I Love Yoga: A Guide for Kids and Teens

By Ellen Schwartz, Ben Hodson

Illustrated by way of Ben Hodson.

Age diversity: 10 years


Selected for inclusion within the top Books for the teenager Age 2004 checklist via the recent York Public Library.

Yoga has been practiced for hundreds of thousands of years, yet its surge in acceptance between adolescents is new. i like Yoga isn't a how-to booklet. it's the booklet if you happen to are already hooked, in addition to if you happen to are only concerned with this historic activity.

Ellen Schwartz – writer of I’m a Vegetarian – offers the historical past of yoga, assorted types, yoga advantages, matters, cautions, misconceptions, apparatus, and uncomplicated postures. there's info for people with actual disabilities and pointers on yoga as a part of a life-style – even in case you don't use the poses – specially to de-stress. attention-grabbing details is out there in a teen-friendly structure.

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The Poses,” and “Rela-a-a-ax! ” – take you thru each one a part of a yoga consultation. Warming Up similar to a dancer, musician, or athlete, you must hot up for a couple of minutes ahead of doing yoga to avoid harm and get ready your self to pay attention. in case you bounce into the postures chilly, it's possible you'll pressure your muscle tissues, otherwise you will be too stiff to get a lot out of the asanas. listed here are 9 recommended warm-up workouts. It’s no longer essential to do them all at any time when – simply opt for a couple of or do a little of your individual favorites. ensure that you do range them so you paintings various components of your physique. until it says another way, you could do the warm-ups status up or sitting down. (For tips about status safely and sitting with ease, see “A observe on Posture” on web page fifty six and “Cross-legged convenience” on web page fifty eight. ) determine 8: together with your head, slowly and easily draw a sideways determine eight within the air. think that, while you're dealing with entrance, your head is situated correct in the course of the eight, the place the 2 halves subscribe to. just remember to come again to that time in the midst of each determine eight. do that 5 occasions in a single course and 5 instances within the different. Shoulder Rotation: Roll your shoulders in an incredible backward circle. allow your hands grasp loosely at your facets. they'll raise and roll outward, and your elbows will bend a little, as your shoulders roll up and again. do that 5 instances. for those who spend loads of time hunched over a working laptop or computer keyboard or online game, your shoulders might are likely to draw ahead – this warm-up will right that behavior. Clock: retaining your head nonetheless, search for in order that either eyes aspect at 12:00 on an imaginary clock. flow either eyes to 1:00, 2:00, etc all over the clock. Repeat, this time going counterclockwise. Butterfly: during this workout, your legs flutter up and down just like the wings of a butterfly. take a seat with the soles of your toes jointly and your knees bent and striking open. carry directly to your correct instep (the higher floor of your foot, over your arch) together with your correct hand, and your left instep along with your left hand. As you breathe in, draw your knees up less than your armpits. retain your ft at the flooring. As you exhale, lightly reduce your knees. do that 8 instances. Ankle Rotation: Lie in your again along with your knees hugged for your chest. Rotate your ankles, drawing circles within the air together with your ft. do that 5 instances in a single path and 5 occasions within the different. Rock ’n’ Roll: take a seat together with your knees bent and your hands wrapped loosely round your legs. Rock ahead simply until eventually your ft contact the ground, then backward so far as you could with no letting cross of your legs and with no rolling the entire manner onto your again. attempt to retain your knees an analogous distance out of your chest forever. Rock ahead and backward ten occasions, keeping for a second in every one place. top Arm Stretch: elevate your left arm with the elbow bent in order that your elbow issues towards the ceiling and your hand hangs in the back of your neck. carry your correct surrender your head and seize your left elbow. lightly chase away till you are feeling a stretch on your left top arm – don’t over do the stretch otherwise you may possibly pull a muscle.

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