5 Yoga Poses to Calm Your Child

5 Yoga Poses to Calm Your Child Before Bedtime

It’s 8pm. Dinner is over, the dishes are done (maybe), bath time is over, and you’re ready to fall into a heap, but the kids are bouncing off the walls. We’ve all been there. First you ask nicely, then you beg, then you bargain (“Ok, ok, one more story…”). What if there was an easier way? Good news -- there is, and not only will it calm your kiddos, but it might just calm you down a touch as well.

According to the Mayo Clinic, not only does yoga lower blood pressure, increase flexibility, and encourage physical fitness, but it also calms the mind and body, reducing anxiety and facilitating restful sleep. Multiple studies confirm that practicing yoga and meditation can provide real, concrete benefits for kids and families dealing with the stressors of everyday life. By emphasizing the importance of being truly present, yoga can foster a new sense of peace during the chaos.

Here are five of our favorite poses the whole family can practice to make bedtime a little easier:

Star Pose

  • Stand tall, root your feet into the ground
  • Stretch your arms out to a T shape
  • Take a big breath in as you lift your arms up and a big breath out as they fall down by your side
  • Do this 3 times

Crescent Moon Side Bend

  • Take a big breath in and stretch your arms over your head
  • Bring your palms together and bend to the left
  • Take a big breath out and bend to the right
  • Do this on each side 2 times

Airplane Pose

  • Stand tall, root your feet into the ground
  • As you begin to lean your chest towards the ground, lift your left leg up and take your hands out to the side to a T shape - those are your airplane wings!
  • Come back up, take a big breath in and as you breathe out lean forward and lift your right leg up

Froggy Squat

  • Take your legs wide and squat down (knees will bend)
  • Bring your palms together
  • Close your eyes if you feel comfortable
  • Take a deep breath in to the count of 4 and a deep breath out to the count of 4

Butterfly Pose

  • From your froggy squat, sit all the way down and bring the bottoms of your feet together
  • Hold on to your ankles and sit up nice and tall with straight arms
  • For a deep stretch you can bend your elbows left and right and bring your nose to your toes

How to do each Pose

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Star Pose
Crescent Moon
Airplane Pose
Airplane Pose
Froggy Squat
Butterfly Pose

About The Little Yoga House

The Little Yoga House is a boutique children and family yoga school with a specific focus on healthy child development through yoga, aerial yoga, mindfulness and an integration of the arts. With unique yoga programs at each location designed to accommodate children of all ages, backgrounds and special needs, The Little Yoga House’s dedicated family of teachers strive to teach the importance of the mind-body-breath connection and the connection we have to each other through movement, meditation and environmental awareness. Having FUN is key as we learn and discover the wonderful world of yoga!

For more information visit our website at TheLittleYogaHouse.com or the Yoga Peace School in Clarksville at 1211 Parkway, Austin, TX 78703 or our Family Yoga Studio in North Austin at 2700 West Anderson Ln. Suite 229, Austin, TX 78757. Follow along with The Little Yoga House on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

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