* Ask your kiddos to find their yoga seats and settle into a comfortable seated position with lots of room around their bodies. They can sit on the floor, a yoga mat or a pillow for a bit more support. Offer them variations of their yoga seat like cross-legged pose (Sukhasana), Hero’s Pose (Virasana) or Half Lotus (Padmasana).
* Talk with them about practicing yoga, what it means and create some safety agreements before you begin.
* Start the song and do a motion for each part of the song: you don’t need to explain the motions, just demonstrate and your little yogis should be able to follow along.
– “Rub your hands” – Rub hands together creating friction and warmth.
– “Sit up tall” – Lightly press hands into knees, lengthen the spine and roll shoulders down.
– “Take a deep breath” – Bring hands to prayer pose, close eyes and inhale to allow chest to expand and shoulders to rise.
– “Om” – Exhale by chanting the sound “Om” bring hands back to knees.
* After a few times, you can vary motions to include side bends, forward folds, any poses you like. This works especially well with older kids who may tire of the repetition of sitting in cross-legged pose for an extended amount of time.
Chanting helps develop concentration, calm the nervous system, and helps bring balance to the body.
Rhythmic breathing alleviates stress, oxygenates the brain, strengthen lung capacity and build respiratory endurance.
Yoga poses help build good posture habits, stretch the knee joints and build flexibility and strength.
Try it out and let us know what you think!