When I first heard of this, it seemed unlikely. Kids can be hyper and don’t like to stay in one spot for too long, right?
Wrong. There are so many ways Yoga is good for your kid(s). The most important of them is anxiety. Anxiety is something people don’t take as seriously as they should. Well, in adults. When it comes to kids, who are often unable to identify and deal with it in a healthy way, it’s overlooked. School, homework, bullies, parents-there are several factors that can stress children out. And it’s up to us to help them out!
Adding music to the practice is a good idea.
Other than that, it’s always a great way to start your day with Yoga. It energizes you, helps you focus your mind, and grounds you. It’s also great for bonding time. If you were wondering where to start, there are a couple of poses (in no particular sequence) that aren’t too complicated and can be fun to do.
1. Urdhva Hastasana:
Begin in Tadasana/Samasthiti. Spread your arms out to the sides and extend them upwards. Pull your tailbone towards the mat and stretch your ribcage up slowly, keeping your shoulders away from your ears. Tip your head back slightly but make sure there’s no strain on your neck. Hold the pose for a few breaths.
2. The Tree Pose:
Begin in Tadasana/Samasthiti. Ground yourself, spread your toes and find your balance. Shift your weight to one foot and bend your other leg at the knee to rest the heel at the ankle or the upper thigh of the straightened leg.
3. Adho Mukha Svanasana/Downward Facing Dog:
Begin with your hands and knees on the mat. See that your knees are placed directly below your hips and that your hands are positioned slightly forward of your shoulders. Spread your palms and tuck your toes in. With an exhale, lift your knees away from the mat, keeping them bent and your heels up and away. Pull your sitting bone up toward the ceiling, and with an exhale, straighten your legs to place your heels on the mat. Hold the pose for five breaths.
4. Virabhadrasana/Warrior II:
Stand facing the long side of your mat, with your feet spread about four feet apart. Turn your right foot so your toes are facing the front of the mat, bending your right knee at 90 degrees while keeping your left leg straight. Raise your arms at your sides with your spine straight and head high, gaze at your right hand. Hold the pose for five breaths before changing sides.
5. The Butterfly:
Fun name, fun pose. Take a seat on the mat and bring the soles of your feet together, with your hands on your feet or your ankles to keep them together. Allow your knees to drop to the floor and straighten your spine, imagining yourself to be a magnificent butterfly.
Poses like Uttanasana, Trikonasana and Animal poses such as Camel, Cat/Cow and Cobra would also be great additions to the practice.
By Nattasha Vasudev, Gurukul Teacher Trainer