Animal Yoga

Did you know that play is disappearing? 70% of moms played outside when they were kids, but just 31% of their kids play outside today. 

I’m sad to say, it’s the case here. We’re that statistic. It didn’t happen intentionally, but it happened. We’re working to reclaim play though — to make outdoor play part of our routine, our everyday. And you know what? It’s turning out really awesome. When I encourage play, especially outside play, my kids blossom. They light up. They laugh. They act like kids. And that couldn’t make me happier.

For awhile we were in the routine of getting ready for bed and then snuggling on the couch for a pre-bed movie. But with school season coming along we’re limiting screen time and forging a new schedule. That schedule includes animal-inspired yoga in the backyard before bed instead of TV time. It’s a welcome switch and one that is benefitting us all.

Animal yoga is fun. And easy. It gets out all those bedtime wiggles while encouraging a sense of play and peace. Amen to that!

Here’s a peek at a few of our favorite poses …


Slippery Fish


Focused Flamingo


Funny Frog


Sneaky Serpent


Down Dog

15 minutes or so is all it takes for a play-filled round of animal yoga. Then, since my kids are always begging for dinner round two before bed, I help fill up their tummies with an evening snack like CLIF Kid Zbars®. They taste like a treat, but are actually a nutritious snack made with organic ingredients and a big boost of protein; perfect for grumbling tummies. Zbars were developed with kids in mind and fuel their active little bodies from dawn until dusk making them a great post-yoga snack!

clif bars



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  1. Molly says

    These are great poses to get kids into yoga and I love the idea of doing it outside!

  2. Lexy Overstreet Broome says

    What a fun idea! I’ll remember this for next year when my boys are a little older and can follow directions better!

  3. Marie Cole says

    This is such a great idea to get kids active!