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This month’s theme is Australian Animals. Not only is Australia famous for its spectacular beaches, breathtaking forests, and fascinating outback, but the country has some of the most interesting and diverse animals on the planet. Getting to know Australian animals is a treat for any young animal lover. Use the yoga sequences below to teach your children about Australian animals through books and movement.

5 Poses to Learn about Australian Animals

The yoga flow below is an extract from The ABC’s of Australian Animals (also available in Spanish El ABC de los Animales Australianos) . See the books for the full stories and sequences.

1. Pretend to be an Ibis – Dancer’s Pose

How to practice Dancer’s Pose: stand tall with legs hip-width apart. Shift to stand on one leg and reach the opposite leg out behind you. Reach your arm on the same side back. Place the outside of your foot into your hand, bend your torso forward with your free arm out in front for balance, and arch your leg up behind you. Return to standing and repeat the pose on the other leg. Pretend to be an ibis balancing on one leg.

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Dancer’s Pose

2. Koala – Eagle Pose

How to practice Eagle Pose: from standing, wrap one leg around the other, bring your bent arms out in front of you. Wrap your arms together, putting the arm opposite your outside leg on the inside, then bend your knees slightly. Pretend that you are wrapping yourself around a tree branch like a koala.

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Eagle Pose

3. Dingo – Three-Legged Dog Pose

How to practice Three-Legged Dog Pose: bend forward and place the palms of your hands on the ground. Step back to hands and feet, like an upside-down “V”, and gently lift one leg up at a time pretending to be a dingo.

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Three-Legged Dog Pose

4. Platypus – Locust Pose

How to practice Locust Pose: come down to lie on your tummy, lift your chest and shoulders, look up, and clasp your hands back behind you. Then pretend to glide down the river like a platypus.

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Locust Pose

5. Echidna – Extended Child’s Pose

How to practice Extended Child’s Pose: from your hands and knees, sit back on your heels. Slowly bring your forehead down to rest in front of your knees, place the palm of your hands flat out in front of you, and take a few deep breaths.

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Extended Child’s Pose


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Spanish Language Activities for Australian Animals Books

This article was originally written as part of our Learn Spanish and Kids Yoga through Books monthly series, which Kids Yoga Stories was co-hosting with Spanish Playground. The Kids Yoga Stories blog features books on a particular theme along with matching yoga sequences. On the Spanish Playground site, you’ll find the sequences in Spanish, along with other fun, creative activities to go along with one of the books.

Visit Spanish Playground for language activities to go with Lucas en un Dia en la Playa. Activities include identifying words from the illustrations, finding items in the illustrations not written in the text, counting the animals and objects in the images, and identifying body parts and verbs.  The suggested activities could be done in English, as well.

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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
January: Africa
February: Zoo
March: World
April: Ocean

May: Asia

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