When your child’s energy levels are through the roof and nothing seems to calm the situation, why not try these simple yoga positions at home? The Bodytree Studio shares six poses to teach your sprogs.
1. Butterfly Pose
Sit on your buttocks with a tall spine, bend your legs, bring the soles of your feet together, and gently flap your legs like the wings of a butterfly. This pose wakes up the groin muscles.
2. Cobra Pose (or Snake)
Lie on your tummy, place palms flat on the ground next to your shoulders, press into hands, lift head and shoulders off the ground, and then hiss like a snake. This pose allows a bit of silliness and an opening in the lumbar spine.
3. Dancer’s Pose
Stand tall on one leg, reach the opposite leg out behind you, place the outside of your foot into your hand, bend your torso forward with your arm out in front of you for balance, arch your leg up behind you, and sing La La La! This pose teaches extreme focus and determination.
4. Shoulder Stand (or Candle Stick)
Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor, arms resting alongside your body, and chin tucked in. on an exhale, push your palms down and lift your legs straight up, making an L-shape with your body. Stay in this position or squeeze your belly and raise your hips. This pose activates the thyroid gland which controls all of the emotions in the body, allowing for relaxation.
5. Dolphin Pose
On your hands and knees, bend your elbows, rest your forearms on the ground, with your palms flat, lift up your knees to straighten your legs, and let your head hang down. This pose lets you release the muscles in the neck which is where most of us usually carry our stress in the body.
6. Child’s Pose
Sit on your heels, slowly bring your forehead down to rest in front of your knees, rest your arms down alongside your body, and then take a few deep breathes. This pose forces you to surrender, relaxing the entire body. Ask the child to feel how their body lifts off of their thighs as they take a deep inhale, and feel how their body collapses back down in relaxation as they exhale.
Managing big emotions through movement
Calm down yoga for kids (5 minutes)
• I am strong.…Warrior 1
• I am kind…....Tree Pose
• I am brave......Chair pose
• I am friendly…Downward dog
• I am wise……Thunderbolt position