In my experience, and I have a little, kids love to do yoga, but they especially love to do it with you. So while you could sign them up for kids' yoga classes (and that would probably be worthwhile in many ways), setting up a few mats in the living room and throwing down some asanas together is also a great idea, especially because it allows you to get in some yoga time too. Rainy weekends, hot summer afternoons, and any other times you hear the dreaded "B" word ("I'm bored,") are ideal times to work a little yoga into your kids' lives. You'll all feel better for it.
If you have a mat, your kid is going to want one too.
The more creative you get with the narrative of the poses, the more engaged your kids will be.
Keep things age-appropriate and safe. The following poses are suitable for most children four and up, but kids' bodies vary a lot, both from one another and from adult bodies, so expect approximations of the poses.
Your kids may not have the attention span for more than a few poses. A book or snack on their mat may buy you a little more time with younger children, but realize that you may have to cut the session short.
The suggested poses below fall into three broad categories: nature, animals, and humans. This allows your child to relate the postures to shapes and experiences with which they are familiar.
Kids also love to make up their own poses.
1. Tree Pose
2. Plank Pose
If your family has a dog, this stretch will undoubtedly look familiar to your kids. A basic hands and knees position is a simple alternative, and both provide the perfect opportunity to wag your tail. You could also call this mountain pose (not to be confused with mountain pose).
5. Eagle Pose
6. Cobra Pose
7. Lizard Pose
The arm balance here is a little ambitious for most kids, though your budding gymnasts may enjoy it. Instead, focus on throwing your arm over your shoulder to make a trunk. This can also lead to the always popular foot phone, in which you bring your foot up to your face and pretend to carry on a telephone conversation.