Let me start by saying I am in no way shape or form a yoga instructor. I’m not even a yogi; I am just someone who every once in a while, wakes up with her body feeling stiff and frantically searches YouTube for a free yoga video so that I can walk that day. I have also noticed that every time I get down on the floor and try some yoga moves, both my kids hop down on the floor next to me and try to do exactly what I’m doing. So, this month as we focus on our body, I have decided to include some child friendly yoga poses that you can try with your preschooler.
This preschool activity focuses on gross motor skills.
Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills
Gross Motor Skills
- Engage in non-locomotor body movements with balance and coordination (Stand on tip toes and raise your arms)
Lil’ Creators Focus Skills
Gross Motor Skills
- Engage in non-locomotor body movements with balance, coordination, and control (twist and bend)
Print and cut out the Whole Body Yoga Poses Template.
Attempt each pose and try to hold it for 20 to 30 seconds.
As you teach your preschooler how to get into each pose, be sure to talk about the different body parts that they will be using.
For example, with the table top pose, you would tell your preschooler to get down on the floor on their hands and knees, with the top of their feet touching the floor. Not only does this give them directions on how to do the pose that you’re working on, but it also creates a language rich environment which allows your preschooler to develop a more complex vocabulary.
If you really want to set the mood you can always turn on some relaxing music for the background. I also highly encourage you to get down on the floor next to your child and try the poses yourself. This will likely increase your child’s engagement levels and you can both get some relaxing stretching in.