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Healthy ways to celebrate the academy awards with kids

Shark children's yoga pose
Shark children's yoga pose
Illustration by Kathleen Rietz and adapted from The ABCs of Yoga for Kids

Printing out an Oscar Ballot and voting at home for the Best Animated Feature is one way to celebrate the Academy Awards with kids.

This year, the nominees are The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Ernest & Celestine, Frozen, and The Wind Rises.

Besides comparing ballots with children, there are also creative ways to incorporate children's health and fitness with the themes of these movies.

The following list illustrates how each of the above Oscar nominated animated features has a corresponding yoga pose or theme.

For example, the shark pose corresponds to the sharkodile in The Croods.

The goal is to spark children's imaginations and creativity while at the same time creating new ways for them to enjoy health and fitness.

Have fun exploring the Academy Award's Best Animated Feature films of 2014 with children!

Shark children's yoga pose
Shark children's yoga pose Illustration by Kathleen Rietz and adapted from The ABCs of Yoga for Kids

Shark children's yoga pose

The Croods tells the story of the world's first family road trip. Kids can practice the shark posture and pretend to be like the sharkodile in the movie.

This yoga pose is fun to do and not only adds flexibility to the spine and neck but also opens up the chest and stretches the shoulders.

Sharks are strong, powerful and focused and practicing this posture can give kids a sense of power and strength.

Make up a new yoga pose with kids
Make up a new yoga pose with kids Illustration by Kathleen Rietz and adapted from The ABCs of Yoga for Kids

Make up a new yoga pose with kids

Despicable Me 2 is back with more outrageous characters including the minions.

Have children make up their own minion pose based on these yellow cylindrical creatures with one or two eyes.

This will not only tap into children's creativity and imagination, but also show them how to use their own bodies to create strength, balance, focus and flexibility.

Mouse yoga pose for kids
Mouse yoga pose for kids Illustration by Kathleen Rietz and adapted from The ABCs of Yoga for Kids

Mouse yoga pose for kids

Little mice are taught to be scared of bears, but when Celestine's dreams of meeting one becomes a reality, Ernest proves to be the best friend an open-minded mouse could hope for.

The story of Ernest & Celestine is filled with positive input for kids, and they can celebrate the movie and Celestine with practicing the mouse posture.

This yoga pose is calming and relaxing for kids, and increases the oxygen flow through out the body.  It also allows the spine to relax and elongate.

If you and your children have not seen this academy award nominated film, it is still playing near Pacific Palisades, California at the Landmark Theater.

Yoga deep breathing for kids
Yoga deep breathing for kids Illustration by Kathleen Rietz and adapted from The ABCs of Yoga for Kids

Yoga deep breathing for kids

Let it Go, performed by Idina Menzel, is the theme song from the academy award nominated film Frozen.

Yoga invites us to let go, and this is a great way to teach kids about letting go of fears and worries.

Encourage children to practice deep breathing in and out through their nose, with an emphasis on the exhale as a symbol of letting go.

Airplane yoga pose for children's health
Airplane yoga pose for children's health Illustration by Kathleen Rietz and adapted from The ABCs of Yoga for Kids

Airplane yoga pose for children's health

In The Wind Rises, nearsighted Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes.

Have kids practice the airplane pose to soar to new levels of achieving their goals and dreams.

This yoga pose for children can improve their health and fitness by increasing strength in the middle spine, helping to prevent low back pain. A healthy spine equates to a healthy nervous system.