Benefits: Calms and centers; Dispels excess energy or negativity. "Do this exercise any time your child's energy level is high, or is experiencing the grumpies."
What to Do: "With your child in Child's Pose, stand or sit behind him and firmly draw your hands down his back from top to bottom. This will stretch his spine a bit, opening up the space between his vertebrae. Come to rest your hands at the base of his back, where his belt loop would be. Your hands should be stacked palm over palm with your fingers facing forward (think CPR). Breathe in with your child. As he exhales, press into the area with your palms using your own weight for added pressure. As you press down, also pull back energetically. His hips should lower slightly. Breathe with him in and out three times or more before gently jiggling your child side to side, dissipating any stagnant energy. Still your hands and then draw them, one over the other, firmly down your child’s back one last time before gently releasing them."
— Excerpted from Yoga For Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises, and Meditations For Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children