Back to School in the northern hemisphere means welcoming the signs of fall.
The days are getting shorter, the leaves are changing colors, and we all get ready for colder weather.
Yoga poses were first created thousands of years ago by modeling the natural environment.
Autumn yoga is a great way to act out this story of changing seasons.
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Autumn Yoga for Kids
Ten kids yoga poses inspired by Awesome Autumnby Bruce Goldstone:
by Bruce Goldstone
1. Days are getting shorter – Crescent Moon Pose
(Stand tall in Mountain Pose, reach your arms up above your head, place your palms together, and gently lean to one side.
Repeat on other side.)
2. Tree leaves change color – Tree Pose
(Stand on one leg, bend your knee, place the sole of your foot on your inner thigh, and balance like a tree.)
3. Birds fly south for warmer weather – Warrior 3 Pose
(Stand on one leg. Extend the other leg behind you. Bend your torso forward and take your arms out to the side. Flap your arms like a bird.)
4. Farmers harvest their crops before the frost – Chair Pose
(Stand tall in Mountain Pose with your feet hip-width apart, bend your knees, and pretend you are driving a tractor.)
5. Bears prepare to sleep in their dens – Bear Walk in Downward-Facing Dog Pose
(Step back to hands and feet, and walk like a bear.)
6. Whales migrate south to warmer water currents – Whale Pose
(Lie down on your belly, bend your knees, lift up your chest, and reach back your arms to touch your toes.)
7. Foxes grow thicker fur – Kneeling
(Come to kneeling on your knees, and look up at the moon like a fox.)
8. Hedgehogs get ready to hibernate – Child’s Pose
(Come to sitting back on your heels, slowly bring your forehead down to rest in front of your knees, rest your arms down alongside your body, and take a few deep breaths.)
9. Monarch butterflies fly south to their winter homes – Cobbler’s (Butterfly) Pose
(Sit on your buttocks with a tall spine, bend your legs, place the soles of your feet together, and gently flap your wings like a butterfly.)
10. Take in the smells and sights of Fall – Resting Pose
(Lay on your back with your arms and legs stretched out. Imagine the sights and sounds of Autumn. Breathe and rest. Follow a guided-visualization story of the signs of Fall.)
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