Crescent Moon Pose of the Month

Today I will be teaching you all the Crescent Moon pose! I will be going over how to execute the pose, its specific and unique benefits, and practical ways you can incorporate this pose into your child’s life. Don't forget that yoga is great for not just your kids, but for you too! Give it a try with them i'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as your little one does! Doing yoga together can become a fun bonding activity!



How to?

Step 1: Stand with your feet firm on the ground, with your arms by your sides. (mountain pose)

Step 2: Breathe in and lift your arms up above your head. Make sure your shoulders are down (avoid hunching shoulders to ears) and your palms are touching.

Step 3: Exhale and push your right hip to the left, making sure your hips stay in one line (facing forward). Drop your upper body and arms to the right side, making a half moon shape with your body.

Step 4: Hold this position for 5 to 10 seconds.

Step 5: On an inhalation, come back to an upright position with your arms and fingers pointing straight up.

Step 6: Repeat steps #3 through #5 to the opposite side.

*This pose can also be done sitting on the floor or on a chair.


Benefits?

This pose elongates the spine and stretches the muscles in your back, which can help in increasing the flexibility of your back, arms, and ribs. This pose also works on balance and coordination, which I have mentioned before, are extremely important in a child's developmental growth.


Application?

In addition to using this pose during regular stretching time, you can also use it during bath time. As your child is sitting in the tub, you can ask them to go into crescent moon pose to better wash the sides of their body.



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