Yoga supports many avenues of child development from increasing focus to learning mindfulness techniques. Young children are often times familiar with animals and can also easily adapt their bodies into animal poses to mimic their body shape. Join this interactive video to stretch out and relax!
Length: 5:38; 2-8 years
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[00:00:10.443]It's beautiful day today.
[00:00:11.830]Today we're going to be doing some animal yoga.
[00:00:14.470]We chose animal yoga because,
[00:00:15.966]kids can really relate to the animals
[00:00:19.160]and make their bodies look like that.
[00:00:21.000]It also just helps us kind of relax our minds too,
[00:00:25.030]and stretch out our bodies.
[00:00:26.750]On the next slide here, I also included some other tips,
[00:00:30.280]for why yoga in children is really important.
[00:00:34.010]Those benefits include being non-competitive
[00:00:36.890]and improving focus,
[00:00:38.200]also teaching some of those calming techniques
[00:00:41.080]as well as patients and children also are able to
[00:00:44.220]learn self awareness of their body through yoga.
[00:00:47.600]And yoga also supports positive mental health
[00:00:53.820]The first yoga pose that we'll be doing
[00:00:55.670]is what we call "the elephant".
[00:00:57.479]But this has just barely spread our legs out
[00:00:59.710]as wide as we can.
[00:01:00.870]And then down with our hands.
[00:01:02.680]So I'll show you.
[00:01:04.660]Spread your legs out
[00:01:07.800]and I'm just going to reach down
[00:01:09.460]and try to push my palms all the way to the ground.
[00:01:20.460]You feel that stretching?
[00:01:23.770]I feel like a big elephant with my big long legs
[00:01:27.230]and my big long arms.
[00:01:33.756]Just like elephants.
[00:01:37.920]Now let me stretch an elephant.
[00:01:39.690]Now I really want to do something,
[00:01:41.650]that's a little more wiggly.
[00:01:44.380]I just snake,
[00:01:46.490]but something that's I'm up to, a crocodile.
[00:01:50.100]So we know this, as what was called a plank
[00:01:53.450]and, but we're going to make our bodies look straight
[00:01:55.550]like a crocodile.
[00:01:56.860]So you're going
[00:01:58.800]to put your arms out like this,
[00:02:02.680]and make your legs straight.
[00:02:05.570]And you need to also put your legs down
[00:02:08.470]or just going to hold it
[00:02:09.370]just like this.
[00:02:10.310]Make your back flat.
[00:02:17.540]Can move your legs out if you need to also.
[00:02:29.289]Next what we're going to do
[00:02:31.800]is we're going to pretend to be a bear.
[00:02:34.947]"Have you ever seen a bear before?"
[00:02:39.170]Not in person, but just at the zoo.
[00:02:41.470]So I know that bears can be pretty big too.
[00:02:44.330]So, we're going to kind of make our bodies
[00:02:46.890]start like a crocodile.
[00:02:49.690]how we had our legs spread out.
[00:02:52.410]I'm going to bring my feet a little bit forward
[00:02:54.440]and bend at my hips,
[00:02:56.300]just like that.
[00:02:59.550]I feel like a bear.
[00:03:06.479]"Can you tell me about your bones,
[00:03:07.950]are your muscles aching?"
[00:03:15.120]We're doing so good.
[00:03:23.487]Sound like a bear there.
[00:03:26.660]Next, we're going to do
[00:03:29.890]a tiger pose.
[00:03:31.780]So this kind of ...
[00:03:33.700]if you're,... if you already know it before,
[00:03:35.210]it's like ... called "the cat pose".
[00:03:37.960]But instead we're going to pretend to be tigers.
[00:03:41.650]So I'm going to plant my hands down here.
[00:03:44.540]Put my knees on the ground,
[00:03:46.383]so that I feel my feet will be up here.
[00:03:48.700]I'm just going to arch my back, like the cat,
[00:03:52.130]We arch it,
[00:03:58.694]"Do you feel anything stretching?"
[00:04:16.154]Alright, good job.
[00:04:18.420]So next, I only have a one more animal for us.
[00:04:23.500]But, it's called a hippo.
[00:04:27.287]"Have you seen a hippo before?"
[00:04:31.110]Me too. I've see one too.
[00:04:33.290]So this is what we call a child pose
[00:04:37.250]and this sounds kind of silly,
[00:04:38.250]but it makes us, kind of round like a hippo,
[00:04:41.630]have a big back, like a hippo.
[00:04:44.910]So you're going to sit on your feet, just like this.
[00:04:49.270]And you're going to put your head down to the ground
[00:04:52.220]and put your arms back, so they're kind of next to your feet
[00:04:57.504]and just, stretch.
[00:05:04.480]We're big hit both here.
[00:05:17.306]Let me breath too.
[00:05:21.240]Thank you for joining us for some animal yoga.
[00:05:23.550]I hope you feel stretched out, and relaxed.
[00:05:26.530]Just like me.
[00:05:28.020]Have a beautiful day.
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