A Guide to the Best Yoga Poses for Kids

by | Feb 13, 2022

Fun Yoga Poses for Kids

Have you ever wondered what the best yoga poses for kids are and how to keep yoga fun and engaging? If so, this is the blog for you!

Teaching yoga to kids is so beneficial in so many ways, and many do not realize that most poses used with adults can be used with children as well! Perhaps, you have looked online for printable children’s yoga poses or virtual practices to teach, but what if you could lead the yoga practices yourself? Some poses are better than others for kids. Certain kids’ yoga positions will offer more engagement and benefits than others. 

Let’s take a look at some of the best types of children’s yoga poses below.

Animal Themed Poses

Kids love poses that allow them to stay fully present and engaged in the practice. This is why animal poses are so much fun! Each pose can be done while using the animal sounds that go along with them and pretending to be that animal. Here are some examples of animal themed poses:

  • Downward Facing Dog
  • Upward Facing Dog
  • Puppy Pose
  • Cat/ Cow
  • Camel pose
  • Lion’s Breath (With Hero Pose)
  • Cobra or Sphinx Pose 
  • Monkey pose
  • Pigeon Pose
  • Fish Pose
  • Dolphin Pose
  • Butterfly Pose

Nature Themed Poses

Just like how kids love animals and the sounds that go along with them, they also know quite a bit about nature and the outdoors. Including nature-themed poses opens up the opportunity for stories, doing yoga outdoors, and so much more! When doing nature themed poses, ask kids to describe what they are seeing and being. For example, if they are doing lotus pose, ask them what color their petals are, how big their flower is, and if they have bloomed or are still growing. If they are doing tree pose, ask what kind of tree they are and how tall they are. Are they a tree in the wind, in the winter, or in autumn?

Let’s take a look at some nature themed poses below:

  • Tree Pose
  • Lotus Pose
  • Crescent Moon Pose
  • Star Pose
  • Sunshine Pose
  • Mountain Pose
  • Garland Pose

Balancing Poses

We have already referenced some balancing poses, and kids typically love any pose that offers them a bit of a challenge. This is why balancing poses are a great way to keep kids engaged and can be included in games as well. Let’s take a look at some example of balancing poses:

  • Warrior III/ Airplane Pose
  • Dancer’s Pose
  • Crow Pose (kids love this one)
  • Tree Pose
  • Eagle Pose