Benefits of Yoga Asanas
Let’s make yoga fun for kids, as well as we make them enjoy as you enjoy with them. Teaching yoga to children unlocks the door for a lifetime practice that nurtures minds, spirits and healthy bodies.
This list provided is basic yoga poses for kids which deliver a creative guide. Make them happy, encourage the children’s creativity. Yoga poses for kids most of the time mimic our everyday ambience and perhaps performed in different ways.
A handful of things to consider while practising yoga with your children:
- Go ahead to change or modify the yoga poses to fashion your needs.
- Bring out fun with movements, don’t have to concentrate on practising perfect aligned poses.
- Fit into place, engage children. Go with their passions and interests.
- Craft true and meaningful experience.
- Try to satisfy according to their energy levels and different learning styles.
- Be innovative and enjoy yourselves, however, please be safe.
- Wear comfortable clothes
- Practice barefoot
Types of Yoga
The Sukhasana is very easy and simple to start off with the children, this could be performed by people of all ages.
- As the children sit down normally on the floor
- Let them cross their legs and broaden their knees
- Let the buttock be in a neutral position.
- Keep your hands on your knees with the palm facing up – Gyan mudra.
They could pretend to be: a bowl, boat, ship, kayak, valley, canoe, or a nest. Let them balance on their buttocks with their legs up.
They could pretend to be: Fish, Angelfish, Whale, Basket, Sleigh, Bow
Let them lie on their tummy, bend their knees, lift their chest, now they can reach their arms back towards their toes, and hold onto their feet.
They could pretend to be: Cat, Sheep, Tiger, Leopard, Lion, Jaguar, Cow, Wolf.
Let them move towards an all-fours position, round their back, and tuck their chin into their chest. Now they could pretend to act like a kitty cat.
- They could pretend to be: Super Hero, Crane, Brolga, Stork, Flamingo, Emu or Ostrich.
- Let them stand tall in a Mountain Pose
- Next, stand on one leg
- Then, reach the opposite leg out behind you
- Take on the outside of your foot into your hand, bend the trunk of the body forward with your arm out in the front for balance, and arch your leg up behind you.
Extended Child’s Pose:
They could pretend to be: Armadillo, Turtle, Polar Bear, Porcupine, Echidna.
Let them sit on their heels and then slowly bring their forehead down to rest in front of their knees, now ask them to place the palm of their hands flat out in front of you, and take a few deep breaths.
Extended Mountain Pose:
They could pretend to be: Saluting the Sun, Giraffe, Fountain
Let them stand tall in Mountain Pose, look up, and reach their arms up to the sky.
They could pretend to be: Flower
Ask them to sit on their buttocks with a tall spine, lift up their legs, balance on their sitting bones, touch the soles of their feet together, and move in their arms under their legs.
They could pretend to be: Badger, Fox, Raccoon
Ask them to sit on their heels, with both their hands in A-Okay sign over eyes to look like Fox’s eyes.
Half Shoulder Stand:
They could pretend to be: Bat, candle
Ask them to lie on their back with their knees bent, feet flat on the floor, arms resting alongside their body, and chin tucked in. On an exhale, let them push their palms down and lift their legs straight up, making an L shape with their body. Let them stay in this position or squeeze their belly and raise their hips. Then, let them bend their elbows and place their palms on their lower back for a half shoulder stand. Let them pretend as is their feet is on the flickering flames and their legs are like the candlesticks.
Happy Baby Pose:
They could pretend to be: Ladybug, Bear Cub, Bug, Spider Beetle, Otter, Pig.
Ask them to lie on their back with their chin tucked in, hug their knees into their chest, then grab the outer part of their feet with both of their hands, and rock like a happy little baby.
They could pretend to be: Horse, Cowboy, Lobster, Frog, Bench, Frilled-Necked Lizard.
Let them stand with their legs apart, feet facing slightly outwards by bending their knees, and standing firmly like a horse.
They could pretend to be: Squirrel, Penguin, Fox, Seahorse, Bird.
Ask them to stand on their knees, open their chest, look up, and look up to the moon like a fox.
Legs up the Wall:
They could pretend to be: Bat, Library books, Candle, Canyon Wall.
Ask them to lie flat on their back and then slowly raise their legs up straight towards the sky, making an L shape with their body. Flex their feet, keep their legs together, spread their arms out to either side and keep their neck in a neutral position. Let them rest their legs on a wall instead.
They could pretend to be: Hedgehog or Porcupine
Let them sit on their heels, stretch their fingers out in front of you, and place their heels of palms together in mudra to represent spines of the hedgehog.
They could be: Resting, Meditating
Let them sit with a tall spine, cross their legs, and rest the palms of their hands on their knees. Relax and breathe.
Reclining Butterfly Pose:
They could pretend to be: Resting
Let them lie on their back, bend their legs and bring the soles of their feet together. Take their arms out to rest at their sides. Let their whole-body touch into the ground and take a few deep breaths.