Beginners Yoga for Children: Turtle in the Shell 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 helps calm your child’s nervous system. It facilitates lower abdomen breathing. while increasing vital lung capacity and oxygen flow in the throat and head.

  1. Sit in easy pose, cross-legged.
  2. Bring the tip of your thumbs to the base of your pinkies.
  3. Bend the four other fingers of each hand. so as to hide your thumbs.
  4. Join your loose fists, palms toward the sky, and then place your hands on your knees or thighs.
  5. For this gesture to make more sense to your child, you can compare it to a snail hiding in its shell.

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