Mountain Pose is great for stopping and taking stock of where you are; reminding yourself to come back to the present. The mountain is still but full of life. Appreciate the breath here and rediscover your center.
Anatomy of the Pose: Come to standing, with big toes touching and feet rooted firmly into the ground. Center the pelvic bowl, not letting it tip forward or back. Gaze is forward. Remember to relax the shoulders and soften the face. Bring prayer hands to heart center and breathe here.
Chakras Most Affected: Mountain pose is excellent for the root chakra. It keeps us grounded and helps us to focus our breathing.
Benefits for Children: Stillness is not the easiest for children; they’re little balls of energy pretty much all the time. Mountain allows them to be quiet and still, and it is also wonderful for posture. When you need to help them calm down and breathe, have them come to mountain so they can bring their minds back to a more balanced state.
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It’s almost here! That time of the year when we want to start anew by setting fitness resolutions. It’s as if the beginning of a new year brings hope and possibility that this year will be THE year. So why is it rarely THE year? Most resolutions consist of breaking our worst habits: smoking, drinking, eating too much, etc. So it’s no surprise that we’re going to fall off the wagon from time to time trying to keep ourselves from our most loved vices.
Fix.com‘s new infographic sheds some light on New Year resolution statistics, pertaining to fitness, and even comes equipped with a meal plan and training program. Feel free to substitute some of the foods and exercises to meet your needs.
Let’s try not to be a statistic this year. Instead, let’s take our time and create a new lifestyle and understand that breaking bad habits is a process, and creating good habits can be a marathon, not a sprint.
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Snake Pose, similar to cobra, is a whimsical pose that encourages relaxation and day dreaming. Its element is Earth, which helps to keep us grounded.
Anatomy of the Pose: Come to the belly, on your forearms. Let the third eye rest on the floor. Inhale to lift the head and chest, exhale to come back down. For fun: do a snake hiss when the head comes up.
Chakras Most Affected: Snake pose is wonderful for Anahata, the heart chakra. It opens the chest and helps to stretch the lungs and abdomen.
Benefits for Children: Snake is a fun pose for kids. It sparks the imagination and lets them role play. It also allows them to open the chest, which we don’t often get to do naturally.
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Sun Pose helps us to recall that childlike enthusiasm we often forget. It allows your child to feel creative and get energized.
Anatomy of the Pose: Start in standing position, spread the legs as far as is comfortable, and spread the arms out overhead. Then ask a very simple question in a magical voice: “Did you know that the sun is a star?” Once you see those little eyes light up, ask if there are any songs they know about a star? The most popular is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Sing along with them as you sway back and forth. Singing the song out loud helps to build confidence and they’ll naturally hold the pose longer.
Chakras Most Affected: The third chakra, located at the solar plexus is most affected by this pose. When this chakra is open we find ourselves more self-aware and strong in who we are.
Benefits for Children: There are so many elements of this pose that are wonderful. The arms out and up with the chest open is an immediate mood booster; it tells the body you’re happy, healthy, free and totally comfortable. Kids also get to come up with a song, and sing and dance. The pose is not too structured, it’s simple and fun.
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“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” – Aristotle
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Lion Pose is great for letting go of our frustrations and insecurities.
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As a former nanny, I remember trying to come up with activities that would not only be fun for the kids, but would also be beneficial or healthy in some way.
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Dolphin Pose represents kindness and giving. This card reminds us to think of others and make all of our decisions with kindness and good intentions. Its element is water, which can signify imagination and going with the flow. Anatomy of the Pose: Begin in tabletop on all fours. Knees are on the mat, hip width […]
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