• Chika Yamawaki

5 fun yoga poses for pre-schoolers

Updated: Jul 24, 2019

It’s never too early to start enjoying physical, mental & emotional benefits of yoga. My daughter has been doing yoga with me since she was born. She is not even 3 yet but she absolutely loves it. (Believe it or not, she is especially into meditation lately!) I’ve taught yoga to hundreds of children in the last 4 years and always amazed to see how one yoga class can make such a difference in their life. Many parents have reported me how happy, calm & focused their children are after the class. In my last blog I already discussed 10 benefits of yoga for kids. Make sure to visit the link below if you missed it:


So today I’m sharing 5 simple & fun poses you can do at home with your kids. You don’t need a lot of time, 10 minutes is a great start but the repetition is the key. Make sure to do it together and have fun together too. Kids learn by copying what we do and they enjoy seeing you have fun!

1. Cat/cow

Instructions: Come onto your hands & knees. As you breathe in, gaze up, lift your heart and drop belly down to the ground (cow pose). As you breathe out, round your back and gaze at your belly (cat pose). Get them to make “moo” and “meow” sounds for more fun!

Benefits: wake up the spine

2. Dog (downward-facing dog)

Instructions: From all fours position, curl your toes under and push your bottoms up high until you create an inverted V shape. Have your hands shoulder width apart, feet hip width apart.

Benefits: strengthen arms while giving hamstrings & shoulders a good stretch

3. Tree

Instructions: Shift your weight on your right side. Bring your left foot to inner calf (or inner thigh) Focus your gaze on something not moving to help you stay balanced. Ask them what kind of tree they are. Hold the pose for 4 breaths (but don’t hold your breaths!). For safety, don’t rest your left foot beside the right knee. Repeat the other side.

Benefits: grounding, increased focus

4. Snake (cobra pose)

Instructions: Lie on your belly. Bring your hands under your shoulders. Lift your chest up while keep pressing onto the tops of your feet. (toes are all pointed behind you) Get them to make hissing noises for extra fun!

Benefits: strengthen back, open chest

5. Mouse (child pose)

Instructions: From snake, come up to all fours position and then push back towards your heels while you reach your arms behind and keep your knees & big toes together.

Benefits: calming

Don’t forget to let them have a little rest in corpse pose at the end of all poses. Hope you enjoy this little sequence and you can start incorporating some yoga poses into your daily fun routine. If you're on the Northern Beaches NSW and would like to find out more details about group classes I teach, visit the link below. Chika is also available for private classes face-to-face or online via Skype. Feel free to email her at info@wayoga.com.au to request a quote and find out her availability.


About me, Chika

Chika is a mum to a toddler and Yoga Australia registered children’s yoga teacher and has been a student of yoga for over 10 years. She specialises in mums & bubs yoga, yoga for mums, kids yoga and family yoga. Since the foundation of Wa Yoga in 2014, she ​has taught hundreds of children mainly aged between 6 weeks and 12 years in Sydney as well as the Central Coast NSW. She has studied with many of the highly respected international yoga teachers including one of the leading kids yoga experts, Lorain Rushton from Zenergy Yoga. Chika hopes to inspire & empower people to practise yoga & mindfulness daily on & off the mat. The best way to stay in touch with Chika for her future offerings is to subscribe to her email newsletters. Please follow the prompts at the very bottom of this page to subscribe.

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