Downward facing dog comes pretty naturally to most kids and even babies. As you can see in this week’s video, Harlem can jump right into it.
Here are some guidelines to help kids get into better alignment so that they can begin to strengthen and prepare to hold the pose for longer periods of time.
- Start on hands on knees
- Plant the hands firmly into the floor and tuck the toes
- Straighten legs and lift the hips (booty) into the sky
- Straighten the arms
- Keep a nice flat back, no rounding
- Keep hips even (parents, you can hold on to your child's hips to help stabilize)
- Relax the head and neck
- Extra challenge: Balance on one foot and lift the other leg up and switch
- End with child’s pose and breathe deeply
- Strengthens shoulders, arms, and legs
- Stretches the hamstrings
- Stretches the spine
- Increases flexibility
- Helps calm the mind
- Being upside down is fun!
Parents, don’t forget to take a turn and do your downward facing dog, too! Kids love it if you pretend to be a bridge/teepee/wave/tunnel that they can crawl through.