First 5 LA’s Five Yoga Poses for the Whole Family

September is National Yoga Month! Yoga promotes good balance, flexibility and strength. Yoga also clears the way for effective learning by developing concentration and decreasing stress. Here are a few poses the whole family can try:

Easy Pose

Sit cross-legged on the floor/mat and rest hands on knees, palms up. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths — in through your nose and out through your mouth. Have your child take a deep breath in through their nose and let it out through their mouth.

Cobra Pose

Lay flat on your tummy, placing your palms on the floor beside your chest. Raise your chest and look straight ahead, leaving your legs outstretched like a long snake with the tops of your feet flat on the floor. Breathe in and out, then lower yourself back down.

Bow Pose

Lay flat on your tummy with arms at your sides. Bend your knees and bring heels towards thighs. Gently lift your chest and grab the outside of your feet/ankles (whichever is most comfortable). Ideally, this pose should look like a half-circle or an archer’s bow.

Standing Poses

With your child, stand tall in Mountain Pose and take big, deep breaths. As you breathe, bring hands to the sky, stretching fingers as wide as they will go and raising arms as high as possible.

Can your child lift one foot off the ground? How long can he or she stand on one foot? For Tree Pose, start by standing tall. Place the sole of your foot on the inner thigh or calf of the opposite leg and bring your raised knee out to the side. Try to avoid placing your foot on your knee, as this can put tension on the joints.

Happy Baby Pose

Lie on your back and bring knees to chest, with foot soles to the ceiling. Grab the outsides of your feet (like a happy baby!) and gently rock side to side.

For more yoga poses from First 5 LA, visit Yoga for All.

February 2021 Books

February 2021 Books

February 2021 Books February is Black History Month! Celebrate with these books… The ABC’s of Black History by Rio Cortez, illustrated by Lauren Semmer Told in rhyming text, this book follows the alphabet as we learn all about black history of the U.S. and around the...

February 2021 Amazing Activities 

February 2021 Amazing Activities 

February 2021 Amazing Activities February is Black History Month! Read a picture book by a black writer or illustrator together. Groundhog Day! Teach your child to make shadow puppets and look out for six more weeks of winter! February is also National Bird Feeding...

January 2021 Amazing Activities

January 2021 Amazing Activities

January 2021 Amazing Activities What is a goal for this year that you and your child can commit to achieving? January is National Hobby Month! What is a hobby your child can start this month? Do 15 sit-ups with your child! Trivia Day! What’s a random or fun fact you...

January 2021 Books

January 2021 Books

January 2021 Books January 18th is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Learn about how this leader changed the course of the civil rights movement with these books… I am Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ordinary People Change the World) by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher...

Translate