By Lara Hocheiser, Flow and Grow Kids Yoga Founder/Owner, and Kathryn Boland, Flow and Grow Kids Yoga Blog Manager
Bees buzz through flowers, birds hop in the new grass, and butterflies float along. All the while, a gentle breeze stirs the air and contributes to the movement of all of these living things. It’s finally spring, and there’s something to the movement and air coming together all around. We can replicate that recipe in our bodies through yoga, and in so doing lift our moods -- just like spring itself can!
Oxygenating our blood through breath and simultaneously moving in healthy ways has varied other health benefits, for all ages and varied physical conditions, as well. It’s also a great way to engage kids in yoga and mindfulness practice! Here are three yogic exercises that combine movement and breath in clear ways that the children in your life might justlove! To celebrate the new growth and life all around us, these three exercises are additionally closely connected with nature. Happy spring!
Stand in Mountain Pose and bring your hands just below your heart and above your belly button. This spot, known as the solar plexus, can store energy and power for you. As you inhale, reach your hands to the Sun and spread out all your fingers.
At the top of the inhale, imagine grabbing from the Sun’s rays and pulling the energy in.
As you exhale, draw your fists toward your solar plexus. Your elbows will bend and go behind you.
When your elbows are back and hands are in front of your solar plexus, yell, “HA!”
Repeat several times. Stop after a maximum of 5 repetitions.