Go from rushed to ready with this fun + simple sequence.
As any parent knows, weekday mornings rarely go according to plan: the lunch containers weren’t cleaned out, the breakfast options are meeting rejection, your tween’s hair is not “working,” and where did that permission slip go? Understandably, in the bustle to get out of the door the last thing you want is to slow down and lose momentum, and adding anything else seems unimaginable. But a small shift can make a big difference.
The first part of the day is full of possibility and for many families the only time everyone is in one place. Yoga offers some simple tools to help our kids feel more confident, more relaxed, and a bit more grounded as they head out into their day. The benefits (for all of us) of adding a mindfulness practice to our mornings are vast. We often wake up holding tension mentally, emotionally and physically. As the adage goes, “move a muscle, change a feeling.” These simple exercises help us find a way to pause, to take a breath, and to cultivate an internal sense that things are basically okay. As our children learn to move through a set of yoga poses, they are developing the ability to bring that calm awareness into all situations. And unlike a run or a gym workout, the practices can be completed in mere minutes with lasting results for the whole family
Still, keep in mind, yoga with our kids doesn't have to happen during the busy morning to make the days run more smoothly. These are new skills and habits that can be practiced anytime. Simply encouraging our children to regularly notice where they are, notice their breath in and their breath out, and notice how they are feeling inside creates a feeling of calm that will have long-term effects. And remember, when it comes to yoga and mindfulness, a little goes a long way. Plus, it’s fun. So try this simple flow in the morning or anytime—it only takes 3 minutes!