Winter Activities Yoga by Kids Yoga Stories

Winter Activities Yoga

Moving from the West Coast to the East Coast in November came with a big shock—snow!  Lots of snow!  But, surprisingly, we are loving it.  I never imagined that I could live somewhere where the trees are covered in white, fluffy snow, the sun is out, and the roads are clear.  It’s a winter wonderland here in New England.

But the weather does come with different challenges.  What to do with little ones indoors?  Why yoga, of course!  We have been slowly introducing our daughter to some winter activities by acting them out and reading about them indoors.

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First, we went to the library and found a bunch of winter-activities books that my daughter and I both enjoyed.  Our top three favorite winter activities books all have adorable illustrations, rhyming text, and engaging language for little ones:

Snow Happy! by Patricia Hubbell and Hiroe Nakata

Snow Dance by Lezlie Evans

Let It Snow by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Books for Toddlers: Winter Activities by Kids Yoga Stories


A few more of our favorites are:

A Perfect Day by Carin Berger

Oh Snow by Monica Mayper

Snow by Cynthia Rylant

This Place in the Snow by Rebecca Bond

Frog in Winter by Max Velthuijs

Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London and Frank Remkiewicz

Red Sled by Patricia Thomas and Chris Demarest

Sledding by Elizabeth Winthrop and Sarah Wilson

Snowman by Kids Yoga Stories


Winter Activities Yoga

Then, try this quick and easy winter-activities yoga flow sequence below in your home, studio, or classroom.  Don’t worry if you haven’t tried yoga before, just jump in and give it a go.  Focus on having fun with movement, not on perfectly aligned poses.  Encourage your children’s creativity.  What other winter activities would you add?

Snowshoeing – Mountain Pose variation

(Stand tall with legs hip-width apart and feet facing forward.  Gently swing your bent arms back and forth while walking on the spot as if you are snowshoeing.)

Skating – Warrior 3 Pose

(Stand on one leg. Extend the other leg behind you. Bend your torso forward and take your arms out behind you to pretend that you are gliding on the ice like a figure skater.)

Skiing – Chair Pose

(Stand tall in Mountain Pose with your feet hip-width apart, bend your knees, and pretend to ski down the slopes like a skier.)

Making a Snowman – Squat Pose

(Come down to a squat and pretend to pack the snow in your hands to make the base of a snowperson.)

Sledding – Staff Pose

(Sit with a tall spine and your legs straight out in front of you. Take your hands down beside you and pretend to hold on to the sled as you fly down a snowhill.)

Snow Angels – Resting Pose

(Lie on your back with your arms and legs stretched out like a star.  Move your arms and legs in unison as if you are making a snow angel.  Breathe and rest.)

For images of the poses, visit the Kids Yoga Poses page.

Download a printable version of this Winter Activities Yoga sequence.

Snow Angels by Kids Yoga Stories


Winter Yoga Book for Kids

Jenny's Winter Walk yoga book by Giselle Shardlow of Kids Yoga StoriesJenny’s Winter Walk
by Giselle Shardlow and Vicky Bowes

Act out what Jenny and her mother see and hear on a winter walk with this winter forest yoga book. Bring their winter walk alive through movement. This yoga book is a great springboard for acting out other things you might see on a winter forest walk together.




Jenny's Winter Walk yoga book by Giselle Shardlow of Kids Yoga Stories


Jenny's Winter Walk yoga book by Giselle Shardlow of Kids Yoga Stories

Images from Jenny’s Winter Walk, our winter yoga book

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Download a 5-Pose Winter Sports Yoga Poster




Other Winter Links You Might Like

Check out these links below for your celebration of winter through story and movement:

Winter Forest Books for Kids | KIds Yoga StoriesWinter Forest Books for Kids Arctic Animals Books and Yoga | Kids Yoga StoriesArctic Animals Yoga
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5 Responses to Winter Activities Yoga

  1. maryanne @ mama smiles January 27, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    I love the way you can incorporate yoga into any theme! Pinning this to my winter activities board. 🙂

  2. Kids Yoga Stories LLC January 28, 2014 at 2:43 am #

    Thanks so much, Mary Anne. Very kind of you! Yes, why not try every learning experience into an active one too! 🙂

    I appreciate you stopping by. 🙂


  3. Claire February 3, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

    Hi Giselle!
    LOVE this post!! Thanks so much for the great ideas! Pinning right now! 🙂

    • Kids Yoga Stories LLC February 16, 2014 at 2:53 am #

      Thank you so much, Claire! Did you try the sequence with your kiddos?! Would love to hear about it! Thanks for pinning. 🙂


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