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Are you looking for easy yoga ideas for kids?

Welcome back to our monthly theme project that focuses on a single breathing technique, yoga pose, and yoga book. I have also included a three-pose flow sequence, a Spanish-integration idea (thanks to Spanish Playground), and links to other theme resources. This simple plan gives you one thing to focus on each month so it’s easier to bring the benefits of yoga to your children.

Our sixth theme is “earth” in honor of Earth Day on April 22.

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Though Earth Day happens only once a year, creating an earth-friendly lifestyle for our children is important. Even while they are young, we can talk to children about our impact on the earth and share the beauty of nature. Even an activity as simple as getting out into nature on a regular basis will encourage children to be curious about the environment.

As you probably know, I’m obsessed with children’s books, and when I was a teacher, some of my favorite titles were earth focused. My oldest favorites are The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. My newest favorite is Change the World Before Bedtime by Mark Kimball Moulton, Josh Chalmers, and Karen Good. Don’t miss the Earth Day Giveaway below, where we are giving away more than twenty books and songs.

Teaching environmental education was a strong passion of mine as an international primary school teacher, and that’s why I try to weave eco-conscious concepts into our yoga books for kids. Sophia is concerned about the woodchoppers cutting down trees in Sophia’s Jungle Adventure, and Luke is worried about the trash on the beach in Luke’s Beach Day.

Learning about the planet Earth can come from discussions, reading books, doing related kids’ activities, and art projects, but you and your children can also learn through breathing techniques and yoga poses. Brain research shows us that adding movement to the learning experience stimulates your child’s thinking, ultimately making learning more fun and engaging.

April Theme: EARTH

One of the challenges readers have shared over the years is deciding how to add yoga into their curriculum, classes, or home life with ease and simplicity. There are tons of ways to integrate yoga, but teachers and parents with limited time often find it difficult to focus on quick ideas.

For this reason, we have put together this Earth Yoga post that includes:

  • one breathing technique
  • one focus yoga pose
  • a three-pose flow sequence
  • one focus yoga book

The “EARTH” FOCUS BREATH is woodchopper breath.

Stand tall in Mountain Pose and take a few deep breaths. Then take your feet mat-width apart. Clasp your hands together in front of your body. Take a long breath in while taking your hands above your head, and then on a vigorous exhale with your mouth open, forcefully take your hands down between your legs. Hang your head and completely let go of all the tension in your body. Close your eyes, if that feels comfortable, and repeat the steps: long exhale with hands overhead, followed by vigorous exhale and hands down between your legs. Pretend to be cutting a log for your family campfire. Repeat this breathing technique a few times, allowing your children to find their own rhythm and become aware of their breath.

After the woodchopper breath practice, stand tall in Mountain Pose again and come back to breathing naturally. Let your children feel the effects of this energizing breath technique. You could also use this practice to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of tree-cutting. You will find this woodchopper breath in our jungle yoga book, Sophia’s Jungle Adventure.

Woodchopper Pose on Kids Yoga Stories

Card from Sophia’s Jungle Adventure Yoga Cards

 

The “EARTH” FOCUS YOGA POSE is Squat Pose.

Stand tall in Mountain Pose with your toes touching and ankles slightly apart. Then bend your legs to come to a squat position with your knees and toes together. You could take your hands in front of your heart as if you are in prayer then take them to the ground for balance. Your ankles will most likely be off the ground, depending on your flexibility.

From this squat pose, you could drop your head, round your back, and pretend to be the planet Earth or a seed in the garden about to grow. Take a few moments to take a few deep breaths in this squat pose while thinking about the beauty of planet Earth. Think of the birds, mammals, forests, oceans, jungles, weather, and mountains.

Squat Pose on Kids Yoga Stories Card from Sophia’s Jungle Adventure Yoga Cards

The “EARTH” FOCUS YOGA FLOW is Squat Pose, Tree Pose, and Extended Mountain Pose.

1. Squat Pose – Seed
Stand tall in Mountain Pose with your toes touching and ankles slightly apart. Then bend your legs to come to a squat position with knees and toes together. Drop your head and round your back, pretending to be a seed about to grow out of the ground.

2. Tree Pose – Tree
From Squat Pose, come up slowly to a standing position. Shift to standing on one leg, bend the knee of your free leg, place the sole of your foot on the inner thigh of your standing leg, and balance. Sway like a tree.

3. Extended Mountain Pose – Hello to the Sun
Stand tall in Mountain Pose and, on an inhale, take your arms up over head to the sky. Look up and say hello to the sun. Exhale and bring your arms back along your sides.

You can flow gently over and over through these three poses. As you come through Tree Pose, switch sides each time so you stand on each foot for an equal number of times. Talk to your children about other things they see and hear in nature. Invent your own earth-themed yoga poses or check out our Yoga Poses for Kids page for inspiration.

Throughout the month, you could use these three earth-inspired yoga poses as a base and add other nature yoga poses or breathing techniques to extend the children’s learning. Follow their interests and needs. You will know if they need a more calming yoga experience or something more dynamic and active to help release pent-up energy. Check out our Earth Day Yoga 14-yoga sequence for ideas, as well.

Earth Yoga Flow practice for kids | Kids Yoga Stories

 

The “EARTH-FRIENDLY” FOCUS YOGA BOOK is Sophia’s Jungle Adventure.

Join Sophia’s jungle adventure. Fly like a toucan, slither like a snake, and flutter like a butterfly as you act out this journey through a Costa Rican jungle. The storybook includes a list of kids yoga poses and a parent-teacher guide. This yoga book for ages three to seven is more than a storybook—it’s also a unique experience for children.

Sophia’s Jungle Adventure is also available in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, German, and Chinese. To extend your child’s learning, check out the matching Sophia’s Jungle Adventure Yoga Cards and Sophia’s Jungle Adventure Coloring Book, as well.

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Sophia’s Jungle Adventure Yoga Cards by Giselle Shardlow, Kids Yoga StoriesSophia’s Jungle Adventure
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What are your favorite earth yoga poses for kids?

 

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Spanish and Yoga “Earth” Activities

Check out these links below from Spanish Playground and Kids Yoga Stories for easy Spanish-easy active ideas for your celebration of “earth” month:

Celebrate Earth Day in Spanish: 5 Activities and a Giveaway on Spanish PlaygroundEarth Day in Spanish

Earth Day Books and Yoga Poses for Kids | Kids Yoga StoriesEarth Day Books and Yoga

 

Earth Day Books and Music Giveaway

To inspire earth-friendly practices with your family, I’ve teamed up with several kid bloggers to bring you this awesome Earth Day giveaway. Several publishers have offered earth-themed books and music prizes for your Earth Day celebrations. Hopefully, these wonderful resources will inspire a love of nature in your children and motivate them to make a difference in the world. Amazon affiliate links are below for your convenience.

The Earth Day Giveaway co-hosts are:
Kids Yoga Stories, Mama Smiles, Spanish Playground, Creative World of Varya, Crafty Moms Share, The Piri Piri Lexicon, All Done Monkey, and Eva Varga

Two Earth Book Reviews, Crafty Moms Share
Every Day on Our Bikes, The Piri-Piri Lexicon
Celebrate Earth Day with Kids All Year Round, Mama Smiles
Earth Day Resources, Eva Varga
Celebrate Earth Day in Spanish, Spanish Playground
One Planet, One People, Creative World of Varya
Learning about African Manatees, All Done Monkey

 

EARTH DAY GIVEAWAY
PRIZE PACK #1

Water Rolls, Water Rises, by Pat Mora
Celebrate the wonders of the water on planet Earth with this poetic and illustrative bilingual book.

Call Me Tree, by Maya Christina Gonzalez
Act out this beautiful bilingual story following a young child mimicking the growth of a tree.

Kings & Queens of the Forest CD, by Kira Willey
Act out a journey to the forest with Kira Willey’s enchanting yoga-inspired music.

Imaginations 2, by Carolyn Clarke
Use guided imagery to explore nature while learning to calm the mind and body with these relaxation stories.

Sophia’s Jungle Adventure, by Giselle Shardlow
Join Sophia and her family on a jungle adventure while learning to appreciate jungle life and doing yoga along the way.

Every Day is Earth Day Kids Yoga Lesson Plan PDF, by Next Generation Yoga
Create an earth-themed yoga session with this kids yoga lesson plan.

Compost Stew, by Mary McKenna Siddals
Dig into composting with this engaging rhyming text.

Too Much Junk song, by Elska
Get inspired to enjoy nature and simplify your life with this new musical adventure.

Backyard Garden CD, by Earthworm Ensemble
Celebrate nature, green living, and gardening with this uplifting new music.

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EARTH DAY GIVEAWAY
PRIZE PACK #2

Change the World Before Bedtime, by Mark Kimball Moulton, Josh Chalmers, and Karen Good
Find out how the simple things in life that can inspire huge differences that change the world.

Picture a Tree, by Barbara Reid
Discover new ways to experience trees in this book with stunning imagery.

This Tree Counts, by Alison Formento and Sarah Snow
Practice counting with animals that live in trees.

Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green, by Eileen Spinelli and Anne Kennedy
Join Miss Fox as she teaches her forest animal students how to go green.

In the Garden with Dr. Carver, by Susan Grigsby and Nicole Tadgell
Step into the historical world of Dr. Carver as he teaches children about gardening.

What’s So Special About Planet Earth?, by Robert E. Wells
Learn how planet Earth is different from other planets.

Polar Bear, Why is Your World Melting?, by Robert E. Wells
Learn why and how the world is getting warmer and what we can do about it.

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EARTH DAY GIVEAWAY
PRIZE PACK #3

Earth Day CD and Recycled Musical Activities eBook, by Daria Marmaluk Hajioannou
Sing and dance to catchy folk music to celebrate our beautiful rainbow world.

Nature Anatomy, by Julia Rothman
Take a look at nature in a new way with this book that explains all about the nature with sketches.

Catch the Wind, Harness the Sun, by Michael J. Caduto
Learn about renewable energy with 22 activities on producing and using it.

Ecology eBook – Ecology Explorations, by Eva Varga
Explore your local ecosystems with this hands-on ten-week life science curriculum.

When the Animals Saved Earth, by Alexis York Lumbard
Read a tale about how animals teach humans to restore balance in nature.

Just Like Me, Climbing a Tree, by Durga Yael Bernhard
Explore trees all over the world and see what a child sees when climbing those trees

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EARTH DAY GIVEAWAY
FREE DOWNLOAD FOR EVERYONE

The Garden Classroom Journal, by Nurture Store
Download this free Garden Classroom journal to record your gardening experiences.

Garden Journal

Some of the resources above were given to us bloggers free for review, but the decision to include them in the giveaway was entirely our own.  Please read the full Contest Rules below for details.

We look forward to your entries. Thank you for taking the time to participate in our giveaway. Please let me know if you have any questions or problems with the Rafflecopter tool below by sending me an e-mail at giselle at kidsyogastories dot com.

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  8. If you have any questions, e-mail Giselle directly at giselle at kidsyogastories dot com.
  9. The contest closes on Tuesday, April 15th, 2015, midnight EST.

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48 Responses to Earth Yoga

  1. Piper April 7, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

    To celebrate Earth Day, we are picking up trash at a local park.

  2. Carey Hurst April 7, 2015 at 5:46 pm #

    We are Earth day conscious every single day in our home so will answer why I would live and how the books and music will benefit. I allready do exercises with my toddler and want to keep this apart of his life.We would live these for more fun time together.

  3. Beccah Larsen April 7, 2015 at 7:41 pm #

    We will be learning different ways to reuse and buy less, learn about recycling, planting, and cleaning up garbage! Great giveaway! Thanks

  4. Penni April 7, 2015 at 8:17 pm #

    For Earth Day, we will be delivering a donation of old clothing and household goods to a local homeless shelter! We will also be participating in family yoga practice in a local park.

  5. Jen April 7, 2015 at 11:29 pm #

    i will be making paper with my kiddies in class and teaching them how to recycle.

  6. Betsy April 8, 2015 at 1:01 am #

    I am a pediatric occupational therapist and would love to share these books & ideas with the students and teachers I work with!! 🙂

  7. Carmen Van Deursen April 8, 2015 at 2:01 pm #

    We are visiting the compost center at our local recycling center. We’ll be bringing back some fresh mulch for our garden…

  8. Erin April 8, 2015 at 11:01 pm #

    Charlesbridge Publishing shared your contest–If I win, I plan on putting the books in our Little Free Library!

  9. Erin April 8, 2015 at 11:09 pm #

    To celebrate Earth Day at our LFL, I’m going to try my hand at making paper from old junk mail into bookmarks for our patrons. My husband and I try to recycle and reuse as much as possible (our LFL was built from an old end table) and often end up with 4 times as much in our recycle bin than in our trash bin.

  10. Lilium Day April 8, 2015 at 11:54 pm #

    It will be great to teach children the importance of Mother Earth and how we can protect it. It is also good to arouse interest in young children about nature awareness and these books are the right thing to introduce besides bringing them to the nature itself.

  11. Amy N April 9, 2015 at 2:51 am #

    We are going to set up a table at our community’s Earth Day festival with children’s games and lots of pictures and demonstrations for teaching. Our role is to show people how their diet affects the environment, so we will have tons of facts and suggestions about plant-based eating and vegan living. 🙂 Thanks for this chance to win. Our after-school program could really benefit from one of your amazing prize packs!

  12. Lisa Williams April 9, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

    My family and I always participate in the beach clean up day.

  13. Christine April 9, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

    I will be celebrating earth day by teaching my preschool class the value of our earth and different ways to protect it and keep it clean. We will also be using the Earth Day Yoga Sequence from Kids Yoga Stories!

  14. Lani April 9, 2015 at 5:15 pm #

    I love teaching about earth day! I plan on using some of your ideas as well as my own earth day lesson plan with all my yoga kids!

  15. Andrea Amy April 9, 2015 at 5:53 pm #

    Earth Day we will be cleaning up the yard, recycling and turning off the tech to conserve energy

  16. Lisa April 9, 2015 at 6:32 pm #

    To celebrate Earth Day I will do Earth Day yoga with my 1st grade class.

  17. Jennifer O. April 9, 2015 at 7:22 pm #

    I am a teacher, so I try to help my students understand the importance of taking care of the Earth every day. I have an ecology book basket in my classroom library, and these books would be perfect.

  18. Dianne Osmun April 9, 2015 at 7:34 pm #

    We usually spend Earth Day (weather permitting) outside; looking for the signs of spring. We also start getting the garden ready for planting.

  19. Marlene April 9, 2015 at 7:54 pm #

    As a school OT, many of my students will be doing the yoga poses above, reading some of the books, listening to the music and planting seeds or starter trees (to be sent home). My older students will be planting items from plants to trees in the school’s sensory gardens as well. And as an OT recycling is always used for many crafts or activities.

    My students love to feed the frog(parmesan cheese containers with two pom poms & large wiggly eyes that I’ve made numerous ones. I even store crayons in them. even the fat ones can be pushed down the holes with an index finger!

  20. Gloria April 9, 2015 at 8:36 pm #

    We are going to celebrate Earth Day by planting several trees in the school courtyard.

  21. Judith Martinez April 9, 2015 at 8:50 pm #

    I usually go to the great cloth diaper change to celebrate Earth day but this year there isn’t one near me so we’re still deciding what we’re going to do. It’s only a week before we’re leaving to go home after a 8 month visit so we might be stuck packing.

  22. Theresa Gregorcy April 9, 2015 at 9:28 pm #

    I would love to use these books to teach my preschoolers about our earth.

  23. Valentine h April 9, 2015 at 9:59 pm #

    For earth day we will be visiting our favorite forest and beach and cleaning up trash. We will also make some recycled material sculptures and read about others who take care of the earth.

  24. jennifer April 9, 2015 at 10:35 pm #

    My kids are certified tree hugging hippies and LOVE earth day! We started a community garden a few years ago and on Earth day, my kids deliver fresh produce to our friends and neighbors and help clean up our neighborhood! This would be a great surprise to win for them!

  25. Danielle April 9, 2015 at 11:53 pm #

    We have ordered more fruit trees for our back yard garden, we are going to be planting them & getting our veggie garden planted with the seedlings we started indoors. We also raise chickens and rabbits, their little “left-behinds” makes the most fantastic compost!!
    We already like to practice Tia Chi exercises, stretching, balance and learning how to control our bodies & minds is excellent to start at any age! The books and music will be an awesome addition to our fun time!!
    Thank you so much for this great opportunity-Danielle

  26. Stephanie H April 10, 2015 at 1:39 am #

    We will be picking up trash that’s been blown into our yard and planting flowers!

  27. Jamie W April 10, 2015 at 1:39 am #

    I teach a preschool yoga story time and these books would be great for my Earth day class. I’m also a mom and a brownie troop leader so I’m sure I could make use of them in other ways as well.

  28. Amy G April 10, 2015 at 2:08 am #

    We are traveling, and we (hopefully) be able to see the beach- a rare treat for us!

  29. Nancy April 10, 2015 at 2:22 am #

    Our family would enjoy reading and using these Earth books and the music.

  30. Angela April 10, 2015 at 2:45 am #

    I have a variety of recycle reuse craft activities planned for the week of Earth Day in speech therapy, an adapted Storytime & the kids yoga class. Always looking for simple ways to help kids understand the power of making small everyday choices 🙂

  31. lovely joy merced April 10, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

    these books are very informative, my kids would really love to read these books because our family love nature! For us everyday is earth day, my kids are very helpful to me with regards to taking care of our plants in the garden.

  32. kim fenner April 10, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

    My grand daughter is home schooled and they love yoga. She would love the books for older kids.

  33. Beth April 10, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

    We are planning to pick up trash in the local park

  34. Michelle Canavan April 10, 2015 at 11:57 pm #

    we will celebrate earth day by trying to pick up the random street trash in our neighborhood. We are also going to go hiking at a local park. We would love to win this contest. My daughters love books, music and yoga. We participate in a preschool Yoga story time at our local library. They love doing the poses. Fingers crossed.

  35. Leslie April 11, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

    Earth day and Yoga:) Beautiful:)

  36. Joleen April 11, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

    I am just starting to try and incorporate more yoga into my Pre-K class, and am glad I found this Web site! I traditional celebrate Earth Day by doing a trail clean-up in the woods near our school. We also do several art projects using recycled materials — a favorite being open-ended circle art using the openings of bottles or paper towel tubes to make circle prints of various sizes.

  37. Angie Gorz April 12, 2015 at 1:14 am #

    We will be planting trees and bushes with the help of our son.

  38. Leela April 12, 2015 at 7:39 am #

    My kids love to read and getting new books.

  39. Jyoteshna April 12, 2015 at 7:52 am #

    We will be planting native trees to celebrate Earth Day.

  40. Twila April 13, 2015 at 12:29 am #

    The books would be great to use as part of our Earth Day celebration.

  41. heather April 14, 2015 at 1:07 am #

    We will plant flowers on earth day and do yard work.

  42. Nicole Lancaster April 14, 2015 at 10:45 am #

    I celebrate Earth Day with my children by helping clean up our neighborhood park and attending an Earth Day festival.

  43. Kelly April 14, 2015 at 2:42 pm #

    Thank you for the opportunity for the wonderful prize packs! They would definitely come in handy for future yoga units; I am always looking for more ideas to use in the classroom! April is the perfect month to begin a yoga lesson- when the weather finally breaks and Earth Day too!

  44. Monica April 14, 2015 at 7:54 pm #

    Any of these would be great to use in my yoga classes – great creative ideas that make a fun base to tie ideas and activities together with! Such a great tool for learning and moving!

  45. Evelyn April 14, 2015 at 8:50 pm #

    We are having a special assembly at school

  46. Jerry April 15, 2015 at 12:22 am #

    We are going to plant flowers downtown

  47. Shiva NAnd June 18, 2015 at 11:51 pm #

    hi there, can i add your blog to my blog page to promote these excellent books!

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