Flying Brid and Dog Breath for Yoga


Calms and centers

Promotes body awareness

Encourages poise and grace


Flying Bird Breath is a simple, calming breath appropriate for all ages. It can be practiced sitting, standing, or even while slowly walking. As you lift and lower your arms, you’ll be ensuring a slow pace and providing a helpful visual for your child. To encourage an inward focus, have your child close his eyes if that’s comfortable for him. Try using Flying Bird Breath as a transition between one activity and another, or whenever your child needs to catch his breath or take a break during a session.


Sit or stand up tall and close your eyes. Imagine you are a beautiful, strong bird with large, open wings. Breathe in slowly while lifting your arms out to the sides, palms facing up. Continue to inhale as you reach up with straight arms and touch your palms together above your head. Exhale slowly as you turn your palms down and lowery our arms. Repeat several times, slowly and fluidly, as you move with your breath. Notice how you feel.



Adventures in Flying Flying


            Bird Breath can serve as a wonderful centering activity. While practicing Flying Bird Breath, have your child close his eyes and imagine he is taking flight. If your child is under 6, guide him to visualize a particular journey and what he might see on that journey. For an older child, ask him questions like “What do you see on your journey?” After a minute or two, guide your child to end his journey and share about his adventure.



Cools the body and refreshes the Helps dissipate anger and frustration



Curling the tongue or making an “0” shape with the mouth slows the airflow. This is a safe breath for all ages.


Sit or stand up tall. Stick out your tongue and curl it. If you can’t curl your tongue, just form an “0” shape with your mouth. Inhale through your mouth to the count of 3. Pause. Then exhale to the count of 5. (Repeat five or six times.)


Promotes speech development



Using anything from pretend flowers with lavender scent sprayed on them to pinwheels, feathers, tissues, or cotton balls, you can turn many objects into “blow its.” It’s a simple breathing exercise that is lots of fun! Do use caution when practicing this breath with your young child, ensuring he emphasizes and extends the exhale/blowing, as opposed to the inhale. As well, Blow It Breathing should only be repeated a few times to avoid potential lightheadedness and hyperventilation.


SAY Take this pinwheel. Take a deep breath in through your nose. Now, slowly blow on the pinwheel. Can you get the pinwheel to spin? Keep your eyes focused on the pinwheel. Can you keep it moving with your breath?

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