Good. And from this position, you’re
going to lift your hips up in the air. I’m a physical therapist C.S. Mott
Children’s Hospital and I’m here today at the new pediatric rehabilitation center,
with my friend Michael and Elaina [assumed spelling]
and we’re going to be showing you some yoga poses that you can do at home this summer,
to help improve your child’s strength, balance and endurance.
You ready guys?>>Yeah.
>>Okay, let’s start in the quiet pose. So, we’re going to come to a sitting position.
Bring the bottoms of our feet together and our hands quietly on our lap.
From this position, we’re going to work on some deep belly breathing.
Take in some deep breaths, so we can quite our body and our mind
and be prepared to follow directions. So, for each pose, we’re going
to try to hold it for 10 seconds. And parents, as your child improves, you can
increase that time up to a 30 second hold. All right, guys, the first pose that
we’re going to do today is called bridge. So, you’re going to come and lie down on your
backs with your knees bent, down like this. Good. And from this position, you’re
going to lift your hips up in the air. Good. Now, hold your bridge, don’t let it
sway in the breeze, excellent, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and slowly down.
Good. Parents, the bridge position is an excellent way to work on core
and lower extremity strengthening. Good. Let’s go into a pose called dragon.
So, we’re going to come up on our knees, bring your right foot forward.
And now we’re going lean forward on to that front foot,
while we raise our arms up in the air. Breathe out like a dragon.
[exhales heavily] Excellent. Let’s bring it back to the middle and now
move into a move called twisting dragon. So, we’re going to start with
our hands in front of us. Good. Bring your elbow to the
outside of your knee, twisting, good. And then bring your left hand down to the
ground and your right arm up towards the ceiling.
The final step is to look up at your right hand.
Hold that pose. Excellent.
Good. And let’s bring it back to start. Let’s switch sides and do dragon right
into twisting dragon, next, okay? So, put your left foot forward,
okay, lean forward and breathe out. [exhales heavily] Good.
And come back to the middle into your, yeah. Twisting elbow to the outside of your knee,
one arm down, one arm up towards the ceiling and looking up at that upper
arm, good, hold it there. Parents, the twisting dragon is a great way
to work on strength and balance and endurance. Good. Let’s come back to the middle.
Excellent, guys. Let’s stand up and work on a
balance pose called airplane. So, we’re going to come to standing and the
first part of the move is to come onto one foot,
bringing the other leg straight behind you. Once you get your balance, bring
your arms out like airplane wings. Good. Parents, you want your child’s
head and toes to make a straight line. Good. Hold it guys, hold it, 3, 2, 1, excellent.
Come on down. Just a few ideas for some poses
to do over the summer months to keep your child’s mind and body fit.
If you have any concerns about your child’s development, strength or endurance,
be sure to contact your pediatrician. And for more information on pediatric
rehabilitation, contact www.mottchildren.org