Yoga Exercises to do with Your Little One
Here's a way to double up on tasks: Exercising while parenting. Doing yoga with your kids will make you healthy and set an example by showing them how to do it. Better yet, showing that you're paying attention to your health will help teach your little ones to do the same. It will also get them started on a lifetime of taking good care of themselves. Here are five easy yoga positions your child can do with you:
Lie flat on your tummy with your hands flat on the floor like you're going to do pushups. Breathe in and use your arms to lift your chest gently off the floor until your back is arched. Breathe deeply through your nose.
Sit on the floor with the soles of your feet touching each other and your knees out to the sides. Clasp your hands around your feet so they are pressing your soles together. Press down on your knees or thighs with your elbows.
Lie on your back and bend both knees so your feet are flat on the floor close to your rear end. Lift your hips as far as you can towards the ceiling.
Lie face down on the floor with your hands by your sides, palms up. Bend your knees then grasp your ankles with your hands. Pull gently so your thighs and chest begin to rise away from the floor.
Stand straight with your feet together. Raise one leg with the knee pointed to the side and touch the sole of your foot to the side of the other knee. Press the palms of your hands together in front of your chest in a praying position. Hold for a comfortable length of time then switch and do the same thing with the other leg.
After a while, you may find your kids getting better at these exercises than you. One solution is to schedule a massage to soothe your stressed muscles, and to make you more limber so next time you won't get beat by a five-year-old.
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