While it IS a physically powerful pose, that's not the only thing to focus on here with kids. This pose offers a great opportunity for kids to look inward, and discover what makes them a powerful person on the inside. Ask them, what makes you a powerful person? What type of special power do you have? If they need a little help figuring this one out, you could suggest, is it your courage? your kindness? your determination?
Svādhyāya is a sanskrit word that means self study. With poses like Warrior II we give our kids the opportunity to learn and discover more about themselves, their inner being and their strengths. Give this one a try at home with your kids any time they need a movement break or some increased focus.
Here are some tips for making Warrior II fun for your little yogis:
1) Place bean bags or small, light stuffed animals on their hands and head and ask them to balance them while in this pose.
2) Challenge them to a Warrior II stand off! See who can stay in this pose the longest.
3) Turn it into a dance party! How many dance moves can you do in your warrior pose?
4) JUMP SWITCH! Can you jump from warrior II on the right side to warrior II on the left side?
5) Pretend your yoga mat is a surf board and your out in the middle of the ocean. Do a little warrior surfing, and don't forget to jump over any sharks you see coming your way!