For some people, Yoga and Mindfulness are synonymous. However, one can practise mindfulness without doing Yoga. But, Yoga can add a different dimension to your mindfulness practice.
Yoga helps children to slow down, chill out, relax their minds and exercise their bodies. It also lowers their heart rate, and creates self-discipline and control. In Yoga, they practise self-regulation of breathing that is a natural relaxation response in humans.
You don’t have to be a Yoga master to include Yoga into the day. All you need to know is the basic Yoga poses which can easily be found free on Youtube.
Today’s challenge is Garden Yoga! It is a fun and creative way to bring yoga into their mindful practice.
Finish the garden yoga experience by getting your child to lie on your back with their arms and legs spread out in a Resting Pose. Have them to close their eyes (if that’s comfortable) and take a few deep breaths.
* Note: The Yoga poster and idea came from http://childhood101.com/2016/04/yoga-for-kids-a-walk-through-the-garden/.