Shared Poses With Your Little Yogis

Happy Valentine's Day!  I personally enjoy all the partner- and couples-themed yoga classes that pop up this time of year.  Here are a few poses you can try out at home with your little one(s).

Seated Breath

Seated Breath

For the littlest yogi, have them sit in butterfly pose inside your butterfly legs with their back up against your belly.  Take deep breaths in and out of your nose together.  As your child gets older, they can sit back to back with you, breathing together and trying to match each other's breath.

Chair Pose Variation A

Chair Pose Variation A

Come into chair pose and let your little one climb up onto your thighs.  Hold their hips and, if they are comfortable, have them reach their arms out to the side.

Chair Pose Variation B

Chair Pose Variation B

For older kids, try having them face you and lean back, keeping their tummies strong.  This time they need to hold on :).

Crescent Moons

Crescent Moons

Stand side-by-side in mountain pose.  With your inside arms, reach out and hold hands.  Take your outside arms and reach overhead, bending towards each other along the side body until you connect. 

Triple Down Dog

Triple Down Dog

For the littlest yogi, have them come into down dog and then tent your down dog over the top of them.  As they get a little bigger, they can stand at your feet facing away from you and come into a forward fold, placing their hands on the ground and stepping their feet up to your sit bones.

Airplane Stage 1

Airplane Stage 1

What little kid doesn't like to fly?  Lie on your back and place your feet on their hips.  Hold their hands and lift your legs straight up.

Airplane Stage 2

Airplane Stage 2

Only if they (and you) are comfortable with it, let go of their hands and have them reach out like an airplane.

Connected Tree

Connected Tree

Stand in mountain pose with your side bodies touching.  Hug your inside arms around each other.  Have your little yogi pull their outside leg up into tree first and then follow with your outside leg.  Once you find balance together, bring the palms of your outside hands together in front.

(This one looks easier in the picture than it was--HA!)

Lizard On A Rock

Lizard On A Rock

This one is a kid favorite!  Come into child's pose.  Have your little yogi sit on your lower back, then slowly lay back and reach their arms overhead.  Connect your hands to theirs.  This one feels amazing...so go find a big person to be your rock.

As always, be safe and work within both your comfort zone and your child's.  Have fun exploring the poses and playing together.

Peace + Play

erica