You might be a huge fan of yoga, but have you ever thought about sharing it with your children? As schools begin to explore how mindfulness can impact on a student’s well-being and learning, you may find that the calming effects of yoga work just as well for your children as they do for you.
Instead of trying to find time to practice yoga without the kids, start a family practice and work together to help them learn healthy lifestyle habits.
This pose promotes full-body circulation and increased energy levels as the inversion reverses the blood flow. It’s also a great pose for leg strength and ankle stability.
Lie on your back and bend both knees, keeping your feet flat on the ground. Bring the heels in as far as possible, and then lift your hips high towards the sky.
Downward Facing Dog
The downward facing dog is one of the core postures of yoga and is often used to transition between poses. This makes it perfect for teaching to children as it will help them with the basics of the practice.
Begin on hands and knees. Tuck the toes and lift the bottom high so that the body and the mat create a triangle. Press your chest forward and allow the head to hang down. Focus on keeping your feet firmly grounded, but bend the knees if required.
This is a great pose for stretching the sides of the body. As overextending this area can often result in injuries, it is a great place to stretch.
Stand firmly with your feet hip-width apart. Stretch your arms into the air and stretch to one side, holding the stretch. Return to the center before heading to the other side. You may find that helping your children in this pose will allow them to get a full stretch whilst remaining balanced.
This pose requires the calming of the mind and a great deal of concentration. Whilst this may be difficult for children at first, they can train themselves to focus by doing this pose. Remember to continue breathing in and out to help maintain stability.
Stand steadily on both feet. Press one of your feet firmly into the mat and lift the other foot. Once stable standing on one foot, place the heel of the lifted foot on the inner ankle and turn the knee out. If this feels steady, you can move to place the foot higher up. Ensure that no pressure is placed directly onto the knee joint.
The mountain pose can improve your posture whilst lengthening and strengthening the body.
Plant your feet onto the ground. Press the palms of the hands together in front of the heart. Ensure that the shoulders are relaxed and that the weight is equal in both feet.
Yoga with your children is not only good for them; it is fun for the whole family. Try these poses today and see which your family favorites are!