Yoga for Kids

Yoga for kidsIntroducing your children to yoga at an early age can help them learn healthy lifestyle habits and set the foundation for a fit future. Here is a kid-friendly yoga pose to get your family practice started with an easy breathing technique:

It’s that time again—book bags are rolling and pupils nationwide have returned to school. While anxiety is natural, practicing yoga and certain breathing techniques can help children handle the pressures associated with peers, workload and making the grade. Try this yoga tool with your kids for a stress-free start to the term.

Belly Breathing

Diaphragmatic breathing in through the nose, and out through the nose. Helps to both calm and center, says Susan Verde, (certified yoga and mindfulness teacher.) When anxiety strikes and our sympathetic nervous system is activated to fight, flee or freeze, focusing on the breath can help bring the system back into a place of calm.

Try It

Place your hands on your belly, take long slow inhales and feel the breath fill up like a balloon, then slowly let the belly “deflate” on the exhale. Your child can even count or say a mantra as she breathes in and out such as “I am calm.” This practice can carry over to anytime when your child feels anxious or overwhelmed.

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