Imagine you are sitting in a comfortable living room in front of a log fire, looking outside at the snow falling. Use these 5 yoga poses for kids below to envision the lights of the holiday season to bring you peace and calm. Pursue this light-inspired yoga sequence or make up your Christmas yoga sequence:
1. Star Pose (Variation of Mountain Pose) – profess to be a sparkling snowflake falling from the sky.
Stand tall with your legs hip-width apart and feet facing forward. Straighten your arms out side by side your body. Profess to be a snowflake huddling down from the sky. Close your eyes (or gaze down in front of you) and take a few deep, calming breaths.
2. Tree Pose – profess to be a Christmas tree with flashing lights.
Stand on one leg, bend your knee, place the sole of your foot on your inner thigh, and balance. Profess to be a Christmas tree with flashing lights and exquisite decorations. Switch sides and repeat the balance on the other leg.
3. Dancer’s Pose – profess to be the moon lighting up the sky.
Stand tall in Mountain Pose. Then stand on one leg, reach the opposite leg out behind you, place the outside of your foot into your hand, bend your torso further with your arm out in front for balance, and arch your leg up behind you. Imagine creating a moon shape with your outstretched leg. Profess to be the moon shining over a forest.
4. Chair Pose – Profess to be a candle flickering on the mantelpiece.
Stand tall in Extended Mountain Pose with your feet hip-width apart and your arms extended above you. Then, bend your knees and sink back as if you are sitting in a chair. Imagine that you are a white candle lambent light over your family. Hold Chair Pose for a few rounds of deep breaths. You should start to feel the heat in your body.
5. Easy pose – Profess to be a log fire with dancing flames.
Sit comfortably cross-legged and rest your hands on your knees. Close your eyes (or gaze down in front of you) and imagine that your crossed shanks are the logs on the fire. With every extensive inhale, imagine filling your body with fresh oxygen (fire). Only focus on the sound of your breath and begin to quiet your mind.