Yoga with your kids

March 24, 2009 4:50:40 PM PDT
Get your kids to chill out. Yoga parents can do with their kids at home.5 yoga poses parents can teach and do with their kids at home:
  1. Jumping Jacks and Janes: Gets the heart rate up and builds coordination, strength and agility. Plus it's fun!

  2. Tall Tree: Balancing on one foot, standing tall and proud like a tree. Grow your branches! It teaches balance, focus and patience.

  3. Cobra: Lie on the belly and press your hands under your shoulders, stretching your chest up like a cobra. Pretend you're a snake and hiss as slowly as you can. Opens the back and shoulders, and encourages the natural curves of the spine.

  4. Twist and Shout: Lie on your back and hug your knees into your chest. Open your arms wide on the floor and drop your knees to one side and give a big shout. Repeat on the other side. It creates flexibility in the spine.

  5. Balloon Breathing: This exercise reinforces the proper way to breath. Imagine you're breathing in and out of a balloon, slowly inhaling so the belly and chest expand; exhaling so the chest and belly fall. This will de-stress and calm your kids!!
About YogaWorks:
For over 20 years, YogaWorks has been dedicated to making yoga accessible to as many people as possible. Currently, YogaWorks has three locations in San Francisco, with a fourth, gorgeous studio opening in Walnut Creek in March 2009. YogaWorks allows people of all ages and skill levels to have access to quality yoga taught by the most skilled yogis in the business. YogaWorks brings together authenticity and innovation in an unprecedented way, transforming yoga into an experience that fits into your life and your schedule. YogaWorks also offers a renowned Teacher Training Program and has mentored some of the world's leading yogis.