Don’t Let Your Kids Get Eaten By A Sea Monster! by Rainbow Kids Yoga (link below)
We see so many families less engaged with their children and more with their beautiful faces turned down into a little screen. Let’s try to consciously be more present with our kids before they are eaten by a sea monster!
Want to do something fun that will bring you and your kids closer together in the extra time created in the absence of technology? Try the following little yoga class with the whole family!
1. Warm up – Follow My Body
Put some fun music on and have the most experienced yogi in the family lead everyone through a Sun Salutation and other movements for the other family members to mirror. There is no talking. Everyone follows the movements of the leader silently.
One at a time, all the family members take turns being the leader for a few minutes.
2. Yoga Poses – Connecting
Each of the family members chooses three of their favourite yoga poses for everyone to connect through. In pairs or as a group, we explore different ways of doing this pose together.
We can hold hands; do the pose one in front of or behind each other, back-to-back or side-by-side. We can even do the pose one on top of each other! The only rule when we invent new poses is that it must feel good to all participants. We take at least three deep breaths in each partner or group pose we create.
3. Breathing – Shapes Breathing
Sitting down, one person guides the others how to breathe by asking them to follow the movements of their hand with their breath. When he raises his hand upward (slowly), it means to inhale; when he moves his hand horizontally, it means to hold the breath; and when he moves his hand downward, it means to exhale.
The leader can, in this way, draw an imaginary square with his hand, causing the other family members to inhale, hold the breath, exhale, hold the breath, etc. in a rhythmic way. Try any shape you want!
Stairs are my favourite. Do it for a minute or two and you’ll feel deeply relaxed. Of course switch leaders.
4. Relaxation – Anaconda SnakeEveryone (except the first person) lie with their head on the belly of the family member before them. We breathe deeply and feel how we lift and lower each other’s head with our belly as we breathe. We close our eyes and we listen and feel the breath moving like waves, helping us go deeper and deeper into the relaxation.
Don’t rush to get up, and finish with lots of cuddles and kisses… Enjoy!