Yoga poses for beginners.
By now, you will have heard about the research or experienced the benefits of yoga. As someone from the edtech industry said to me the other day, “Yoga for kids is everywhere!” And it’s no wonder why. Research has shown that mindfulness and yoga practices offer a multitude of benefits for children.
Firstly, these practices increase flexibility, strength, and balance, which not only promote a healthy body image but also instill healthy habits around physical activities. By engaging in yoga, children build self-confidence and develop a positive relationship with their bodies.
Secondly, yoga eases anxiety, stress, and tension in children. By providing them with tools to manage their emotions, yoga enables children to focus on the positive aspects of life and navigate challenges with greater resilience. This, in turn, leads to happier, more balanced lives.
Additionally, yoga enhances vital cognitive skills such as focus, attention, concentration, comprehension, and memory. By incorporating yoga into their routine, children improve their ability to perform well in school and other activities they enjoy.
Lastly, yoga provides opportunities for patience, reflection, and self-insight. Through mindfulness practices, children learn to understand and regulate their emotions. This self-regulation reduces problem behaviors and fosters a harmonious learning environment.
However, despite the growing popularity of yoga, many of us still find ourselves wondering how to introduce it to children, especially within schools and homes. Today, we will share five beginner yoga poses to easily introduce yoga to children, helping them reap the incredible benefits of this ancient practice. Get ready to have fun exploring these yoga moves with your children!
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5 KIDS YOGA POSES FOR BEGINNERS
The five beginner yoga poses below can be practiced one pose at a time or in this specifically designed yoga flow from one pose to the next. Next to each pose name, you will also find the Sanskrit name if you’d like to share with your students, as well.
Yoga for kids isn’t about perfect poses or rigorous exercise. It’s about participating in a healthy activity together that promotes a balanced lifestyle. Focus on having fun with movement, not on perfectly aligned poses. Practice these poses on a yoga mat or other non-slip surface and make sure you have enough room to move safely.
1. How to practice Hero Pose (Virasana)
Come to rest upright on your heels with your palms resting on your knees. Close your eyes, if that’s comfortable. Take a few deep breaths and relax.
2. How to practice Cat-Cow Pose Flow (Bitilasana Marjaryasana)
Come to an all-fours position, tuck your chin into your chest, and round your back into Cat Pose. Then look up, open your chest, and arch your back in a Cow Pose. Repeat this Cat-Cow flow a few times to warm up your spine.
3. How to practice Downward-Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Lift your knees to an upside-down V shape, with your buttocks up in the air. Ensure that your palms are flat on the ground with your fingers splayed out. Your spine is long, and you can look between your legs. Breathe and relax.
4. How to practice Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Drop your knees and sit back on your heels. Slowly bring your forehead down to rest on the floor in front of your knees, rest your arms down alongside your body, and take a few deep breaths.
5. How to practice Resting Pose (Savasana)
Lie on your back with your arms and legs stretched out. Close your eyes. Breathe and rest.