Hours of walking and munching on candy can really do a number on trick-or-treaters, especially in cold weather areas where it’s easier for muscles and joints to be affected. This Halloween, try yoga with your kids before heading out for hours of candy collecting to prevent any stiff or sore muscles (in you and the kids).
What is great about yoga is how easily it can be adapted for all ages and levels, so for many poses, you and your child can do them side-by-side. Here are fives poses for the trick-or-treaters in your life:
From a standing position, inhale and sweep your arms overhead. Exhale and sweep the arms down while reaching out to the sides, hinging forward from the hips with knees slightly bent. The back should stay neutral as far down as possible. This pose is great for stretching tight hamstrings in preparation for lots of walking.
From a seated position, while pressing weight towards the floor, bring your right hand to your left knee. Reach back with your left hand and place it behind your tailbone. Inhale and sit up tall, on the exhale twist the boy around to look back over the left shoulder. This pose is great for stretching the back, waist, and midsection.
Sit up on your knees with your hips resting on the heels of your feet. Place your hands on your knees, straighten your arms, and keep your back erect and head straight. Inhale through the nose while leaning forward slightly. As you exhale, bend your elbows, lean forward, and extend the tongue out and downward as much as possible toward the chin while stretching the mouth and jaws as wide as possible. Lion pose is excellent for stretching the jaw, mouth, tongue and throat in preparation for all that candy!
Starting on all fours, come up onto your toes and reach your hands back to hold your heels. Lift your back, rounding it to the sky. Tuck your chin and bring the crown of your head towards the floor. Rabbit pose is great for stretching the back, shoulders, and neck.
You can utilize these poses with your kids before or after any physical activity and many of the poses listed about are great for helping kids with focus and attention! For more information on Kids Yoga, visit yogafit.com.
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