Include these five yogasanas in your child's daily fitness regimen and you'll pave way for his healthy future. Do yogasanas on a light rug and ensure proper breathing during the asanas. Given below are five easy, but fun-to-do asanas.
1) Palm tree pose or Tadasana:
Stand erect with feet joined together. Raise arms above the head and lock your fingers such that the palm is facing upwards. Raise the heels and stretch upwards as much as you can so that you feel the tension in arms, neck and shoulders. Hold the position for as long as you can. By each passing day you can hold the position a little longer.
Benefits: This is a very good exercise for increasing height in growing children. It stretches the spine and is also good for toning the abdominal muscles.
2) Triangle pose or Trikonasana:
Stand erect with feet apart. Inhale and stretch hands and bring it to parallel to ground. With this as the base position, exhale and bend forward twisting to touch the right hand to the left foot. In this position, the left hand should be straight up and the head should be aligned to look up, too. Come back to the starting position and repeat on the other side. Initially, do it slowly for two to three times on either side. Once you get it then you can alternate between left and right without coming up to starting position and count 10 - 20 twists.
Benefits: This pose exercises the entire body - legs, arms, neck, shoulders, back, stomach - and tones it. It is very good to alleviate constipation as it improves digestion.
3) Lotus pose or Padmasana:
This is done in the sitting position. Sit down and stretch your legs in front of you. Bring one leg, with the aid of your hands, to rest on the opposite thigh such that the heel touches the groin. The sole of the feet should be facing upwards. Bring the other leg to rest similarly on the other side. Hands should rest on the knees. Close your eyes and concentrate on the breathing.
Benefits: This calms and soothes the mind. It will help children become less excitable and increase their attention span. A child should learn to hold this pose for 1-2 minutes.
4) Wind releasing posture or Pawanmuktasana:
Lie on your back with feet together. Inhale and raise both feet 45 degree above ground. Bend at the knees and bring them towards the chest. Hold legs in that position with both hands such that the fingers are interlocked. Inhale and slowly raise the head and shoulders towards the knees such that the chin is between them. Retain this position for a while. Exhale and come back to the sleeping position.
Benefits: As the name suggests, this pose is very good to remove accumulated gases in the stomach and alleviate bloating and constipation. It massages the abdomen and tones up the back, waist and bottom.
5) Bow pose or Dhanurasana:
Lie flat on the stomach with arms on the side. Bend the knees and catch the feet with the corresponding hands. Raise the head, shoulders and chest off the ground and simultaneously the knees and thighs, such that only the abdomen is in contact with the ground. Hold this position for a while and then slowly release the hands and come down to the starting position.
Benefits: This pose is a good safeguard against gastro-intestinal problems and obesity. It tones up the spinal column, arms, legs - in fact, the whole body.