7 Kid-Friendly Yoga Poses To Avoid Morning Meltdowns

Written by Mariam Gates

Photo by Sarah Jane Hinder

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Getting kids up and ready in the morning is like playing the world’s biggest game of whac-a-mole. Once you’ve solved one thing, another issue pops up. No one wants to get out of bed and it goes downhill from there. It’s enough to turn the first part of the day into the worst part of the day.

So here is where a natural mood shift from yoga can help. Breathing and stretching through a simple and quick yoga routine can increase blood flow, improve circulation, and bring oxygen to the whole body. Giving yourself and your family even three minutes to twist, bend, and breathe can go a long way to a morning that flows.

Here are seven poses that will help you to avoid the early drama and bring a positive beginning to your day:

1. Sun Breath

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Inhale and reach your arms out to the sides, lift up to the sky and exhale and relax your arms back down.

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2. Tummy Twist

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Twist your whole body from side to side and swing your arms back and forth.

3. Volcano

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Lift up on tiptoes and reach your fingers high.

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4. Ski Jumper

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Bend your knees and bring your chest down toward your thighs. Sweep your arms back.

5. Lightning Bolt

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Bend your knees and glide your hands high.

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6. Mountain

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Stand tall and press down through your feet and stretch your spine long. Roll your shoulders back and press your palms together.

7. Awake

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Sit with your legs crossed. Your spine grows taller, your shoulders roll back, and rest your hands on your knees.

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Adapted from an excerpt of my new book, Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Wake Up Story, available for purchase now.

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