Yoga Poses – 19.5.2020

Hello St George’s,

Please find some more yoga poses for you to try out today.  We hope you are enjoying practicing Yoga and trying out different poses every day.

Flower (Benefits:  Strengthen and Stretch)

This pose serves as a visual prompt to help younger children learn when to inhale and exhale (inhale to open and exhale to close).  As your child inhales remind her to open her chest and arms wide to gain the full benefit of the pose.

What to do:

  • Begin in Easy Pose
  • Bend your elbows and place your fingertips just behind your ears.
  • Inhale through your nose and stretch your elbows back to ‘bloom’ open your arm petals.
  • Exhale as you bring your elbows together in front of your face and then down to the floor.
  • Inhale to ‘bloom’ all the way open by sitting back up while opening your arm petals and ‘smelling’ the beautiful fragrance of your flower.
  • Exhale back down, closing your petals.

Repeat inhaling to open and exhaling to close your flower petals three to five times or more.

Partner Sailboat (Benefits – Connect and Stretch)

This partner activity promotes calm and connection while stretching the back muscles and the hips.  If you and your child has tight hamstrings or poor core strength, sit on a folded blanket to elevate your hips before attempting this pose.  This will help ensure a more comfortable upright posture.  While ‘sailing’ trying pulling away from each other for a deeper stretch.

What to do:

  • Sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of you, facing your partner.  Make your legs  strong and flex your feet so that your toes are pointing to the sky.
  • Press your hands into the floor at the side of your body.
  • Sit up tall and breathe.
  • Pull your right foot into your left thigh.  Your partner will do the same.
  • Connect your left foot to your partner’s right knee and have your partner connect to yours.
  • Reach out your left arms and grasp onto each other’s forearms.
  • Inhale to sit up nice and tall.
  • Exhale and twist your upper body to your right, reaching your sails (right arms) out behind you.
  • Breathe in and out for five breaths.
  • Switch legs and arms to sail in the opposite direction.

Enjoy.  Stay safe and well. xx 

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