Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Yoga and Kids: New Ways to Connect with Your Children

Building Connections through Yoga Games

Toddlers and preschoolers naturally live in the moment and love to play! They are also beginning to encounter emotional, social, and physical challenges or conflicts. Yoga games and activities can help to support your child’s development of self esteem, confidence and self regulation. By incorporating some of the basics of yoga into play, you can positively support your child in navigating and building connections with themselves and others…and have some fun together! Below is a yoga game to try with your child at home. You do not need any yoga experience to play this game.

Up On the Rooftop: 

Benefits: This game supports connection, balance, and fun!

How to Play

• Face each other so you are about the same height (parent may need to kneel down)

• Stretch your arms until hands touch

• Press hands into each other and step forward so your elbows are bent downwards

• Smile 

• Keep your hands together and press forward so your hands go up and over your head forming a triangle shape with your arms (like a rooftop – the shape does not have to be perfect)

• Bring your noses close together, breath, balance, relax and enjoy the giggles together.