Are you ready to get fit and flexible with your family? Yoga can be done with all ages and has numerous benefits for your body both inside and out. Trying these five progressive yoga poses and easy-to-remember mantras will give your body many physical and mental benefits.
These fun and family friendly progressive poses only take minutes each day. By consistently pairing these poses with saying the given mantra, you will begin to feel many physical and mental benefits take place.
This still and quiet centering pose is a perfect one to begin with. Sit back on your heels, slowly bring your forehead to the ground, and stretch your arms out overhead. Take a few deep breaths in and out of your nose.
Mantra: I am calm and centered.
Place your palms flat on the ground and step your feet back to create an upside down “V” shape. Keep your head loose and look between your knees. This is a great pose for building arm and leg strength. Kids love to hear how this pose lengthens their hamstring muscles and can make them seem taller.
Mantra:I am strengthening and lengthening.
Balance on your bottom, tighten your stomach, and bring your legs up to make a “V” shape while maintaining a flat back. Try to move your arms slowly from side to side as if you are rowing a boat. This is fun for kids and wonderful for building good core strength.
Mantra: I am strong and balanced.
This pose will work every muscle in your body. Hold that perfect plank position with your body while forming a straight line from head to feet. Try to hold this pose for 15 seconds. Squeeze your stomach and legs together to feel lighter. See if you can hold this pose for 30 seconds. Try to work up to a minute which is definitely an extra challenge!
Mantra: My body and mind are strong.
The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards include:
- 30 progressive yoga poses with colorful illustrations
- Empowering pose mantras for beginners and also for meditation
- 15 Bonus Yoga Games to play with pose cards
- Poses rated from 1-5 stars based on difficulty
- Easy to flow poses for your own yoga routine
- Tested and proven yoga poses to bring the most mental and physical benefits
About the Author
Sara J. Weis is the author of Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Using Yoga with Kids and the creator of The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards. She is a certified kid and adult yoga instructor and holds a master’s degree in education with over 18 years of teaching experience. Using all of her knowledge and experience, Sara has created and kid tested hundreds of yoga games, lessons and movement ideas that will help instill the lifelong benefits of yoga in all kids.
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