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Yoga for kids – how to do it, and maximising the benefits

Guide, Yoga | 2015-06-16 09:08:58

Yoga for kids – how to do it, and maximising the benefits

Originating from India, yoga is a practice that is several millennia old, founded on a system that develops the union and harmony of the body, the mind and the spirit.

Pratiquer le yoga chez les petits
The Sanskrit word « yoga » means « unite », « attach » or « harmonise ».
Yoga encourages your general well-being and brings a strong inner balance based on calm, listening and receptiveness to others, allowing you to gain ever greater control of your emotions.
It is well known that doing yoga has numerous benefits.
Developing your body’s flexibility and reducing stress, it increases your body’s strength, muscle and tissue suppleness and joint mobility.
Yoga brings balance and harmony between the body, the mind and the spirit. It increases mental concentration levels and emotional stability. It also improves the workings of your respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems and encourages the healthy circulation of blood and other bodily fluids.


 

But yoga is not necessarily just for adults! On the contrary, it is also good for children! What better than a moment of relaxation after school or just before going to bed?
It is proven that when kids practice yoga, they develop greater concentration, coordination and muscle development, as well as improving their general health and well-being.

It helps develop their confidence and allows them to gain better control over their emotions and impulses.
And the earlier they start, the greater the benefits!
It’s an opportunity to share a fun family activity with your children.

Les positions de yoga pour les petits

Discover a few positions that you can practise as a family to unwind after a day at the beach, or for a quiet, shared moment of goodness. Little yogis, take to your mats:

Spread your wings with the butterfly position (or the acute angle or Baddha Konasana position)!
Sit down on the mat and place the soles of your feet together. Then grab your feet and draw your heels towards your body. Lower your knees to the floor and then flap your arms as if they were wings!

Do the dog stretching dog position:
The dog muzzle position, or the Urdhva Mukha Svasana

Lie flat on your stomach and spread your legs so they are as far apart as your hips. Place both your hands flat on either side of your chest and stretch your arms. Raise your pelvis slightly while keeping your legs on the floor. Stretch your head towards the ceiling as you slowly extend your spine. Breath deeply five times.

The upside down dog position, or the Ado Mukha Svanasana
The upside down dog position consists in supporting yourself on your hands and tiptoes. Position your hands at shoulder level and your knees at hip level. Raise your buttocks to the ceiling by pushing down on your hands. Relax your head and your neck so you are looking between your legs.

Suggest to your child that they assume the position of a baby in its mummy’s tummy with the child’s position (or Balasana) !

Kneel on your mat and lean on your thighs, with your head facing the floor. You can either extend your arms forward or place them alongside your body. Relax your head and your neck, breathe using your stomach and stretch your shoulders away from your ears.

Teach your child the art of stationary combat with the warrior position (or Virabhadrasana) !

Bend your right or left knee 90 degrees and stretch the other leg back by turning your foot open to the side. Raise your arms and clasp your hands above your head. Stay still and try and straighten your pelvis by bringing the hip of the back leg forward and by slightly bringing the hip of the front leg back.

Play the cat arching its back with the cat position (or Marjariasana) !

When you breathe in, lower your stomach towards the floor, hollow your back and raise your head slightly by looking opposite.
Then breathe out, arch your back and push your navel against your spine. Relax your head.

Assume the candle position with your child, most of whom like somersaults and for which the candle position (or Sarvāṅgāsana) is a good way to prepare !

Lie on your back, stretch your legs and then bring them together, and then straighten your legs up to the ceiling by bringing your pelvis up from the floor and putting your hands on your hips. Breathe in using your abdomen and hold the position for a moment. Slowly lower yourself back down and relax on the floor before getting up.

 

Obviously it is sometimes difficult to maintain a child’s focus, but try to practise in 10 minute slots rather than in long sessions during which your children will start to get restless.





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