Children should skip the headstand and shoulder stand. Although their bodies are flexible, they lack the strength and stability to do those postures safely.
We designed the postures in the following sections to be kid-friendly and wrote the accompanying text to be parent-friendly as you guide your child.
You can find more detail about each of the postures in other chapters throughout the book, as we note in each section; when done in sequence, this set of postures forms a well-balanced routine. In addition to providing you with instructions to give your child as he gets into the posture, the sections suggest sounds he can make while in the pose. The sounds serve a dual purpose: They inspire your child's imagination while he's holding the pose (keeping him engaged) and also guide him to breathe rather than hold his breath.
Note: In these sections, we sometimes refer to yummy poses. The term yummy pose is just a kid-friendly description of a resting pose, where you allow your body and mind to release. It was coined by Afi Kobari, a specialist in Yoga for children.
Children have short attention spans. You know your child best, so do only as many postures as he has attention for. In time, he'll be able to do more.
Find a special spot to practice Yoga with your child. Is there somewhere in your house or apartment where he gravitates to for play? That may be the perfect place to begin to share your love of Yoga.
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