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Animal Friends Yoga

As you probably know, yoga postures were invented thousands of years ago by yogis mimicking their natural environment.  That’s why you find often yourself in tree pose, cat pose, and mountain pose during yoga class.

On our website, you may have seen some of our animal yoga sequences for kids, including zoo animals, farm animals, Arctic animals, African animals, and Australian animals.

Today, let’s look at acting out animals that are close to our children’s hearts–pets.

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Animal Friends Book and Yoga Poses for Kids

The following animal friends yoga sequence was inspired by the adorable English-Spanish book My Friends Mis Amigos by author-illustrator Taro Gomi.  The story follows a little girl who meets up with various animal friends during a walk.  She learns something from each of them: jumping like a dog, climbing like a monkey, and running like a horse.  It’s a great little book to talk about learning something from everyone.  Below are five yoga poses from the book.  For fun, try to invent poses for the other animals, too.

My Friends-Mis Amigos
by Taro Gomi

Cat – Cat Pose
(On all fours, tuck your chin into your chest and round your back.  Meow.)

Dog – Downward-Facing Dog Pose
(Step back to hands and feet in an upside-down V shape.  Ruff, ruff.)

 Horse – Horse Stance
(Stand with your legs apart, with your feet facing slightly outwards. Bend your knees and stand firm like a horse.  Neigh.)

 Butterfly – Cobbler’s Pose
(Sit on your buttocks with a tall spine, bend your legs, place the soles of your feet together, and gently flap your legs like the wings of a butterfly.)

Rabbit – Hero’s Pose with Bunny Breath
(Come back to rest upright on your heels and take four to six short breaths then a long exhale.)


Cat page from My Friends book by Taro Gomi

Ready for your own animal friends yoga pose challenge?

Years ago, I led a kindergarten class through an animal pets yoga sequence.  We brainstormed a list of pets then matched each pet to a yoga pose that made sense to them.  For example, not surprisingly, cat was cat pose, and dog was downward-facing dog pose.  We pretended that we all lived together in the same neighborhood.  We imagined that one day, I went to visit each of their houses, and we all acted out each pet through a matching yoga pose.

Can you make your own list of five pets then look at the list of yoga poses to create your own yoga sequence?  Share your yoga sequence in the Comments below.

Easy yoga poses inspired by animal friends from My Friends Book by Taro Gomi >> Kids Yoga Stories

My daughter in Cat Pose.

What is your favorite animal friend yoga pose?


Spanish Language Activities for Mis Amigos

This post is part of our Spanish and Kids Yoga series co-hosted by Spanish Playground.  Check out her article on Spanish animal friends activities with listening activities, puppets, games, and book-making.

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2013-2014 Spanish and Kids Yoga Monthly Book Themes

August: Bill Martin Jr
September: Latin America
October: Bedtime
November: Australia
December: Farm
February: Africa
March: Zoo
April: Animal Friends
May: Ocean
June: Asia

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4 Responses to Animal Friends Yoga

  1. Cool Mom (Christine M.) Tech Support for Stanley & Katrina April 24, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

    What a fun post. I would have to pick the Cat pose, as I love stretching my back. I adore how you matched the poses up to a book – what a great idea. I’m stopping by on Booknificent Thursday, and tweeted about the post. Thanks for linking up. Have a great rest of the week and weekend ahead!

  2. Kids Yoga Stories LLC April 24, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    Thank you for stopping by, Christine! Ahhh, cat pose – I love that one too! Thanks for your kind words. It’s fun matching yoga poses to books – can’t get enough of it. 🙂

  3. Tina at Mommynificent May 1, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

    I also love cat pose, but butterfly pose is also a really nice stretch! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday! I always enjoy your unique yoga literacy blend! 🙂

  4. Diane Nicholls December 1, 2016 at 10:40 pm #

    I love this. I was recently certified to teach yoga to children and learned the art of story telling through yoga. I also teach Kindergarten and practice yoga daily with my students.
    in addition to cat, dog and rabbit, how about fish and turtle poses.

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