Kids Yoga Fun

7 Breathing Exercises for Kids to Warm-Up and Focus

I sometimes prefer combining simple kids’ yoga poses and breathing exercises. While focusing more on breathing, it also involves movement. If you observe your breath during these exercises, you will see how the body is moving in accordance with the breath.

Here are some breathing exercises (with movement/flow) for children to make them focus and warm-up at the very beginning of kids’ yoga classes…

Kids Yoga Story: The Snail and The Whale by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

It is a beautiful story of adventure and friendship. A tiny snail meets a humpback whale; and the two travel together to far-off lands with a heroic rescue at the very end. A tour of the world is a dream that comes true for the snail. The snail is so brave that she leaves her home for the first time. At the end of this whole adventure, she has a great friend. Enjoy this lovely tale with twenty kids’ yoga poses!

Kids Yoga Story: Sugarlump and the Unicorn by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks

Sugarlump the rocking horse longs to see the world. But when a magical unicorn grants his wish and turns him into a real horse, he soon discovers there’s no match for the fun of playing with children. After trotting around the farm, galloping around a racetrack and even dancing at the circus, Sugarlump learns to be careful what he wishes for. Yet, it is still not too late to change his mind. He tried and tried, gained experience about the world, and finally made a decision. And that is always okay… Enjoy the story with twenty-six kids’ yoga poses!

Kids Yoga Story: Night Monkey, Day Monkey by Julia Donaldson and Lucy Richards

Night Monkey and Day Monkey both live in the same jungle but their lives are quite different until one day Night Monkey wakes up in the day and Day Monkey wakes in the night. When they each spend time in the other’s opposite worlds, they learn a lot and they also learn to be the best of friends. At the end both monkeys return to their familiar routines but have become firm friends occasionally meeting up at sunrise. Enjoy it with nineteen kids’ yoga poses and a relaxation about seeing the world in different ways.