Yoga is an ancient practice that involves training of the body and mind by way of physical exercise and meditation. The physical exercises in yoga involve the performance of a series of certain poses while using breathing techniques that help reduce nervous anxiety and emotional stress. While there are certain advanced yoga poses that demand a certain degree of experience to be executed successfully. Here are some yoga exercises for children.
To do the butterfly pose, sit on a flat surface with the soles of either foot facing each other. Ensure that your spine is erect and the knees drop toward the floor. Grab hold of the ankles and use the elbows to push the knees downward. Breathe naturally.
To do the fish pose, lie on a flat surface with your back facing the floor and both hands on your stomach. Press the legs firmly together and keep the toes pointed. Use the elbows to prop up and lift the chest upward. Let the top of your head rest softly on the floor so that an arch forms between the floor and your upper body. Hold the position while you inhale and exhale softly and gradually lower the back to rest on the floor.
The airplane pose is done in the standing position. To do the pose, stand straight and inhale as you stretch both arms out to either sides. Make sure that they are at shoulder height. Lean forward, put your weight onto one leg and point the other leg directly behind you. Keep the arms outstretched and ensure that the leg that is off the ground is straight. Repeat this pose with the other leg. Practice this yoga exercise for about 10 minutes.
As the name suggests, this yoga pose requires two people. To do the pose, pick a friend, who is as tall as you are and hold each other’s wrists while standing. Bend forward until your back is straight and horizontal. Try to breathe along with your partner as you balance the pose. If you or your partner has trouble balancing, bend your knees a bit. Raise your back slowly to an upright position to come back to the original position.
To do the bow pose, lie on your stomach on a flat surface. Bent your knees and lift your feet off the ground. Reach back with the help of your arms and grab the ankles. Slowly straighten your knees to pull your feet away from the body and stretch your stomach and chest out. Ensure that you feel the arch in your back as you inhale and exhale. Return to the original pose by releasing the ankles and lowering feet and chest to the ground.
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