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8 itty bitty yoga poses to help kids calm from tantrums, burn energy, and sleep better.

8 itty bitty yoga poses to help kids calm from tantrums, burn energy, and sleep better.-- the boys love doing yoga with me

"Many poses are active and playful, which helps children cope with their emotions," explains Helen Garabedian, author of Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers. Kids can start the mini routines at 18 months. The poses may help your child release extra energy, handle frustration, or relax before bed. He may behave better -- and you'll feel great too.

At first glance, yoga and your child might seem like an odd pairing, since yoga is often about quiet and stillness -- words that don't usually describe kids. But little ones don't need laserlike focus to reap the benefits.

Stretching and deep breathing instantly relax muscles and help kids wind down at the end of the day. Bring soles of the feet together so legs form a diamond shape. Rest hands a few inches behind butt, fingers pointing away from body. Lean back slightly, lift chest, and drop head back. Breathe in and out deeply as you hold pose for 15 to 30 seconds; repeat up to three times.

Stretching and deep breathing instantly relax muscles and help kids wind down at…

These active moves can help kids blow off steam. Stand with feet wider than hip-width apart and raise arms out to the side, palms down. Teeter from side to side, switching feet, as you sing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"; keep swaying until you've done the song three times.   Originally published in the April 2009 issue of Parents magazine.

These 8 yoga poses can help kids blow off steam and improve behaviour. Originally published in the April 2009 issue of Parents magazine.

Face your child and stand 2 or 3 feet away from him. Place right foot on the inside of left leg, then hold his hands. Tell your child to place his left foot on the inside of his right leg. Bend standing knee and lightly jump in place; switch legs and repeat for 10 to 30 seconds.

8 itty bitty yoga poses to help kids calm from tantrums, burn energy, and sleep better