This is Butterfly pose. It’s called that because when you sit in this position your legs look kind of like butterflies. (Okay, I don’t really think they look like the wings of a butterfly, but nothing else makes sense)
So, to get into this position it’s fairly easy, and there are some adjustments you can make to make it easier or harder, based on how flexible and comfortable you are.
First, sit on the floor (or a rock) with your feet out in front of you. Make sure you are sitting up straight and looking straight ahead.
Now, bring in your left leg so that the bottom of your foot is facing the inside of your right knee. Only bring it in far enough so you are comfortable.
Next bring your right foot in so the soles of your feet are facing each other.
Now position your feet so the bottoms of them are touching each other. Make sure you are sitting up straight the whole time.
Take 5 deep breaths, making sure to count to 5 while you inhale, and 5 while you exhale. This keeps your breathing even and keeps you “centered.” You’ve heard people talking about being centered. Really, all it means is being present in the moment and not thinking about what you’re going to be doing with your friends later this afternoon. 🙂
Okay, now straighten out your legs and shake them out gently.
Repeat all these steps, in order, 3 times.
Here is one of my favorite poses, cause it feels so good when I do it! It stretches different parts, and flexes others.
Sit down on the ground and sit on your knees.
Now lay on your stomach. Make sure your palms are faced up and arms are straight by your side. Legs should be straight out behind you.
Now bring your hands to your shoulders and your palms should be facing the ground now and elbows should be bent.
Now push your upper body up. Your back should be arched.
Now release your head and let it fall backwards.
You don’t want your shoulders to be up push them down toward the ground! Don’t go too far that it hurts!
That’s it! That’s the Cobra. By practicing this pose you will stretch your stomach and your arms. You’ll feel the stretch, and you can just push yourself up as far as you can go. Then see…each time you do it you’ll be able to go a little farther each time!
You know how much fun it is to play on the playground, to run around with friends, and to crawl and climb around on all sorts of stuff? Well try out this really cool idea for having fun with your family. What about making your very own obstacle course? You can make it in a backyard, a front yard, even in the house, if it’s okay with your parents. 🙂
Imagine if your course had climbing and crawling obstacles, running and jumping ones, and things that would challenge even your parents! You can use chairs to make tunnels, use a ball to hold between your knees while you walk part of the course, or a jump rope to practice your skipping rope with. You can really use anything you have lying around the house! Hula hoops. Ladders. Rope. Chairs. Monkey bars. Swing set. Anything!
So get the ok from your mom and dad, and go create something fun to challenge your parents to tonight!
Have you ever wondered how you could share yoga with kids at home? Especially if you don’t practice yoga yourself?
Yeah, my mom was the same way. I love her and all, but she is definitely NOT a yoga person!
So when she realized that yoga could probably help me in areas I really needed help in she was kinda stuck. She looked for books and videos, but at the time most of them were for adults. Honestly, that’s still kinda the case.
Luckily she didn’t care and bought me the adult videos anyway. I watched them, learned from them, and practiced with them.
But they were still made for adults!
Well, once I got old enough to string two thoughts together on paper I wrote a book. Yoga for Kidz: The Basics. I wasn’t sure people would care, but they did! It was awesome!
In fact, it has been an Amazon Best Seller 3 different times! It’s been so exciting, and the messages I’m getting from people are amazing. I am so excited that what I’m writing, and the way I’m writing it, is making a difference for kids and families everywhere!
I’ve written my second book and have just released it. It’s called Yoga for Kidz: Yoga at Home. It is written for kids but parents and adults who don’t do yoga can read it to. It’s over 20 pages of information, poses, photos, instructions and even includes some bonus worksheets and other cool stuff at the back.
Right now it’s only $7 and you can download it right away. Check back soon to get your copy!
Yoga classes are different everywhere you go. Some are more active, some have more meditation, some are full of games…they’re just all really different.
There are some basic things you can expect when you take your child to a yoga class. Classes should start with a warm up of breathing and exercises. Most classes will go to standing poses next. They are more active than the sitting and laying down poses and are better done at the beginning of a class when the kids have more energy to expend. A lot of classes will do some games or partner activities at this point, letting the kids work with each other and get to know each other. After that will be sitting and floor poses, and the class will likely end with relaxation and meditations.
All of these sections should be age appropriate in both amount of time and difficulty of exercises. Some may be high energy, some might be low energy, but the best will have a good mix. I always mix the energy levels in my classes. When working with kids it’s important to pay attention to the kids’ energy, and be able to kind of know what they need and what will help them have fun and get some exercise in.
By starting out with the higher energy activities they are able to use their energy up early, which will make it easier for then to settle down for the relaxation and meditation section of the classes.
It’s really important that you find a class that has good energy for your child. Everyone is different, and if your child has any particular special needs then you will want to consider those as well when looking at the energy level of different classes. There are many to choose from, both online and off, and finding the right one can mean the difference between your child loving yoga and health, and not.
Have you ever wondered what this whole yoga for kids thing is about? It seems to be sweeping the nation right now. Everytime you turn around someone or someplace is offering yoga classes to kids, or at least talking about it. It’s crazy, right?
I know. I’ve run across the same thing. I am pretty happy about the new craze though. I’ve been doing yoga since 2007 to help me deal with stress and focus better in school. I thought I would share some of the other ways yoga can help the kids in your life.
- Increase awareness – yoga encourages kids to be more aware of themselves, to listen to their bodies, and to notice signals that their body might be sending them
- Improve physical fitness – yoga works for kids of all ages and abilities. It helps you challenge yourself, but you cannot lose (that’s one of the reasons it’s my favorite exercise)
- Gives good posture – yoga helps strengthen your back muscles and teach good posture so you can quit reminding your kids to stand up straight
- Proper breathing – yeah, I never knew there was a wrong way to breathe, until I started yoga. It teaches you how to breathe correctly and increase use of oxygen
- Stress relief – believe it or not us kids are stressed out! We have a lot going on and yoga is a great way for us to learn to take a minute and be with ourselves
- Builds confidence – remember when I said there are no losers? It’s so cool to do something you can’t lose at
- Develops concentration – being able to be quiet and meditate for even a few minutes helps kids learn how to concentrate when they have to
Teaching kids how to do yoga is one of the best things you can do for your kids. And if you’re wondering more about how it can help your kids, or if I’m just crazy talking about all this stuff, check out this video from a news cast in OKC.
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Again…more yoga and kids news. So awesome!
Image source: http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/k…
Kids â from newborns to teenagers â are learning the terms down dog, sun salutation and more in kinds-only yoga studios and even in their classrooms. It’s also one of the only non-competitive sports available.
Yoga can help kids even when they aren’t actively doing it. It is so cool, helps in so many areas, I can’t believe it’s not required yet!
Yoga for kids looks very different from even the beginner yoga varieties designed for adults. Yes, we want them to learn to breathe, stretch and strengthen their bodies and relax. But techniques for teaching adults often fail to engage children, who have much shorter attention spans.
Yoga is more and more popular every day. Pretty soon all the cool kids will be doing it! Do you want your kids to be in the cool crowd?
The latest fitness craze among kids is yoga, with kids-only studios and in-school programs popping up all over the country.