Children can sometimes live in a world where everything is busy and fast-paced: school, sports, after-school clubs, and a wide array of other things that happen at a bustling rate. Yoga is a great way for children to relax while engaging in physical activity at the same time.
There are lots of benefits which children can derive from yoga. Physically, it can help with strength and coordination; mentally, it can encourage concentration, calmness and relaxation.
Here are some simple child-friendly yoga poses you can try at home with your little ones.
Happy baby pose
Lie on your back. Bend your knees into your belly and exhale. Inhale, while grabbing the outsides of your feet. Open your knees and bring them up towards your armpits.
Stand tall on one foot and turn the opposite knee out. Place the sole of this foot onto your ankle, calf or thigh. Put your palms together in front of your chest.
Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground. Rest your arms flat alongside your body. Tuck your chin into your chest and lift your bum and back up to create a bridge shape.
Sit up straight with a tall spine, bend your legs and place the soles of your feet together. Gently flap your legs like the wings of a butterfly.
Lie on your tummy with your palms pressed flat to the floor next to your shoulders. Press into your hands; lifting your head and shoulders off the ground. Optional extra bit of fun for the little ones: hiss like a snake.
Lie flat on your tummy, lift up your shoulders and clasp your arms behind your back like a shark fin.
Sit with a tall spine and cross your legs. Rest the palms of your hands on your knees, relax and breathe.
For a kid-friendly yoga tutorial, check out this video from Yoga With Adriene.