Plow Pose (Halasana)
Kids love plow pose! This pose can be done solo, with a partner or even as a family! There are many benefits to plow pose, including improved digestion, relaxation of the nervous system, fatigue relief, and stretching of the shoulders and spine. This pose also calms anxiety and reduces irritability in our youngsters! And parents, all these benefits apply to you too. :)
So on your trip to the farm this fall to harvest apples or pumpkins, take a break and lay in the dirt as a plow!
Solo Pose: Roll onto your back and let your feet and legs come up over your body as far as they'd like. You can use you arms and hands along your mat to support you.
Partner Pose: As you can see above, your friend/family member can hold your ankles in this pose. Take a deep breath in and relax all your muscles so your partner holds all your weight. Have your partner slowly slowly let your spine uncurl, releasing your feet back down to the mat. This is a great pose to do before bedtime, it's very relaxing!
Family pose variation: One family member is in plow pose, the second person sits with their low back to the plow's rear with legs out straight. A third family member sits high on the lap of the second family member, facing them. The third person holds the wrists of the first person (in plow) and uses their arms to drive the plow! Vroom vroom!