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Yoga is a wonderful practice for every age, but research shows it can be especially beneficial for children.

A recent study of kindergarten students found that five-year-olds who did yoga improved their attention and visual-motor precision, and decreased hyperactivity.

Introducing children to yoga gives them a set of skills that will last their entire lifetime. It creates a foundation for lifelong wellness, mindfulness, and compassion. Plus, practicing yoga together is a great family bonding experience.

These five yoga poses for kids develop balance, strength and flexibility.

Tadasana (Mountain pose)

This standing pose is a perfect starter posture for kids. In Tadasana you stand with your weight distributed evenly on both feet, aligning your whole body. The focus is on grounding and gaining awareness of the body. Simply standing and breathing in this posture is a great way to warm up for practice.

Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward facing dog)

This is a partial inversion is a fun pose that will help kids stretch the spine, open up the back, and create space through the chest and lungs. It also builds strength and stamina without putting undue stress or pressure on young bones and muscles.

Pranayama (Deep breathing)

Pranayama naturally strengthens children’s lungs, boost the cardiovascular system and introduces them to the mental benefits of controlling the breath. It can be a great tool to help them focus and calm down when they are stressed or over-excited.

Vrikshasana (Tree Pose) 

This posture is great for improving balance, and kids will love the challenge of seeing how long they can stand on one leg. Learning to lock the standing leg will increase muscle control and stamina, and slowly progressing to raising the other leg and finding the full expression is a great way to build flexibility and confidence.

Savasana (Corpse pose)

Learning to relax and meditate is as important for children as it is for adults. Savasana is an excellent posture for helping kids unwind after school or sport, and for getting them to relax before bedtime.

Do your kids do yoga? Share in the comments!