According to Helen Garabedian, author of Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers (Da Capo Lifelong Books), yoga can help preschoolers increase attention span, relieve frustration, and improve body awareness. For moms, yoga can reduce anxiety and help them get more sleep -- and who couldn't use that? To get started with your preschooler, try the poses shown here.
In preschool it's called "crisscross applesauce," and in yoga it's called "easy pose." Either way, it's about calming down and paying attention.
1. Get into a comfortable cross-legged position, hands on knees.
2. Breathe deeply through your nose, keeping your back straight.
Demonstrated by the girl (while mom checks her form), this strengthens arms and hands.
1. Lying on your belly, place your hands under your chest with your elbows bent and out to the sides.
2. Extend your arms, press your palms to the floor, and bring your head up.
3. If possible, curl toes under and lift thighs.
This invigorates your lungs and strengthens your upper body.
1. Begin on all fours and lift your hips while bringing your hands and feet closer together.
2. Straighten your back. For fun, try having your child do it under you!
This works balance and leg strength.
1. Place one foot on the shin or thigh of the opposite leg.
2. Press your palms together in front of your chest.
Copyright © 2008. Used with permission from the May 2008 issue of American Baby magazine.
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