Earth Day is an important global event that takes place every year on April 22nd. It was first celebrated in 1970 and has since become a worldwide movement to raise awareness about environmental issues and promote sustainability. It is an important event that reminds us of our responsibility to care for the environment and the urgent need to take action to protect our planet.
Earth Day is an opportunity to educate people about environmental issues, such as climate change, deforestation, pollution, and waste. By raising awareness, people can take action to reduce their impact on the environment and protect our planet. It promotes sustainability by encouraging people to adopt eco-friendly practices, such as using renewable energy, reducing waste, conserving water, and supporting sustainable agriculture.
Earth Day brings people together from different communities, cultures, and backgrounds to work towards a common goal of protecting our planet. It is a reminder that we are all connected to the environment and have a responsibility to care for it. It is a celebration of the natural world and all its wonders. It is a reminder of the beauty and importance of the environment and the need to protect it for future generations.
Here is a simple breathing technique that you can use in your Earth Day yoga classes for kids:
Earth Breath: This breathing technique helps to calm the mind, increase focus and connect with the Earth.
- Sit comfortably in a cross-legged position with your hands resting on your knees.
- Close your eyes or gaze softly at a fixed point.
- Inhale deeply through your nose, imagining that you are breathing in fresh air from the Earth.
- Exhale slowly through your mouth, imagining that you are releasing any negative energy or tension from your body.
- Repeat for 3-5 breaths, or as many as you like.
You can also try visualizing yourself surrounded by nature or imagining that you are sending love and gratitude to the Earth with each inhale and exhale.
This breathing technique is a great way to connect with the Earth and feel a sense of grounding and calm. It can be incorporated into your Earth Day yoga practice for kids or used anytime you need to take a moment to breathe and connect with nature.
Sun Salutation Poses for Kids: Sun Salutation poses for kids are fun and help them connect with the energy of the Sun and the Earth. Encourage them to imagine themselves as plants growing towards the Sun and as trees rooted deeply into the Earth.
- Mountain Pose: Stand up tall with your feet hip-width apart and your arms down by your sides. Imagine you are a strong mountain, rooted deeply into the Earth.
- Raised Hands Pose: Reach your arms up to the sky and look up towards your hands. Imagine you are reaching for the Sun.
- Forward Fold: Fold forward and touch your toes or the floor. Bend your knees if you need to. Imagine you are a seed planting itself in the Earth.
- Halfway Lift: Lift your torso halfway up and look forward. Imagine you are a sprout growing towards the Sun.
- Plank Pose: Step your feet back and come into a plank pose. Imagine you are a strong tree trunk, supported by your arms and legs.
- Cobra Pose: Lower your body down to the ground and place your hands underneath your shoulders. Press into your hands and lift your chest up like a cobra rising up from the ground.
- Downward-Facing Dog: Push up into a downward-facing dog pose by lifting your hips up and back. Imagine you are a dog stretching out in the Sun.
- Step forward into a Forward Fold and repeat the sequence.
11 Earth Day Yoga Poses for Kids:
Butterfly Pose: Sit on the mat with the soles of the feet together and knees bent out to the sides. Hold onto the ankles and gently flap the knees like butterfly wings, focusing on the movement of nature.
Flower Pose: Sitting tall, bring the soles of your feet together. Slide your hands underneath your legs and take hold of your ankles. Balance on sitting bones. Smell the colorful flowers the Earth gives us.
Child’s Pose: Kneel on the mat and lower the forehead to the ground with arms extended. Imagine being a seedling growing in the Earth.
Cat-Cow Pose: Come to tabletop position on hands and knees. Inhale and arch the back, lifting the head and tailbone. Exhale and round the spine, tucking the chin to the chest. Repeat several times, imagine moving like animals in nature.
Cobra Pose: Lie on the stomach with hands under the shoulders. Inhale and lift the chest off the ground, imagining being a snake slithering through the grass.
Downward-Facing Dog Pose: Come to hands and knees and lift the hips up and back, straightening the arms and legs. Imagine being a dog stretching after a long nap, feeling the Earth beneath you.
Tree Pose: Stand on one foot, with the opposite foot resting against the inner thigh of the standing leg. Bring hands to heart center and imagine being a tree, rooted to the Earth, reaching up to the sky.
Warrior II Pose: Stand with feet hip-distance apart and step one foot back. Bend the front knee and reach arms out to the sides. Imagine being a warrior defending the Earth.
Bridge Pose: Lie on the back with knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Press into the feet and lift the hips up, imagining being a bridge over a stream or river.
Bicycle Pose: We don’t have to go everywhere by car. Let’s be green! Lying on your back, pretend you are on a bike. Raising your leg above the floor, bend your knee and bring it close to the chest. Begin a slow cycling movement of the legs. You can place your hands under your tailbone or behind your head.
Savasana: Lie on the back with arms and legs extended. Imagine being at peace in a natural setting, such as a forest or beach.
Earth Day Partner Yoga Poses for Kids:
Double Tree Pose: Standing besides each other, bend your outer leg at the knee to stand in tree pose. Lift your arms up while the inner arm palm is touching the partner’s palm.
Lizard Sunbathing on the Rock Pose: Your partner in child’s pose, lie over their back resting your head on your partner’s neck. With your legs long and stretched forward, take your arms over your head. Your partner can hold your wrists for further stretch. Synchronize with your partner’s breath.
Earth Day Yoga Game:
Here’s an Earth Day yoga game for kids that promotes environmental awareness and mindfulness:
Earth Day Yoga Scavenger Hunt:
In this game, kids will search for and perform yoga poses that represent different aspects of the natural world, while learning about the importance of taking care of the earth.
- Before the game, create a list of different natural elements or features, such as animals, plants, trees, water, sun, and earth.
- Divide the kids into teams and give each team a copy of the list.
- Explain that the goal of the game is to find and perform a yoga pose that represents each item on the list.
- For example, if one of the items on the list is “bird,” the kids might perform Bird Pose , while if the item is “water,” they might perform Fish Pose or Boat Pose.
- As the kids perform each pose, you can encourage them to think about how that element contributes to the health and wellbeing of the Earth and to share their thoughts with the group.
This Earth Day yoga scavenger hunt is a fun and engaging way to promote environmental awareness and mindfulness among kids. By searching for and performing yoga poses that represent different aspects of the natural world, kids can deepen their connection to the earth and learn about the importance of taking care of our planet.
Gratitude for the Earth:
Begin by finding a comfortable seated or lying down position. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, allowing your body and mind to relax.
Take a few deep breaths, inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth. Visualize the breath as a way of connecting you with the natural world around you.
Visualize yourself standing in a beautiful natural setting, such as a forest, beach, or mountain. Use all your senses to experience this natural setting around you. Feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, the sound of birds chirping, or the smell of fresh flowers.
Bring to mind one thing about the Earth that you are grateful for. It could be a beautiful sunset, a field of flowers, or a fresh breeze. Hold this thought in your mind and allow yourself to feel gratitude for this aspect of the Earth.
Imagine sending love and gratitude to the Earth. You can do this by picturing a green light or a beam of energy flowing from your heart to the Earth. Repeat to yourself: “I send love and gratitude to the Earth.”
Take a few final deep breaths, and when you’re ready, slowly open your eyes. Take a moment to notice how you feel after this meditation, perhaps more relaxed, grateful, or connected to nature.
Earth Day Art:
Give each child a piece of paper and markers or pencils. Ask them to draw or write something that they appreciate about the Earth, such as a favorite animal or plant.
Happy Earth Day!