Calming Yoga Poses For Kids

Do you ever take a deep breath to relax?  Do you ever feel like your kids need to do this too?  This stopping what you are doing, taking a deep breath and re-centering can be effective!   I know I’ll often times have my 3 year old “take a few deep breaths” when he is “losing it”.  Here are  my favorite calming yoga poses for kids that I like to use.  They are easy to do and a good place to focus on those few deep breaths!

Kids yoga poses that can help kids calm down. A great calm down activity for kids, but also equally as great as a brain break for kids. These ideas are perfect for yoga for kids and yoga for the classroom. A great physical education activity as well! #yoga #brainbreaks #classroommanagement

Calming Yoga Poses For Kids

When it comes to yoga and kids I have certain rules that I live by.  I let the kids be creative with the poses.  I don’t focus on perfection, and I always make sure it’s safe and fun!  The best part about these poses is you can get a ready made set of yoga cards and printables with real kids in the poses from Pink Oatmeal.  Grab them in the Shop or TpT!

Resting Pose

My personal favorite!  This pose is done by resting on your back and placing your hands where they are comfortable.  Focus on breathing in and out!

Easy Pose

Sit cross legged.  Let your hands rest on your knees, fold them in front of your heart, or raise them above your head.  Focus on breathing in and out!

Child’s Pose

Spread your knees apart and keep your toes together.  Bring your head down towards the ground.  Rest your arms where you feel comfortable.

Forward Fold

Stand tall. Keep legs hip width apart. Bend forward at your hips. Let your arms hang down in front of you.  Relax and breathe.

Tree Pose

Stand tall with your feet together.  Reach your arms out to the side.  Move your right foot up your left leg turning your right leg out to the side as far as you feel comfortable.   Raise your arms up towards the sky. Hold and breathe.  Repeat on the left side.

Butterfly Pose

Start sitting on the floor.  Bend your knees and bring the bottom of your feet together.  Pull your feet as close to your body as you can, keeping them on the floor.  Bring your thighs toward the floor.  Gently flutter legs up and down like a butterfly or hold and breathe.

Seated Fold

Sit on your bottom with your legs straight out in front of you and your back straight. Bend forward at your hips trying to keep your back straight.  Hold this position and breathe.

Star Pose

Stand with your feet wide apart.  Reach your hands out to the side as far apart as you can.  Remember to keep your body nice and tall. Breathe in and out.

Supine Twist

Lay on your back with your knees bent and your feet together.  Rest your arms where you are comfortable.   Keeping your back on the floor drop your knees to the right side as far as you feel comfortable.  Bring back up to a resting position and repeat on the opposite side.

Cat Pose

Start on your hands and knees.  Make sure to keep hands under shoulders and knees under hips. Arch your back up towards the ceiling. Look towards your tummy with your head.Relax. Repeat.  *This can be combined with cow pose.

Cow Pose

Start on your hands and knees.  Make sure to keep hands under shoulders and knees under hips. Let your stomach drop towards the floor.Look up with your head so you are looking straight ahead.* This can be combined with cat pose.

Seated Twist

Start seated on the floor with your back straight and legs in front of you.  Pull your right knee towards your body and place it over your left leg.  Your left leg can be straight or bent. Twist your body towards your right side.  Place your left elbow on the outside of your right knee. Let your right hand relax behind you. Repeat on the opposite side.

Knee To Chest

Lay on your back with your knees bent and your feet together.   Rest your arms where you are comfortable.   Reach for your knees and hug them towards your body.  Breathe and relax.

Calm Down Kids Yoga Cards

Love this and want a set of cards to go with them?  These are available for you from Pink Oatmeal in the Shop or at TpT!  These fun cards have pictures of real kids in the poses along with a description of how to get into each pose.  Also included is a full page printable of the kids in the yoga poses – one for each pose.

 

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