Yoga and Your Sensory Child
Poses to Improve Proprioception and the Vestibular System

When I first started taking note of my daughter’s sensory issues, I recognized the usual sensitivities that are related to the five main senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch. But once I started doing more research on the topic, I discovered there’s many more senses than just those five and they can be greatly affected in a child with Sensory Processing Disorder. 

Proprioception is the sense of where your body is in space and this information is transferred through muscles, joints and bones.  Children that have difficulty in this area will often have some of the following symptoms:
-need tight hugs to calm down, or the opposite and avoid hugs and closeness
-seek out movement activities like jumping and climbing
-appear clumsy and accident prone – stubbing toes, bumping into walls and doors, tripping over feet
-enjoys rough housing and wrestling play

-tends to spill or breaks things frequently (my daughter is a Taurus and a true definition of a bull in a China shop!)

The vestibular system helps with balance, feeling the direction and speed of movement and remaining upright against the pull of gravity. Some children may exhibit these symptoms if they have problems with their vestibular system:
-poor postural control (falls from chairs frequently)
-poor eye / hand or eye / foot coordination
-may feel insecure in movement (may dislike coming down stairs)
-seeks out intense movement like running, swinging, spinning (doesn’t get dizzy easily)

-often suffers from motion sickness, doesn’t enjoy spinning or quick movements or being held up in the air or upside down.

The brain works together with input from proprioception and vestibular to understand the body’s position and acceleration from moment to moment. Yoga is a great way to strengthen these senses as your mind and body work together to complete the poses. Below is a list of six simple poses that children will love and will also help improve the proprioception and vestibular systems of sensory children. -Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter 

Downward Dog

One of the most common yoga poses, this one is a simple one for kids.  They receive proprioception input from the pressures on their arms and input to the vestibular system by having their head inverted.


Another great pose for proprioception as it has muscles throughout the body engaged and helps to build core strength.


This pose builds balance and core strength and kids love pretending they can fly!

Tree Pose

One of my girl’s favorite poses, this helps builds balance as the body works hard to remain still and upright.

The Dancer

A little bit more difficult but they are excited when they can complete it.  Your body works hard to remain grounded as you extend your arm and leg outward.


This strong pose strengthens your whole body while improving your balance.

Yoga Books, Yoga Games & Yoga Tools For Kids

Sensory Yoga for Kids: Therapeutic Movement for Children of all Abilities
This book shows how to use yoga to bring calm and focus (and exercise!) to kids with special needs. Childhood is a time filled with new motor challenges and hurdles, and this is doubly true for kids with autism and other special needs. The motor challenges kids face require strength, coordination, and the ability to focus and attend.

Yoga can help kids with these challenges as it can strengthen their bodies while calming. This book demonstrates how to get kids started with the discipline that so many of us use in our daily lives. Occupational therapist Britt Collins tells how to use yoga to support special needs, increasing body awareness and fine tune coordination skills. 

Yoga Whale: Simple Poses for Little Ones
Let's take a "deep dive" into yoga!
This delightful board book invites children ages 0–4 to join in a fun series of easy yoga poses. Whale, Jellyfish, Dolphin, Starfish, and six more friendly sea creatures show the way.

Yoga Whale, the third offering in our bestselling yoga board book series, keeps the healthy fun going. Includes complete yoga instructions for parents and caretakers.

Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs
If you are a parent of a child with special needs or a professional who works with one, you know how challenging it can be for them to sit still, to cope with change, to focus on self-soothing strategies, and to interact successfully with others. Behavior and focus, strength, flexibility, balance, and self-regulation are all improved through yoga, making it an ideal practice for children on the autism spectrum, with ADHD, sensory processing and emotional/behavioral disorders, and other exceptionalities.

Featuring 60 illustrated poses, 89 photos, and 65 lessons, songs, and games, child-friendly instructions are provided for posture, breathing, and mindfulness exercises. 

So take a few minutes out of your day and work on some exercises that will improve your child’s proprioception and balance. You can do all six poses in 10 minutes or do them throughout the day on their own.  Add in some breathing techniques and stretching and you’ll have a well rounded yoga routine for little ones. Yoga Pretzels Cards
Practice bending, twisting, breathing, relaxing and more with Yoga Pretzels, a vibrant and colorful set of illustrated cards that provide a healthy dose of fun and education while teaching all the basics of yoga to help your head and heart.

ThinkFun Yoga Spinner Yoga Game for Kids Age 5 and Up - Award Winning Game for Yoga Loving Parents and their Kids
Yoga Spinner is a delightful introduction to yoga that encourages teamwork and healthy physical activity. Give the spinner a whirl and perform the pose on the corresponding Yoga Pose Card. If you can hold the pose for 10 seconds, you keep the card, and the first player to collect a card in each color wins! You'll need a little luck and teamwork, and a bit more flexibility and balance to win this entertaining yoga game..
Good Night Yoga
For parents and caregivers looking for a fun and effective new routine for bedtime, innovative educator Mariam Gates presents Good Night Yoga, a playful yet wholly practical book for preparing for sleep.

Gaiam Kids Yoga Mat Exercise Mat, Yoga for Kids with Fun Prints - Playtime for Babies, Active & Calm Toddlers and Young Children
Every kid was born to flow. Yoga makes our bodies healthy and teaches concentration, balance and calm - even in the face of too much silliness. That's why at Gaiam, we're rolling out yoga mats for the smallest of yogis, with bright colors and fun patterns to help shake out the wiggles and work out those funny bones. 
TEXTURED NON-SLIP SURFACE: Yoga mats are slightly sticky with a light tack, providing a safe and secure grip for your active boy or girl while on the mat 

BONUS KIDS YOGA CLASS: A downloadable yoga class specifically designed for kids is included with your mat purchase to help get your little one started!

Yoga Kids Ages 3-6 (DVD)
Marsha Wenig presents this volume of yoga exercises designed to teach the basics of yoga to young children, with a series of games that will heighten awareness and inspire movement. 

ThinkFun Yoga Dice Game for Boys and Girls Ages 6 and Up
Trusted by Families Worldwide - With over 50 million sold, ThinkFun is the world's leader in brain and logic games.
Your goal - Compete together to WIN by holding yoga poses! As a group, move 6 pose tokens past the FINISH line before the focus token crosses the line.
What you get - Yoga Dice comes with 6 six-sided yoga pose dice, 6 pose tokens, 1 six-sided breath die, 1 focus token, 1 yoga mat game track and a game-go bag.
Clear instructions – Easy to learn with a clear, high quality instruction manual. You can start playing immediately!

Develops critical skills – Encourages teamwork to complete a shared goal.

Yoga For Children Over 200+ Yoga poses.
Yoga for Children will encourage your child to learn about yoga with an attentive, at-home instructor--you! Even if you are new to the practice, author, mom, and children's yoga expert Lisa Flynn will guide you and your child through more than 200 yoga poses, meditations, and activities that are suitable for children between the ages of two and twelve. Complete with full-color photographs, instructional scripts, and pose modifications, Yoga for Children will help build your child's confidence, self-awareness, and focus while strengthening your connection--one yoga session at a time.

ALEX Active Yoga Activity Blocks
Work on strength balance and focus with this fun yoga game
24 yoga pose cards in 3 levels of difficulty
Choose 6 cards to place tin the pocket block and roll both blocks, do the pose for the time shown
Includes 2 fabric covered foam blocks, 24 double sided yoga pose cards, 3 plastic sand timers and instructions
Recommended for children 3 years of age and older

Kids can benefit from the strength-building exercises while work on balance and focus by playing this fun yoga game! There are 24 yoga pose cards in 3 levels of difficulty. 

The Yoga Garden Game
Jennifer Durand, a San Francisco yoga teacher who specializes in teaching yoga to children, created the game to help her students learn yoga. The Yoga Garden Game is designed for having fun with one another rather than against each other. Since many yoga positions are named after animals and objects found in nature, kids can use their imaginations while learning different poses. No winners or losers in this game, everyone just has fun! Contents include: Beautifully Illustrated Yoga Garden Game Board, 1 bee shaped marker, 8 pie shaped night pieces, 8 circular flower pieces, 24 YogaKids pose cards, 1 die, 1 rule book 

Yoga Direct Fun Yoga Mat for Kids 
Rounded edges to help keep the mat in place on the floor Our best-selling mat is now in special designs and a size that is just for kids! Our new fun printed Kids Yoga Mats are perfect for children to bring with them to class or school, or even just to use at home. Choose from three different bright designs: Orange with Suns, Pink with Butterflies, or Blue with Turtles. Like our Classic Yoga Mats, our Kid's Mats are made of durable foam with a high-tack surface for stickiness, and the rounded corners help to keep the mat in place on the floor while in use.

YOGi FUN Kids Yoga dice Game gets Children, Boys and Girls, Moving, Bending and Twisting Includes 4 wooden dice: 3 yoga dice featuring 18 yoga poses and a special instruction dice
Portable tube package for easy and compact carry
Develops kids' improvisation, self expression, and solo or group play

Practicing yoga poses is the perfect learning activity for kids, either boys or girls. Kids develop important life skills like: making choices, improvising, breathing, complimenting others, patience, and using yoga to stay in the moment. All done while moving and having super fun! These YOGi FUN dice contain 4 artistic high quality wooden dice with 18 colorful yoga poses

Kids, Tween/Adult Yoga Mat Sizes & Yoga Game, The Chi Mat + How-to Poster - Makes Yoga Fun
More than just a mat! It's an educational mat and program that turns Yoga into a fun game and great workout! Great for all ages and skill levels. The mat comes with easy to follow poster how-to Game Poster, and provides you with access to a free online videos and an IPAD app detailing each of the exercises so you'll always know what to do, and feel perfectly aligned!

Mindful based learning and concentration are the cornerstones of success, the Chi Mat & Yoga Game helps to improve focus by keeping kids engaged for longer mentally and physically.

Yogi Junior Kids Yoga Mat
Perfectly sized for babies to big kids; 52"L x 24"W, Extra Thick 1/4 Inch.

Kids can finally have their very own high quality yoga mat! Yogi Junior offers the ultimate combo of fun, safety and sustainability. Our custom double-layered design features a grippy surface to ensure support and comfort. TPE (Thermo Plastic Elastomer) is widely used in adult mats as it's totally non-toxic, durable, and much more earth-friendly than other leading materials. Now children can enjoy the benefits of TPE too. Perfect for Mommy-and-Me, studio classes, school programs and at home with your favorite book or video. Also great for play time, napping and outdoor activities. Buy one today to inspire and encourage your child's yoga practice. 

YOGi FUN coloring book is the perfect yoga learning activity workbook for boys or girls. Kids love learning basic yoga poses and rhyming poems, while concentrating and focusing. All this, with super fun coloring! Additional pages encourage kids to invent their own poses and creatively draw them. This perfect combination will surely please your little angels, keep them entertained and busy for hours while concentrating and, at the same time, gathering basic concepts of rhyming through the world of yoga. Whenever your kids need a quiet time activity, it is there to keep them busy while developing their creativity, focus, and attention! It is most suitable for kids age 4+ years, but also suits anyone who loves coloring and knowing the basics of yoga in a joyful & special way! 

Yoga Poses for Kids Cards
Learn and practice 25 yoga poses for kids! Mix-and-match twenty five yoga poses for kids with twenty five illustrated keywords (categories are Travel, Earth, People, and Animals). Pose index and pose instructions included. Target age group: Fun for all ages. 

Gaiam Kids Balance Ball - Exercise Stability Yoga Ball, Kids Alternative Flexible Seating for Active Children
Perfect for sitting, playing, or improving stability and balance through exercise, this child-sized 45cm balance ball is an essential for active, high-energy kids as it reduces restlessness and fidgeting while promoting a healthy posture and getting the 'wiggles out'. When used as a seat or desk chair, the exercise ball promotes constant movement that increases blood flow to the brain, leading to better focus and concentration in class or at home. 

Chronicle Books Yoga Dice: 7 Wooden Dice, Thousands of Possible Combinations!
Contains seven wooden dice—one for each chakra: Each wooden cube included in the Yoga Dice set represents a different pose, so all you have to do is roll and start a unique and relaxing yoga session. No matter what your skill level, this is an excellent way to practice mindfulness while moving through the different asana categories.
Each cube features a variety of poses including seated, standing, balancing, twists, and more

When rolled together in the hand or using the storage container itself, the cubes generate a variety of yoga practices for practitioners of all ages and skill levels

YOGi FUN Round Yoga Puzzle Games for Kids
Children find this delightful 49-piece floor puzzle to be fun in so many ways! For starters, it is beautifully and playfully illustrated with artwork that shows animals and humans performing seven different yoga poses in an enchanting woodland setting. Adding to the visual pleasure is the fact that for every man or woman shown in a given pose, there is an animal executing that same pose. The circular shape of the puzzle and the sequential order in which the poses are illustrated promote a more advanced level of spatial reasoning and problem-solving than normally arises during puzzle play as well as the development of fine motor skills.

The Yoga 4 Classrooms Card Deck is a fun and effective tool for educators, counselors, therapists and parents to use with children for a peaceful and productive classroom. Larger 6x8 boxed set features 67 yoga and mindfulness-based activity cards which include illustrated instructions, discussion points, sub-activities, and educational tie-ins, for a total of more than 200 beneficial classroom practices. The activities were specially chosen for their suitability for the typical classroom space. The cards include a mix of yoga postures, brain boosting movements, breath exercises, visualizations, mindfulness activities, creative movement and community-building games. Wellness and character-building discussion points such as the power of positive.

Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kids Yoga Mat Even the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles take time to learn and practice new moves. Show them how fun yoga can be with Leonardo or Michelangelo by their side! They'll love the challenge of using strength and balance to master ninja-like poses, and build confidence along the way. Regular yoga practice is a great way for kids to destress and relax.  They'll enjoy the sense of freedom and control yoga can bring, and learn to focus by clearing their minds. The positive and non-competitive nature of yoga can benefit all kids, athletic or not. This non-slip latex free mat is 6P free, so they're safe practicing even the toughest ninja moves.Namaste, dude

Smile with Yoga: Fun, Mindful, and Engaging Yoga for Kids
Fun, mindful, and engaging yoga book for kids and their parents.

Kid-friendly Yoga poses,  playful rhyming poems, fun animal facts, captivating and enjoyable games and activities, easy to follow step-by-step poses guide. Encourages children to exercise and practice Yoga and learn about kindness, awareness and compassion along the way.

ABC for Me: ABC Yoga: Join us and the animals out in nature and learn some yoga!
Crawl like a crocodile, stretch like a fox, and hop like a grasshopper, discovering basic yoga poses as you learn the alphabet. A fun family read, this interactive title is perfect for teaching toddlers their ABCs, as well as introducing them to familiar animals and basic, simplified yoga poses that promote health and well-being. Each letter of the alphabet is paired with an engaging illustration mimicking the various animals' natural movements. Clever rhymes explain how toddlers (and their parents!) can copy the poses, each of which encourage movement, physical fitness, and mental health.

Yoga Bug: Simple Poses for Little Ones
Flutter like a butterfly.
Twist and turn like a grasshopper.
Wiggle, jiggle, and giggle like a beetle.
Kids love bugs―and what better way to get them excited about yoga than with the help of our multi-legged friends?
This delightfully illustrated board book brings the fun and benefits of authentic yoga practice to infants and toddlers.

Yoga Bug guides children through ten authentic yoga poses named after insects that unfold in an irresistibly whimsical flow of play, imagination, and movement. Kids will want to return to them again and again.

DISCLAIMER: I am not an Occupational Therapist. I am a sensory parent. The information on this website is not medical advice and does not replace the information that your child's therapists gives you. These are just ideas and information that I have learned myself over the years of being a parent. If you are concerned for your child, please always seek medical attention through a family doctor, pediatrician or therapist. This website is for informational purposes only. Each child is different and what works for one child may not for another. Please always consult with a professional.