As the winter days wind down and the spring weather approaches, many come out of hibernation. The spring season is often a time for children to play outside, participate in outdoor sports, and just enjoy the feeling of being outside in the fresh air. However, during this warm and bright season, it can also be a time of anxiety for children – standardized testing, midterms, and school is coming to an end soon. Practicing yoga and taking time for mindful activities can help combat the stressors of anxiety.
Here are four yoga techniques and activities that can help ease stress and anxiety.
Spring Yoga Sequence Cards
Practicing yoga offers many benefits, especially releasing the tension of anxiety. We recently launched our Spring Yoga Sequence Cards. These resources include 5 printable yoga cards, crafts, journals and additional activities. For educators, we offer a version with three easy-to-teach lesson plans, designed for varying age groups.
Our 5 pose yoga sequence are designed to encourage movement and creativity as we transition from Winter to Spring.
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Spring Senses Activity
This is a mindful activity to do with your young ones outdoors.
Use your senses this spring: As you walk outdoors, listen for the sounds from animals. Look for any animals or other signs of spring you may see. What does the outside smell like? If it’s raining, can you taste a raindrop in your mouth? Touch a flower, what did it feel like?
What is something you look forward to in the spring? Write or draw it and share with a friend!
Paper Flower Straw Craft
- Flower templates
- Hot glue gun
- Cut out a variety of the flower templates.
- Let children choose a flower and color it in. Use your creativity to come up with unique designs!
- Using a hot glue gun, place a small amount of glue onto the back of the flower, in the middle, and adhere the straw to the flower.
Note: For younger kids, pre-cut the flower shapes or assist them with scissors
Imagine you are a growing plant, rooted in the soil and absorbing nutrients from the sun.
- Sit up tall with the bottoms of your feet together and knees bent wide.
- Close your eyes, and take a deep breath in. Imagine you are growing plant.
- As you exhale, stretch your arms to the ceiling. Tighten your core and lengthen your spine. Grow tall to the sky!
- Hold up your arms for a few seconds, as it feels comfortable. Bring them back down in rest position.
- Repeat 2-3 times.