Our Favorite Bedtime Yoga Poses

  • It’s 8pm. Dinner is over, the dishes are done (maybe), bath time is over, and you’re ready to fall into a heap, but the kids are bouncing off the walls. We’ve all been there. First you ask nicely, then you beg, then you bargain (“Ok, ok, one more story…”). What if there was an easier way? Good news-- there is, and not only will it calm your kiddos, but it might just calm you down a touch as well.
  • According to the Mayo Clinic, not only does yoga lower blood pressure, increase flexibility, and encourage physical fitness, but it also calms the mind and body, reducing anxiety and facilitating restful sleep. According to The Little Yoga House co-founder Abby Nagler, multiple studies confirm that practicing yoga and meditation can provide real, concrete benefits for kids and families dealing with the stressors of everyday life. By emphasizing the importance of being truly present, yoga can foster a new sense of peace during the chaos.
  • Here are five of our favorite poses the whole family can practice before it’s time to hit the sheets to make bedtime a little easier:

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Star Pose

  • stand tall, root your feet into the ground

  • stretch your arms out to a T shape

  • take a big breath in as you lift your arms up and a big breath out as they fall down by your side

  • do this 3 times

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Crescent Moon Side Bend

  • take a big breath in and stretch your arms over your head

  • bring your palms together and bend to the left

  • take a big breath out and bend to the right

  • do this on each side 2 times

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Airplane Pose

  • stand tall, root your feet into the ground

  • as you begin to lean your chest towards the ground, lift your left leg up and take your hands out to the side to a T shape- those are your airplane wings!

  • come back up, take a big breath in and as you breath out lean forward and lift your right leg up.

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Butterfly Pose

  • from your froggy squat, sit all the way down and bring the bottoms of your feet together

  • hold on to your ankles and sit up tall with straight arms

  • for a deep stretch you can bend your elbows left and right and bring your nose to your toes

To start your child’s journey to mindfulness and physical fitness, check out the schedule for the The Village location here.