Dog Pose is great for strength, gauging the body, and also an easy inversion for kids. Like the dog or puppy, this pose activates so many areas and is a great way to calm anxiety and create endorphins.
Anatomy of the Pose: From tabletop, take the hands about an inch in front of you. On an inhale, straighten the legs to lift the sits bones. Feet are hip-width apart, fingers are spread with middle fingers facing forward. To make this more fun for the kids, ask them what sound a dog makes. Begin to do little hops propelling your tailbone into the air while barking. This makes the pose even more active and a lot of fun.
Chakras Most Affected: Dog pose balances the root chakra. Hands and feet are planted firmly into the mat connecting us to the earth.
Benefits for Children: This pose is very helpful for gauging the areas that are hold a lot of tension, kids don’t hold a lot of tension but take time at the beginning of this pose to ask them how different areas of the body feel: feet, legs, hands, arms, etc.