In need of a really good stretch right now? We are trying to remember the last time we got up from our computer/couch/floor. What can make taking more breaks to move more joyful: getting the whole family involved. Body alignment specialist Lauren Roxburgh created this mom-and-me routine that adults and kids can use for flowing and breathing together. There are cat cows, forward folds, side bends, and even some acroyoga (fun for everyone). The first rule: Don’t be afraid to freestyle. Roxburgh also shared some other ways she and her family are trying to make each day feel creative at home.
P.S. For adults: Roxburgh’s digital program, the Aligned Life Studio, and her legendary body rolling tools are what’s keeping us sane and centered these days. Sign up here for a free seven-day trial to access her workout videos.
LAUREN ROXBURGH’S AT-HOME TIPS
- Declutter and create a space in your home, even a corner, for a mini movement or meditation sanctuary. Add a green plant, a meditation cushion, a candle or a smudge stick, some essential oils or a diffuser, body rolling tools, and a cozy sheepskin or yoga mat.
- Establish a routine, but be flexible with it.
- Wake up thirty minutes before your kiddos and do affirmations, dry brushing, breathwork, stretches, and rolling. You will feel more courage and strength on all levels.
- Take deep surrender breaths throughout the day and remember we’re all in this together. We can do hard things and will grow from this experience.
- Take time to connect with friends and family virtually.
- Get your kids cooking with you. We do smoothie school in the mornings, and they help squeeze the oranges from our garden for fresh juice. In the evening, they love making kale chips or sweet potato fries.
- We’ve been watching kids’ yoga on YouTube. Our girls love Cosmic Kids—it gets them moving and takes them on a journey.
- Another big hit with our six-year-old is audiobooks. She is currently loving Magic Tree House and Harry Potter.
- Create a wish jar. Every time you or your kids miss doing something, write it on a Post-it, put it in a jar, and create a wish jar of things that you can do when we are out of isolation. This will let the kids know that it’s not all changed forever. Use it as a bucket list each day over the summer (we hope).
- Get out and go for a walk. Do some earthing.
- Have early family dinners with no technology. We each say three things we’re grateful for at dinner to keep our emotions elevated.