5 Tips for Practicing Yoga With Kids

Having trouble finding alone time to do yoga? Try these simple tips for practicing yoga with kids…

These past few months, many of us have had to adjust our yoga practice to suit the new reality we find ourselves living in. Even if you already had a regular home yoga practice, you have likely experienced some changes to your routine, especially with kids at home and underfoot all the time.

Change is hard for all of us, but it is important to do your best to appreciate the extra opportunities you have to spend time with your loved ones, even if this can seem challenging at times! Instead of fighting to find time (and maybe space) to practice yoga by yourself, why not try practicing yoga with your kids as a family? Not only will this provide your entire family with some much-needed exercise, but it may also help to relieve stress and tension in the household and improve your relationships.

Below are a few simple tips for practicing yoga with kids and getting them involved in the process:

Don’t try to force it

We were all kids once and we remember what it was like when our parents forced us—we decided we hated whatever it was just to defy them. Invite them to join you, get permission, and show you’re excited to do it together. If they seem disinterested, try again another time.

Turn notifications off

Have everyone agree to make sure all other devices are in a different room before you get started so there are no distractions.

Set up space

Make sure each person has their designated space, with enough room to bring your arms up and down the way you would in a Sun Salute. Stagger your mats if necessary. If working with small children, allow time for everyone to run around as a play break if necessary.

Safety first

Make sure there are no sharp edges nearby in case someone falls out of a balancing pose.

Let them “win”

Remember that their physical ability will most likely exceed yours! Encourage them by pointing out that their motor skills are sharper, they have better balance, and most likely more flexibility.

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