At one time I discovered yoga and realized that with its help you can increase flexibility and also get rid of back pain. Since my older daughter has back problems (she has scoliosis), I try to do everything to strengthen her muscles in this area. After taking a class with an instructor, we remembered the basic exercises and did them at home.
How to do
Do all the exercises you need to have fun, turning every lesson into an exciting game. The child should want to study and force him not to. Children, unlike adults, do not have negative attitudes; they will not give up on yoga, just because it seems to them that they will fail. They willingly join the game and perform asanas without fear.
But still remember that the exercises should be done carefully. Follow the correctness of performance and be sure to praise the baby if he succeeds. In yoga, all asanas are consistent, but in children’s yoga, you can choose only those that appeal to your child. And of course, you must show by your own example how great it is to exercise.
With my daughter, I started practicing yoga like this. She herself did the exercises and slowly involved her in this process. It seems to me that a child at this age will enjoy any work that he can do with his parents, so you should use it.
Try to do the following exercises with your child.
Windmills. We stand, feet shoulder-width apart, arms apart. Lean down and touch the left foot with your right hand. Then we straighten up and do the same from the other side.
Balloon. We represent with the baby that we have a balloon inside, which needs to be inflated. Deeply inhale and raise the arms high above the head in the shape of a ball, then exhale with a sharp sound: Fuh.
Sparrows and Crows. We stand straight, feet shoulder-width apart. We squat deeply, the back should remain straight. We stand up straight again. You can squat together with the child, holding each other’s hands.
Tree. We stand, legs together. Raise one leg and put on the inside of the thigh. The heel looks up and the thumbs down. Palms fold the boat and pull them up. We count to 5 and change the leg.
Dog face down. At the daughter this favorite exercise, probably, because of the name. Stand on all fours. Raise the pelvis up, the emphasis remains on the hands and feet. Legs and back should be straight. The head is placed between the hands. Repeat several times.
Frog. We stand, legs together. We squat and at the same time we spread our knees to the sides, while bringing the heels together. The legs are straightened, and the body is tilted down. The head must reach to the knees. Then again we return to the frog pose. Repeat several times.
At the end of class it is helpful to relax. Lie down together on the floor and try to relax each part of the body alternately. You can also dream about the sea, the sun and the gentle breeze.
I hope you enjoy our exercises and bring pleasure to you and your child!