Are you looking to teach your children about the water cycle in a fun and creative way?
By adding yoga poses for kids to your science class, you’ll get students up and moving while learning something new. By engaging their bodies, minds, and spirits in this interdisciplinary activity, children will gain a deeper understanding of the continuous cycle of water that is important for our earth.
In these times when it can be challenging to capture children’s attention and focus, it’s important to find ways to make science education interesting and interactive. Introducing movement in the water cycle lesson plan engages children not only cognitively, but also physically.
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LEARN THE WATER CYCLE THROUGH 5 YOGA POSES
As part of your studies of the water cycle, learn about each of the steps through movement: evaporation, condensation, precipitation, runoff, and collection. Make up your own water cycle song, too!
Evaporation: pretend to be the sun.
Practice Extended Mountain Pose: Standing in Mountain Pose, imagine that your arms are rays of sun heating up the water in lakes and rivers, turning that water into water vapor. As you inhale, lift your arms over your head, touching your palms together. Then as you exhale, bring your arms back down to your sides, touching your palms to your outer thighs. Continue this flow for a few minutes.
Condensation: pretend to be a cloud in the sky.
Practice Warrior 3 Pose: Stand on one leg. Extend the other leg behind you, flexing your foot. Bend your torso forward and take your arms back alongside your body. Imagine the water vapor in the air has cooled and changed back into liquid, forming clouds. Pretend to be a cloud drifting through the sky. Switch sides and repeat the steps.
Precipitation: pretend to be falling rain.
Practice Standing Forward Bend: Stand tall with your legs hip-width apart, toes pointing forward, and straighten your arms alongside your body. Bend your upper body and reach for your toes. Pretend to be rain falling from the heavy clouds.
Runoff: pretend to be running water.
Practice Staff Pose: Sit with a tall spine with your legs straight out in front of you. Pretend to be the water flowing down hills into streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes.
Collection: pretend to be water in the lake.
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 the water collected back into the oceans and lakes.