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Don't neglect final relaxation when doing yoga with children, even if they have only done a 15-minute session. Relaxation is an important part of any yoga practice, and it benefits children as well as adults.
Dim the lights if possible, and encourage children to lie on their backs, but don't be too particular about their positioning as long as they are relaxed. Use calming music or remind them about belly breathing as a way to bring the session to a close.
You can encourage a deeper relaxation by guiding children through a visualization exercise by taking them through an imaginary walk in the woods, or asking them to visualize a favorite place or activity.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|