Top 10 Kid Friendly Yoga Poses To Relax And Energize
If you love doing yoga, here’s a list of kid friendly yoga poses to try with your family.
Yoga is a great form of relaxation and exercise, not only for you individually but for the whole family as well. There are many different types of yoga including Vinyasa, Iyengar, and Ashtanga meaning that there’s something for everybody. Sharing mindfulness taught in yoga to your children is a great tool to incorporate early on. Even if you don’t actively participate in the practice, incorporating yoga poses into a light exercise or stretching routine can provide many benefits in terms of overall relaxation, focus, and flexibility. Here are our top ten kid friendly yoga poses to try together as a family.
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Kid Friendly Yoga Poses (Standing)
Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
This is one of the first poses usually used to start yoga as it is very simple. Although it looks as if you are just standing, keeping all parts of your body (and your mind!) engaged will help align your focus before beginning your family yoga session. Even your husband who claims he “can’t do yoga since he’s not flexible” will be able to do this one.
Upwards Salute (Urdhva Hastasana)
This is another simple pose, very similar to tadasana, with the exception of the now raised arms. Give your little one the illusion of reaching to the sun to maximize their stretching.
Warrior 1 (Virabhadrasana I)
One of the most common kid friendly yoga poses in the practice, Virabhadrasana can be done successfully and painlessly with the right position of the feet. You may want to watch YouTube videos on how to ease into the pose if you are a beginner.
Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
Somewhere between beginner and easy, tree pose can be modified to be simpler depending on the height you rest your raised leg at. Make sure that you are on a yoga mat so that no one gets hurt if they lose balance.
Kid Friendly Yoga Poses (Floor)
Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
Just make sure that you check on the back of their neck to make sure that they are doing the pose correctly and safely.
Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Another one of the trademarks of yoga commonly known as downward-facing dog is an amazing calf stretch for mom and fun upside downtime for your energetic kids. The pose can be more or less intense by changing the distance of your feet in relation to your hands.
Legs-Up-The-Wall (Viparita Karani)
This is the one exception to your “no feet on the walls” rule. This is another leg stretch that you can do as you scroll through Instagram or as you mentally prepare your grocery list for tonight.
Happy-Baby Pose (Ananda Balasana)
Your kids will love this pose just as much as you will. Paying special attention to your back, you can get a great stretch and your kids will love rolling around as a “happy baby”.
Half Lord of the Fishes (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
Also known as the “half-spinal twist”, this pose is an easy and safe way to begin exploring yoga twists. Use a mirror in order to allow your child to enjoy how cool they look mastering the pose.
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Balasana is my favorite pose to end a yoga session with (another option is shavasana) Use it in the morning before work to relieve any tension in your shoulders, or with your children at nighttime to help them relax before sleeping.
Which of these kid friendly yoga poses is your favorite? Do you have any others to add to the list? Let me know in the comments below.