Yoga for Kids: wind down and relax after sports

Yoga for Kids: wind down and relax after sports


– With all the outdoor athletics and games happening at school and at home in the garden this summer, you’re going to need
some time to take a rest and unwind after all
that physical activity. So here’s a yoga class to help you take a good stretch and
rest after all your sport. (upbeat music) I’m Helen, this is Class Yoga, the place to be for real yoga for kids. Please do subscribe here and look out for our new videos each week. So you are going to need enough space to lie down in a moment. But first we’re going to
start just folding forwards. Feet nice and wide, can bend
your knees a little bit. Shake out your head and then sway from side to side. You can swing your arms like
a gorilla or a chimpanzee, big heavy arms, sway them gently side to side so you’re keeping your
knees nice and bent here, with your tails up in the air. (exhales) Good, head nice big shake. (deep breathing) Okay, from there let’s
bend our knees even more and come and land down like a little frog and reach your arms forward. And your heels might be
up, your feet might be flat but you can turn your toes
out a little bit like this, maybe move around a little
bit there if that feels good. (exhales) Good, and then from our
frog, come and sit down, bring your feet together so
we’re now in our butterfly. So knees a little bit up and down, see how that feels for you just now. (Deep breathing) Breathe nice and slow,
we can start to wind down and cool down a bit after
all that running about or whatever type of sport and
games you’ve just been doing. (breaths deeply) Good. And then, if it feels okay, if it feels good for you,
you can lean forward. So you can either hold your
toes or you can reach your arms, does not matter how far, just
somewhere that feels good. Again, you can give your
head a bit of a shake. (deeply sighing) Nice big breath here. (deeply breathing) See where you can feel, maybe you can feel some of
your muscles stretching out. Let’s slowly come back up
and lift our knees, okay. So stretch your legs out in front of you but bend your knees a little bit. So hold on to the back
of your legs just here and let’s lift our chest
and then take our chest onto our legs, wrap your arms underneath. Now as we fold we can
start to take our legs a bit further out in front, again just to wherever feels
good, and drop your head again. So a little bit of a stretch can feel really good
after running around lots. Doesn’t need to be a really big stretch and if it feels uncomfortable
then you can come up. (sighing) But more than anything
we’re just taking time just to (exhales) have a bit of a rest, give our muscles a bit of a stretch out. Nice big breath. (deeply sighing) Okay, now use your hands,
push yourself back up. And then come and lie down on your backs, so this is where you need some more space. Okay, first of all, feet to the floor, hands to the floor and
just lift your tummy and your hips up a little
bit, I don’t mind how far. Good. If it feels a little bit more you can even come onto your toes. Tummys towards the sky and slowly back down. Good, stretch your legs
out long in front of you and reach your arms back
behind you (soft laughing) and then we’re going to make
a bit of a banana shape. So let’s take our feet over to one side and our arms over the same side, ah. So we’re still resting on the floor here but we’re in a bend like a
banana or maybe like a moon. And we’ll just take a few breaths here. Think about that side
that is stretching a bit, see what you can feel down your side. Doesn’t need to be a big stretch. (deep breathing) Okay, one, two, and three. (sighs) Let’s come back to the middle. And then over to the other side. So take your legs over other side, arms over the other way, we get to stretch out along
the other side of our body. Now, whilst we’re
stretching out a bit here, you can still keep your
body nice and relaxed. So we’re just resting on the floor and we’re bending our arms
and our legs over to one side. (sighs) See if this side feels the same. One, two, three, and come back to the middle. (deeply sighs) Take one last long stretch,
point your toes, reach your arms and then bring your arms
down by your sides. (exhales) Loosen up your arms and your
legs, nice little wiggle there. Good, and then relax down into the floor, get super heavy, close
your eyes if that’s okay. Now let’s start with a
number 10 in our head and we’re gonna take ten nice
easy, long slow breaths out. Just count them in your head with no rush. (deep breathing) And as you’re counting out
your ten breaths there, you could give your
toes a bit of a wiggle, maybe your fingers a bit of a wiggle, and just seeing how much you can relax each part of your body. Not trying too hard to breathe, they don’t need to be super big breaths, but just nice easy full breaths. Ah, you’ve worked super hard I’m sure so we need to take this time, bit of a rest, so that our bodies can work just as well next time
we want to use them. So lets the whole body
recover and rest (sighs) so that next time we wanna run around or do whatever it is
your favorite sport is, our bodies will be able to
work for us really well. Okay, so you could take as long
as you need to where you are but when you are ready, you could slowly roll to your side and push yourself back
up. (breathes deeply) And that’s it, well done, thank you. So remember to do this
class whenever you need to whenever you’ve done lots of work and moving around outside or even inside. Thank you so much,
please do subscribe here and I really look forward
to seeing you next time.