Updated April 7, 2022
By Robyn Parets, Founder of Pretzel Kids
Ahh, it’s springtime. If you live in many parts of the country, this is a welcome relief. We can all stop hibernating and enjoy the outdoors.
Springtime is also time of regrowth and presents a wonderful opportunity to practice yoga poses with kids, teach mindfulness to kids in your preschool classes, and start teaching children’s yoga classes.
If you’re already a children’s yoga teacher, you may know that there are many wonderful spring-themed postures and themes to do with kids, including many original and super fun Pretzel Kids poses. But, we wanted to take this opportunity to share with you a special sequence of spring yoga poses for kids!
But first, we’ve got a new video for you. Give it a watch!
Video: Spring Yoga Poses for Kids
How to Do Seed to Tree Pose in 3 Easy steps
While you can follow along with us in this video to learn how to do “seed to tree”, here are some step-by-step directions to make things easier. So grab your favorite kiddos and play along with us:
1. Start in Seed Pose
Start out by kneeling and sitting back on your heels. Then lower your forehead to the floor in front of you and bring your arms behind you, allowing your shoulders to drop toward the floor. This is seed pose (a.k.a child’s pose.)
2. Seed Turns into Sprouting Seed
Reach your arms in front of you on the floor and walk your fingers as far out as you can. This is sprouting seed (a.k.a extended child’s pose).
3. Sprouting Seed grows into a Flower
Slowly make your way up and stand on your knees with your shins and the tops of your feet resting on the ground. From here your sprouting seed grows into a flower or a tree sapling and you’ll lift your arms up over your head. Bring the heels of your palms together and bend your elbows slightly. Then begin to wiggle your fingers like the petals of a flower.
3. Tree pose!
Your sapling then becomes a tall tree! So stand up slowly and balance on one foot and leg. Bring the other foot into the side of your opposite shin or thigh, above or below your knee. If you have trouble balancing, you can even keep your toes on the ground and simply open your hip and knee out to the side. Feel free to hold onto a wall or chain for balance. From here bring your palms together in front of your heart or reach your arms up overhead, towards the sky. Take a few deep breaths and then repeat on the other side.
What’s your favorite kids yoga activity? We’d love to hear from you!
Robyn Parets is the founder and CEO of Pretzel Kids.