Yoga is a powerful workout that trains your body and mind to work in harmony. What’s even great about this exercise is that it is not limited to adults alone because children can practice this as well. Training your child to do yoga at an early age promotes healthier living and better awareness of their health as they grow.
There are plenty of yoga poses that your kids can do during their training. Here are some that they can try out.
- Cat-Camel Pose. For this exercise, your child needs to go down on all fours with their back straight. Arch back as you tuck the head in to imitate a cat stretching. This is a good exercise to massage the spine as well as the organs in the belly. Go back to first position then let the stomach go down towards the floor while raising head up. Hold this pose for a few seconds then release.
- Upward Facing Dog Pose. This exercise helps the spine to become stronger. Lie down on the floor on your stomach with palms pressed on the ground. Raise your hands toward your shoulders while keeping elbows locked. Push down on the floor to raise your head, shoulders, and torso off the floor while breathing normally. Stay in this position up to 30 seconds then go back to your first position slowly. Repeat this exercise several times.
- Happy Baby Pose. Another yoga pose that your kids will love is the happy baby pose. Lie on the floor on your back with your knees bent toward your belly. On inhale, hold the outside portion of your feet with your hands. Open your knees wider than that of your torso and bring them towards your armpits. Make sure that each ankle is placed above the knee until your shins are perpendicular to the floor. Flex your feet as you push upwards toward your hands while your hands are pressing down on your feet to create resistance.
- Bridge Pose. This yoga pose is designed to stretch the neck and the back which can also relieve stress as well as depression. Start by breathing in and lying down on the floor in a supine pose. Put hands on the floor with palms downward. Bend knees. Make sure that your legs form a straight line from your knees to your toes. On exhale, push down on your palms and feet to raise your butt off the floor so that your chest all the way to your knees are raised. Hold this for five to ten seconds before releasing.
- Airplane Pose. For this exercise, kids are taught how to balance themselves while strengthening their chest, legs, and hands. Stand straight while you breathe in. Place right foot forward with your knees straight and locked. Lean slightly forward. Raise arms out to your sides to help you maintain balance and to simulate the pose of an airplane. Hold this pose for a few seconds then go back to your first position.