7 Easy Stretching Exercises For Children

Performed with flowing movements and attention to the breath, these exercises will stimulate the whole body in two to three minutes.

From the age of 3, small children are able to memorize the sequence, and early practice develops strength, flexibility and coordination.

Here are simple teaching points to guide children:

Prayer pose: Standup straight and try to keep your feet together. Join your hands, palms together in front of your heart. Feel strong and quiet at the same time.

Big stretch up: Extend your arms forward and lift them above your head with one great breath. Keep your feet together if you can while you stretch up.

Backward lunge: Keeping your hands on the floor prepare for a backward lunge. Take a breath, bend one leg and extend the other back behind you. It is fine to have the knee of your back leg on the floor.

Move from there into a down dog. Pushing from your hands on the floor extend your front foot back to join your back foot. Lift your hips high and try to straighten your arms and legs, push and breathe strongly.

Eight-limb crawl: Keep your hands in the same position as down dog and come down on your knees. Then bring your chest and if you can your chin to the floor. Then move into the cobra. Slide forward onto your tummy and press on your hands with your bent arms to lift your shoulders and chest up. Breathe strongly in your cobra pose.

Down dog: Push from your hands on the floor, tuck your toes under and lift your hips up in the air again in down dog pose. Breathe strongly.

Forward lunge: Take a breath and step one of your feet forward between your hands. Drop your back knee to the floor in this lunge and look up if you can.

Head to knees: Blow out while bending forward with your legs straight. Look at your knees and put your hands or fingers on the floor on each side of your feet if you can reach.

Then extend your arms forward and lift them above your head with one great breath. Keep your feet together if you can while you stretch up.

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