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Pink Flamingo yoga poster 18 x 24 by AmelieLegault on Etsy

Pink Flamingo yoga poster 18 x 24 by AmelieLegault on Etsy

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"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.

Yogis say this pose improves digestion, so it will give your little one an overall feeling of calm. Sit with right leg stretched out in front of you and left foot against inside of right thigh. Bend forward and make a smooching sound as you kiss your right knee. (Bend right knee if necessary to make it easier.) Slowly come back to starting position; repeat up to three times before switching legs.

Yogis say this pose improves digestion, so it will give your little one an overall feeling of calm. Sit with right leg stretched out in front of you and left foot against inside of right thigh. Bend forward and make a smooching sound as you kiss your right knee. (Bend right knee if necessary to make it easier.) Slowly come back to starting position; repeat up to three times before switching legs.

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…