Introducing yoga to your kids

By TNT Bureau

Feb 2, 2016: It is always beneficial to start off something good and encouraging for the kids. Isn?t it? Hence, it is advisable that you introduce yoga to your kids as this will help in improving their physical and mental sharpness. Additionally, you and your child will also get quality and healing time to bond and strengthen parent-children relationship.

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Some handy tips

Kids can start off with yoga at the age of 3.  It is obvious that they will respond to it in the form of a play.  Yoga poses that need strength coordination and balance can be demanding. Hence, it becomes important for you to support him/her and this will prove to bring along positive results where your child begins to learn about the virtues of trust and confidence.

This special yoga time between you and your child demands appropriate time. Hence, you need to find the right time and day to practice it and don?t forget to be consistent. Discipline, routine and ritual and discipline are a significant part of yoga. It is through the customary practice that you will find the maximum emotional, physiological and physical assistance.

Continue with the yoga practice for as long as the kid is occupied. Once the child gets tired or starts losing interest, wrap up the session for the day.

Yoga poses for you and your child


Snakes do not have arms or legs, so bring your legs together and your arms to your sides. On inhalation, lift your chest; on exhalation, lower to the floor. Ask your child to hiss like a snake as she exhales. Practice moving in and out of the pose three or four times, then hold the pose for three to five breaths. Notice the quality of your breath as you hold the pose. If it becomes short and shallow, rest. Ask your child if her breath is long, deep and soft.


Sit face-to-face and toe-to-toe. Hold each other?s hands. Sit up tall. Lift your feet and bring the soles together. Straighten your legs. Where will your sails take you?

Cat stretch

Begin on all fours with your hands under your shoulders and knees under your hips.  As you exhale, sit back on your heels, belly to thighs, and forehead to the floor; on inhale return to all fours.  Move with your breath. Have your child meow like a cat as she sits back. This will cultivate her awareness of the relationship between breath and movement.  Repeat four to six times. Rest on your heels for a few breaths. This is child?s pose.

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Supported bridge

It is important to stretch your belly after contracting your abdominal muscles. Rest once again in child?s pose and ask your child to have a seat; sit with your buttocks touching.  Ask your child to lean back and lie down on your back.  If she can reach her arms overhead, hold her wrists. Rest for five breaths.

Downward facing dog

From all fours, exhale and straighten your legs; on your inhalation bring your knees to the floor. On exhale, bark, woof or howl. Repeat three to four times. If you are comfortable holding downward facing dog, have your child slither like a snake or walk like a little dog under you. She may also walk her feet up the back of your legs into a half handstand.

Sitting twist

Sit face to face with your legs crossed; your knees touching. Wrap your right arms behind you. Reach your left arms across your front.  Hold each other?s right hand with your left. On inhalation sit up tall, gently unwind a bit and look into each other?s eyes. On exhalation, twist and look behind you. Repeat two more times, then hold in the exhale position for three to five breaths. Repeat the other side.

Partner tree

Rest once again in child?s pose. Ask your child to listen to and describe her breath again. Are there any changes?
You are now a little seed. What kind of tree will grow into? Begin to grow. Standing tall and side-by-side, wiggle your toes and reach them deep into the earth, like the roots of a tree. Lift your outside foot and place it below or maybe above your knee. Bring your inside arms around each other and the palms of your outside hands together.  Repeat other side. Try with your eyes closed or on your tippy-toes.

Credit: Yogi Times

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