Child's Pose (Balasana)
· Calms the mind and body
· Encourages strong and steady breathing
· Releases tension in the back, shoulders and chest
· Flexes the body’s internal organs and keeps them supple
· Recommended if you have dizziness or fatigue
· Helps alleviate stress and anxiety
· It lengthens and stretches the spine
· Relieves neck and lower back pain when performed with the head and torso supported
· It gently stretches the hips, thighs and ankles
· Normalizes circulation throughout the body
· It stretches muscles, tendons and ligaments in the knee
Tree Pose (Vrikasana)
- Calms and relaxes your mind and central nervous system.
- Develops balance.
- Increases your mind / body awareness.
- Strengthens your thighs, calves, core, and foot muscles.
- Strengthens your posture.
Legs Up The Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)
Legs up the Wall Pose is a restorative, relaxing and gentle inversion:
- Eases anxiety and stress
- Calms the mind
- Relieves lower back pain
- Relieves tired or cramped feet and legs
- Gently stretches the hamstrings, legs and lower back
- Therapeutic for arthritis, headaches, high blood pressure, low blood pressure and insomnia
- Eases symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, menstrual cramps and menopause
Benefits of Yoga for Children
· improves flexibility, strength and body awareness
· encourages kind peer and social interactions
· enhances self-expression and imagination
· increases self-esteem
· helps increase awareness of breathing
· teaches discipline and responsibility
· cultivates a peaceful, relaxed state of body and mind
· gives tools for stress management
· provides a playful, fun way for children to learn how to relax
All photos used with permission of Over The Rainbow Yoga
Katharine (Katie) Louw is a specialist Family & Community Yoga Teacher & a trained Mindfulness Curriculum Teacher, in Christchurch, New Zealand. Katie founded Over the Rainbow Yoga over two years ago and has worked with a number of kindergartens, schools and community groups in Christchurch, with her yoga programme based in mindfulness, community and fun.