As we all know, we have thousands of yoga poses (also known as yoga asanas).
A book “2100 Asanas: The Complete Yoga Poses” written by 2 Canadians (Daniel Lacerda and Mr. Yoga).
Do we really need 2100 or more poses?
No, we do not need that much yoga poses to practice. As mentioned in Ayurveda and other Ancient Indian books, every pose has its own advantages for the practitioner.
But on the top of all that, yoga is designed to benefit everyone, and it is different for every individual. Every single yoga pose is designed to benefits a group of practitioners and these groups can be segmented based on the following characteristics:
a. Age –
Some poses are best suggested for toddlers and some are suggested for teen and some are suggested for adults. This segmentation is based on the requirement of the body of an individual.
For an example, mind focused yoga is the best yoga for toddlers for brain development and adults have different requirements than toddlers.
Student age is more focused on brain development and focus. Every student should practice brain-related meditation. Students can do 15-20 minutes meditation every day and they can do 20-30 minutes of full yoga sessions twice a week instead of doing yoga every day.
c. People belong to Desk Jobs –
As we know this era mainly belongs to white-collar jobs. A job where you must sit in a cubical for 6 – 8 hours without any movement and this kind of jobs are also leading many to stress and other serious diseases.
Some poses are suggested best for this group of peoples. People belongs to this group should practice 20-30 minutes yoga every day.
d. Medical History –
As we are progressing and achieving the goals with the help of technology, we are also facing new health issues that we never faced before.
Ayurveda also has many poses designed for a disease, such as some poses are suggested to blood pressure patient and some are suggested to a person who is facing issues with the back (Spine disc removal).
e. Based on Food –
Some yoga poses are specially designed based on the diet of individual eating. Such as poses are different for a vegetarian than a non-vegetarian.
If someone is on a vegetarian diet, they should focus some basis poses because vegetarian diet is easy to digest, then non-vegetarian diet.
Let have a look and try to understand how the following yoga poses can benefit kids –
1. Hissing Cobra – 🐍
When a cobra 🐍 gives a warning, it lifts head high and stretches its body. This pose increases the flexibility of spin and opens the chest which helps to improve breathing and allow energy to flow.
- Start laying on your front and cross your arms under your forehead. Rest your head on your hands.
- Move your hands and position your hands under your shoulders. Now slightly lift your head by breathing in and hiss like a cobra 🐍 as you breathe out.
- Let us try to lift higher, move your hand slightly forward and pull your in the tummy by taking a big breath in and breath out like a cobra by stretching up.
- Lie back down and rest.
- Let us repeat these steps again.
2. Lion’s Breath – 🦁
Time to become a lion 🦁. When a lion tired and yawn, it opens its mouth wide and stretches out its tongue out. Let us pretend like a lion and enjoy this joy and playful pose.
This pose is a great tension reliever in the chest and face. It encourages the kids to become more confident, when singing and speaking and strengthen the voice.
- Keep your knees apart and put your big toes together, put your strong lion pawns on the floor.
- Turn your hands backward to that your fingers are pointing towards you.
- Lift your chest up, make your back long, and take a big breath in. Open your mouth as wide as possible and stick out your tongue 👅.
3. Mighty Mountain – ⛰️
Let us act like a Mountain, stand up straight, strong and feel the stillness of your body. 😉
This amazing pose teaches to be like a mountain ⛰️ still and strong and it relaxes your mind. This is the most important pose in yoga for children.
Make sure you stand strong and tall with your shoulders down and try to focus on your breath. This is a great pose for kids to make them aware about their posture.
- Keep your feet apart and your arms by side and straight. Stand up straight like a mighty mountain.
- Keep your eyes 👀 close and think about every part of your body and how they feel.
- Try to do this for at least 3-5 minutes and start increasing your time slowly as you get comfortable with this pose.
4. Stretching Worrier –
Every kid loves stories about worrier. Now, practice this yoga pose for toddlers will make you feel like a worrier. This pose is important and loved by 86% of toddlers, who practice yoga every day.
Mighty worriers pose is best pose to improve the focus, stability, and balance. This pose strengthens the whole body from arms to ankles and back.
- Put your hands on your hip and stand straight and strong.
- Take a big step forward with your left leg and turn out the toe of your left leg.
- Bend your front knee and breath out so it is right over the top of your ankle with a 90-degree angle and press down your back foot.
- Take a big breath in and raise your hand towards the sky above your head.
5. Happy Baby – 👶
Babies 👶 are playful. They always enjoy holding their feet and rocking on their backs. This can be a great pose for older too, let us give it a try.
- Lie down on your back and bend your knees into your tummy.
- Open your knees so they can be wide than your body by taking a breath in.
- Now breathe out and bend your knees by grabbing off the inside of your feet 👣.
6. Restful Relaxation –
It is an important to pose to relax at the end of the yoga session, it allows your body and mind to rest after a yoga session.
Ask your kids to focus on their breath, it will help them to make their minds and body to slow down. Relaxation pose is important after yoga it will allow your body and mind to absorb the benefits of poses.
- Lie on your back with straight legs and place your arm by side with palms wide open upward.
- Close your eyes and relax.
- Focus on your breath and allow your body to relax more when you breathe in and out each time.
- You can stay in this pose are much as you want.
These all are some basic yoga poses for toddlers. For kids, yoga can be a boring and irritating process because of its slow and calm nature. It is extremely important to introduce yoga in the right way to kids so they can enjoy it without being getting bore.
These are some basic, fun-loving, and joyful yoga poses and every single pose has its own benefits for kids.
It is important to choose the right poses for your kids, some kids may need more peace and mindfulness yoga practice as compared to others who need needs more body-focused poses.
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