What do pixies, pirates, and phoenixes all have in common? They are all part of the mysterious world of magical creatures!
If your children love exploring this magical world of interesting creatures, then why not try Magical Creatures Yoga to add movement to their pretend play? Let their imaginations soar and encourage them to act out their favorite characters and creatures.
Do your children prefer the gentleness of the fairy, pixie, and elf? Or do they gravitate towards the intensity of the pirate, dragon, and phoenix? Whatever suits their interests, adding movement to their exploration encourages them to express themselves in new ways, and you’ll no doubt get lost in this imaginary world with them.
Below, you’ll find five yoga poses for kids inspired by magical creatures, but if you’re looking for more poses, check out our Magical Creature Yoga Cards for Kids with twenty magical creature images and twenty matching yoga postures.
5 Magical Creatures Yoga Poses for Kids
Follow the five-pose flow below to bring the mysterious world of magical creatures to life through movement. Don’t worry if you haven’t tried yoga before—just jump in and give it a try. Clear the space, practice barefoot, and have fun. The focus is on introducing yoga to children, not on perfectly aligned poses. Be safe, but also encourage them to explore their creativity.
1. Pretend to be a fairy.
How to practice Dancer’s Pose: Stand tall in Mountain Pose. Then 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 arm out in front for balance, and arch your leg up behind you. Pretend to be a delicate fairy dancing around the garden. Switch sides and repeat the steps.
2. Pretend to be a unicorn.
How to practice Warrior 1 Pose: Step one foot back and bend your front knee. Reach both arms up overhead. Pretend to be a magnificent unicorn. Switch sides and repeat the steps.
3. Pretend to be a wizard.
How to practice Star Pose: From a standing position, step your feet out wide. Lift both arms out to your sides and above your head, with your fingers spread out. Pretend to be a wizard casting a spell.
4. Pretend to be a dragon.
How to practice Lizard Pose: From Downward-Facing Dog Pose, shift forward to bring your shoulders over your wrists. Gently place your right foot on the outside of your right hand, with your right foot facing forward. Stay in this deep lunge for a moment. If you’re able, drop your elbows to the ground for a deeper stretch. Reverse the steps to come out of the pose. Switch sides and repeat the steps. Pretend to be a giant dragon resting in a cave.
5. Pretend to be a mermaid.
How to practice Mermaid Pose: Come to sitting on your heels in Hero Pose. Lean forward and shift your feet out to the right. Sit your buttocks on the ground while your feet are nestled next to your right buttock. Twist your upper body to the right. Place your right hand behind you and rest your left hand on your right knee. Come back to center and repeat on the other side. Pretend to be a mermaid on a rock.
What’s your favorite magical creature yoga pose?
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Check Out Our Magical Creatures Yoga Cards
Pretend to be any of the magical creatures that are colorfully illustrated in this pack including a unicorn, a troll, a pixie, or a tree gnome.
This colorful deck is a wonderful way to enjoy the joys of yoga with your children.
This deck of 53 colorful cards includes:
- an index card listing the magical creatures in a sequence
- instructions for 20 magical creatures yoga poses
- 20 illustrated cards showing the poses
- 20 matching magical creatures 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. Ages 3+
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