The Resources You’ll Need
– A copy of the YogaBugs Guide to Popular Yoga Postures, found on the Fun Zone at www.yogabugs.com.
– “Spot’s First Easter” by Eric Hill, “The Bunny Who Found Easter” by Charlotte Zolotow, “Peter Rabbit Seedlings: Peter Rabbit’s Easter” by Beatrix Potter or another favourite story book about Easter.
– Musical accompaniment for the following songs:
- Sleeping Bunnies
- I’m A Spring Chicken
- A soothing piece of music suitable for relaxation
Start by warming up your voices with Sleeping Bunnies and doing the actions to the song. Then warm up your bodies with these yoga postures:
Cat Pose: Kneel on the floor on all fours. Arch your back like a cat and make some meowing noises! Move into Cow pose.
Cow Pose: Kneel on the floor on all fours. Raise your head up and sink your back down into a deep curve. Move back to Cat pose. Repeat this sequence 3-4 times.
Dog Pose: Take both legs back so that your hands and feet are on the floor and your buttocks are in the air (the shape of an upside-down triangle).
Cycling: Start off by lying on your back. Cycle up the hill – slowly at first and then faster. Slow down to a stop
Rocking Horse: Roll up and down on your mat. As you do, try to touch the floor behind you with your feet. Do this 3-4 times. Come up to a sitting position with your feet together in butterfly pose.
Butterfly Pose: Sit up tall, bend your knees and bring the bottom of your feet to touch. Flap your butterfly wings to warm up your hips. You can ask the children to tell you what colour their butterfly wings are.
Tree Pose: – standing up tall, imagine you are a giant tree with roots growing out of the soles of your feet into the ground. Draw one foot to the side of the calf and balance on the standing leg. Bring the hands first to the heart, and then raise them in the air to form branches. If you’re a bit wobbly, put your hand against the wall for support. Repeat on the other side.
Bumblebee Breath: – This breath is great for relaxing and soothing. Bees hum their days away, visiting flowers and making honey. As you hum, think about what makes you happy! Close your eyes and take a big breath in. As you breathe out, hum like a bee. Repeat this for three to five rounds.
Read “Spot’s First Easter” by Eric Hill, “The Bunny Who Found Easter” by Charlotte Zolotow, “Peter Rabbit Seedlings: Peter Rabbit’s Easter” by Beatrix Potter or another favourite story book about Easter. As you read through the story, introduce the yoga postures from the YogaBugs Guide To Popular Yoga Postures.
End with the song “I’m A Spring Chicken.”
Flying Hearts: This pose is a chest opener and helps us to see the brighter side of life. It is used by adults to prepare for meditation, so the effect on children is calming too. Start in Butterfly Pose (see above). Place your hands on the floor, behind your hips. Lean back slightly and lift your chest upward. Keep your head lifted up.
Kiss Your Knee Pose: Sit opposite your child. Stretch one leg out in front and bring the other foot against your thigh. Inhale to stretch your spine. As you exhale, bend forward to kiss your knee! Repeat on the other side.
Relaxation Pose: Lie flat on your back, arms at sides, feet slightly apart. Alternatively you could lay your child on your tummy and take the opportunity to massage his/ her back whilst the music is playing. (You could put your legs up against the wall whilst you’re doing this). Close your eyes and rest. Listen to a soothing piece of music for a couple of minutes.