International Yoga Day: Are you looking for a fun and productive activity to get your child involved during the summer holidays? Look no further than these 5 yoga poses for kids for a fun and active summer vacation!
What’s better than watching television, being glued to the phone and eating crap during the summer holidays when it comes to kids? Well, some physical activity is! As we approach International Yoga Day, which falls on June 21st every year, it’s important to spread awareness of the importance of yoga for children. With its dynamic poses, yoga becomes a thrilling activity that will drive your little one crazy. Since children are naturally agile and full of energy, yoga provides the perfect outlet for their boundless spirit during their summer break. Here are some yoga poses that will keep your child active and entertained during the summer holidays.
Benefits of yoga for children
1. Yoga can help you bond with your child
Practicing yoga with your kids can be a bonding experience. By making it a collaborative exercise, you can tap into each other’s skills and expertise, says Himalayan Siddhaa Akshar, founder of Akshar Yoga Institutions. Encourage your child to play and explore on the yoga mat, turning yoga into a game rather than a serious pursuit. Make it fun, charming, and engaging enough to capture their interest and encourage their creativity. This shared experience will not only strengthen your bond but also make yoga an enjoyable activity for the whole family.
2. Yoga creates discipline
During the first few weeks, aim to establish a morning yoga routine with your child. Akshar says that by encouraging them to practice regularly, you can help them develop a lifelong habit of being more active. To help your child adjust to the consistency of yoga exercises, commit to doing the postures together for at least two to three weeks. Consistency is key to building discipline and making yoga an integral part of your child’s routine.
3. It’s a productive use of time
The summer holidays are an excellent opportunity for children to engage in activities that not only entertain them but also contribute to their personal growth and development. Yoga offers numerous benefits for children, both physically and mentally. By incorporating yoga into their daily routine, kids can make the most of their vacation in a productive and meaningful way.
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Yoga poses for kids during summer holidays
Here are some beginner-friendly yoga poses that kids can try during summer vacation, Akshar suggests.
1. Santolanasana (Plank Pose)
This will help strengthen your core and build overall body strength. Start in the prone position, i.e. lie on your stomach, then with your palms under your shoulders, lift your chest, stomach and knees off the ground. Hold this position for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
2. Tadasana (mountain pose)
This will help improve children’s posture and balance. Stand with feet together, toes touching, and heels slightly apart. Distribute your weight evenly on both feet. You need to keep your spine straight and your shoulders relaxed. Let your arms hang naturally at your sides with palms facing forward. Take slow, deep breaths as you hold this position for a few moments.
3. Naukasana (boat pose)
This pose helps engage the core and improve balance. First you need to lie on your back with your arms at your sides. Take a deep breath and as you exhale, lift your upper body and legs off the ground at the same time. Stretch your arms forward toward your feet, keeping them parallel to the ground. Engage your abdominal muscles to maintain balance. Hold this position for a while and then release.
4. Bhujangasana (cobra pose)
This will help stretch your back muscles and open up your chest. Lie on your stomach with your legs straight and the tops of your feet flat on the mat. Place your palms under your shoulders, keeping your elbows close to your body. Inhale deeply and slowly lift your head, chest and upper body off the ground. Keep your belly button planted firmly on the floor and push through the tops of your feet to lift your legs slightly. Breathe deeply as you hold the position, feeling a slight stretch in your spine. To release, exhale and gently lower your body to the mat.
5. Vajrasana (Lightning Bolt Pose)
This yoga pose will promote digestion and calmness in children. Begin by kneeling on the mat, sitting back on your heels. Keep your knees together and your feet slightly apart. Place your palms on your thighs. Straighten your back, lengthening your spine. Relax your shoulders and maintain a comfortable posture. Hold this position for a few breaths, focusing on your breath and grounding yourself.
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Teach and demonstrate these poses to your child, encouraging them to practice with you. Remember to create a playful and fun atmosphere, allowing them to explore their creativity and have fun while practicing yoga!
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