Beginners Yoga for Children: Breathing – Butterfly (Badha Konasana)

Practice this breathing exercise with your child. The playful poses teach the younger children to breathe properly and to control their breath. Breathing is the basis of several athletic and artistic activities; such as singing or running. In our every day life, breathing enables us to control our emotions. Breathing is necessary to our yoga practice because each component of a yoga pose corresponds to an inhale or an exhale. Breathing sessions can be practiced anywhere, anytime.

Modern life does not pay much attention to the role of breathing. Breathing enables us to control our emotions and recover our calm when we’re stressed. Using the image of a butterfly inhaling and exhaling the nectar of a flower as a fun visual aid, children can experience the value of the breath by utilizing this pose.

  1. Visualize yourself as a butterfly who’s just landed on a flower and is about to take in some nectar. Sit down, with your back straight and your legs extended in front of you.
  2. Slightly bend your knees and place the soles of your feet against each other. Wrap your hands around your toes.
  3. You are now a butterfly. Bend your torso forward, until you can touch your feet with your forehead, if you can without forcing too much.
  4. Come back up slowly while inhaling.
  5. Once your back is straight, slowly exhale through your mouth. The butterfly is slowly breathing out some of the nectar.
  6. You can repeat this exercise several times, calmly.

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