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Baby, You’re A Firework! Celebrating Our Freedom With Kids Yoga

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Hanging out with the family this Fourth? Here are some fun Kids Yoga poses to spark up the summer holiday, from the team at Yogi Beans.

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This weekend, all around the USA, children and families will get together to celebrate the Fourth of July. We celebrate our independence, and the freedom that it grants us. As Americans we have freedom of speech, freedom of religion and now freedom to love whomever we want to love! Sometimes these freedoms can be taken for granted, and July 4th can be a reminder to be grateful to live in a country that grants us these rights. Whether you teach formally, have beans of your own, or love sharing the power of yoga with your nieces and nephews, here are some creative and fun ways to celebrate the Fourth of July, yoga style!

American Flag Pose. Begin standing tall and proud in Mountain pose. Reach your arms overhead imagine your arms are the American flag swaying in the wind. Gracefully move your arms all the way to the left and all the way to the right as the wind blows. Try to keep lower body strong like a flagpole.

Bald Eagle Pose.  Stand with your feet together and sit back into an imaginary chair. Bring your left leg up and cross their left thigh over your right thigh, hooking the left foot around the right calf. Next, bring your arms out in front of you and cross your right elbow over your left elbow. Lift your hands up towards you nose, and bring your palms together to make “eagle arms.” Hold for a few breaths then gently untwist your arms and open up your eagle “wings.” Now fly around the room like an eagle in flight! Try again on the other side.

Statue of Liberty Pose. With your feet together, imagine there is a crown on your head as you come onto your tiptoes to stand very tall. Now stretch your right arm up in the air as if you are holding the Statue of Liberty’s torch. Next, take their left hand and place it firmly on your hip. Slowly lower your heels back down to the floor and repeat on the other side. To find stillness and balance, keep your eyes focused on one object that is not moving.

Catch the Firework Game. Begin standing in a circle making sure there is enough room for each person to fully turn his/her body and clap hands with his/her neighbors on either side. To pass the firework, one person turns to a neighbor, looks at him/her in the eye, upon which both simultaneously claps. Then this person turns to their neighbor and both simultaneously clap. Once the group is comfortable and a steady clapping rhythm is sustained, you can increase the speed of the “passing of the firework.” For a real challenge, add a second firework to be passed around simultaneously.

Circle of Thanks. Pass around an object such as a ball or a plush flower, and ask each child to share one thing they are thankful for about our country. For example, they may love the mountain ranges, farms, cities, sports, or food. Encourage the children to be creative! Practicing yoga with your beans is the perfect way to embrace the freedom and community of our beautiful country.

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Fourth of July!

If you are interested in learning more about teaching yoga to kids, the next Yogi Beans’ Basic Kids Yoga Teacher Training is running Friday, July 10th- Sunday, July 12th at Pure Yoga East in NYC. For more information please contact teachertrainings@yogibeans.com.

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