Grown-ups aren’t the only ones who benefit from becoming more flexible, learning muscle control and building a stronger core. Mat-based Pilates exercises can be fun and effective for kids of almost any age.

So much more fun when you can do it with your children!

A big thank you to Dominique and Gabriella Teppler Glass for sharing their “fun Pilates stretch time” with us!

 

Side angle stretch

  • Begin with legs open wide, Mommy’s LEFT and Gabriella’s RIGHT foot facing forward, opposite foot facing outward.
  • Make sure that your upper body faces forward , tummy pulled in and shoulders relaxed.
  • Lift both arms up shoulder height and hold on to each others hand.
  • Squat into the outside leg  –  make sure the knee does not move pass the toes!
  • Smile!
  • Hold this stretch for 10 counts, relax and repeat on the other side.

 

Come back Mommy! stretch

  • Mommy stands feet hip width apart with her back to Gabriella, relaxing her arms to her sides,  pulling in her tummy and relaxing her shoulders.
  • Gabriella, standing behind mommy, also stands with feet hip width apart, tummy pulled in and shoulders relaxed.
  • Gabriella then gently takes mommy’s hand and pull them backwards.  Mommy pushes her shoulders back and move her arms backwards as Gabriella pulls them.
  • Gabriella then leans backwards  –  trusting mommy not to let her fall!
  • Hold this stretch for 10 counts, relax and repeat

 

Double rag doll

  • Stand back to back, with your heels about 1 foot length from your partner’s; fold forward so buttocks are touching.
  • Reach back and hold your partner’s hands, arms, or shoulders (depending on flexibility) and draw your bodies toward each other for 2 to 3 breaths, feeling the stretch in your hamstrings.
  • Then put your hands on the floor or on your shins and slowly roll back up to standing.
  • Repeat this twice

Downward dog bow

  • Mommy moves into the downward dog position
  • Gabriella stands in front of mommy, facing away from her.
  • Reaching her arms up, she leans back against mommy, trusting mommy to hold her up.
  • Hold the stretch for 10 counts and repeat.

 

Reach for the sky!

  • Mommy takes a squat position.
  • Guiding Gabriella to stand up on her knees and holding her hands.
  • Gabriella pulls in her tummy, making full use of her core muscles, relax her arms backwards and leaning forward.
  • Hold the stretch for 10 counts and relax.
  • Repeat

 

Happy people

  • Stand next to each other, pull in your tummies and lift the same legs up to the side as high as what you can!
  • MAKE SURE to keep the knee your standing on, relaxed and pull in your tummy in order for your core muscles to stabilize you and help with the balance.
  • Mommy reaches up to the sky while Gabriella holds on to mommy’s leg in front of her.
  • Hold the stretch for 10 counts and relax.
  • Repeat on the other side.

To end off a fun stretching session with your child, there is nothing like a bonding kiss!

Kissing turtles

  • Sit, facing each other, with your legs wide apart, knees bent, and feet flat on the ground. Now put your arms under your knees so that your palms are flat on the ground, behind and to the outside of your heels
  • Lower your forehead as close to the ground as you can (imagine you’re a turtle tucking your head into your shell). When you come back up, make kissing noises to each other.
  • Repeat three or four times

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