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Practice Yoga Before Bedtime

“Sometimes after a really busy day at school, kids get home and they’re actually wired—it’s a stress response to being overstimulated,” says Lisa Flynn, founder of ChildLight Yoga in Dover, New Hampshire. In honor of National Yoga Month this September, she recommends unwinding with this pose, from her book Yoga for Children (F+W/ Adams Media, 2013):

  1. Stand with feet planted firmly on the ground. Inhale through the nose, while bringing arms straight up to the sky.
  2. Exhale audibly through the mouth or nose, and bring arms straight down in front, folding forward at the hips. Keep legs and back straight.
  3. Let fingers reach toward the floor in front of feet, then bring hands to shins. Breathe in, and look up—stretching the spine out straight. Exhale and fall forward again.
  4. Breathe in again and slowly lift the body while raising arms back up. Exhale and bring arms down to sides.
  5. Repeat two more times.
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