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How to Teach Kids Tree Pose

This week we’re talking about tree pose. It took some prodding and bribing to get Harlem on to the mat but once he was in the pose, he was having a great time and didn’t want to stop doing yoga.

 

Benefits of tree post for parents and adults:

  • Strengthens legs and spine
  • Stretches inner thighs, chest and shoulders
  • Improves balance
  • Improves conctration
  • Quiets the mind

For toddlers:

  • Parent kneel next to toddler
  • Toddler holds parent’s shoulders, parent holds toddler’s waist
  • Help toddler lift one foot up to their ankle, shin, or thigh
  • If toddler is stable, have them bring their hands to prayer hands at their chest, out to the side, or up overhead
  • Let go of their waist for a second until they can gradually play with their balance
  • Switch sides

For kids 4 and up:

  • Stand in mountain pose (standing up tall with arms down by their sides)
  • Imagine that one foot is the root of a tree, growing deep into the earth
  • Find a point to focus on, either on the floor or wall ahead
  • Bend one knee (the one that’s not the root!), turn it to the side, and bring the sole of the foot to the rooted ankle, calf, or thigh
  • Reach arms up high over head like they’re branches
  • For an extra challenge, sway left and right like a tree in the wind
  • Bring foot back down carefully
  • Stand on both feet and feel what it’s like to be grounded again
  • Switch sides

For parents:

  • Take a turn while your child is watching
  • Show them how you take 3 deep breaths on each side
  • For an extra challenge, hold your kid in your arms as you balance on one leg!

Discussion points afterwards:

  • How does it feel to be a tree?
  • Did your breath help you focus?
  • How can you use your breath to help you focus and balance even when you’re not doing yoga?  
  • What are some of the different trees around the world?
  • How do trees benefit the earth?

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