This post is part of our chair yoga poses series! Today’s theme feature woodland forest animals!
These five woodland forest animals-themed yoga poses could be done:
- during a transition time in the classroom
- during a subject change in your homeschool classroom
- at home when you’re stuck indoors
- when you would like to practice yoga in a small space
Begin your pretend visit to the forest with Mia’s Mountain Hike. Take a hike through the forest and imagine all the things you’ll see there. Engage the children’s five senses as they bring the forest to life with their minds and bodies.
Clear the space, grab a chair, practice barefoot, and unleash your imagination!
5 Woodland Forest Animals Yoga Poses Using a Chair
1. Eagle Pose – Pretend to be an eagle
How to practice Eagle Pose: Come to sitting up tall on your chair with your feet firmly planted on the ground. Wrap your left leg around your right. Bring your bent arms out in front of you, wrap your right arm around your left arm, and bend your knees slightly. Pretend to be an eagle perched in a tree. Switch sides and repeat the steps.
2. Squat Pose – Pretend to be a squirrel
How to practice Squat Pose: Come down to a squat in front of your chair with your knees apart and your arms between your knees. Pretend to be a squirrel gathering acorns.
3. Downward-Facing Dog Pose – Pretend to be a bear
How to practice Downward-Facing Dog Pose: Come to standing just in front of your chair, facing the chair. Place your hands flat on the front of the chair and slowly step back so that your arms are stretched out straight in front of you. Straighten your spine, ensure your legs are hip-width distance apart, and look down between your legs. Pretend to be a black bear roaming the forest.
4. Cat Pose – Pretend to be a cougar
How to practice cat pose: From a sitting position with your feet flat on the ground, round your back and tuck your chin into your chest, stretching your back. Pretend to be a cougar getting ready to pounce.
5. Hero Pose – Pretend to be a woodpecker
How to practice Hero Pose: Come to rest upright on your seat with your palms resting on your knees. Close your eyes (if that’s comfortable). Breathe deeply. Pretend to be a woodpecker looking for insects.
Download the Woodland Forest Animals Chair Yoga Poster
Forest Yoga Book for Kids: Mia’s Mountain Hike
Act out what you see and do on a mountain hike!
Join Mia and her aunt as they hike a mountain in Western Canada. Be a bald eagle, black bear, and bridge over a rushing river. Discover the forest, explore movement, and practice being mindful in nature.
Check Out Our Forest Walk Yoga Cards
Learn about woodland wildlife through movement.
Tap on a tree like a woodpecker, howl like a coyote, and stand tall like an evergreen tree.
Download these 52 Forest Walk digital yoga cards to learn through movement in your home, classroom, or studio. The deck includes an index card, yoga tips, pose instructions, 20 yoga pose cards, and 20 matching woodland cards. The illustrations feature multicultural yoga kids from seven countries. Ages 3+
Collection of Chair Yoga Ideas for Kids
Are you looking for easy chair yoga themes for your classroom or homeschool? Click below to see a list of ideas from our chair yoga series:
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