A great way to wake up your mind and body is the sun salutation. The sun salutation pose sequence can be a challenge for adults and children because it requires us to hold plank and low push up positions. Many people can’t do those positions safely so to protect kids’ growing bodies, I made a safer variation for them.
This child-safe sun salutation skips the poses where form often suffers and instead replaces them with poses more people can do to make it safe and accessible.
View the Video! Learn How to use the free download and teach this sequence safely. Add in call-and-response when you're with live children!
Sun salutation tips:
🌞 Do the sequence slowly the first time, learning the form of the poses
🌞 Go a little quicker the second time, adding the poetry line for each pose as a call-and-response
🌞 Do it a third time, using the poetry again as a call-and-response
🌞 Once the children have it memorized, have them take turns teaching it. Bonus if they can remember without looking at the words!
🌞 Use a rhythmic voice
🌞 After practicing, have everyone take a mindful seat and turn their attention inward.
Questions to ask:
☝ What do you notice about your temperature?
☝ What do you notice about your overall energetic state?
☝ Do you feel more energized?
☝ Take a few moments to allow the children to discuss their experience.
If the children noticed they felt more awake and yet relaxed, you can point to the sun salutation as a good possible activity to do before something important, such as a big test. Or even as a way to start their mindful morning routine.
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