Happy International Yoga DAY! Did you know that Yoga is a great way to exercise and there are many benefits that your family can enjoy. Practicing can improve self-esteem, and body awareness. It also enhances strength, and flexibility. On top of that, you will feel more relaxed, and able to concentrate more. However, it is not only for adults. As you will see, you can do yoga at any age.
You Can Start Learning When You’re A Baby
Infants are not too young to practice yoga. The pose known as the “Baby Cobra” is perfect for both mother, and baby. Lay on your belly, and place in the same position. Both of you can lift your head, and shoulders, off the floor with your hands under your shoulders. Next, make a hissing sound, and hold it for three seconds. Lower your head, and pretend to sleep. Your baby can emulate your moves, and feel how it stretches them.
Toddlers Go Toe-To-Toe
As your child gets older, he or she can practice the “Boat Pose”. Sit with your knees bent, and legs open at hips-length, and face each other toe-to-toe. Hold your child’s hands, and lift one leg up, and outward while pressing into each other’s feet. Bring the other leg up so you both balance on your bottoms, and sit up tall.
Young Children Make Their Own Bed
After your child gets used to these poses, you can add the “Bunk Bed Pose”. Start with the table pose with your hands on the ground, and your belly raised. Have your child stand between your legs facing outward. Have them place their hands on your shoulders (the bottom bunk), and their feet on your knees or thighs. Have them press into their hands and feet, and lift their belly as well, which will make them the top bunk.
Preteens Walk The Dog
When your child approaches their teens, another pose they may like is the “Parent L-Dog”. Start back-to-back, move down to downward-facing dog with your heels touching. Have your child put one foot, then the other, on your lower back, which will make an “L” shape with his or her body.
Yoga For Cardio
As your child gets older, you can teach them poses that will give them a cardio workout. Bikram yoga instructors add heat, and humidity, to their studios. So, practicing several poses in this environment can raise your heartbeat 15 – 30 beats per minute (bpm). Poses like the “Pranayama” (standing deep breathing), and the “Trikanasana” (triangle) help you with blood flow, and makes your heart, and lungs, work together. There are several poses that give you a cardio workout. Explore them to find the one that works for you.
Bottom line: Yoga is a great way to stretch, and exercise. Some poses may also work your heart, lungs, and other muscles. It’s a great experience that your entire family can enjoy. And don’t forget all the totally cute YOGA gear. Here are some of my faves!
Get elevated with this rib-knit crop tank
Glossy panels and sheer insets lend urban-cool contrast to these sleek and stretchy performance leggings.
A lush, tropical-print La Vie Boheme Yoga mat is perfect for hot practice. Dense, supportive structure with a nonslip, fabric-like finish.