Kids Yoga Theme: Pets

Generally, children are amused by animals. Having a pet join your family is an exciting thing. To own a pet can be a chance for kids to learn a lot as they take the responsibility of caring for a living creature. It does not only teach responsibility but also empathy. Here are nine lovely animals that you can adopt as a pet with their yoga poses:

Pet Yoga Flow with Stick Figures

Bird: Birds are colorful and nice to look at and they bring joy into the household through their melodies. (Bird: 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.)

Cat: Cats are independent creatures that require little maintenance. They often take care of themselves. (Cat: On all fours, round your back up and then down.)

Dog: Dogs are adored by most. They are gentle and loving and extremely loyal to their owners. (Dog: We press our feet and hands into the floor as we lift our bottoms to the sky, going woof woof.)

Goldfish: A fish is one of the best pets for toddlers as it only needs clean water and food at regular intervals. (Fish: Lying on your back, prop yourself up on your elbows and point your toes down. Then pop your chest up to the sky and look all the way back behind you.)

Guinea Pig: Guinea pigs are social companion animals that require daily interaction. (Happy Baby: Lying on our backs, we bend our knees and take hold of our feet, keeping the soles of our feet facing up to the sky.)

Hamster: Hamsters rarely run out of energy. Installing a hamster wheel in the petโ€™s cage is the best way to keep it occupied. (Mouse: We kneel down and tuck ourselves into a little tiny ball, like a mouse.)

Lizard: Leopard gecko, bearded dragon, iguana, chameleon โ€“ all lizards have varying needs and behaviors. The most important thing is that you need to provide the right heat and light in their environment and feed them live prey like insects. (Lizard: Coming high onto your knees, step one foot forward so you are on one knee. Place both your hands down inside of your front foot and step or wiggle your back leg out straight behind you. Come down onto your elbows if you fancy having a closer look at the floor.)

Rabbit: Rabbits take their time to get used to human touch. Once they do, they make great pets. (Hare: Coming to our knees we lean forward a little then cross our hands behind our back. As we fold all the way forward our arms lift up to the sky like very long hare ears.)

Turtle: Turtles are calm, gentle, and peaceful creatures. They may end up becoming the oldest member of your family. (Turtle: Sitting up with your legs out wide, bend your knees a little and slip your hands underneath your legs, flattening your body down towards the floor.)

Relaxation:

Please lie down comfortably and close your eyes softly. Imagine that you have a new family member at home. It is a pet friend. You are very happy and excited at the same time. You want to learn everything about him/her. Sit and watch her/him silently. Take a deep breath through your nose. And feel the warmth in your heart. You may feel happier and warmer by sharing your love with a lovely pet. You may want to touch him/her. Imagine that you are feeling him/her in your hands. Now with this warm feeling both in your heart and hands, slowly open your eyes. When you are ready move your fingers and toes, hug your knees into your chest. Roll over onto your side. We press ourselves up to sit, crossing our legs. We bring our hands together at our heart. Thank you for doing yoga with me today. Namaste!