Ballet Yoga for Kids

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Yoga and ballet are completely different traditions, yet they work perfectly together – as they move help develop strength, flexibility, and a commitment to doing one’s personal best. Ella recently asked if we could make up some Ballet Yoga for our Yoga for Kids series and this is what we came up with!

Help kids focus and learn how to control their movements with these simple Ballet Yoga for Kids movements. Yoga is a great way to start the day with kids and there are lots of easy ways to modify yoga to fit your child's abilities as they learn.

Yoga is great for encouraging children to self-regulate. It has taught the children in my daycare the power they have over their moods and has been really good for the sensory sensitive or somewhat “out of touch” kids for connecting with and developing control of her bodies.

A good yoga practice is just challenging enough for the individual, without being pressure-laden and difficult. It gives children focus without frustration.

We just wore comfortable, loose clothing for our Ballet Yoga session – but you can make a quick no-sew tutu if you really want to get into character! My daughter has been doing yoga casually at home for almost two years, so we also worked on transitioning into our poses – slowly adjusting from one pose into another – but you can instead return to a regular standing pose in between new poses if you and your child are new to yoga.

Listen to your body and do only what is comfortable.

Ballet Yoga Pose - Sun Salutation, part of a Ballet Yoga sequence for kids

Sun Salutation/Second Position

Sun salutation is when you stand shoulder-width apart, raise your arms straight up, and look between your hands to where the sun would be. This is a great “opening pose” and is very similar to ballet’s second position. Ella curved her arms slightly to be more like a ballerina.

Ballet Yoga Pose - Star pose - the tongue out helps you balance

Modified Star Pose

Next, we tried lifting our legs out the side while keeping our “cores” straight – you want to keep a straight line with your back and supporting leg. This is good for isolating a movement and strengthening outer thigh muscles.

A “proper” star pose (like the one we did in our Fall Yoga series) would see Ella aligning her back with the raised leg.

PS – the tongue out totally helps you balance. Try it.

Ballet Yoga Pose - Dancer's Pose is a tricky one to get right, so ensure your child is comfortable above all else

Dancer’s Pose

Next, Ella stretched her leg from her side up and towards the back wall while leaning and reaching forward with her opposite hand.

This pose is really tricky, and the goal is to curve your leg up behind your head and hold your calf or ankle securely with the corresponding arm to the raised leg, while leaning forward and reaching forward with the opposite arm. It’s a great back stretch pose

Ballet Yoga for Kids - Butterfly Pose is a favourite for little yogi's and ballerinas alike

Butterfly Pose

Next, we sat on our yoga mats with our feet together and pressed down on our inner thighs with our elbows and forearms. This helps open up the hips and stretch the inner thighs.

Ella loves flapping her legs like butterfly wings in between stretches for this pose.

Help kids focus and learn how to control their movements with these simple Ballet Yoga for Kids movements. Yoga is a great way to start the day with kids and there are lots of easy ways to modify yoga to fit your child's abilities as they learn.

Floor Stretches

We opted for simple toe stretches before going into our rest pose, but boat pose or any other core-building or stretching floor poses would be great for closing out the sequence.

Savansana

We always like to spend the last couple minutes of our yoga practice lying still, with our arms at our sides, relaxing and focusing on a positive thought. This is a really affirming practice for children to develop at a young age.

 

After practicing some ballet yoga for kids, you might enjoy checking out our 18 Ballet Books for Children.

Our Little Yoga Mat is about 2 years old and still going strong! I highly recommend them.

 

My friend, Giselle of Kids’ Yoga Stories is also sharing her top Ballet Yoga poses today, too!

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4 Comments

  1. We do a lot of yoga around here! My girls love it especially, the boys not so much. These are some cute poses. I love how you combined ballet and yoga.

  2. Hi someone is using your pin for this post and sending all traffic to – yogagenerator.com for this post!! So infuriating! If you do want to follow it up for proof I saved it to my board movement for kids – my pinterest user account is Dance Parent 101. Samantha.

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