Kids YogaBy Kristen McCarthy

Practice yoga balancing poses for kids and you can fly like an eagle or be as still as a tree. Yoga for kids expands your imagination and tests your inner focus.

Play with eagle pose for kids and imagine that you have long feathers and massive wings. You perch high up on a tree and watch the world below you.

What do you see?

Or play with dancer yoga pose and become a beautiful ballerina with a tutu and crown. You twirl and bow on stage in front of the bright lights.

Can you hear the audience applaud?

Play with tree yoga posture to become an ancient tree in a redwood forest. Your roots reach deep into the earth and your branches touch the sun. You provide a home to thousands of animals, insects, and birds.

Can you feel the earth below you?

Balancing yoga postures for kids:

Eagle, dancer, and tree yoga postures have three things in common:

They are balancing postures

They begin standing in mountain pose

They require

To try any three of these balancing yoga poses, come to the front of yoga mat, and stand with your feet together in mountain pose.

Place your hands at your heart center with palms touching.

Find spot to gaze at in front of you. It could be the horizon outside of the window. It could be a picture hanging on the wall. Or, it could be a dirty fingerprint by the light switch that mom and dad haven’t noticed yet.

Now you’re ready to test out your balance with these three hatha yoga poses:

Eagle yoga posture: Imagine what it feels like to be inside the body of an eagle. Steady your breath and feel your right footfirm on the ground. INHALE and bend your knees, EXHALE and spread your arms out to your sides like wings. You are the soaring eagle. As you INHALE bring your hands to your waist, cross your left leg over your right leg. Your left toes can touch the floor or wrap around your right leg. You are the perched eagle. Hold for three breaths and then repeat on the opposite side.

Dancer yoga posture: Imagine that you’re a ballet dancer. Steady your breath and feel your right foot firm on the ground. INHALE and lift your left heel towards your bum. EXHALE, and grab your foot and feel it press into your hand. INHALE and stretch your left arm straight into the air and lengthen your torso. EXHALE as you lean your body forward and allow your left leg to rise into the air. Breathe here and imagine you are on stage. Repeat on the opposite side.

Dancer yoga posture: Imagine that you’re a ballet dancer. Steady your breath and feel your right foot firm on the ground. INHALE and lift your left heel towards your bum. EXHALE, and grab your foot and feel it press into your hand. INHALE and stretch your left arm straight into the air and lengthen your torso. EXHALE as you lean your body forward and allow your left leg to rise into the air. Breathe here and imagine you are on stage. Repeat on the opposite side.

How far can the eagle see?

Can you hear your applause as a dancer?

How old is the ancient tree?

When you steady your mind and breath then kids yoga will allow your imagination to soar.

Kids yoga benefits:

When you practice kids balancing postures you are doing more than activating your imagination.

In eagle yoga posture you: strengthen your legs and build your inner sense of determination and will.

In dancer yoga posture: you stretch your quadriceps, lengthen your spine, and challenge your inner focus.

In tree yoga posture you: open your hips, and strengthen your ankles, and ground your body and mind.

So keep practicing yoga for kids and you’ll be able to bend metal with your mind in no-time (well, maybe not, but you’ll be able to do lots of cool stuff).

Namaste Super Yogi

Kristen McCarthy is a Yoga Alliance certified Hatha Yoga teacher and creator of https://www.kidsyogaonline.com