Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Gate Yoga Pose

The Gate Yoga Posture is good for kids physical as well as emotional health.

On a physical level, this pose strengthens their arms, wrists, abs and legs, while on an emotional level it works on helping them to become centered and balanced.

Give it a try!

Illustration by Kathleen Rietz

Monday, October 24, 2011

Take It From Me: The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Review & GIVEAWAY

Take It From Me: The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Review & GIVEAWAY: I don’t know about you, but my kids are FULL of energy! From the moment they wake up, ‘til the moment they fall asleep, it seems like they ...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Yoga Breathing for Kids

All of our physical and mental actions have an influence on our breathing. By teaching kids to breathe in and out through their noses, they will learn how to calm themselves by focusing on their breath.

Furthermore, nose breathing keeps children focused, as opposed to shallow mouth breathing which can make them feel tense, irritable and anxious.

Try this simple breathing exercise with your child.  I like to call it Take FiveHave them take a slow deep breath in through their nose for the count of 5, holding their breath for a second or two at the top, before slowing exhaling through their nose for a backwards count of 5,4,3,2,1. 

Let them know that Yoga breathing is fun, and that they can Take Five any time during the day when they feel stressed or out of sorts. 

Illustrated by Kathleen Rietz

 Illustrated by Kathleen Rietz

Friday, October 14, 2011

Benefits of Yoga for Kids

Most people think Yoga is for adults, as a stress-reliever or way to keep limber, fit and healthy. However, it is great for kids too! 

Here are some top reasons why yoga is good for kids and why kids love The ABCs of Yoga for Kids:

  • Practicing the postures can enhance their athletic performance.
  • The poses provide exercise, at no cost, anywhere they choose.
  • It helps them appreciate their body and educates them on their anatomy.
  • It enhances the harmony of their well-being.
  • It creates healthy habits.
  • It makes them more flexible and energized.
  • It gives them a greater awareness of how their body moves.