23 Aug 2018 Kate Kendall Yoga poses for kids 18002 views 2 min to read You and your child will love these playful, easy kid-friendly yoga poses. Have fun together while nurturing your little one’s creativity and imagination. Shapes & words by Kate Kendall. Energy & exerciseYogaKids healthWorkouts Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin 0 comments When it comes to yoga and kids, there’s only one rule. Make it fun - a rule we could certainly apply to our ‘grown up’ practice that can often feel uptight and far too serious. So grab your little one and bust out these shapes that will inspire both the child and child at heart to move, breath and enjoy. This is a great after school activity and one to pull out when away on holidays. 6 yoga poses for kids: Adventures from land and sea See larger image Our 6 yoga poses for kids are great for the imagination and encouraging your child’s creativity. We’ll talk you through how to do each of these fun positions in a minute, but here they are in a nutshell: 1. Banana Pose – Get fruity with your little one with this great side stretch. 2. Tree Pose – A fun pose for both of you – try to keep your balance! 3. Raccoon Pose – Get wild and stretch your ankles, feet, quads, arms and wrists. 4. Turtle Pose – Face each other to stretch and stimulate wisdom. 5. Shark pose - Swim gracefully with ease with a strong core and open heart. 6. Bug Pose – Finish up with this playful pose to stretch the lower back, inner thighs and hamstrings Now, time to get started! How to do kid-friendly yoga poses You can adapt or change these poses to suit your needs, always remembering to have fun with them! 1. Banana pose Great for: Opening the side waist and expanding breath capacity for growing lungs. How to: Stand with feet hip distance apart and arms by side Inhale stretch arms above head as if reaching for the stars. Bring palms together Exhale lift the torso and arms up and over to the left so that the right side waist starts to crack open and resemble the shape of a standing banana. Stay 5 breaths 2. Tree pose Great for: Playfully improving focus and balance as well as strengthening the joints in the standing leg. How to: Stand with big toes together and then take a moment to lift just the left heel up off the ground to feel a shift of weight into the right foot Eventually, lift the left foot and (using hands to help) place left foot to the inner right thigh Stay for as long as possible before swapping side Yoga poses for kids 3. Raccoon pose Great for: Stretching ankles, feet, quads, arms and wrists. How to: Sitting on heels, take a few breaths to ground and centre Take the thumb and index finger together on both hands to form Gyan Mudra (or your ‘raccoon eyes’) and lift them up to eyes Stay for ten breaths like a resting raccoon. Blinking when required 4. Turtle pose Great for: Stretching the back body, neck and stimulating some kidney energy which is both calming and uplifting. Oh and retreating into oneself can feel like embodying the wisdom and slowness of a turtle. How to: From a seated posture, take both legs out in front, bending knees to bring soles of feet together. The feet are quite a length away from the bottom Take hands underneath the legs with palms turned up Start to fold forward and let the neck hang Try staying and breathing deeply for ten breaths or as long as desired. Remember – this one’s all about the ‘slow’. Slow is strong. Slow is cool 5. Shark pose Great for: Strengthening the core muscles attached to the lower back as well as opening the chest and strengthening the legs. The idea is that we’re swimming gracefully 9and with ease) through the clear blue waters of the ocean. How to: Lie flat on tummy with arms down long by your side As you inhale, lengthen the chest forwards and up and then the feet back and up Stay like this swimming through your ocean like a majestic shark or interlace hands behind back for a little more shoulder depth. Stay five breaths 6. Bug pose Great for: Stretching the lower back, inner thighs and hamstrings. How to: Lying on your back, lift feet towards the sky Grab a hold of the inner edges of feet and start to pull them down towards the earth Try lining up the ankles and knees as best as possible Stay still like a patient bug soaking up some sun or rock a little from side to side like a wriggly one Click on image to download & print Kate Kendall is the Co-Founder and Director of Yoga at Flow Athletic. Follow @activeyogi to be inspired to move into more shapes for better wellbeing.