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Toddler Talk: Baby Yoga

Little ones are natural yogis. Their desire to move coupled with their insane ability to stretch make them perfect candidates for some impromptu yoga sessions. Nearly every day, I watch my daughter roll around, try to jump and reach the ceiling, curl into a little ball, touch her toes and, a recent thing we’ve taught her, take deep breaths.

Though Ramona’s never seen me do yoga and only heard me talk about it, I catch her all the time on the floor doing child’s pose, downward dog, three-legged dog, forward bends and folds, happy baby, and savasana—poses she doesn’t need to be taught but just must be fun for her to do! She doesn’t know she’s doing the same poses Mama did in her morning class, so she finds it hilarious when I join her on the floor for a simple (and very short!) yoga session.

Because toddlers desire activity—and it’s sometimes hard to keep up with them or to find the appropriate space to let them wiggle—I’d suggest trying some of these poses on your living room floor with your little mover. This will also be a great excuse for you to join in on the play and get some stretching in yourself!

Some of the words for the poses may likely mean nothing to you. But that’s okay—it's not the important part. Once you take a look at the below photos, you’ll realize these are simple poses that will encourage you and your child to get active together. And because you’ll be learning together, there’s plenty of opportunity for silliness and giggles and play.

1. Tadasana (Mountain Pose)

Standing tall, raise your arms above your head, keeping your ears in line with your biceps. Turn hands to have pinky fingers facing out. Tada!

2. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-facing Dog with variation, Three-legged Dog)

Bending forward, move your arms up to the top of your space and form an upside down V with your body. For some variation, lift one of your legs up in the air.

3. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

Laying on the belly, keep top of feet to mat, and lift chest up off ground with little to no weight in the hands. Toddlers’ backs are strong and flexible so they should have no problem with this!

4. Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby)

On your back, reach up and grab the inside of your feet. Your child will be a pro at this one!

5. Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)

Sit with legs straight out in front of you. Reach forward and touch your toes!

6. Savasana (Corpse Pose)

Lay down on your back, legs and arms spread wide. Relax and grab a couple seconds quiet time.

Toddlers desire to be active and move their bodies (which doesn’t always bode well for my couch-loving self) so getting on the floor with them can be a great excuse for getting us off our own bottoms and creating active play for them!

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