Yoga Tips for Traveling with Children
Show them pictures of where they will be going and let them draw a map of what it might look like. Even if it is a real map or if it is a few squiggly lines, let them decide what it is that it will look like. Then, when you arrive, ask them to take the map out and guide you – even if they say take a right and it is a left, take two rights and it will still be a holiday vacation and you might find something fun and cultural to share. Think of an animal pose that you might be able to re-create on holiday. The most fun are balancing poses like tree and look for what kinds of tree’s are around. Its great to help them by doing the pose with them and holding hands.
Ahhh yes, easier said than done – this I know, but when you let out a sigh it will help with reducing stress and self-regulation. Every now and then let out a sign and maybe visualize with them. Start with a sign and say something like “I wish I was a rainbow” and have them tell you the color of your hands and feet and so on. This way they will learn to put focus elsewhere and may want to visualize for them. This is also a great way to develop body awareness and space awareness.
Kami Evans is a Registered Yoga Teach and Children Registered Yoga Teacher, she is also a Family and Child Advocate and speaks at various events in the US and UK. Contact for more info 800-584-7940 or email@example.com
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This post originally appeared on our May/June 2011 Magazine