Just breathe – 3 calming techniques for you and your child
1. Finger breathing –Ask your child to hold their right hand up and spread their fingers wide. Take the index finger of the left hand and put it on the side of the right hand thumb. As your child breathes in, run the left index finger up the edge of the right thumb. As your child breathes out, run the index finger down the inside edge of the thumb. With each breath continue up and down the fingers until they reach the bottom of the little finger. Five long full breaths wi...
4 reasons why every kid should practice yoga
1. Practicing yoga keeps us healthy – OK, there are no surprises there. It’s not just physical health. Practicing asana (yoga poses) and pranayama (breathing exercises) provides clarity of mind as well as keeping us fit.
2. Kids can feel uneasy or anxious during different stages of their lives. Through their practice of yoga they learn to remove fear, replacing it with contentment and this enables them to learn and grow through life’s experiences.
3. Yoga develops focus a...
How kids yoga aids school readiness
Practice of kindness
At the heart of yoga is loving-kindness towards ourselves, others and the world around us. One of my favorite class activities is the loving-kindness meditation. The kids send their loving-kindness out into the world, to those they love and those they don’t. This kind of awareness helps build positive relationships with others. It also avoids unintentional hurtful comments that could be seen as bullying.
The learning curve at Primary School fo...
5 fun partner poses to do with your kids
Together breathe as one. Start in the hands and knees position with your little yogi under you in the same pose. As you both breathe in round the back and the shoulders, dropping the head (Cat). As you breathe out, slowly drop the belly and lift the head (Cow). Repeat this movement for five breaths. This moving meditation warms the back up and provides a beautiful connection between parent and child as you move together.
2. Seated spinal twist
How yoga can help kids with Asthma
If a child finds it hard to exhale they can practice upper back bends and chest opening poses such as Cow, Cobra or Bow. (You can find demonstrations for how to correctly do each pose on YouTube.)
For children who find it harder to inhale, forward bends and lower back bends such as Downward-Facing Dog, Bridge or Bound Angel pose may be beneficial.
Inversions are a great way to shift excess mucus from the lungs and balance out the immune system; they’re also fun to do. Most age groups...