Yoga

Age: Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten

Equipment: None

Space requirements: On-the-spot

Activity description:

  • Here are some yoga poses that children and adults can do together!

Boat post: Balance on your bottom with your legs in the air.

Bow pose: Lie on your tummy, bend your knees, lift your chest and with your arms reached back toward your toes, hold onto your feet.

Butterfly pose: Sit on your bottom with the soles of your feet together. Gently flap your legs like the wings of a butterfly.

Cat pose: Position yourself on all-fours, round your back and tuck your chin into your chest.

Child’s pose: Sit on your heels, rest your forehead in front of your knees, rest your arms along the side of your body and take a few deep breaths.

Dolphin pose: On your hands-and-knees, bend your elbows, rest your forearms on the ground, with your palms flat. Lift up your knees to straighten your legs.

Happy Baby pose: Lie on your back with your chin tucked in, hug your knees into your chest, then grab the outer part of your feet with both of your hands.

Tree pose: Stand on one leg, bend your knee and place the sole of your foot on your inner thigh. Try to balance.

Skill development:

  • Physical skills: balancing; bending; reaching
  • Non-physical skills: concentration; self-discovery

Adjust the challenge:

  • Have children create their own poses.
  • Try more advanced poses that require more balance or flexibility.

Activity modified from: http://www.kidsyogastories.com/kids-yoga-poses/

Posted in 18 months-2.5 years (Toddler), 2.5-4 years (Preschool), 4-6 years (Kindergarten), No equipment required, On-the-spot, S-Z

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