Kid’s Yoga Activities

Being a kid can be hard. As stand-up comedian John Mulaney puts it, from a kid’s perspective, “I am very small and I have no money, so you can imagine the kind of stress I’m under.” Jokes aside, this past year has added a new kind of stressor in the form of lockdown restrictions and the transition to online learning. So in this era of new and unusual pressures, it might be time to turn to the age-old practice of yoga to help your kids de-stress and thrive.

For kids, yoga offers many benefits. It helps:

  • Manage anxiety
  • Improve emotional regulation and self-esteem
  • Increase body awareness and mindfulness
  • Improve concentration, memory, strength and flexibility
  • Inculcates discipline

Moreover, yoga is a great way to help kids learn and make them more open to learning. The benefits of yoga to childhood learning ties into the way children learn. Movement is thought to greatly help memory and concentration, and improve learning and recall. Yoga poses are perfect for that. They make lessons more tangible and give kids the tools they need to clear their mind, stay calm in the face of pressure, and focus on their tasks. 

Asanas: Easy yoga poses for kids!

Here’s a list of simple yoga poses to get your child started.

Child Pose – Balasana

This pose is a resting pose. It helps relieve stress and calm the brain. Another benefit of this yoga pose is that it stretches the hips and eases back pain — great after long hours at the computer!

How to do it: 

  • Kneel on the floor and bring your hips to your heels
  • Bend until your forehead touches the ground
  • Lengthen your neck and arms
  • Breathe, and hold the pose for 30 seconds or up to two minutes
Balasana - The Child's Pose - Yogic Way of Life

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Tree Pose – Vrikshasana

This pose helps with balance, concentration, and mindfulness. It’s a good way for kids to remain calm and grounded after a hard day.

How to do it: 

  • Stand up straight and tall, with your hands together in front of your chest in namaste
  • Look ahead and find a point to focus on
  • Slowly bring up your left foot. Bend your knee and place your foot on the inside of your right leg
  • Straighten your knee, and shift your weight so you’re rooted to the ground
  • Raise your arms above your head, still in namaste
  • Spread them out wide like the branches of a tree
  • Hold for as long as you can, then try it again with the other leg!
Vrikshasana - The Tree Pose

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Warrior 1 Pose – Virabadhrasana

This pose is a great way to strengthen the legs, improve balance, and build core strength. It’s also a great way for children to focus on their inner strength, by pairing it with positive affirmations.

How to do it:

  • Stand straight and tall, then take a big step forward, keeping the other foot in place
  • Raise your hands above your head, palms facing each other
  • Turn your back foot, so that your toes are pointed away from your body and bend your front knee
  • Hold the pose for a few seconds, then try it again with your other leg!
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  1. Camel Pose – Ustrasana

This pose gets its name from the way it mimics the camel’s hump. It is a fun way to improve posture and strengthen the back muscles.

How to do it:

  • Kneel and place the tops of your feet flat on the floor
  • Place your hands on your back with your fingers pointing down
  • Bend back as far as you can go. Try to touch your feet if you can!
  • Hold for a few seconds and return to the upright position
Ushtrasana (Camel Pose) - Yoga Asana to strengthen Neck & Shoulders

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Yoga is a great way for children to build both physical and mental strength. And the ancient practice can be made even more fun through yoga games and stories. Storytelling and games are an important part of childhood learning as they help ground lessons in the real world. Incorporating yoga stories and games into your routine encourages your child’s imagination and gets them excited about learning new poses by making them actors in the stories themselves. A story about a jungle, for example, is a good way to practice poses like tree, lion, peacock, and more. So why not give it a try, and open a new world for your children, one pose at a time!

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