Go ape! Pound your chest. Howl like a monkey. Stay happy, healthy and energized with this fun YogaKids pose.
- Stand in mountain or sit in lotus or on your knees. (This pose can be done in many positions.)
- Make two fists and pound your chest. Pound and tap under your arms too.
- Howl and yowl and yodel.
Note for Parents and Teachers
When you or your child feel tired or cranky (yes, of course grown-ups get cranky too), this pose will stimulate the thymus gland and send a steady flow of oxygenated blood through the carotid arteries to the brain. It’s a great pick-me-up and the whole family will feel better.
Activity Ideas for Home or Classroom
Feel the collar bone (clavicle) that runs between the shoulders at the front of your chest. From the center of the clavicle draw a line down your chest. This is your breast bone (sternum). Run the fingers along your ribs. These are the bones in your upper body.
We all Win
Play the game we call Monkey Me – Monkey You.
- Face one another.
- Make faces and sounds for your partner to mimic.
- Take turns being the leader.
Bananas are one of monkeys’ favorite foods and children love them too. They are rich in potassium, help to balance the sodium (salt) in our bodies and reduce stress. Bananas are a great substitute for cookies and other high fat sweets. Bananas also have lots of natural fruit sugars that help reduce those late afternoon sugar cravings.
Green leafy vegetables support the Tarzan Thymus Tap blood flowing to your brain. Broccoli, kale, spinach, collards, mustard greens, and broccoli rabe also strengthen the blood and the respiratory system. Greens are high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K. They are filled with fiber, folic acid ,many micronutrients and phytochemicals.Eat your greens, tap away stress, and become a powerhouse of health. YES!