4 Animal-themed Yoga Moves to Help Your Kids Relax
It is well known that yoga and meditation help release mental and physical stress in adults, but it can also help relax your kids. Although they may not seem to be facing high-stress situations at their age, doing yoga during childhood can teach them how to develop a calm and focused mind, as well as bring emotional balance to their life.
Studies show that yoga improves children’s physical and mental well-being, while supporting the development of healthy relationships and the ability to self-regulate emotionally, mentally, and behaviorally. Yoga in schools helps students improve resilience and concentration.
While yoga is commonly not offered in preschool, there are several easy yoga positions that you can do with your child. Here are a few poses for you and your little one to try out together. We suggest you do these on a yoga mat and, if you’d like, play some calming music or nature sounds. Remember to stretch gently and not too quickly or too far to prevent injuries.
This pose stretches and releases stress in your neck and spine.
Get on all fours like a table. Make sure that your knees are aligned with your hips, and your wrists, elbows, and shoulders should be straight and perpendicular to the floor.
Inhale slowly and arch your spine upwards, like a cat (hence the name).
Without forcing your chin into your chest, tilt your head towards the floor.
Exhale, and return to your original tabletop position.
Repeat the process as many times as you please.
The frog position stretches your hips, thighs, and spine.
Begin in the tabletop position, just as you did for the cat pose, with your hands in line with your shoulders and your knees below your hips.
Look at a point between your hands.
At a slow speed, gently push your tailbone towards the back to stretch your spine.
Move your knees outwards and align your ankle and feet with them in a straight line.
Slide downwards while keeping your hands flat on the mat until you can feel the stretch.
Hold for 3-5 breaths then return to the table position and repeat.
The butterfly pose not only stretches your lower body but also regulates intestinal and bowel movement.
Sit up on your mat with your legs out in front of you.
Fold your legs until your feet touch. Use your hands to hold them.
Slowly move your thighs and knees downwards.
Flap your legs like butterfly wings as you breathe at a calm pace.
Ok, this isn’t really animal-themed (though your child might be a little wild at times). This pose helps with relaxation while you stretch.
Kneel on the floor with your toes touching and your knees hip-width apart.
Exhale and gently bend forward from the waist, extending your arms outward, palms down.
Want more ideas of fun things to do with your children? Come pay us a visit during playtime to see how we engage and educate our kids every day!