ThinkFun’s Yoga Games
Not only do kids that practice yoga learn to stretch, breathe better, and relax, but their power of concentration increases and their posture improves. This helps them to start gaining control of their bodies and minds. Beginning as young as age three, kids can take part in simple yoga activities; at age five, they should be able to safely perform most common yoga poses.
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The Sun Salutation is an ancient practice of the yogis that was traditionally done before sunrise. It is a series of continuous movements that is done slowly and consciously.
This version of the Sun Salutation has been specially adapted so that any child can practice it. Once they are familiar with this practice, they can carry it out before beginning the game since it will help them to warm up and to loosen up their whole body.
Stand with your legs together, arms alongside your body and palms facing your thighs.
Inhaling, stretch your arms out and raise them over your head. Arch your back a bit.
Exhaling, bend forward trying to place the palms of your hands on the floor. Keep your legs straight.
Inhaling, bend your legs, place the palms of your hands on the floor, and bring your left leg back, while your right leg remains bent between your hands.
Exhaling, bring your right leg back next to your left leg. Make sure that your legs are spread a bit. Raise your hips and bring your head down. Keep your legs and arms stretched out, and your back very straight.
Holding your breath, bend your arms until your whole body is 4 inches away from and parallel to the floor.
Inhaling, straighten your arms, arch your back, and bring your head back.
Exhaling, raise your hips and bring your head down. Keep your legs and arms stretched out, and your back very straight.
Inhaling, bring your left leg forward and place your foot between your hands. Keep your right leg extended and your gaze straight ahead.
Exhaling, bring your right leg forward and bring your feet together. Keeping your legs extended, bend forward trying to place your hands on the floor.
Inhaling, gently raise your body until you are standing straight.
Repeat steps 1-11 twice.