Yoga for Kids to Combat Anxiety
I’m working on a lesson for May’s Story Time Yoga class based on the book Bridget’s Beret by Tom Lichtenheld. This book has been on my children’s book to-read list for a long time, but I just picked it up at our library this week. The story follows Bridget, a talented little artist. Bridget is certain that her artistic prowess comes from the power of her beret…the kind that ALL great artists wear! But when Bridget’s beret flies away in a gust of wind, she is unsure if she will ever be able to create a work of art again.
Spoiler Alert: Bridget eventually DOES create masterpieces again! But overcoming the anxiety of losing her beret does take its toll on this character. (I love the page where Lichtenheld’s portrays Bridget throwing a fit and “generally feeling sorry for herself.” Haven’t we all been there?)
I thought the topics of anxiety and regaining inspiration would lend themselves well to a child and family yoga class. At our May session we will read this book and learn anti-anxiety postures that will benefit children AND adults. We will also create a special masterpiece of our own, so be sure to register for the class if you’re in the area!
Here’s a sneak peak of some of the postures we will be exploring and their anti-anxiety benefits. Click on each pose for its steps:
Easy Seated Pose – This pose calms by creating stillness in both the mind and body. This is a great posture to come into for deep breathing. Its very name (EASY) is a signal to trigger relaxation and calm.
Down Dog – This is a great anti-anxiety pose because it encourages the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the brain. Down Dog enhances focus and concentration and combats fatigue.
Plank Pose – This posture tones all of the body’s core muscles and is very energizing. This engagement of the body is beneficial to fight the blues or sluggishness.
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