Yoga Theme: Birds

Maybe you are teaching the birds in geography class. Or maybe you are reading a book to the class about the birds. Here is the bird yoga that you can practice in exactly this kind of lesson. If you give some information about that specific bird during the pose, you not only let them stay in that pose longer without noticing, but also you increase their knowledge while having fun. Make sure that the information is not boring and attract children.

Birds Yoga

Birds are animals adapted for flight (Flying: Standing up tall, step forward and tilt, lifting your back foot off the ground, sending it long and strong out behind you like a tail. Stay steady and balanced as you take your arms out wide to the sides like wings). Many can also run, jump, swim, and dive. Some, like penguins, have lost the ability to fly but retained their wings. Birds are found worldwide and in all habitats. They use their beaks to grab and swallow food. They lay eggs and incubate them in a nest (Nest: Lying on our tummies, flick our feet up towards our bottoms. We reach around with our arms and take hold of our ankles. Kicking our legs into our hands, we lift our chests up).

Crows (Crow: Squatting down high on our tiptoes, heels touching, we place our hands down flat. We get our knees resting on our arms above our elbows, then we tilt forwards maybe lifting one foot, and the other too) are black birds known for their intelligence and adaptability, and for their loud, harsh “caw”. They also have a reputation for damaging crops. They are known for their problem-solving skills and amazing communication skills. They eat nearly anything.

Ducks (Duck/Malasana: Bend your knees deeply, sinking down until your hips are lower than your knees. Bring your palms together at heart center. Push your elbows into your knees to open your hips) are mostly aquatic birds, mostly smaller than swans and geese, and may be found in both fresh water and sea water. They eat aquatic plants and tiny animals. Many ducks are migratory. This means that they spend the summer months in a different place than the winter months.

Eagles (Eagle: Standing tall, bend your knees and cross one leg over the other. Scissor one arm under the other and twizzle them together, sitting like a proud eagle in his nest), like all birds of prey, have very large, hooked beaks for ripping flesh from their prey, strong, muscular legs. They are some of the largest birds. They have amazing eyesight and can detect prey up to two miles away.

Flamingos (Flamingo: Standing up, lift one leg up towards your bottom and take hold of your ankle. Lift your other arm up to the sky) are tall, pink wading birds. They have slender legs, long, graceful necks, large wings, and short tails. They are often seen standing on one leg. In flight, flamingos present a beautiful sight, with legs and neck stretched out straight.

Owls (Owl: Kneeling up, we point our wings downwards into our lap, then as we stretch and open our wings we lift up off our heels saying to witt to woo as we fly up and down) are found nearly worldwide. They are symbolic of intelligence. Their quiet flight, and haunting calls have made them the objects superstition. Owls feed only on animals. Rodents are the most common prey; they eat insects, too. They are characterized by a flat face.

Parrots (Parrot: Standing up, bend forward from your middle, keeping your back long and straight. Your arms become wide wings floating up and down at your sides as you fly like a bird) have curved beaks. Most of them eat fruit, flowers, nuts, seeds, and some small creatures such as insects. They are found in warm climates all over most of the world. They learn to vocalize by listening and repeating it back.

Peacocks (Peacock: Lie on your back. Lift your legs and feet up to the sky. Bring your legs together and open them wide like the feathers of a peacock) are a larger sized bird. As an ornamental bird, the peacock is a resident of many of the world’s zoos. They are forest birds. They eat mostly plant parts, flower petals, and insects. Despite the length and size of their covert feathers, peacocks are still capable of flights.

Penguins (Penguin: Standing with our legs and heels together, we turn out our toes. With our arms down by our sides we stick our hands out a little bit and waddle side to side) are a group of aquatic flightless birds. Though they are birds, penguins have flippers instead of wings. In the water, they are expert swimmers and divers. They feed on small shrimp, fish, crabs and squid.

Pigeons (Pigeon: On all fours, move one knee forward and swing your foot out to the side underneath your body. Stretch your back leg out behind you and fold forwards over your bent knee.) occur worldwide except in the coldest regions and the most remote islands. They are strong and swift fliers. They are generally colored soft gray and brown to black. Pigeons drink by sucking water using their beaks like straws. And they, like humans, can see in color.

Sparrows (Tweety Bird: Come high up onto our knees we take our arms wide, then wrap them round ourselves, one on top of the other. Then we tweet our elbows up and down saying tweet tweet tweet tweet!) are small birds, chiefly seed-eating. They live very close to humans. Sparrows, unlike many other birds, cannot be found in forests and deserts. They prefer life close to human settlements. They are covered with brown, black and white feathers.

Bird Yoga Flow with Stick Figures