Yoga for Kids
Yoga is a simple form of exercise that can help strengthen your child’s core muscles and calm her mind. Children’s thoughts and emotions are often overstimulated. When your child participates in yoga, he/she can build a sense of mindfulness of the present moment, which is a great way to reduce stress in children. Here are a few yoga activities you can do at home:
- Start with very simple yoga poses, such as Cat and Cow pose. On a mat or soft carpet, get down on your hands and knees. For Cat pose, arch your back and bend your chin down to your chest. Transition to Cow pose, by rolling your back down and lifting your head to look up. Slowly move between the two poses a few times.
Use Salutation Seal to practice mindful breathing. Sit cross-legged on the floor with your back straight. Hold your hands, palms together, against your chest. Close your eyes and bow your head slightly. Breath in deeply through your nose. Hold your breath inside your chest for a few seconds. Then, slowly exhale through your mouth. Pretend your hands are holding a candle you need to blow out. Clear your mind of all thoughts except the feeling of your body on the mat and the sensation of the air going in and out. Continue this breathing activity for 2-5 minutes.