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5 Desert Yoga Poses Using a Chair (+ Printable Poster)

Welcome to our chair yoga ideas for kids series! This month features five desert yoga poses!

Integrating movement into the students’ learning experiences is so important, and I’m hoping this year-long series will help to bring yoga into your life in a fun, creative, and easy way. Each month, this series will feature a different theme that includes five chair yoga poses and a recommended yoga book for kids. This month’s theme is “desert.” These five desert-themed yoga poses could be done:

  • during a transition time in the classroom
  • during a subject change in your homeschool classroom
  • at home when you’re stuck indoors
  • when you would like to practice yoga in a small space

Begin your pretend trip to the desert with Emily’s Day in the Desert, a yoga book based on a trip to Death Valley, California. Imagine all the things you’ll see and do in the desert. Engage the children’s five senses as they bring the desert to life through their minds and bodies. Stretch up like a yucca tree, stand tall on the rocks like a bighorn sheep, or dart across the sandy dunes like a kit fox.

Clear the space, grab a chair, practice barefoot, and unleash your imagination!

5 Desert Poses Using a Chair

1. TREE POSE – Pretend to be a yucca tree.

Come to standing next to your chair. Holding on to the chair with one hand, shift your weight and balance on one leg. Bend the knee of the leg you are not standing on, place the sole of your foot on the opposite inner thigh or calf, and balance. Stand tall like a yucca tree, overlooking the desert. Switch sides and repeat the steps.

Tree Pose Using a Chair | Kids Yoga Stories

2. DANCER’S POSE – Pretend to be a scorpion.

Stand tall in Mountain Pose behind your chair. Then grab the back of your chair with your right hand, 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 hand on the chair for balance, and arch your leg up behind you as if you are a scorpion scuttling across the ground. Switch sides and repeat the steps.

Dancer's Pose Using a Chair | Kids Yoga Stories

3. WARRIOR 1 POSE – Pretend to be a bighorn sheep.

Stand tall with legs hip-width apart, feet facing forward, and straighten your arms alongside your body. Step one foot back, angling it slightly outward. Bend your front knee, bring your arms straight up toward the sky, and look up. Imagine being a desert bighorn sheep climbing a rocky cliff. Use the chair for support under your front leg if necessary. Repeat on the other side.

Warrior 1 Pose Using a Chair | Kids Yoga Stories

4. WARRIOR 3 POSE – Pretend to be a red-tailed hawk.

Stand on one leg with your arms straight out in front of you, holding the back of the chair. Extend the other leg behind you, flexing your foot. Bend your torso forward. Pretend you are gliding through the sky like a red-tailed hawk. Switch sides and repeat the steps.

Warrior 1 Pose Using a Chair | Kids Yoga Stories

5. CAT POSE – Pretend to be a kit fox.

From a sitting position with your feet flat on the ground, round your back and tuck your chin into your chest, stretching your back. Pretend to be a kit fox resting on the sandy dunes.

Cat Pose Using a Chair | Kids Yoga Stories

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New Desert Yoga Book for Kids: Emily’s Day in the Desert

Learn about the desert through movement + story!

Join Emily as she spends a day with her parents in Death Valley, California. Glide like a hawk, dart like a fox, and slither like a snake. This desert yoga book includes a list of yoga poses for kids and a parent-teacher guide. Ages 4+.

“I am a first-grade teacher. I do yoga every day in my classroom with my students. They thoroughly enjoyed this book! Here are some of their comments: ‘This book was great because you can learn about Death Valley and the animals while you are doing yoga.’ ‘I loved that the book was about a family taking a trip.’ ‘It was so awesome how the poses matched the words.’ ‘This book taught us some new poses that we’ve never done before.’ Overall, first graders at my school say… This book is awesome!” – Melissa

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Desert yoga book for kids: Emily's Day in the Desert by Giselle Shardlow, Kids Yoga StoriesEmily’s Day in the Desert

Download 40 Kid-Friendly Chair Yoga Pose PNG Images

You can purchase 40 PNG images to create your own sequences, make up your own yoga cards, or design your own yoga games:

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Explore Desert Animal Yoga Cards for Kids

Stand tall like a desert bighorn sheep, soar like a red-tail hawk and scurry like a scorpion.

Discover the magic and awe of desert animals through these beautifully illustrated Desert Animal Yoga Cards for Kids.

Download these 53 digital Desert Animal Yoga cards to learn through movement in your home, classroom, or studio. The deck includes an index card, yoga tips, pose instructions, 20 yoga pose cards, and 20 matching desert animal cards. The multicultural yoga kids are from seven countries. Ages 3+

Download your Desert Animal Yoga Cards here.

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