>> Hi, I'm Kendra.
I'm a physical therapist at the University of Michigan [Background Music] Milestones,
specializing in pediatric rehabilitation.
I'm here today to share with you a fun and easy way this summer to work on your child's balance,
strength, and coordination through yoga.
Now, when I first started treating children,
I had no idea that they would enjoy yoga this much.
It's such an adult-based practice, but I quickly learned that kids love trying new poses
and they love challenging themselves to hold poses for a longer period of time.
With the younger kids, I don't focus on the breathing elements too much,
but as kids get older, you can definitely incorporate the breathing
and relaxation strategies that come with yoga.
The best part is that you, as a parent, can do these poses next
to your child and set a good, healthy example.
So let's get started.
Alright, I've got a couple of great helpers waiting in quiet pose
to demonstrate a few poses for you.
Now, at home, your goal is to really try to hold each pose for about 30 seconds,
but in the interest of time, we'll move through the poses a little bit more quickly today.
So guys, let's get started.
Let's start warming up on our hands and knees.
[Pause] We're going to do a pose called cat and cow.
This is a great warmup for the trunk muscles.
Go ahead and put your feet down on the ground.
And the first thing we're going to do is to round our backs like a mean cat.
Good. Hold that up there.
Good! And from there, you're going to sink your belly down to the mat,
like you're a cow with a saggy tummy.
Good! And then round it back up into cat.
Good! And back into cow.
Now we're going to move into a pose called shark.
Really good for trunk strengthening.
So go ahead guys and lie on your tummies.
And clasp your hands behind your back.
You're going to lift your head and shoulders and lift your legs, keeping them nice and straight.
Keep it nice and straight here.
Good. Now you are long and lean like a shark.
Alright, from here, let's go back onto our hands and knees please.
We're going to move into a position called plank.
And this is one of the best moves for overall strengthening
for upper body, lower body, and core.
So we're going to keep our hands under our shoulders and straighten our legs.
Move into that plank position.
So let's come up on our toes.
Good! And your back should be so straight that I can balance a cup
of water on it and not let it spill.
Good. Hold that plank position.
Good! Let's stay on the ground guys, but move back onto our bottoms.
So have a seat.
And we're going to put our feet in front of us here and reach our hands behind us.
Good! And then from here, we'll lift your legs up into the air, and once you have your balance,
straighten your arms out in front of you.
Hold that boat.
Don't let the waves rock you over.
Let's move into our last pose.
We'll stand up into mountain pose.
Nice and quiet.
Good! And then we'll place one foot on the inside of our leg.
And then when you've got your balance, grow your branches straight up, and from there,
if you can hold it, grow them out to the side.
Nice job! Good guys!
Let's come back into quiet pose on your mat please.
[Pause] That's just a few ideas for some poses that you can do with your child at home.
There are numerous books and DVDs that provide many other ideas for pediatric yoga and many
of these are available at your local library, so check them out!
For other great summer activities, visit www.mottchildren.org/camp.
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