Every day, four-year-old Yasmina Seyfaie rolls out her mini yoga mat and folds her body into animal shapes alongside her mom.
Yasmina’s mom, Eliane Bejjani, says “Any time she’s having a tantrum or is upset or crying, I tell her to take deep breaths in and out, just like she does in yoga.”
The above excerpt was taken from an article in Today’s Patents and certainly inspired the fabmom in me.
I have a 6 year old daughter myself and I realize that our children deal with many distractions, temptations, overstimulation and peer pressure every single day. Unfortunately we cannot always be there fending off the bad guys when trying situations present themselves to our kids. We are busy and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
We have demanding jobs and many of us are also students or working two jobs. As moms, whether married or not, we are also the homemakers and to make sure we are always on top of things and stay looking and feeling fabulous, we also try to find some time in between for a little body and mind rejuvenation. It’s hard!
Yoga has been known for centuries to provide the ultimate mind and body rejuvention and in this day and age, it’s not just us suffering from stress, but our kids too. So, why not include your younguns in your daily yoga routine?
The ancient practice has been proven time and time again to support children in their classrooms, homes, sports, and relationships.
Surely if we need rejuvenation, they do too! And what better way to do this than over a 15 minute ‘bonding’ workout. The chores will still be there, the chatting on our phones can wait, and everything else can be put on hold to carve out this 15 minutes of unbelievably special time with our kids.
Animal themed poses might just do the trick in holding on to their attention long enough. Kids love routine as much as we do, so try to stick to the same poses and sequence until you know your child or children are ready to move onto more intense ones. Pretty soon you’ll have yourself a little yogi on hand.
Start slow, keep it short and make it fun!
This pose stretches the chest while strengthening the spine and shoulders. It also helps to open the lungs, which is therapeutic for asthma. Lie on your belly, with the chin on the floor, palms flat on the floor under the shoulders and legs together. Pull up the knee caps, squeeze the thighs and buttocks, and press the pubic bone down into the floor. Without using the arms, inhale and lift the head and chest off of the floor, keeping the neck in line with the spine. With the elbows close to your sides, press down into the palms and use the arms to lift you up even higher. Drop the shoulders down and back and press the chest forward. Keep the legs, buttocks, and keep the pubic bone pressing down into the floor. Breathe and hold for 2-6 breaths.
Cat cow pose massages the organs and spinal cord gently, and helps in stretching the neck and the torso. Kneel down. Remember, your knees should be underneath your hips and hands should be underneath your shoulders. Your hands should be straight and elbows shouldn’t be bent. Let your tummy slightly sink towards the floor while inhaling. Look towards the ceiling. (Cow pose). Now, exhale and slightly raise your tummy towards the ceiling. Look towards your belly. (Cat pose). Repeat this pose 2-3 times.
This yoga posture helps to calm your mind and provides energy to your body. It stretches the upper body area, which helps to relieve headaches and back pain. Take a deep breath and stand erect. Now, bend your body from waist to head, downwards. Place your palms on the floor. Push your butt upwards. Your elbows shouldn’t be bent. Pull your soles upwards. Breathe normally and stay in this pose for a few seconds. Return to the original posture while exhaling.
This yoga posture helps the kids in improving their body posture, stretching out their whole body and helps in strengthening the back muscles. Lie down prone on the ground. Bend your knees while exhaling. Keep your hands backwards. Hold your toes with your palms. Stretch your body and look forward. Stay in this position for 5-7 seconds. hen, release your toes and lie comfortably.
This yoga posture maintains your health by improving the functioning of your heart. It also helps to tone your legs. Bend your knees and sit down. Place your palms on the ground, but make sure your knees don’t touch the floor. Breathe normally and shift your body weight on your hands by leaning forward. Slowly and gently raise your soles upwards and put a little pressure on your toes. Slowly, put your soles on the floor and stand up.
This pose will help you improve your balance and mental focus. Stand tall and straight, breath in and out while you feel your legs reaching towards the ground and your head reaching toward the sky. Focus your eyes on one spot in front of you. Lift your right leg first and place your foot flat on your left leg above the knee. Breath steadily and lift your arms up high.
This pose is great for opening the hips and a good stretch for the ankles. Sit on the floor and place the soles of your feet together. Hold onto your feet or ankles, and let your knees drop to the floor. Keep your spine straight and tall.
Why we should do yoga with our kids:
1. Maintains Flexibility and Strengthens Growing Bodie
2. Enhances Concentration
3. Increases Self-Esteem
4. Teaches Present Moment Awareness
5. Cultivates a Peaceful, Relaxed State of Body and Min
6. Gives Tools for Stress Management
7. Sparks Creativity in Ripe Imaginations
8. Encourages Kind Peer and Social Interactions
9. Enhances Body Awareness
10. Teaches Discipline and Responsibility
Sources: parents magazine, popsugar fitness, yoga buddies, Pinterest, homeremedyshop, yogabasics