Handstands for Everyone: Turn Me Upside-Down
Think about it, your little ones spent half of their in utro lives upside-down. This is a very natural position. Bringing more blood to the brain, increasing endorphin levels in the brain and sending signals to your nervous system to calm down and energize depending on what your body needs. It is a great combat against fear to use at an early age to instill confidence, strength and coordination. For Mom’s (or dad’s) put your little yogi in an appropriate space where they can see or sense you and connect with your inversion. Use a wall for safety, and up you go! Work to stay there for up to ten breaths, building self confidence, upper body strength and a connection with your little one. For your baby yogi, you can sit and with your knees bent let them lay back holding their ankles as they rest, face up, toward your feet. For older yogis simply lay them down and take hold of their lower legs and up-up-up they go. Don’t forget to praise them and get excited telling them simple phrases like upside-down yogi (or their name). Repeat this up to three times or until your arms can’t take it.
Movement should be playful, interactive and can truly be for the entire family. The next time you reach for your mat, invite your kids along for the ride!