These poses are a great way to introduce partner yoga for kids!
Building strength and balance can be fun! Partner yoga for kids is the perfect way to have fun while getting a little workout! Yoga poses help kids to build core strength and total body strength. They are challenging, require some focus but can be just enough fun to elicit an uncontrollable giggle fest. My girls love to try these and are so amazed when they can maintain a pose for a count of 10!
What you’ll need:
Just your bodies and a timer (if you want a bit of a challenge)
What to do:
Downward Dog Tunnel:
Have the children get on their hands and knees and then pop up onto their hands and feet to make an upside down “V”. Can they hold it?? Can someone crawl through the tunnel that they just made with their body?
Boat Pose Foot Party:
Everyone sits in a circle for this game of “footsie”. Have the children sit with their hands propped behind them and then try to lift their feet off of the ground so that all of the feet meet in the center. Hold it….now, can they lift their arms, too, and bring their hands to their sides near their knees? Hold it again.
Double Tree Pose:
Can you make a giant tree together? Partners stand hip to hip and link their arms. Gradually, have the children slide their outside leg up so that their foot is resting on the inside of the thigh of their opposite leg. Can they hold it for a count of 10? Can they straighten their arms up over their heads?
How to change it up:
-Switch partners. Everyone will have a different level of strength, flexibility and endurance that will make each of the poses above a little more or less difficult.
-Incorporate a timer that will be set when each pose is achieved and will chime at the end of the allotted time. Add to that time as you practice each move.
-Try these poses with eyes open and eyes closed. Can you feel your body reacting? Learn more about the link between vision and balance.
-In the Downward Dog activity, have the child that is holding the pose lower to try to “trap” a child in their tunnel then raise back up to let them escape….amazing extra core challenge.
-Be sure to check out Snowga: A Wintertime Yoga Adventure for Kids
Other related activities:
10 Calming Breathing Techniques for Kids
Keeping Kids Calm: The Best Calming Movement Ideas
Guided Meditation for Kids: 10 Resources to Get You Started
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Children are different from adults in many ways: emotionality, activity, mentality, speed of reaction, etc. From infancy, these functions must be developed, and yoga can help. Yoga for children allows you to gradually develop all the areas of the body, improves health, helps children learn to control their body, emotions, to watch their breath. Classes for adults and children’s yoga are different: in terms of asanas (that’s the name of the yoga postures), in terms of their performance time and intensity. In order not to harm a child, you need to know the peculiarities of the asanas for each age.
Karen Moon says
I agree with you.