Stretches arms and upper back, improves balance and concentration.
Begin in Mountain Pose.
Reach your arms out wide, then wrap them around your upper body in a hug.
Hold the pose for a couple of breaths.
Open your arms up wide, and give yourself another hug with your opposite arm on top.
Hold this pose for a couple of breaths.
Open your arms wide, then return to Mountain Pose.
This is a very early version of Eagle Pose. As children become more advanced, you may wish to increase the difficulty by having them stand with their legs crossed in an X while in this pose.
This hug can also be used while children are seated.