Handstands Yoga Pose for Beginners, Benefits

Kids love to do handstands! Emphasize that this is NOT a HEADSTAND. These poses give kids confidence to do something that they usually don’t do and the confidence to be in a situation where things may be turned upside down. Start with an L handstand. They won’t be able to be at an L, and their legs will be high on the wall. Over time their arms, tummies and legs will build up strength. For regular handstands, children usually can’t get themselves up. Big kids can kick up, or may need … Continue reading

Half Moon Pose Yoga With Hands to Feet Pose, Benefits, Ardha Chandrasana

Ardha chandrasana From triangle pose, bend right knee and take a small step with left foot. Balance on right foot, extend left leg out. Right hand is on the floor, left hand extends upward. Try looking at fingertips. Half–Moon Pose Benefits Good for legs and lower spine. Strengthens core. Develops balance. Opens pelvis. What it looks like A moon, a wheel, a merry go round, scissors.

Frog Pose Yoga for Kids, Benefits

Bekasana Begin in table position. Spread knees out toward edges of mat and bring heels together. Bow forward onto stomach and elbows. Press feet into each other and extend out through the knees. Variation: Lower legs are perpendicular to upper legs and feet out. Benefits Abdominal organs are toned. Stretches the hips and thighs. What it looks like A frog, a diamond, a minnow, a swimmer under the deep sea.

Dance Pose Yoga, Posture, Exercises

Natarajasana Begin standing on one leg and bring knee to hands. Bring right hand to hold right big toe. Then arch back and tuck tailbone. Press foot into hand. Extend left hand out and bow forward, balance. Reverse sides. Extended Legs Pose Windmill Feather Dancer Pose Benefits Strengthens leg muscles. Develops poise. Stretches the shoulders and expands the chest. Benefits the spine. What it looks like A dancer, a tea pot, a lightening bolt, a hunter, a gazelle.

Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose Yoga, Benefits

Prasarita Padottanasana Spread legs wide, feet and toes pointing forward. Bend forward, palms down on the floor. Can do “windmills” with one hand on the floor and the other extended, twisting from the navel area. Benefits Develops hamstrings and inner thighs. Calms the mind and removes fatigue. What it looks like A tunnel, a mountain, going down a well to fetch water, a windmill.

Eagle Pose Yoga Posture, Stretch, Benefits, Position

Garudasana Begin standing in mountain pose, tadasana. Entwine left leg over the right leg. Extend left arm out, then cross right arm over it. Bend the elbows and entwine the two together and bring hands together. Release and fly out like an eagle. Reverse sides. Benefits Strengthens ankles. Stretches the shoulders. Removes cramps in calves. What it looks like A bird flying, twisted noodles.

Downward Dog Pose Yoga, Benefits

Adho Mukha Shvanasana Begin in table pose. Lean back toward heels, then press hips and buttocks up and back. Straighten legs. Benefits Downward Dog Pose Removes fatigue. Develops the ankles, arms and abdominals. Strengthens and relieves stiffness in shoulders. Good for digestion. What it looks like A tunnel, a mountain, a house, a dog stretching, an upside down V, a magic portal.

Demon Pose Yoga

DEMON POSE Bhujapidasana Come into a squat and place the hands on top of the feet. For variation, place hands on floor, shrug the shoulders and melt the heart. Keep the arms and hands strong as you squeeze with the inner thighs and lift off, balancing on the hands. Benefits Strengthens hands and wrists. Creates strong abdominals. Develops the leg and arm muscles. What it looks like Good for antagonist characters, demons, dragons, silly or scary creatures, tricksters.

Cobra Pose Yoga, Benefits, Position, Pregnancy

COBRA POSE Bhujangasana Begin lying flat on stomach, hands back by the base of the breastbone. Uncurl toes and press into floor. Bring energy to the legs. Inhale up, shoulders on the back. Hiss like a snake. Benefits Cobra Pose Good for strengthening the back and spine. Expands the chest. What it looks like A snake, a piece of rope, a walrus.

Mountain Pose Yoga Benefits, Description, Tadasana

Tadasana Stand with feet fist–width apart. Weight evenly distributed through all four corners of the feet. Muscles of the ankles, calves, knees and thighs engaged and hugging the bones. Inner thighs are back, tailbone tucked. Shoulders are on the back, hands pointed down. Feel the energy from the earth and feet drawing up into the core and extending out through the hands and head and feet. Benefits Naturally aligns the entire body. Spinal alignment. Teaches proper standing. Develops concentration. Makes back strong. Relaxing. Lotus Pose Mountain Pose What it looks … Continue reading