Our children live in a hurry-up world of busy parents, school pressures, incessant lessons, video games, malls, and competitive sports. We usually don't think of these influences as stressful for our kids, but often they are. The bustling pace of our children's lives can have a profound effect on their innate joy—and usually not for the better.
Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. Doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Yoga brings that marvelous inner light that all children have to the surface.
Most kids are natural yogis. Babies grab their toes; toddlers bend at the waist and put forehead to floor; elementary-school kids demonstrate an affinity for headstands and handstands — all variations on yoga poses. Young yogis tend to be more flexible, less fearful practitioners.
A few simple animal asanas that would make yoga interesting for them.
1. Stand with feet flat on the ground.
2. Slowly bend at the waist until your hands reach the ground.
3. Lean your body back slightly until you resemble and upside down V.
4. Bark, loudly, until the neighbors come over to find out what's going on.
1. Sit on your legs with knees bent (basic hero pose).
2. Stick your tongue out as far as you can.
3. Breathe out with force while roaring like a lion
4. Do this several times.
1. Sit on your knees
2. Reach behind your body and grab the soles of your feet (if you can).
3. Decide what kind of noise you think a camel makes...
1. Start by sitting on the floor with the soles of your feet together.
2. Take a moment to relax all your muscles and let your knees sink closer to the floor.
3. Sit up tall, and hold your feet.
4. Begin to gently "flap" your legs up and down as if you were a butterfly. You can even pretend to be a butterfly gathering nectar!
1. Get on all fours.
2. Arch your back up really tall, as if you were an angry cat. The kids will probably enjoy hissing to complete the picture.
3. Gently let your back fall into a sway, then arch it back up again.
4. Mewing and hissing are greatly encouraged - come on, it's too fun not to!
1. Lay down on your stomach.
2. Place your hands directly by your chest.
3. Push your upper body upward as far as you can.
4. Now pretend you are a cobra and hiss!
I'm sure kids would really enjoy these poses, they are fun and lets them use their imagination. Have fun and always remember to breathe while you're getting into, holding or or coming out of any yoga poses.