Below is an excerpt from a post titled “Growth Mindset Yoga Free Printable” that I wrote for Moments A Day, a popular parenting resource created by Chelsea Lee Smith, a mother and certified parent educator. Follow the link below to read the whole growth mindset yoga article and to download the Growth Mindset Yoga Printable Poster.
“I can’t read like her, Momma,” my daughter told me.
I was visiting her first grade classroom during a special family reading event. My daughter pointed out the children around us who were reading picture books, as she was working through her early readers. Her devastation broke my heart into a million pieces.
My concern for her lack of self-esteem led me to pick up Dr. Carol Dweck’s book Mindset again, and I dove into recent research on growth mindset. We took out a bunch of growth mindset books from the library to read together. It’s easy to assume that our children will have a positive outlook and have a love of learning like us, but research says that isn’t often the case.
Growth mindset is defined by Dr. Dweck as someone who embraces challenges, builds their confidence, and welcomes feedback. Alternatively, someone with a fixed mindset runs from difficulty, compares themselves negatively with others, and believes that success is based solely on intelligence or talent, not effort.
I then realized my daughter generally has a fixed mindset.
Instead of despair, I felt this overwhelming excitement that I could begin a slow process of planting the seeds of growth mindset into our daily life.
Another way to reinforce these ideas of growth mindset is to practice daily affirmations through yoga poses. We know that learning through movement helps children retain the information, so below you’ll find five yoga poses inspiring us to think using a growth mindset.
5 Growth Mindset Yoga Poses for Kids
1. I am hard-working.
How to practice Warrior 1 Pose: Stand tall with legs hip-width apart, feet facing forward, and straighten your arms alongside your body. Step one foot back, angling it slightly outward. Bend your front knee, bring your arms straight up toward the sky, and look up. Imagine working hard through a problem and embracing challenges. Say, “I am hard-working.” Repeat on the other side.
2. I am creative.
How to practice Dancer’s Pose: Stand tall in Mountain Pose. Then stand on your right leg, reach your left leg out behind you, and place the outside of your left foot into your left hand. Bend your torso forward, with your right arm out in front for balance, and arch your leg up behind you. Imagine using your creativity to face setbacks in a different way. Say, “I am creative.” Switch sides and repeat the steps.
3. I am focused.
How to practice Chair Pose: Stand tall in Mountain Pose with your feet hip-width apart, bend your knees, and keep a straight spine. Take your straight arms out in front of you at a 45-degree angle. Focus on giving your best effort to hold this difficult pose as long as you can. Think of when you could use focus and effort to master a task in real life. Say, “I am focused.”
4. I am open-minded.
How to practice Lunge Pose: From Downward-Facing Dog Pose, step your right foot forward to rest just inside your right hand. Keep a flat back and open your chest. Imagine being open-minded enough to listen and learn from someone giving you constructive criticism. Say, “I am open-minded.” Switch sides and repeat the steps.
5. I am curious.
How to practice Downward-Facing Dog Pose: Step back to your hands and feet in an upside-down V shape, with your buttocks up in the air. Think of ways that people around you have experienced success. Be curious and inspired by their successes. Say, “I am curious.”
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