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5 Fun Yoga Poses for the Summer

Summer is here, and it's the perfect time for kids to have fun and get active, and what better way to do that than with some yoga! Yoga is an incredibly enjoyable activity that can help kids stretch their bodies and relax their minds. In this post, we'll explore five awesome poses that are perfect for the summer season. So, grab your mats, and let's dive into some yoga fun in the sun!

The Upward Salute

This a foundational and fantastic pose that reaches for the sky! This pose stretches the whole body helping children feel big and strong, it is great for improving posture and energizing the mind.

How to:

  1. Stand tall with your feet together and arms at your sides.

  2. Inhale deeply and as you exhale, bring your arms out and overhead.

  3. Gaze up into the sky as you take a couple more breaths, feeling the stretch through the body.

  4. Exhale and release your arms back to your sides.

Warrior II

Warrior II is a powerful pose that makes kids feel like a surfer riding the ocean waves! This pose opens the hips and improves balance. It's excellent for building confidence and focus, making kids feel empowered and determined.

How to:

  1. Stand with your feet wide apart.

  2. Turn your right foot out 90 degrees and your left foot slightly in.

  3. Raise both arms parallel to the floor, palms facing down.

  4. Bend your right knee and gaze over your right hand.

  5. Hold for several breaths, then switch sides.

Tree Pose

This pose is all about balance and focus, but it is a fun challenge that kids always end up enjoying. It helps them develop concentration while also strengthening their legs and core as they learn to maintain it. Can you hold still like a tree?

How to:

  1. While standing, shift your weight onto your left foot and bring your right foot to your inner thigh.

  2. Press your right foot and inner thigh into each other for stability.

  3. Bring your hands up and raise them over your head.

  4. Concentrate on maintaining balance while you hold a few breaths.

  5. Switch sides and repeat the previous steps.

Bridge Pose

The bridge pose is an essential backbend that can strengthen the back, glutes, and legs while also opening up the chest. A creative way to make this pose fun for kids is to tell them to imagine they're a Giant trying to be a bridge for people to cross safely.

How to:

  1. Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet hip-width apart.

  2. Place your arms at the sides of your body, palms facing down.

  3. Press into your feet and lift your hips towards the sky.

  4. Hold for several breaths, then release.

Flower Pose

The flower pose is probably the most challenging and fun pose on this list, helping kids improve their coordination and open up their hips. This pose encourages a sense of fun, perfect for a sunny summer day of yoga.

How to:

  1. While seated on the ground, place the soles of your feet together.

  2. While maintaining them together, roll your thighs down and slide your hands under your ankles.

  3. Lift your legs off the floor and hold for a couple of breaths.

In this post, we've given you five essential yoga poses to incorporate into your summer routine. Each pose offers unique benefits and aligns perfectly with the essence of summer. Whether you decide to practice on the beach, in a park, or anywhere under the sun, you now have five great poses to help structure your summertime yoga sessions. If you wish to further enhance your summer yoga experience, feel free to check out our Summer and Beach lesson plans. For more information on mindfulness, check our website and blog!

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