Today we are talking about Rainforest Yoga! The rainforest is full of different animals and plants that are perfect for combining with yoga. Learning about the rainforest can be made even more fun when combining it with yoga. Take a journey through the rainforest and act out the different animals and plants you see along the way. Rainforest yoga is perfect for toddlers through elementary aged children. Heck even adults can do rainforest yoga poses!
Downward Dog Pose or Walk on all fours doing the bear walk. Make panda sounds!
Cobra Pose. Hiss like a snake!
Frog Pose. Hop if you would like!
Squat an let your arms hang. Move them side to side.
Butterfly Pose. Flap your legs up and down like a butterfly!
In tall kneeling with your hands on your thighs open your mouth wide and make noises like a tiger!
Stand tall with your arms out to the side. Lift one leg behind you and flap your arms like you have wings!
Forward Fold. Let your arms hang and hold still or let them sway.
Tree (Palm Tree)
Tree Pose. Be sure to perform on both sides!
See It In Action
If the rainforest is what you are looking for, you can easily get your own set of Rainforest Yoga cards. The cards give you easy access to movement with a rainforest theme anytime of the day. They are perfect to carry with you if you travel, to have as a free play option, or for brain breaks. They are an excellent resource for therapists and special education teachers as well. There are two versions available for you. Both versions contain the same poses, but they have a different presentation. You can choose what version is best for you, or better yet get both!
The first set of cards and printables includes a picture of a real kid in a pose associated with the rainforest! The cards include instructions on how to get into the pose along with the picture while the printables are full sheet pictures of the kids in the poses. This makes it ideal to use in stations or smart boards! They can be found in my shop or Teachers Pay Teachers store!
The second set consists of poses with pictures of everyday objects (tiger, tree) and does not show pictures of kids in the poses. I’ve found some of my kids love the graphics and prefer these! The cards can be found at the shop on my blog or at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Included is a full set of cards with a full description of how to do each pose. It also includes full sheet pictures and full sheet descriptions if you prefer to use it for a bulletin board or display.
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