Beginners Yoga for Children: Salutation Mudra

Mudras are hand and finger movements that can be practiced any time, anywhere. Nonetheless, it is recommended to practice them sitting, or in one of the following three yoga postures: easy, diamond, lotus, or half-lotus. Practice five to fifteen minutes with the older children; a minimum of ten deep breathing cycles through the nose for the younger ones. Don’t expect them to replicate perfectly. Make sure your child is relaxed; the pressure applied on the fingers must stay light. Eyes must be shut or looking directly ahead, breathing free.

This gesture reduces stress and mental anxiety. It is therefore used to appease the child’s mind. It brings peace and love. Because all the fingers are involved, this mudra brings harmony to body and mind.

  1. Sit in the easy pose, with your legs crossed.
  2. Join your two hands, palm against palm at the level of your heart.
  3. Keep looking straight in front of you, keeping your back and shoulders straight.
  4. The forearms are parallel to the floor.
  5. Hands are away from the torso, not resting on it.

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