If you’ve been following along with me for a while you can probably piece together that yoga is a HUGE part of my life. It’s right up there with my love of chocolate, Christmas, and my family. So why not combine these loves into one sugar fuelled activity? I call it… Holiday Yoga for Kids (patent pending ;) ).
I’ve realized that kids are more interested in doing yoga if the poses are sequenced into a storyline. With that in mind I created a Holiday Yoga Sequence that you can try at home, too! It was a ton of fun and Hudson didn’t want to stop!
First, we picked out which holiday character we were going to be for the sequence. Hudson chose Santa and decided that my midget height deemed me the perfect candidate for ‘Momma Elf’.
We started off by practicing our Ho Ho Ho-ing. This was our first round of pranayama breathing and I used the Kapalabhati Pranayama technique, aka Breath of Fire. This is when you take a deep inhale and then exhale by contracting your lower abs quickly to produce short and powerful out- breaths. On each exhale we said “Ho”.
Then we loaded toys into Santa’s sack!
After every single toy was jammed into the sack we looked for Santa’s sleigh. To model a sleigh, we practiced floor bow pose (Dhanurasana).
Naturally, Santa hopped on his sleigh and soared off into the sky… potentially causing his mother to have chronic back problems lol.
We landed on the first roof and had to pencil our way down the chimney. This pose is called Urdhva Hastasana but for simplicity sake we called it the ‘make yourself skinny, Santa!” pose.
Once we were down the chimney we almost burnt our butts on the burning fire! Here we did Easy Pose to mock logs on a fire.
Thankfully we were able to blow out the flames, though. This was another round of pranayama breathing.
Note: I use this breathing technique quite often to help settle Hudson down. I think it’s called ‘candle breathing’ where the child clasps their hands together, releasing their pointer and thumbs to form the flame, and then takes a long deep exhale to blow it out.
Finally, we scattered the presents under the tree!
But WAIT- someone left milk and cookies out! We had no choice but to eat those up right away.
Once our work was done we headed back to the north pole and went straight to sleep! This was how we ended our fun Holiday yoga activity, in savasana.
Have a great week, xo!