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Welcome to the “mini yogis minute” weekly yoga tips for teachers and parents looking to create a more fun, engaging, and effective practice for their children. Be sure to check out mini yogis teacher training for all the tricks of the trade!

As a children’s yoga instructor, you will work with a lot of children with stress and anxiety. Whether they are clinically diagnosed or not, in this day and age there are so many pressures put on kids of all ages…and many children simply aren’t equipped with the tools to deal with them. Yoga, of course, is one of those tools.

Stress and anxiety can manifest themselves in many ways. Children make be fidgety and restless. They might harbor fears and apprehensions. Sometimes it can make them stutter or have other nervous tics. But the side effect I want to address today may not be as obvious, but it’s very, very prevalent: constipation.

Best pose? Happy Baby, of course!

You know the name Happy Baby came about because it’s the natural position babies take to relieve gas?

I usually do a facilitated Happy Baby with kids about five and under, wherein I “pump” their legs in and out to some pump-y story or game. And I often get the surprised comment from parents, “I don’t know why, but ________ always poops right after yoga!” After which the constipation confession usually comes out.

Parents may not always tell you when their child is constipated…in fact, I find they rarely do. Probably because they don’t realize the connection between the constipation and the stress and don’t think it’s relevant information for you. It is. And if you don’t feel comfortable asking, just assume. It never hurts to give a constipation-curing pose, even if a kid is not suffering from constipation at all.

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