Winter Yoga for Kids

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It’s been awhile since we’ve shared a kids’ yoga series (the last one was our Mr Sun Yoga for kids) so I wanted to kick things off with a fun winter yoga for kids sequence.

(Check out our other yoga sequences for kids here.)
An easy kids' yoga sequence inspired by winter - using a bit of imagination, you can get kids excited about yoga which is great for connecting and calming. Awesome for a calming morning ritual, quiet time activity, or bedtime wind down.

Lots of life transitions, a crazy work schedule and a few international trips have wrecked havoc on our yoga practice – but we’re slowly starting to come back to it.

I’m hoping once we’re moved into our new house that we will be able to establish a good routine where yoga becomes a fixture of our mornings again.

Involving Ella keeps me more accountable to my own yoga practice, and for both of us I see huge physical and emotional benefits. It’s a great way to connect and calm ourselves for the day ahead.

For this easy winter yoga sequence, I offered some winter hats and gloves to Ella for this winter yoga sequence and she was not at all interested – they would cover up her Pocahontas tiara and manicure! Other than that, you want comfortable clothing that won’t inhibit your movement and bare feet.

How to Do Winter Yoga with Kids

It’s always a good idea to start any yoga sequence out with a focus on the breath and winter adds it’s own fun to this activity by turning our breath into big clouds.

Even if you’re inside, encourage the kids to pretend that they can see their breaths and see how big they can make their clouds.

Winter Boots (Standing Forward Bend)

Before you go out and play in the snow, you need to put on your boots!

Gently bend down and try to touch your toes, keeping your back soft and your hips pointed up. Don’t force yourself to straighten your legs, but it’s great if you can.

Snowflake (Star Pose)

Aren’t snowflakes beautiful? Why not transform yourself into a snowflake by stretching your arms out to the sides and spacing your legs slightly wider than hip width, but still within your control. Stretch into this pose.

Chair Lift (Chair Pose)

Alright, we’re outside and there’s lots of beautiful snow – let’s get ready to snowboard!

First, we need to ride the chair life. Lift your hands straight up and sit back like you are sitting in a chair, with knees strong and bent.

(If you need to hold your arms at your side, this almost looks like a downhill skiing pose!)

Snowboarder (Warrior Pose)

Let’s zoom down this mountain on a snowboard!

There are 3 variations of Warrior Pose, for this sequence we did Warrior Pose II: from chair pose, slide your feet so that your right foot is still square to your body but comfortably behind you, and your left foot in front, like a deep triangle. Bend your left knee and straighten your right leg while lifting your arms to shoulder height, with each arm pointing straight in the direction of each foot.

Ice Skating (Dancer Pose)

Of course, we had to finish off with a nod to one of Ella’s favorite winter activities – skating.

For Dancer’s Pose, stretch your leg towards the back wall while leaning and reaching forward with your opposite hand.

This pose is really tricky, and the goal is to curve your leg up behind your head and hold your calf or ankle securely with the corresponding arm to the raised leg, while leaning forward and reaching forward with the opposite arm – but it’s okay to use both arms to balance as we did here when you’re still learning.

 

Pin this Kids’ Winter Yoga Sequence for later:

An easy kids' yoga sequence inspired by winter - using a bit of imagination, you can get kids excited about yoga which is great for connecting and calming. Awesome for a calming morning ritual, quiet time activity, or bedtime wind down.

Print your copy of this winter kids’ yoga sequence here (yes, I used my recipe builder to make it – but hey, free printable!):

Winter Yoga for Kids

Ingredients

Order of Yoga Sequence:

  • Cold Winter Breaths
  • Winter Boots (Standing Forward Bend)
  • Snowflake (Star Pose)
  • Chair Lift/Downhill Skiier (Chair Pose)
  • Snowboarder Pose (Warrior Pose)

Instructions

Winter Boots (Standing Forward Bend)

  1. Before you go out and play in the snow, you need to put on your boots!
  2. Gently bend down and try to touch your toes, keeping your back soft and your hips pointed up. Don't force yourself to straighten your legs, but it's great if you can.

Snowflake (Star Pose)

  1. Aren't snowflakes beautiful? Why not transform yourself into a snowflake by stretching your arms out to the sides and spacing your legs slightly wider than hip width, but still within your control. Stretch into this pose.

Chair Lift/Downhill Skier (Chair Pose)

  1. Alright, we're outside and there's lots of beautiful snow - let's get ready to snowboard!
  2. First, we need to ride the chair life. Lift your hands straight up and sit back like you are sitting in a chair, with knees strong and bent.
  3. (If you need to hold your arms at your side, this almost looks like a downhill skiing pose!)

Snowboarder (Warrior Pose)

  1. Let's zoom down this mountain on a snowboard!
  2. There are 3 variations of Warrior Pose, for this sequence we did Warrior Pose II: from chair pose, slide your feet so that your right foot is still square to your body but comfortably behind you, and your left foot in front, like a deep triangle. Bend your left knee and straighten your right leg while lifting your arms to shoulder height, with each arm pointing straight in the direction of each foot.

Ice Skating (Dancer Pose)

  1. For Dancer's Pose, stretch your leg towards the back wall while leaning and reaching forward with your opposite hand.
  2. This pose is really tricky, and the goal is to curve your leg up behind your head and hold your calf or ankle securely with the corresponding arm to the raised leg, while leaning forward and reaching forward with the opposite arm - but it's okay to use both arms to balance as we did here when you're still learning.

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Ella spent the rest of the day teaching this fun winter yoga sequence to our other daycare kids – it was so fun watching them come up with their own additions based on their own favorite winter activities!

For more fun kids’ yoga sequences, check out our Ballet Yoga for Kids or Space Yoga for Kids.

For more Montessori-inspired Winter Ideas, check out:

The Best Kindergarten and Preschool Penguin Activities | Natural Beach Living

17 Printable Pictures of Animals that Adapt in Winter | The Natural Homeschool

Montessori-Inspired Playdough Math Activities for Winter {Free Printables} | Living Montessori Now

Practical Life for the Winter — Toddler Nose Blowing | The Kavanaugh Report

Montessori Inspired Polar Bear Unit | Mama’s Happy Hive

Montessori Inspired Antarctica Shelf  | The Pinay Homeschooler

Snowman Activities for Preschoolers with Free Printables | Every Star is Different

Indoor Snowball Fight | Grace and Green Pastures

Winter Books for Preschoolers | Christian Montessori Network

How To Get Kids Active In Winter (Free Arctic Animals Action Cards) | Uno Zwei Tutu

Hands on arctic themed activities| Welcome to Mommyhood

 

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5 Comments

  1. I can’t believe how big your little girl is! It’s crazy how time flies. My Princess loves yoga. I’ll have to show her these. I”m sure she’d enjoy them. Love the snowboarder poses.

  2. She is so adorable! I’d like to try these with my kids. We never had any “yoga” stuff at home except when I do my exercise, so it’s about time to introduce this to the kids. Thank you for sharing!

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