To do: Pick a few beginner poses and stretch as a family.
Time: 15 minutes
Materials: Yoga mat or carpet
Whether as a wake-up exercise or at the end of a long day, try a few yoga stretches to get the family moving.
Downward Facing Dog
Start on your hands and knees, with hands under your shoulders and knees under your hips. Tuck your toes and lift your knees off the floor, drawing your sit bones up and back, bringing you body into the shape of an A or tent. Keep your knees soft!
There a few ways to do this, but try starting on your hands and knees. Drop your sit bones back, widening your knees but keeping your big toes touching, and relax back onto your heels. Stretch your arms out in front of you or at your sides with your head on the mat.
A fun balancing pose! Start with feet a shoulder’s width apart and your hands together near your sternum. As you can, bring one foot to rest on your inner calf, or up above your knee and balance on the other foot. If necessary, use a ‘kickstand’ by keeping your toe on the ground, but mainly balancing on one foot. Spread your arms (branches!) wide to the sky!
A dual purpose pose, start on your hands and knees. Drop your belly and lower back and look up for Cow’s Pose. Hold for a few seconds, then arch your spine and look towards the floor for Cat’s Pose. Hold, then switch back to Cow. Keep going as long as you’d like, remember to breathe in and out!
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