Presidio Memorial Day Weekend Yoga Classes for Kids

5 Yoga Poses for Memorial Day

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Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the U.S. military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It also marks the beginning of summer and the official season to wear white bottoms according to my grandmother.

Combining yoga with Memorial Day can be a thoughtful and educational way to teach children about the significance of the holiday while also promoting relaxation and mindfulness. Here's a simple yoga sequence tailored for kids that incorporates themes of remembrance and gratitude:

1. Mountain Pose (Tadasana):

  • Stand tall with feet hip-width apart, arms at your sides.
  • Encourage kids to imagine themselves as strong and grounded like mountains, representing the strength of those who serve.

2. Warrior Pose (Virabhadrasana):

  • Step one foot back into a lunge, bending the front knee at a 90-degree angle, arms extended out to the sides.
  • Explain to kids that this pose symbolizes bravery and courage, qualities exhibited by military personnel.

3. Tree Pose (Vrikshasana):

  • Shift weight onto one leg, placing the sole of the other foot on the inner thigh or calf (avoiding the knee), hands together at heart center or extended overhead.
  • Discuss the idea of growth and resilience, akin to the strength of the families who support those serving in the military.

4. Child's Pose (Balasana):

  • Kneel on the mat, sitting back on heels, arms extended in front or relaxed by the sides.
  • Encourage kids to reflect quietly in this pose, honoring and remembering those who have sacrificed for their country.

5. Gratitude Meditation:

  • Have kids lie down on their backs in Corpse Pose (Savasana), closing their eyes and relaxing their bodies.
  • Guide them through a brief meditation, prompting them to think of things they are grateful for, including the freedoms they enjoy due to the sacrifices of others.

Throughout the practice, you can share age-appropriate stories or facts about Memorial Day, explaining its significance and the importance of honoring those who have served and sacrificed for their country. Encourage kids to express gratitude in their own way, whether through drawings, writing, or simply through their practice on the mat.

P.S. We will host classes during the holiday weekend so drop-in. See you soon!


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