Yoga can calm kids and give parents (inner) peace

After the freedom of the long summer months, spending a winter indoors with energetic youngsters can be a daunting task.

If you'd love to find a way to calm kids down while making sure that they still get some exercise, enroll children in a yoga class or practice some basic moves at home.

Even very little ones can benefit from the stress reducing exercise. Many yoga studios have begun to offer classes just for kids, CNN reports.

"I thought, yoga calms me so why wouldn't kids get the same thing out of it?," instructor Marsha Wenig told CNN. "Yoga works for people willing to open their minds and you don't get anymore open-minded than a child," she said.

In Wenig's classes, kids can bark during downward-facing dog, hiss during the snake pose and practice deep breathing by pretending to blow bubbles, according to the news source. Some classes even boast a startling finale - a five-minute stretch of meditative silence.

When party planning, add yoga as a party game. The kids will love to try something new and it might keep them under control after the post-birthday-cake sugar rush.

If adding one more activity to your packed weekly schedule sounds exhausting, consider purchasing a few yoga DVDs aimed at kids. The next time you're tempted to pop in a movie for some peace and quiet, clear out the living room and let the little ones Zen-out. It's also a great way to help children relax before bed time.

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