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Opposites Yoga: How to Teach Opposite Words through Movement

Learning opposite words is such an abstract concept for young children!

I remember having some opposite word flashcards when my daughter was a toddler. But she wasn’t particularly interested in looking at them. However, adding movement helped to make the concept of opposites more concrete.

If you’re looking to teach your children about opposites, while also having some fun learning through movement, check out these yoga poses for kids below.

Opposite Words Yoga Poses for Kids

These six yoga poses below practice three sets of opposite words. Feel free to use your creativity and add your own opposite poses, as well. Or check out our Opposite Yoga Cards for Kids for ten sets of opposite words.

Opposite set #1: Forward/Backward


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.

Child's Pose for Kids | Kids Yoga Stories


How to practice Knees to Chest: Lie on your back, bend your knees, and hug them close to your chest.

Knees to Chest Pose for Kids | Kids Yoga Stories

Opposite set #2: Straight/Bent


How to practice Tree Pose: Stand 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 (just not on your knee), and balance. Switch sides and repeat the steps.

Tree Pose for Kids | Kids Yoga Stories


How to practice Head to Knee Forward Bend: Sit in an L position with your legs out in front of you and your feet flexed. Bend your left knee and place your left foot on the inside of your right thigh. Exhale and bend forward over your right knee. Keeping a straight spine, reach for your right foot. Hold the pose for a few breaths. Bring your torso back up straight and extend your left leg. Switch sides and repeat the steps.

head to knee forward bend | Kids Yoga Stories

Opposite set #3: Up/Down


How to practice Boat Pose: Balance on your buttocks with your arms and legs straight out in front of you, in a V shape. Keep a straight spine and open chest.

Boat Pose for Kids | Kids Yoga Stories


How to practice Downward-Facing Dog Pose: Step back to your hands and feet in an upside-down V shape, with your buttocks up in the air.

Downward-Facing Dog Pose for Kids | Kids Yoga Stories

Check Out Our Opposites Yoga Cards for Kids

Learn opposites such as forward and backward, above and below, and front and back through colorful and engaging yoga positions. 

Download these Opposites Yoga Cards to learn through movement in your home, classroom, or studio.

The deck includes an index card, pose instructions, 20 yoga pose cards, and 20 matching opposites cards.

Download these adorable cards here.

Teaching opposites, learning opposites. Great tool to help children learn opposites | Kids Yoga Stories

Opposite Yoga Cards for Kids


Opposites Yoga for Kids | Kids yoga Stories
Opposite Yoga Poses for Kids

May We Also Suggest… Toddler Yoga Pack


Get your toddler doing yoga through these colorful, fun and interactive yoga books.

Say good night to the animals of the world through calming yoga poses for kids. Join Maria as she explores the ocean with her granddad. Say good day to the magical island of Bali through energizing yoga poses for kids. Learn the alphabet by acting out Australian animals or count to 15 with African animals on the savanna. Learn gratitude with a grateful giraffe.

Fun interactive yoga books perfect for toddlers!

Age group: Preschoolers, ages 2 to 5.

The Toddler Yoga Books Pack includes:

– 123 African Safari
– The Grateful Giraffe 
– Good Night, Animal World
– Maria Explores the Ocean
– Hello, Bali
– The ABC’s of Australian Animals

Purchase Your Toddler Yoga Pack here.

toddler yoga pack | Kids Yoga Stories

Toddler Yoga Pack

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