Family Yoga - how to enjoy yoga with your kids
Updated: Jul 26
After seeing hundreds of children transform their lives through yoga & mindfulness, my hope is that more and more children (and their parents) start discovering benefits of yoga & mindfulness. In my past blogs, I’ve talked about 10 benefits of yoga for children and also 5 fun yoga poses for kids. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page if you missed these topics) Today I will be sharing 3 tips to enjoy yoga with your kids in the comfort of your own home. Find some space, roll out your mat and get ready for some family yoga time!
1. Keep it short and sweet
As we’re all aware, young children have a short attention span. Our main interest in sharing yoga with children when they are new is to get them to be curious and interested. So, start with short and simple practice of 5 to 10 minutes. If they enjoy it, you can always do more and gradually increase the practice length to around 20 minutes or longer. If they don’t show interest, don’t force it but try again at a different time.
Try to make body contact with them while staying in each pose. In my class, we do a lot of partner and group poses to encourage physical contact and connection. You can join hands in tree pose, you can join backs as you sit in meditation. Make eye contact wherever possible. Give them your full attention. This is the opportunity to have some quality time with your kids!
Pose of the day - Partner Tree pose
Stand next to your child and do a tree pose together.
Have the leg that’s closer to your child as a standing, balancing leg. Wrap your arm around each other’s shoulder or waist. Your outer hand can come around to meet your child’s (palms placing against each other’s) Switch position and work on the 2ndside. If you’re a group of 3 or more, you can form a little circle.
*For more detailed instructions on how to do this pose safely and its benefits, please visit my past blog titled “5 fun poses for pre-schoolers”
3. Make it FUN
Incorporate singing or story where appropriate. Even music would add to fun. Turn it into a little game. Laugh together. My kids yoga & family yoga classes are so different to adult yoga classes I teach. If I taught like I teach adults, kids would be bored in less than 2 minutes! They love seeing you have fun too. Always think of a way to make it fun and get creative!
Pose of the day - Musical tree
Play some upbeat fun dance music. When the music is on, you dance with your kids. When the music stops (you’re in charge of pause/play) everyone needs to freeze and become a tree.
So, there you have it. If you’re new to yoga yourself, it’s probably best to join classes run by an experienced teacher. By attending the class together, you get a better idea of how you can try yoga with your child at home. If you’re ready to take action, I invite you to book an online private Family Yoga session with me. (Hit the word Family Yoga above to find out more)
Here are some related blogs you may also enjoy reading:
10 benefits of yoga for kids
5 fun poses for pre-schoolers
Chika is a mum to an almost 5-year-old daughter and Yoga Australia registered children’s yoga teacher and has been a student of yoga for over 13 years. She specialises in mums & bubs yoga, yoga for mums, kids yoga and family yoga. Since the foundation of Wa Yoga in 2014, she has taught hundreds of children mainly aged between 3 and 12 in Sydney as well as the Central Coast NSW. She has studied with many of the highly respected international yoga teachers including one of the leading kids yoga experts, Lorain Rushton from Zenergy Yoga. She loves facilitating Family Yoga workshops online to help parents & children deepen connection and have fun together.
She is a creator of Mindful Mama Membership and this is where she supports mums of young kids on an ongoing basis online. She offers short, simple & sustainable practice for busy mums juggling work & family life to help them fill their cup.
Chika helps you reduce stress and find more calm so that you can be more present & patient with your kids. You can find out more info on this online membership by clicking here. The enrolment is open only a few times a year.
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