8 Thanksgiving Yoga Poses: Giving Thanks to Nature

It is almost Thanksgiving here in the United States!

Thanksgiving is generally a time for getting together with family and friends to share meals and play games.  It can be a busy time of the year with lots of planning and cooking.

Another great way to celebrate Thanksgiving is through movement and storytelling.  This is a perfect activity to bring calm to your hectic days.

We have been living in United States for almost eight years and have been enjoying the spectacular landscapes of this diverse country.  We are very grateful for the opportunity to live in this beautiful country.  Join me in giving thanks to nature through yoga poses for kids.Shop Yoga Books for Kids | Kids Yoga Stories

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Thanksgiving Yoga sequence

Enjoy this Thanksgiving Yoga sequence inspired by the book, Thank You, World,  where we give thanks to nature.  You could start each pose by saying “I am grateful for …”.  Feel free to add your own ideas, but notice that the sequence is in a yoga flow to make it easier to move from one kids yoga pose to the next.

Thank You, World

by Alice McGinty & Wendy Anderson Halperin

Thanksgiving Yoga book

I am grateful for the …

Extended Mountain Pose | Kids Yoga Stories

1. Sun and Sky – Extended Mountain Pose

Stand tall in Mountain Pose, look up, and reach your arms up to the sky.

Warrior 3 Pose for Kids | Kids Yoga Stories

2. Birds – Warrior 3 Pose

Stand on one leg. Extend the other leg behind you. Bend your torso forward and take your arms out to the side.  Flap your arms like the wings of a bird.

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3. Trees – Tree Pose

Stand on one leg, bend your knee, place the sole of your foot on your inner thigh, and balance.  Sway like a tree.

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4. Kites in the Breeze – Triangle Pose

From a standing position, step one foot back, placing the foot facing slightly outwards, take your arms up parallel to the ground, bend at your waist, tilt your upper body, reach your front hand to gently rest on your shin, and reach your other arm straight up.

Pretend to be a kite flying in the wind.

Standing Forward Bend Pose | Kids Yoga Stories

5. Rain – Standing Forward Bend

From Mountain Pose, bend your upper body, reach for your toes,

and pretend to be the falling rain.

Flower yoga pose for kids | Kids Yoga Stories

6. Flowers – Flower Pose

Come to sit on your buttocks with a tall spine, lift up your legs, balance on your sitting bones, touch the soles of your feet together, and weave your arms under your legs.

Blossom like a flower.

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7. Moonlight – Easy Pose

Sit comfortably cross-legged.  Cup your hands together, reach up, and look up at the moon.

Resting Pose for Kids | Kids Yoga Stories

8. Stars in the Sky – Resting Pose

Lie on your back with your arms and legs stretched out like a star.  Breathe and rest.

What are you grateful for?
Purchase the Yoga Poses for Kids Cards.

For images of the poses, visit the Kids Yoga Poses page.
Download a printable version of this Thanksgiving Yoga sequence.
Download a Thanksgiving Yoga coloring page.

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Thanksgiving Books for Kids

I’d love to share our favorite books that my 5-year-old daughter and I read together at Thanksgiving. We took out loads of thankful books from the library, but these four books were our favorite:

Bear Says Thanks | by Karma Wilson Bear Says Thanks

by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman
The Thankful Book by Todd Parr The Thankful Book

by Todd Parr

Thankful book by Eileen Spinelli Thankful

by Eileen Spinelli & Archie Preston
Being Thankful book by Mercer Mayer Being Thankful

by Mercer Mayer

Other Thanksgiving Links

Gratitude Yoga Sequence inspired by The Secret of Saying Thanks book | Kids Yoga Stories Gratitude Yoga Sequence
Gratitude Yoga theme, with single breathing technique, yoga pose, 3-yoga pose sequence, yoga book, and related links | Kids Yoga Stories Gratitude Yoga

Happy Thanksgiving coloring page | Kids Yoga Stories Thanksgiving Coloring Page
  Ways to teach your child gratitude | Kids Yoga Stories Teaching Gratitude to Children

Popular Yoga Books for Kids

You might like our popular yoga books for kids to add to your kids yoga toolkit this holiday season:

Sophia’s Jungle Adventure

Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats

Rachel’s Day in the Garden

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