3 Fun Ways to Practice Yoga With Your Kids

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.

Three Tips for Creating a Warm Yoga Space

When winter approaches, your entire body can start to feel cold and stiff. Simple things such as getting out of bed in the morning can become more difficult than ever before. Most of the yogis may need a little extra incentive to unroll their mats and loosen up their bodies and minds throughout the day. A good pair of warm cotton leggings may not be enough to encourage you to practice, and that’s why we feel some advice is more than welcome.

Fortunately, there are plenty of reasonable steps you can take at home to create a warm yoga space that you’ll look forward to using.

The temperature of a room definitely contributes to the warmth of the space, but there’s a myriad of other options to make your yoga area more inviting. Find a way to incorporate some of these tips into your home or yoga studio today.

Add a Warm Scent With Oils or Candles

Scent is one of the most powerful senses of the body, tying itself to our memories and our emotions. Adding a layer of a warm scent into your yoga area can help to ground you and open up your heart to the practice that awaits you. You may also want to consider lighting a candle or diffusing essential oils to bring in an extra element of warmth.

Be careful with lighting a candle in your yoga space. It should be far enough away from your yoga mat that you will not knock it over, even if you fall out of a particular pose. An essential oil diffuser is a safer option for a yoga area that has limited space.

Dig Out Your Plush Blankets

The imagery of a cozy blanket nearby may be enough to draw yogis toward their mats. However, a plush blanket can also be an extremely useful prop to help you deepen your practice. Fold it up to sit on in seated poses in order to keep your back straight. You may also be able to use it for extra padding underneath the knee in poses such as the Pigeon pose.

Make sure that the fabric of your yoga leggings feels okay up against the material of the blanket.

A thick blanket can also make you more comfortable in your final resting poses when core body temperatures drop. Drape yourself with a blanket prior to laying back in savasana for a deeper rest.

Dim The Lights

Harsh or bright lighting doesn’t beckon you into a particular area, so be mindful of dimming the lights in the wintertime. If you practice at home, you may be able to use a table lamp instead of an overhead light. Yoga studies could try to dim the lights or turn off half of their fluorescent lights for a softer glow.

The softer appearance of your space makes it feel instantly cozier and more inviting, drawing yogis onto their mats for longer practices, even when it’s freezing outside.

If you’ve been struggling to make it onto your yoga mat for a regular practice, try using these three tips to make your space more inviting. They’re relatively simple and utilize items most yogis have on hand at home. These steps might just be the very thing you need to keep your yoga practice going through the winter months ahead.

Establishing a Morning Yoga Routine

With working on making myself healthier both mentally and physically, I have noticed that one crucial step on my journey has been establishing a morning routine. Morning routines get our day started on the right note, and often make us look forward to getting up in the morning instead of wanting to keep hitting the snooze button.

Everyone’s idea of health is different. For me, it is keeping in check with my mental and physical health, keeping in touch with my faith, and taking care of my mind, body, and soul. Establishing a morning routine that touched on all of these aspects was a challenge for me at first. But in doing so, I found that my days always are started on a peaceful and positive note.

Find what works for you, and do what you love. Every person is different. We have our own unique interests and passions. Embrace your own! For example, I like to pray in the morning. This may not sound appealing to others, but it is something that I place a great deal of value on. Started my morning in prayer helps me to keep in touch with my faith.

Another part of my morning routine that I love? Having a cup of coffee! I look forward to a warm mug of coffee and getting my day started with lots of caffeine. If you aren’t a coffee drinker, maybe try a nice hot cup of tea or some warm lemon water to get your day kick started. For me, having a warm drink and taking it a bit slower in the morning helps me to prepare myself for the business of the day to come.

Most days, I like to begin with a good sweat. Whether that is working out at the gym or doing yoga, I think that getting up and moving your body will, in turn, give you the energy to power through the day. What better time to workout than in the morning? And the gym is always emptier, so it’s a win win. I love having the time in the gym or on my yoga mat in the morning because it is time just for me. That 45 minutes per hour is the time for bettering myself. It is time to clear my head, to let out steam, and to refocus my brain.

Another thing I advise doing in the mornings is journaling. Writing down my intentions and goals for the day or the week is super helpful for me. It is able to keep me motivated and remember what I should be prioritizing. Starting my day by writing down things I am grateful for helps me to stay grounded in life and realize all of the blessings I do have, some of which I forget while in the midst of stress and busyness.

Routines take a while to develop, so give yourself some grace! Try different things to find what works for you, and remember that your routine may look different than someone else’s which is completely okay. With a routine you love, you won’t even be needing to hit that snooze button over and over again. You’ll genuinely look forward to starting your day and getting out of bed.

The Crow Pose

We all go to yoga classes and there’s that one girl who can do one-handed handstands and is brilliant at everything. Let’s face it; most newbies would be too afraid to try out something so dramatic. One of my happiest moments in a yoga class was when I finally pulled off the crow pose. I was balancing on my hands with nobody propping me up and I was holding it! Happy days! I’m going to attempt to explain how I finally did it and hopefully help you to do the same.

Please be aware that this pose is not recommended for pregnant ladies. Practicing this pose with any wrist or hand problems will also be difficult or even impossible for you. Only go as far as your body allows you to, you are responsible for your own yoga practice.

  1. So to begin, move the feet to a little wider than hips-width.
  2. Turn the toes out (at ten to two) and squat down. You should now look like a monkey that is eating.
  3. Extend your arms forward and plant your hands on the floor slightly in front of you.
  4. Spread the fingers. Your torso will move forward.
  5. Try to keep the back straight and lengthened, just rocking forward on the toes.
  6. Slightly bend your elbows and rest the inside of the knees against the outer edge of your upper arms. Come on to the balls of your feet.
  7. Now the key to this pose is to look about 12 inches in front of your hands on the floor. Remember this as we go onto the next stage. Do not look back!
  8. Slowly lift the right foot off the floor, pointing the toe. Feel your core engage. Hold this for a few breaths.
  9. Drop the right foot and try the same with your left. Make sure you point the toes.

Once you feel confident that you can lift both feet up separately, that you can feel the engagement of your core when you do this and when you can confidently hold your foot off the ground without looking behind you to see it, then you are ready to try both feet. So don’t jump into this, go one foot at a time. Don’t move the gaze. Look 12 inches in front of your hands. You’ll be surprised and hopefully as impressed as I was with myself when I suddenly flew. Fly Crow! You can do it!

Crow is a pose that is especially good for strengthening the arms as you are holding up your whole body weight. It is also amazing for strengthening those abdominal muscles contributing a stronger core. A strong core means a strong spine and this has so many health benefits (that I will go into another time). Wrist strengthening is also another big plus to this pose as is the improved sense of balance. As with all balances, concentration is a big thing so concentrate! Thanks for reading!