As a physical therapy student, I had the opportunity to do one of my long rotations down in Arizona. I loved the weather, my rotation, and to my surprise the desert. Being from the Midwest, I thought of the desert as brown. It turned out the desert was a beautiful place! The desert life and landscape provides for many different desert yoga poses!
Cat pose. Arch your back to make a hump like a camel!
Stand with your legs spread apart. Turn your feet so they are slightly facing outward. Slightly bend your knees and hold. Move your hands in front of you like a scorpion, opening and closing your fingers.
Mountain Pose. Raise your arms above your head and look up towards the sun.
Squat on the floor with your weight on your toes. Spread your knees as far apart as you can. Make sure your hands are in between your knees on the floor.Hop up into the air and repeat.
Reverse Table Top. Move your arms and legs to walk like a spider.
Cobra Pose. Add a hiss like a snake if you’d like!
Start out kneeling making sure you are sitting back on your heels. Place your hands on your knees. Spread your fingers out wide.Take a deep breath in and raise up into tall kneeling. Hold and repeat.
GET DESERT YOGA
Do you love the idea of Desert Yoga, but hate the thought of putting it together for efficient use? I totally get it, so I’ve done it for you! There news even gets better, there are two versions to choose from!
KIDS VERSION – This version consists of real kids in the desert themed yoga poses. These are great for stations, morning meetings or to go along with a desert theme or unit. Maybe even a habitat unit?
CLIP ART VERSION – This set of yoga has fun clip art pictures that go with the associated pose. For example, a camel would be pictured for a camel pose. This set is great for those kiddos that relate better to fun pictures!
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