Practicing yoga is a wonderful way for the whole family to get active. Quiet stretching and deep, slow breathing helps younger children calm down from too much excitement, plus, it allows parents to feel relaxed and centered. Below are five easy yoga moves to try.
- Downward-Facing Dog Pose: Bend down and place your palms flat on the ground. Step your feet back to create an upside-down V shape with your buttocks high in the air. Straighten your legs, relax your head and neck, and look down between your legs. Think of being an eager and friendly dog. Hold the position and take two to three big deep breathes before moving on.
- Chair Pose: Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart, bend your knees, and keep a straight spine. Hold your hands out in front of you, pretending to hold ski poles as you ski down a mountain like a brave and fearless skier. Hold the position and take two to three big deep breathes before moving on.
- Tree Pose: Stand on one leg, bend your knee, place the sole of your foot on the opposite inner thigh, and balance. Sway like a tree. Think of trees being kind by offering shade, creating oxygen, and providing homes to animals. Take two to three big deep breathes before moving on.
- Warrior Two Pose: from standing position, step one foot back, placing the foot so that it is facing slightly outwards. Take your arms up in parallel to the ground, bend your front knee, and look forward. Pretend to be a surfer and use your strength to catch tricky waves. Take two to three big deep breathes before moving on.
- Hero Pose: Drop your knees to the ground and come down to rest upright on your heels. Then pretend to be a wise owl perched on a tree. Twist your upper body one way and then the other.
Iowa’s 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count program focuses on promoting a healthy and active lifestyle among children and teens. The results-focused program has four key components to help families make healthy choices each and every day, including:
- 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day
- 2 hours or less of screen time
- 1 hour of physical activity
- 0 sugary drinks – more water!