How can you celebrate Halloween in your classroom through movement? Try Halloween Chair Yoga!
When my daughter started kindergarten, I was reminded of my teaching days when I was always looking for fun, thematic learning activities that involved movement. And with Halloween coming up, why not get your students involved in acting out their favorite costumes through kid-friendly yoga poses for kids, using chairs.
Halloween Yoga Class Ideas: 5 Kid-Friendly Chair Yoga Poses
Follow this Halloween yoga pose sequence below (it is specifically designed to flow from one pose to the next) or make up your own:
1. Dancers Pose – pretend to be a ballet dancer.
How to practice Dancer’s Pose with a chair: stand tall in Mountain Pose and place your right hand on the back of your chair. Standing on your right leg, reach your left leg out behind you. Place the outside of your foot into your left hand, bend your torso forward with your hand on the back of the chair for balance, and arch your left leg up behind you. Imagine you are a ballet dancer. Switch sides and repeat the steps.
2. Seated Forward Bend – pretend to be a witch.
How to practice Seated Forward bend on a chair: come to sitting on your buttocks on the edge of your chair, with your legs straight out in front of you and your feet flexed. Bend your torso forward while keeping your spine straight. Take your hands out in front of you, pretending to stir a witch’s brew.
3. Cat Pose – pretend to be a cat.
How to practice Cat Pose with a chair: come to sitting comfortably in your chair, with your hands in your knees. Round your back and tuck your chin into your chest. Pretend to be a kitty cat stretching its back.
4. Child’s Pose – pretend to be a ladybug.
How to practice Child’s Pose on a chair: from a sitting position on your chair, slowly bring your forehead down to rest on your knees (or on your folded arms on top of your desk), and take a few deep breaths. Pretend to a be a resting ladybug.
5. Hero Pose – pretend to be a mermaid.
How to practice Hero Pose on a chair: come back to sitting upright in your chair, with your hands on your knees. Open your chest and pretend to be a mermaid (or a merman) sitting on a rock. Close your eyes, if that’s comfortable. Take a few deep breaths.
Below, my daughter demonstrates, in costume, some Halloween yoga class ideas with the same five chair yoga postures below.
Feel free to make up your own Halloween costume-inspired poses using your chairs, like:
- Bat (Seated Forward Bend)
- Lion (Lion’s Breath)
- Frog (Squat Pose)
- Bear (Cat Pose or Downward-Facing Dog Pose)
- Pumpkin (Child’s Pose)
- Bee (Hero Pose with Bee Breath)
- Butterfly (Cobbler’s Pose)
- Puppy (Downward-Facing Dog Pose)
- Unicorn (Extended Mountain Pose)
How did your students enjoy their Halloween chair yoga poses? Did they invent other chair yoga poses based on other Halloween characters?
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Watch the 5 Halloween Yoga Poses for Kids to Use with Chairs
Download our Halloween Yoga Cards for Kids
Celebrate Halloween through yoga moves for kids!
Be a cat, crow, and crooked tree through yoga poses for kids! Download these 52 Halloween yoga cards to celebrate Halloween through movement in your home, classroom, or studio. The download includes an index card, yoga tips, pose instructions, 20 yoga pose cards, and 20 matching Halloween cards. Ages 3+.
“I love these Halloween Yoga cards! They are so colorful, and the graphics are amazing. I like how the cards show both the pose and picture on one side. I am excited to use them!” – Kathy
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