“mini yogis minute” tip of the week

 

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I've seen a lot of changes in child development since I first started mini yogis in early 2002. Most of them, unfortunately, not so great.

One that is of particular interest and fascination to me is the inability of many young children (about age six and under) to simply stand on their hands and their knees (in a "tabletop" position).

Of course, I am not a medical professional, but I am pretty certain this phenomenon is due to the fact that a lot of kids these days go straight to walking without ever having learned to crawl. Call it evolution, but many babies are substituting the "butt scoot" for crawling and are, as a result, missing out on the many benefits associated with crawling (for a great article on the benefits of crawling, click here). And, in fact, almost invariably when I have a child who can't stand on hands and knees, the parent confirms that they never did crawl.

That is why I spend a lot more time than I used to doing hands-and-knees postures with my students in first grade and under. Things like cat/cow or spinal balancing (extending one arm and opposite leg off the floor) are great for building the skills and strengths that a child may have otherwise missed out on by never learning to crawl.

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