“You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.”
Who said yoga was only for adults? Kids are fast learners and all over the world, there are kids who are actively making yoga a part of their everyday life. Try these simple exercises with your kids to introduce them to the world of yoga.
Spending as less as five minutes doing yoga with kids can help them build up their energy levels. While the Suryanamaskar is one of the preferred exercises that combines breathing, asanas in a beautiful flow that helps to up the energy levels, there are also other easy asanas that can help your child start with yoga.
Practicing yoga with kids on a daily basis helps to calm their mind, build up focus and attention, improve concentration and provide better flexibility. We’ve listed a few yoga poses that you can try with your children at home.
This is one of the best poses to calm the mind and start the day by upping the energy levels. Stand with your feet together and lift your toes. Spread your feet wide and place it back on the ground. Ensure that your legs are straight and firm. Relax your shoulders gently and tilt your head a bit so that you can see the sky. Bring your hands together so that the palms touch each other. Keep your hands in front of you and breathe deeply for at least a minute. Try and perform this asana outdoors to soak in the fresh air and sunshine.
Tadasana or the Tree Pose
This is one of the poses that yoga practitioners recommend to start your day too. This asana can be performed after the Mountain Pose. Reach up your arms over the head and let the right arm go a bit higher than the left arm. You body should feel the stretch when you raise your arm higher. Stay in the pose for 5 seconds and now raise your left arm feeling the stretch on the other side. Alternate with these poses a few times. This helps to relax and calm the mind.
Hanumanasna or the Monkey Pose
Monkeying around! Don’t kids just love that? And this pose is all about monkeying around with your kids. Stand with your feet apart and hinge forward towards the floor. Stop at the level of your hips and relax your upper body. Don’t strain your head and the shoulders as you bend down. Slowly let your arms reach the floor. Start with swinging your right hand to your left foot and then reverse it by swinging the left hand to right foot. Do this for at least 30 seconds.
Yoga is beneficial to children of all ages, and the sooner you start with it for your child they will be introduced to better living.