While many people do yoga as a way to meditate, look within, and improve their own wellbeing, yoga can also be a way for families to strengthen and connect.
By practicing yoga poses together, families can get in some much-needed bonding time while discovering many benefits of the practice.
Try these yoga poses together the next time you want to spend quality time with your family.
While your child may be flexible, not every yoga pose has to make them (and you) feel like Gumby. You can still get all the benefits of yoga from a simple pose like Tree Pose.
Get everyone together and start by standing on one leg and twisting open your right leg. You can all choose to balance here or go further and clasp your right ankle and slowing bring your right foot up to your inner thigh. Keep your toes pointed down as you press your right foot against your thigh while your thigh pushes against your foot. Reach your arms to the sky, release, and repeat on the other side.
What child doesn’t like to jump around? Wait until they discover that sitting like a frog is actually a popular yoga pose!
Everyone starts frog pose by squatting down and bending their knees with their hands in between their feet. Now everyone puts their hands together and spreads their knees apart.
If you want to make it fun for the kids or grandkids, let them ribbit like a frog too!
The name itself should be enough for your child to want to try it! This can be a great relaxer right before bed.
Start by kneeling on the floor and then touch your big toes together as you sit on your heels. Separate your knees hip width. When you exhale, lay your torso down between your thighs.
Kneel on the floor. Touch your big toes together and sit on your heels, then separate your knees about as wide as your hips. Lay your hands, palms up, on the floor by your torso. Release the front of your shoulder to the floor. Stay here anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes.
Double Boat Pose
This pose is so much fun your child or grandchild will forget they’re even practicing yoga.
Start facing your partner, bringing your feet to touch each other’s. Hold hands and make sure your legs are in between your arms. Bend your knees slightly. Slowly push the other person’s foot to lift one leg off the floor. Only do one foot at the time and then repeat on the other side.
Practicing yoga is a great way to not only build in family-time but to also boost everyone’s physical activity level and self-esteem. Yoga poses help the mind and body, both young and old.
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