While Crystabel is stubborn and defiant by nature, I am thankful that she is not one to throw mega tantrums that involves a lot of kicking, wailing and rolling on the floor. Although yes, she does try to show us how loud she can shout at home – but once Daddy uses his stern voice, she knows that he means business!
I was watching a snippet of Jojo’s Circus with her one weekend on the Disney Channel, where Jojo, the 6-year-old clown, was doing some yoga poses with her pet lion, Goliath. This led me to wonder if there is such a thing as yoga poses that could help kids deal with tantrums and meltdowns. After all, some of us mums turn to yoga in order to keep calm and relax our mind – don’t we?
Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story
Turns out, this book by Mariam Gates exists for this very reason!
As the founder of the celebrated Kid Yoga Program in the U.S., Gates wrote this book as a means for both parents and their kids to “end the day in a calming, mindful way”.
Upon digging deeper online, I found a preview to some of her kid-friendly yoga poses – which I hope to try out with Crystabel on days when she decides to throw a hissy fit just before bedtime!
1. Cat Pose
How to do it:
- Inhale and look up.
- Let your spine drop low.
- Exhale and tuck your chin
- Lift your spine up high (like how a cat usually positions itself)
2. Cloud Pose
How to do it:
- Inhale and bend your knees
- “Scoop” the invisible clouds in front of you
- Exhale and straighten your legs
- Lift your arms above your head
3. Tree pose
- Standing up, stretch your spine as long and tall as you can.
- Rest one foot on your ankle or above your knee and keep your balance.
- Your hands can be palm-to-palm at your chest or in the air like branches of a tree.
- Take a few breaths, then switch feet.
4. Bee’s Breath
- Sit on your knees — inhale and stretch as long as you can through your spine with your arms back.
- Exhale and lower your forehead to the ground as you buzz like a bee all the way down.
Note: This might just be what you need to bring on the smiles in your kids after their meltdown.
5. Child’s Pose
- Start by getting into position on your hands and knees.
- Press back to sit on your heels and bring your chest to rest on top of your thighs.
- You can either stretch your arms in front of you or tuck them in by your sides.
- Breathe deeply and rest.
Let me know if any of the above poses worked for you and your kiddos – leave a comment below!