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One of the best things we can do for our children is to help them build the foundation upon which to live a healthy life. A healthy life is crafted from developing healthy habits -- and good habits are easier to create when you’re young compared to the hard work of changing a bad habit later in life.
Yoga is wonderful activity to introduce to your children. A consistent yoga practice can help to prevent a number of dangerous health issues including: obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and even depression and anxiety.
Any beginner yoga video or class is a great way for you to help your child (and you!) get started with yoga. Or you may consider specific yoga for kids videos or classes which are designed especially with kids in mind. Below are yoga poses that are kid favorites.
Sun Salutation poses are generally done at the start of many yoga classes, so these poses may be good ones for your child to learn first. These are a sequence of poses that can be done in the morning or evening. It’s an energetic sequence to help you feel strong, powerful and confident.
Animal Poses are another favorite with children. The poses are inspired by the real behaviors of each animal so the movements and positions may be more familiar for a child just beginning a yoga practice. Some animal yoga poses include: Downward Dog, Cat Pose, Lion Pose, Crow Pose, Fish Pose and so many others!
Warrior Poses are another set of yoga poses that kids enjoy learning. These poses demand strength and steadiness and help children to learn and feel their own power and strength. In all the postures, the child is standing, lunging or on one leg. Plus their arms are extended, held straight with muscles active. These postures feel energizing for kids, making yoga practice fun.
As you introduce your children to yoga it’s important to help them have fun with it. You are trying to make building healthy habits fun, so you don’t want yoga to be a “chore”. Many children may not immediately embrace the meditative nature of yoga - so keep in interesting by doing a high five in your sun salutations, or making the appropriate animal noises in each of the animal poses and grunting like a samurai during warrior poses. Make yoga practice fun and you will be helping them build a healthy lifetime habit.