Expert / 3 April, 2019 / My Baba
With mental health on the rise among young children, schools are starting to recognise the extremely positive impact that yoga can have on our youth. Yoga helps children develop body awareness, understand correct postural alignment and learn how to cultivate a sense of relaxation on their own. Children who understand the importance of their physical and mental wellbeing are better equipped to handle the stress and anxiety that modern society can bring.
Here are some top tips to get your child interested in doing yoga at home:
Lie on your tummy and face forward with your chin on the floor. Place your palms by your shoulders, and only using back strength (not your arms) lift your shoulders, chest and the top of your tummy off the floor, like a cobra poking its head out of the tall grass. Make sure you hiss like a cobra to scare off any predators!
Come up onto all fours like an animal, with your knees and palms on the floor. Start with a flat back and take a deep inhale. On an exhale, push into your palms, suck in your tummy and round your back to create an angry cat pose. Try and gaze towards your knees.
Come back onto all fours like in angry cat pose, then tuck your toes under, push into your palms, and send your bottom up to the sky, straightening your legs. If it’s uncomfortable, bend your knees. To take your dog for a walk, bend your knees one at a time.
Sit up straight and bring the bottom of your feet together so your legs make the shape of butterfly wings. You can flutter your wings by moving your knees up and down. If you want to get higher in the sky, you can use your arms as extra wings by moving them up and down from the floor to the sky.
Carol Ann Foster, Foster Your Flow
I am a Yoga Alliance qualified instructor based in South West London. After receiving my Masters Degree in Education, I went on to work in schools in New York and London for seven years. Noticing how stressful school environments can be, I decided to qualify as a yoga teacher with the hope of helping children bring awareness to their physical and mental wellbeing. I am also passionate about literacy in schools and run a yoga charity class supporting two organisations: Learn to Love to Read and Live Karma Yoga. Learn to Love to Read provides reading support in local schools and equips parents with the tools they need to encourage reading at home. Live Karma Yoga teaches yoga to at-risk youth and children with disabilities and complex needs.