Cat Pose.
Once they have the motion mastered, we can begin to incorporate the correct breathing technique. Breathe in with each Cow, and out with each Cat.
2. Lion Pose (Simhasana)
Have your little one’s roar like a lion whilst doing this pose! This one will help strengthens the lungs, throat, and voice. This posture stimulates the tonsils and the immune system and helps to reduce stress and anger.
How to do this pose:
Sit with the hips on the heels.
Rest the palms on the knees.
Start inhaling from the nose, and while you’re on it, stick your tongue out.
Keep the eyes wide open, exhale through the mouth, and make a sound of a roaring lion (RAWRRR)
3. Cobra Pose
The Cobra pose provides a great way to slither into stretching out their spine and chests. It's great at fighting the slouch that kids may have from sitting around at school or in front of a computer. Just make sure not to overdo the back bend.
How to do this pose:
Lie face down with the tips of the feet flat on the floor and palms on either side of the body.
Pull the shoulders slightly back towards the spine.
Engage the abdomen throughout the exercise as it keeps the lower back protected.
Lift the body into a cobra pose while keeping the chin up. Use the hands for support, but without putting unnecessary pressure.
Hold the posture for 15 to 30 seconds, before gently releasing the body to the floor. This is a good, morning yoga pose for kids to practice daily.
4. Downward Facing Dog
This will be one of the easiest poses for your child to mimic. In fact they’ve probably already done it naturally at some point.
This will draw on how flexible kids are but also encourage them to stay strong and still. Plus, this pose will literally give them another perspective on the world. You can encourage them to look towards their tummy, or look upside down past their knees.
As a bonus you can tell them to watch their tummy rise and fall as they breathe, is another nice way to encourage focus on one simple thing at a time.
5. Corpse Pose
A nice and easy pose to finish with. Whilst keeping kids lying down still for more than 2 minutes may seem impossible this is the perfect pose to try.
It also serves as the prime opportunity to gently introduce breathing exercises
Mini Me Yoga
Want to learn more about introducing yoga to the children in your life?
Check out the Mini Me Yoga page on our website. We offer workshops for Parents, Educators, Health Professionals, etc on how to introduce our simple yet effective 15 minute program.
Our next workshop is taking place on Saturday 29th February – find out more on our website or on the Facebook Event