Katie's Yoga

Children's Yoga Poses

Mountain is a pose where you stand up straight and tall with your hands in Namaste.

 

Volcano follows mountain and you make an explosion with your body and say volcano!

 

 Crescent Moon is similar to mountain pose. Stand up tall and reach your arms up over head, slowly bend over to one side. Stand up straight and slowly bend over to the other side. 

Standing forward bend reach your arms up overhead, slowly bend forward, keeping legs straight, reach fingertips to the floor. You can hold the foam butterfly outstretched as you do this exercise. If your fingers do not reach the floor, simply bend your knees and rest your chest on them.

Tree is when you stand up tall, bringing your hands to your heart in Namaste.  Feel your feet grounded in the floor like a tree. Find a focus point (Drishti).  Slowly lift one leg, bend it and place your foot onto the inner thigh of the other leg.  Make sure to place your foot on the inner calf or inner upper thigh, not your knee, to help avoid injury to it.  You can brings your arms overhead, repeat on the other side.  Think about what is going on in the seasons with the trees.  Notice which side feels easier or harder.  You can do this pose singly, with a partner or large group.  

Warrior one is known as the brave warrior. Step one foot back, bend your front knee though not extending past your ankle, bring arms out to the side reaching them overhead. Repeat on the other side.  Below is a photo of the first graders at the Waterford Friendship School who I taught in May of 2011.

 

Warrior Two is know as the strong warrior. From warrior one, reach your arms out to your sides, look over your front fingertips. Make sure your front knee is bent forward though not extending over your ankle. Repeat on the other side.

Warrior Three is also know as airplane. Stand n mountian pose with your hands n Namaste. Gently open your arms to each side as you lean forward while lifting one leg back behind you.

Warrior Four is make up your own! Remember it for the other side.

Triangle (Trikonasana) begins in Warrior Two. You straighten your front leg, gently bend over your front leg with a long back. Bring one hand down to your ankle or floor. Reach your other arm up to the sky.  

Upside-Down Gorilla is when you bend your body forward, bring your hands behind your back and clasp them. Try to reach them up and over your head.  

Ostrich is when you stand up wit your legs apart and your hands on your hips. Bend your body forward and bring your hands, if you can and maybe even the top of your head to the floor.   

Owl begins in a squat, bring arms down behind your back and clasp at elbows ot reverse Namaste. Pretend to look behind you like an owl.    

Eagle is when you bring your arms out to the sides, cross one leg over the other. Cross one arm over the other and either give yourself a hug or twist it up. Bend your knees, try counting to three breaths and open up. Repeat using the other arm and other leg on top.  

    

Chants and Mantras

Om Shanti - Peace

Hari om hari om - The divine being

Hamsa - Natural sound of our breath

Om jothi - light

Loka samasta suhkino bhavantu - May all beings everywhere be happy and free

Fun Yogi Fact

Namaste means thank you for doing yoga with me. It can also mean the sunshine in my heart sees the sunshine in your heart.

Benefits of Yoga

Body - Strength, flexibility, body awareness, anatomy, stillness, balance, breath exercises. 

Mind - Concentration, focus, attention, a peaceful, relaxed state, self-expression, stress management tools, creativity, self-esteem, self-reflection. 

World - Environmental awareness, respect for the earth and animals, language development, social interactions, peace, connection, wonder, exploration. 

Natural Yogis

Children are natural yogis. They move their bodies in ways that feel good to them, almost effortlessly, without a thought of why they are doing it!  Yoga will ensure children have a lifetime of exercise, joyful bodies and minds and health and strength. 

Music and Sound

Music and sound therapy together with coordinated hand movements can develop concentration, breath coordination, communication and motor skills. Studies have shown repetition of certain sound patters produce a calming and healing effect on the nervous system and mind.

Inner Power

You have the power to be anything you want to be! :)

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Jun 27 at 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Tuesday, Jun 27 at 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Friday, Jun 30 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Friday, Jun 30 at 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

PollDaddy