Healthy Tip # 70

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Welcome to a new category of my blog simply called ‘Healthy Tips.’ Many times, when I write articles for various publications, I need to find sources for the story. Recently, I wrote an article for Yahoo Shine (click here) and PBS (click here) about keeping kids healthy. I was looking for experts and parents to chime in and give their favorite ‘tips’ to help kids (and their families) lead a healthy lifestyle.

The feedback for the story was amazing. The sources had some fantastic points of view that could not be ignored, and I thought their opinions should be viewed on the Your Health Journal web site.

So, enjoy my new series, with some ‘great’ insight from some ‘great’ people giving exceptional and educational points of view.

Healthy Tip From Laurie Jordan

More moms, dads and kids are practicing yoga for it’s mental, physical and spiritual benefits. So why not practice yoga together as a family and grow together through yoga? Family oriented yoga sessions provide the perfect opportunity for you and your little yogis to spend quality time together while enjoying the benefits of yoga in a fun, non-competitive way! Family Yoga is designed to foster communication and teamwork while improving self-confidence, and increasing flexibility and strength through yoga poses, yoga games, partner poses, and relaxation and breathing techniques.

So add a twist to family bonding and by giving these poses a try:

1. Rock and Roll is guaranteed to make you roll with laughter. Squeeze tight into a little ball and rock and roll up and down the length of your spine. Each time you roll onto your seat, try to balance–and before you roll back down–make a funny face at one another!

2.Double Bridge is double the fun! Sit face to face with your partner, knees bent and soles of feet pressed together. Holding hands, on the count of three, lift both feet off the ground! If you’re feeling fancy, try to separate your feet to the outside of your arms!

3. Super Hero Pose! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s super yogi!!! Lying flat on your belly, arms alongside your body…Take a deep breath in and as your breathe out, lift your whole body off the ground! Imagine you’re a super hero soaring through the sky!!!

4. Spaghetti Test: The perfect pose before a night-time of rest! kids lie flat on their backs while mom or dad wiggles their arms and then their legs to make sure there body is totally relaxed before bed.

– Laurie Jordan, author of Yawning Yoga: A Goodnight Book For A Good Night’s Sleep, and a pioneer of kids yoga in Westchester and Fairfield Counties.