4 Kid-Friendly Yoga Poses to Help Your Family Destress on Vacation

Posted Travel Tips by Sarah Fazendin on January 23, 2015

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While it may sound easy to just kick back, sip a fresh margarita and tune out on the beach, this won’t free you totally from the rapid pace of daily life and put your in a truly restful and relaxing state of mind.

For both adults and children, yoga can be a very powerful way to relax the mind and help ease this transition from daily grind to relaxing vacation.

Just ten to fifteen minutes each morning can really help everyone slow down, and focus on the present moment.

Believe it or not this can make vacation that much more amazing! Best of all, you can do it almost anywhere; in your living room, near the pool or even on the beach.

I’ve found these four kid-friendly yoga poses to help our family really relax on vacation and would love to share them with you.

Downward-facing dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

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Downward-facing Dog is a core pose from Vinyasa-style yoga. It’s restorative benefits come as you get your head below your heart.

Begin on hands and knees, in a traditional table pose. Curl toes under, exhale, straighten knees and lift hips high to the sky.

Encourage your children to push their hips back and up and to spread hands and toes wide. The longer this position is held the better.  To pass a few minutes in the pose, ask children to describe what they see in the sand below them. Have them wiggle their “tails” and pop up onto their toes while holding the pose.

Frog (Ardha Bhekasana)

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Frog pose is a kiddo favorite. Because children are much more flexible in the hips than adults, they can often hold this pose for longer and with less discomfort. Instruct children to squat on the floor, balancing on toes with knees spread wide. They can place hands on the ground between their legs for support, or together at heart center to test their balance.  Unlike Downward-facing Dog, have children close their eyes while they breathe in Frog pose for a minute or two.

Tree (Virksasana)

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Tree pose will feel good after an extended Frog pose. Instruct your children to stand tall, lift one foot and turn the knee out. Then have children place their foot above or below the knee, depending on comfort level. Have them test their balance by raising arms overhead and looking to the sky.

Smaller children can simply stand tall with legs and arms spread wide. Practicing balance is fun for kids, and be sure to expect lots of laughter as they wobble around in Tree pose!

Corpse Pose (Savasana)

Savasana, or as my kids like to call it Lazy Lizard, is a great way to end a morning yoga session. Lay on your mat or towel, eyes closed and listen to what’s around you. Challenge your children to focus on breathing in and out and to try and remain quiet for a few minutes.  Corpse pose is excellent for guided visualization, so take some time to talk to your kids. Ask them about their favorite place, what they see themselves doing later in the day, or someplace they might like to visit one day.

When you’re done, ask them how they felt, what they were thinking about, and if they have any questions.

Even if it’s only 10 minutes, yoga is a great way to help the whole family relax together by using simple poses to enhance mindfulness and focus on being truly present with your family while on vacation.