Animal Yoga Poses For Kids

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“Playing Yoga” has become an essential activity in our house. The benefits of introducing your little one to yoga are endless, but here are a few of the ways we’ve seen the most benefit from practicing with little ones.

 

  1. Get them moving! My 4 year old gets cabin fever easily! We get the wiggles out quickly with asana
  2. Get them settled! You can also opt for more calming poses to help center and quiet your little yogi.
  3. Help regulate emotions. My daughter learned about the power of a deep breath at a really young age. I couldn’t believe how early on a child can feel the benefit of taking a cleansing breath to calm and balance tricky emotions. She even tells me on a regular basis, “Hey mama, you should really try to take a deep bweaf!”
  4. It gives you a way to connect! When you can let your little one in on your yoga practice, everyone wins!
  5. Help them feel strong! Any little yogi who can conquer airplane (Warrior III) pose is sure to feel strong and centered throughout their day! It takes a lot of focus to stay up on one leg like that!

 

Here are a few fun poses you can do with your little yogi to mimic animals they love!


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Lions Breath

While seated take a deep breath in and on the exhale stick your tongue out making a slight roaring sound.

Make it fun!

Get really wild with your lions breath!  See how loud you can get and how far you can stick your tongue out!  This is especially great if your little yogi really needs to get some energy out!

 


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Butterfly

Kids LOVE butterflies, and more importantly they love to imitate butterflies.  Have your child sit down with the soles of the feet together.  You can take your feet farther away from your body if it feels uncomfortable on the knees and hips.

Make it fun!

See if they can gently flap the wings of the butterfly. While they’re flapping ask them what color butterfly they are and where they would fly to if they were a real butterfly!


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Frog Pose

Squat down to the floor and then place your hands down on the floor between the feet.

Make it fun!

Give your little yogi a chance to hop up and down just like a frog.


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Starfish pose

Have your little one stand with their hands either at their sides or clasped together at their heart center. Then have them jump their feet apart as they reach their arms out wide like a starfish.

Make it fun!

See if they can jump around in a big circle instead of in one place.  Each time they jump in or out, move a little farther in the big circle until you get all the back to the front!

 

That’s all for today, but stay tuned for more kids yoga fun in the next few weeks!