We absolutely love our yearly trip to the visit family in the Southeast of England each summer!
We stay in a little cottage in the countryside and take day trips to visit special places like the Hever Castle, Groombridge Place (the setting for Elizabeth and the Magnolia Fairy yoga book), and the Winnie-the-Pooh bridge.
One of our favorite trips is to visit the British Wildlife Center. We watch talks on red squirrels, foxes, wildcats, otters, red deer, otters, hedgehogs, and owls. One of the big surprises was how tiny hedgehogs are—they fit in the palm of your hand!
Each night, we look for squirrels and bunnies on the rolling hills outside our cottage, and we’ve been told there is a fox den nearby. After dinner, we follow the country path to visit the two Shetland ponies in a nearby farm. It’s a heavenly experience for all of us.
Back home in New England, we have similar animals, but nothing is quite the same as seeing the British animals up close. In the meantime, we can remember our trip to England by acting out various British wildlife animals through movement!
Below, you’ll find five yoga poses inspired by wildlife in England. If you’re looking for more ways to celebrate England, maybe for Saint George’s Day on April 23rd, check out our downloadable England Yoga Cards for Kids.
5 British Wildlife Yoga Poses for Kids
1. Pretend to be a red squirrel.
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 red squirrel gathering acorns.
2. Pretend to be a fox.
How to practice Extended Cat Pose: Come to all fours, extend one leg out behind you, and look forward. Take the opposite arm out in front of you to counterbalance. Repeat on the other side. Pretend to be a fox dashing across the field to its den.
3. Pretend to be a badger.
How to practice Cat Pose: On all fours, round your back and tuck your chin into your chest. Pretend to be a badger in a forest.
4. Pretend to be a hare.
How to practice Hare Pose: Come to sitting on your heels. Slowly place your head out in front of you on the ground. Take your hands back alongside your body. Then lift your buttocks, being careful to not put too much pressure on your head. Pretend to be a hare in the field.
5. Pretend to be a hedgehog.
How to practice Child’s Pose: Sit on your heels, slowly bring your forehead down to rest on the floor in front of your knees, rest your arms down alongside your body, and take a few deep breaths. Pretend to be a hedgehog in a garden.
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Check Out Our British Wildlife Yoga Cards for Kids
Explore the colorful wildlife commonly found in Great Britain.
Bring yoga and movement with these fun and adorable animal cards for kids.
Pretend to be a goose, a red deer, and a hedgehog while moving, playing, and having fun!
The deck of 52 colorful cards includes:
- an index card listing the British wildlife keywords in a sequence
- instructions for 20 British wildlife yoga poses
- 20 illustrated cards showing the postures
- 20 matching British wildlife cards
- yoga teaching tips
The yoga poses in the index are sequenced specifically to invite flow from one pose to the next. This takes the guesswork out of figuring out which pose to do next.
Download these British Wildlife Yoga Cards to learn through movement in your home, classroom, or studio.
The yoga kids featured in the illustrations are multicultural and from a variety of countries. Ages 3+
Check out Our England Yoga Cards for Kids
Travel to England’s most famous sites and play with animals that roam the countryside with these fun and engaging yoga cards for kids.
Pretend to be Big Ben, Stonehenge, and a sheepdog.
Download these 53 England Yoga Cards for Kids to learn through movement in your home, classroom, or studio. Includes an index card, yoga tips, pose instructions, 20 yoga pose cards, and 20 matching England-inspired cards.
The multicultural yoga kids are from seven countries. Ages 3+
Purchase the England Yoga Cards for Kids here.
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