I’ve always wanted to develop tools that help children self-sooth and develop emotional self-regulation skills. I learned that yoga helps manage stress through breathing, awareness, meditation, and healthy movement. Young children love animals, so any yoga pose that associates an animal name is wonderful because it conjures playful, relatable animal behavior that helps yoga feel more like play. The best way to introduce calming strategies is by practicing it in the moments when the child is calm and practicing them for short periods, but very regularly, preferably every day. Alexa is a great format for the purpose of this project because it offers a hands-free easy access in a home environment where parents can model the process themselves to show their child exactly what to do. Children will learn that the exercise can help them calm down the next time they feel overwhelmed.

What it does

Animal Yoga provides children a fun yoga experience through imaginative play, breathing, stretching, and healthy movement. It encourages their creativity and imagination, builds their strength and flexibility, increases their body awareness, balance, and coordination, and provides them with emotional regulation tools.


Angelfish, Armadillo, Bat, Bee, Butterfly, Cat, Chameleon, Clam, Crocodile, Dragon, Eagle, Elephant, Flamingo, Frog, Giraffe, Jellyfish, Kangaroo, Lion, Lizard, Octopus, Owl, Pufferfish, Roly Poly, Seahorse, Sea Star, Shark, Snail, Snake, Spider, Turtle, Wolf…and more to come!

Clear the space, practice barefoot, and unleash your child’s body and mind! Try to do it as a family and have fun!

How I built it

I built it using Javascript, Lambda, S3 and Audacity.

Challenges I ran into

Small children have shorter attention spans than adults. How can I make it as playful as possible to engage young children? Lots of time spent on incorporating SSML, Speechcon to make the voice more animated, simplifying languages to make the yoga pose sequences easily understandable, adding short animal stories and sound effects to entice children to stay interested.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

This is my very first Alexa project! It has inspired me to develop many new ideas.

What I learned

It was my first time using Javascript and AWS Lambda and my first encounter of Voice Design. I learned a great deal and had fun!

What's next for Animal Yoga

  • Continue to add more Animal Yoga poses.
  • Loop Animal Yoga poses.
  • Give users the option to choose 5, 10 or 15 minutes Animal Yoga routines. Take some of the best Animal Yoga poses and add a starting pose to the beginning and ending meditation to the end. It will offer the user a smooth, continuous experience.
  • Continue to improve the user experience of this project.

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