Column: Strike a star pose

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Become the North Star in this kid-friendly yoga pose. (Submitted photo)

Become the North Star in this kid-friendly yoga pose. (Submitted photo)

Commentary by Anne Johnson

Namaste! My name is Anne, and I teach kids yoga at Simply Yoga in Zionsville. Yoga helps us connect our breath and body to steady and focus our minds. Join me here each month to learn about a yoga pose, its benefits, and even give it a try yourself.

On a clear night, when the sun has set, the dark sky becomes a canvas for the sparkly map of the stars. The North Star, known as Polaris, is famous for holding nearly still while the entire northern sky moves around it. Polaris marks the way due north and is one of the brightest stars in our sky.

Shine true like the North Star yourself. Stand with your feet wider then your hips. Reach your arms straight out to your sides, spreading your fingers and taking up lots of space. If you practice star pose facing Polaris – due north – your left hand will point west and your right hand will point east.

Follow your breath in star pose by adding the “connection breath” series. Breathe out and bring your hands into your heart; palms touch. Breathe in and lift your hands up to the sky over your head. Breathe out and return your hands to your heart; bringing the sky down to you.

Anne Johnson teaches kids, tots, expectant and new mothers yoga at Simply Yoga in Zionsville. As a 200 RYT registered yoga teacher, engineer, and children’s book author, Anne enjoys writing and sharing “adult ideas” in a way that makes them accessible to children.


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