You know firsthand just how beneficial yoga can be in your everyday life. Why not share that experience with your little ones? Children can benefit just as much from a regular yoga practice as adults can. From the toddler years, you can start working on breathing practices, basic asanas, and teaching the art of mindfulness long before they start to pick up bad habits from society.
If you’re interested in attempting to practice yoga with your kids, there’s never been a better time to get started. This can ultimately create a fun bonding experience for you and your child. Follow a few of these easy steps to start practicing yoga with your kids today!
Teach Them How to Breathe
Every yogi knows that the breath is an important tool to feel completely centered and serene during your time on the mat. Learning how to breathe properly is important, and you can never start teaching this essential skill early enough. Before you begin each yoga session, encourage your child to take deep belly breaths.
If your child is a little older, you may be able to have some silly moments trying to teach alternate nostril breathing. Even if they have to use their hands to help them, this is a fun way for kids to really feel the difference that the breath can make.
Keep Your Practices Short
Children have notoriously short attention spans. While you may love a lengthy yoga practice, your child isn’t going to be able to really focus on the concepts for more than a few minutes. Start them off with a short and gentle practice so it becomes fun for them instead of a chore. You can be a yogi parent instead of a drill sergeant when you set the expectations low.
A good rule of thumb is to start with a simple 15-minute routine. Allow them to practice some of the basic postures like the downward facing dog and the tree pose. If your child loves gymnastics, you may help him/her with some simple inversions before winding down to savasana.
Practice Partner Yoga
Partner yoga may not be an active part of your regular routine, but kids love being able to work with you to create silly postures. Find some simple variations on more complicated partner poses. Your child will love being physically close to you. If things don’t go exactly as planned, laugh it off and enjoy the goofy moments with your child.
Teaching your child to love the beauty of yoga from an early age can be incredibly important. It can aid in their overall development and give them the tools they need to manage future anxiety with mindfulness. Not only are you giving them precious tools for their daily life, but you are setting up plenty of space to deepen your relationship with them. These will be treasured moments you look back on in the years to come with laughter and smiles.