Fly Like A Dragonfly!!

Yoga is about balance in our bodies and our lives. The yin and yang of yoga is the softness, the receptivity coupled with the focus and the projective energy

In my role as founder and director of Radiant Child Yoga, I’ve observed hundreds of adult students teach children’s yoga. For the most part, their creations contain a plethora of sweet and relaxing images: bufinal_cards_front2tterfly yoga, swaying trees, stretching to greet the sun. In the back of my mind a question would arise: What about children who relate to stronger imagery? What would the boys think of this? Would they even do it?”


One day, my 7-year old godson said to me, “I don’t want to be a butterfly. I want to be a dragonfly!” With that he flew around the room, buzzing intensely. I got it. He was telling me something about balance. Another time, he was playing with his favorite toy and said, “Look,” as he held up a contorted action figure, “He’s doing Bow Pose!” Immediately my brain lit up and the two of us began the inspired planning of a set of Yoga Warrior cards, a yoga game in which Transformers demonstrate poses with names that any young warrior can relate to: Frozen Iron (front platform), Crouching Tiger (Squats), Skyscraper (Tree) and Starship (Extended Lotus). All poses can be done with Dragon Breath (strong breathing through mouth or nose).

In sharing yoga with children, it’s always good to let their bodies show you what they need—maybe it’s a bit of running around to settle the nervous system in order to focus. Perhaps they need to make booming and crashing noises. Doing Dragon Breath (strong audible breath through the nose or mouth) may help them to engage with the yoga.

Rainbow Dragon game

Rainbow Dragon game

A tip:  Contrast the soft, slow “peace and love” yoga with the focused warrior spirit; this works for both boys and girls. Incorporate Archer, Warrior, Down Dog to Up Dog, Front and Back Platform, Bow and Wheel pose. Life calls for both yin and yang. When you balance the yoga scales, you let the fun begin!

About the Author:

Shakta is an AMS certified Montessori teacher, and the author of five well-known Yoga books, CDs and DVDs. Her latest book, The Yoga Way to Radiance: How to Follow Your Inner Guidance and Nurture Children to do the Same, is scheduled for release in summer of 2016, (Llewellyn Worldwide)   Visit Shakta's Writing and Poetry Site


  1. Karuna Thakwan August 24, 2015 at 2:34 am - Reply

    Wonderful ideas.

  2. Libby June 14, 2016 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Hi there! I bought the cards and a young friend loved them so much, I let him borrow them, with mom’s approval. Everything came back but the directions!!! Is there anyway I could purchase just the directions? thank you for sharing all of your brilliance with the rest of us! ohm shanti xo

    • Shakta Khalsa June 21, 2016 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      Hello Libby, You can email us at and we can send you a digital of the instructions. Glad you liked them so much!

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