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12 Illustrations To Teach Kids Yoga Poses

12 Illustrations To Teach Kids Yoga Poses

Plenty of parents want to spend the most possible time with their children. Even simply everyday chores can be a great bonding time. If you are a parent wanting to raise kids as healthy as possible, you might want to start teaching your kids how to make working out fun. One great way to keep your kids fit is by doing yoga together. Yoga doesn’t only keep them fit and prepared for later in life, but it also teaches them to stay focused, be disciplined, reduce stress and much more. The book ABCs of Yoga for Kids, written by Teresa Power and illustrated by Kathleen Rietz, is a perfect guide on how to do yoga with your kids.

Find a quiet room and hold the poses for 3 or 4 breaths. Don’t eat heavily before doing yoga, since you will be twisting your organs. And most of all, have fun together! Here are 12 poses you can do with your kids:

1. Pretzel

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    Sit tall in a cross-legged position. Stretch one arm across your body and rest it on your knee. Stretch your other hand behind you and breathe in deeply. Breathe in and out three or four times slowly before switching.

    2. Easy Pose

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      Sit up straight in a cross-legged position. Softly place your hands on your knees, palms facing up. Breathe in and out deeply to calm your body.

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      3. Airplane

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        Lie flat on your belly. Lift up your chest, arm and legs. Breathe deeply before letting go.

        4. Cobra

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          Lie flat on your tummy with your elbows bent. Slowly lift your chest so your elbows are under your chest and your legs straight behind you.

          5. Elephant

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            Stand up straight, than fold forward. Interlace your hands, swinging them side to side like an elephant’s trunk.

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            6. Jack-in-the-box

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              Sit straight up, pulling up your knees to your chest. Wrap your arms around your knees and point your forehead to your knees, breathing out. Breathe in while lifting your head. Repeat this as often as you want.

              7. Otter

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                Lie on your stomach with your arms in front of you. Slowly push your chest and head up, straightening your arms.

                8. Yoga

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                  Stand straight with your feet flat on the floor. Slowly lift your arms over your head, stretching your body into a Y-shape. Stay here and breathe deeply.

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                  9. Lion

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                    Kneel on your shins, with your chest to your thighs. Breathe in and out. Then spring your body forward and roar like a lion.

                    10. Oyster

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                      Sit up straight with the bottoms of your feet together. Slide your arms underneath your knees, touching the floor with your elbows. Breathe in and out slowly while reaching your forehead to your feet.

                      11. Volcano

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                        Stand tall with your feet slightly apart. Bring your hands to prayer position. Inhale and push your hands to the sky. Exhale and move your hands to the side and then back to the centre.

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                        12. Eagle

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                          Stand tall. Slightly bend your knees. Place your right leg over your left one. Cross your right arm over your left one. Breathe in and out three or four times, then switch sides.

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                            Featured photo credit: Kathleen Rietz via mindbodygreen.com

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                            Published on April 9, 2021

                            50 Single Mom Quotes On Staying Strong And Loving

                            50 Single Mom Quotes On Staying Strong And Loving

                            Being a mom is not easy. Being a single mom is even more challenging. Having children means you are on the job 24/7. Even while you are sleeping, you are still ready to wake at the slightest peep because that is what moms do.

                            Moms, especially single moms, need more people cheering them on. Your love and care matter to your kids. You are their superhero. I think single moms are superheroes, too.

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                            The quotes below are words of encouragement for all of the single moms out there. Keep up the great work! Your hard work will pay off. Someday, they will be grown up and living on their own. Your job will never truly be done as a mom, but you can pat yourself on the back today and every day for doing mom duty day in and day out.

                            Here are 50 single mom quotes to encourage all the single moms out there.

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                            1. “Being raised by a single mother, I learned to appreciate and value independent women.”—Kenny Conley
                            2. “As a single mum you’ll discover inner strengths and capabilities you never knew you had.”—Emma-Louise Smith
                            3. “One thing I know for sure – this motherhood thing is not for sissies.”—Jennifer Nettles
                            4. “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.”—Gail Tsukiyama
                            5. “And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong, and full of fire and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”—Mark Anthony
                            6. “She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along.”—Margaret Culkin Banning
                            7. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”—Alice Walker
                            8. “Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.”—Anne Frank
                            9. “Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.”—Jennifer Lopez
                            10. “You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.”—Melissa Etheridge
                            11. “Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.”—Ricki Lake
                            12. “You don’t take a class; you’re thrown into motherhood and learn from experience.”—Jennie Finch
                            13. “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”—Oprah Winfrey
                            14. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”—Charlotte Brontë
                            15. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”—Nora Ephron
                            16. “When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.”—Diane Von Furstenberg
                            17. “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”—Margaret Thatcher
                            18. “Women have discovered that they cannot rely on men’s chivalry to give them justice.”—Helen Keller
                            19. “Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.”—Sharon Jaynes
                            20. “Success, they taught me, is built on the foundation of courage, hard work, and individual responsibility. Despite what some would have us believe, success is not built on resentment and fears.”—Susana Martinez
                            21. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”—Maya Angelou
                            22. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”—Ayn Rand
                            23. “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”—Rudyard Kipling
                            24. “The women whom I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because stuff worked out. They got that way because stuff went wrong, and they handled it. They handled it in a thousand different ways on a thousand different days, but they handled it. Those women are my superheroes.”—Elizabeth Gilbert
                            25. “There will be so many times you feel like you failed. But in the eyes, ears, and mind of your child, you are a SUPER MOM.”—Stephanie Precourt
                            26. “Motherhood is the ultimate call to sacrifice.”—Wangechi Mutu
                            27. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”—Maya Angelou
                            28. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”—Princess Diana
                            29. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.”—Jill Churchill
                            30. “There’s no doubt that motherhood is the best thing in my life. It’s all that really matters.”—Courtney Cox
                            31. “I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”—Mitch Albom
                            32. “I have found being a mother has made me emotionally raw in many situations. Your heart is beating outside your body when you have a baby.”—Kate Beckinsale
                            33. “Single moms, you are a doctor, a teacher, a nurse, a maid, a cook, a referee, a heroine, a provider, a defender, a protector, a true Superwoman. Wear your cape proudly.”—Mandy Hale
                            34. “I’m not really single. I mean, I am, but I have a son. Being a single mother is different from being a single woman.”—Kate Hudson
                            35. “Being a single parent is twice the work, twice the stress, and twice the tears but also twice the hugs, twice the love, and twice the pride.”—Unknown
                            36. “For me, motherhood is learning about the strengths I didn’t know I had, and dealing with the fears I didn’t know existed.”—Halle Berry
                            37. “A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things… a mother’s love is more than enough.”—Denice Williams
                            38. “You do the best you can. Some days you feel really good about yourself and some days you don’t.”—Katie Holmes
                            39. “I would say to any single parent currently feeling the weight of stereotype or stigmatization that I am prouder of my years as a single mother than of any other part of my life.”JK Rowling
                            40. “Just because I am a single mother doesn’t mean I cannot be a success.”—Yvonne Kaloki
                            41. “I didn’t plan on being a single mom, but you have to deal with the cards you are dealt the best way you can.”—Tichina Arnold
                            42. “Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.”—Garrison Keillor
                            43. “A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things, a mother’s love is more than enough.”—Deniece Williams
                            44. “Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.”—Meryl Streep
                            45. “Having kids—the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings—is the biggest job anyone can embark on.”—Maria Shriver
                            46. “Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.”—Cheryl Lacey Donovan
                            47. “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”—Agatha Christie
                            48. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”—Princess Diana
                            49. “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”—W.R. Wallace
                            50. “Being a mother is the greatest blessing and the hardest challenge in all of life.”—Dr. Magdalena Battles

                            Final Thoughts

                            Single moms are remarkable women. They are to be respected and honored for all that they do. If you know a single mom, then share this article with them. Tell them “you are doing a great job as a single mom.” They need our encouragement and support.

                            They may be parenting alone, but it is good to let them know that there are people in their life who care for them. We can all be there for the single moms out there. Even if it is just to say, “keep up the great work, you are an amazing woman!”

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                            If you are a single mom, keep up the good work! You are amazing, and your kids are lucky to have you!

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