Looking for a fun yoga theme for your children who love animals? Why not try this engaging yoga sequence to learn about various animals with tails!
As you move through this yoga poses below, talk to your children about how they think each of the animals uses their tail. Point out that animals use their tails in a variety of ways, including for balance, steering, taking flight, movement, attack, defense, courtship, or pest control.
If you’re looking for more animal tail poses, don’t miss our new Animals with Tails Yoga Cards for Kids with 15 animals and 15 matching poses.
5 Animals with Tails Yoga Poses
Here are five animals with interesting tails and their matching yoga pose. These five yoga postures are sequenced to invite flow from one pose to the next. Don’t worry if you haven’t tried yoga before—just jump in and give it a try. Practice barefoot on a non-slip surface and have fun with movement!
Pretend to be a stingray.
How to practice Warrior 3 Pose: Stand on one leg. Extend the other leg behind you, flexing your foot. Bend your torso forward and take your arms back alongside your body. Pretend to be a stingray. Switch sides and repeat the steps.
Pretend to be a scorpion.
How to practice Dancer’s Pose: Stand tall in Mountain Pose. Then stand on your right leg, reach your left leg out behind you, and place the outside of your left foot into your left hand. Bend your torso forward, with your right arm out in front for balance, and arch your leg up behind you. Pretend to be a scorpion. Switch sides and repeat the steps.
Pretend to be a zebra.
How to practice Triangle Forward Bend: Stand tall with legs hip-width apart, toes pointing forward, and straighten your arms alongside your body. Take your right foot back, keeping your ankle bent at a thirty-degree angle. Place your hands on your hips, ensuring that your back is flat and that you are looking straight ahead. Then slowly bend forward as if your hips are a hinge, keeping a flat back and a long neck. Lastly, bring your hands to your shins, ankles, or the ground, depending on what feels comfortable, all the while checking that your spine is straight. Pretend to be a zebra. Repeat on the other side.
Pretend to be a kangaroo.
How to practice Chair Pose: Stand tall in Mountain Pose with your feet hip-width apart, bend your knees, and keep a straight spine. Hold your hands out in front of you. Take a hop and pretend to be a kangaroo.
Pretend to be a chipmunk.
How to practice Squat Pose: Come down to a squat with your knees apart and your arms between your knees. Touch your hands to the ground. Pretend to be a chipmunk.
What other animals do you think have interesting tails? Tell us in the comments below!
Check Out Our Animals with Tails Yoga Cards for Kids
Bring yoga alive as your children explore a variety of animals with tails all while moving and having fun.
Pretend to be a hopping kangaroo, a gliding quetzal, or a proud peacock.
The deck of 41 colorful cards includes:
- an index card listing the animals-with-tails keywords and poses in a sequence
- instructions for 15 animals-with-tails themed yoga poses
- 15 illustrated cards showing the postures
- 15 matching animals-with-tails cards
- yoga teaching tips