The Resources You’ll Need
– A copy of the YogaBugs Guide to Popular Yoga Postures, found on the Fun Zone at www.yogabugs.com.
– ‘Sponge In Space’ (SpongeBob SquarePants) by Dan Crisp, ‘On The Moon’ by Anna Milbourne, ‘Q Pootle 5’ by Nick Butterworth or one of your favourite intergalactic adventures
– Musical accompaniment for the following songs:
- Five Little Men In A Flying Saucer *
- Climb Aboard The Spaceship*
- Nine Planets *
- A soothing piece of music suitable for relaxation
Start by warming up your voices and bodies by singing and dancing along to ‘Five Little Men In A Flying Saucer.’ Then warm up your bodies with these postures:
Concertina Breath For Special Mission Energy
Concertina Breath is an energizing breathing exercise that warms you up, gets oxygen to the brain and helps you feel more active. It’s a bit like playing a squeezebox. With the fingers interlaced under the chin, raise your elbows up and take your head back whilst you breathe through your nose. Breathe out through your mouth and lower the elbows down, resting the chin back on your interlaced fingers.
Sun Salutations for YogaBugs
Hello Sun: Stand up tall and stretch your arms overhead. Shout “Hello Sun!”
Hello Earth: Bend down to touch the floor into Ragdoll. Shout “Hello Earth!”
Lunge: Step one foot backwards into a lunge, the way runners do when they’re starting a race. Shout “beep, beep!”
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).
Lunge: From dog pose, bring one foot forwards between your hands. Shout “beep, beep!”
Ragdoll: Bring both feet together. You will now be folded forward with your arms and shoulders completely relaxed. Come back to standing.
Repeat this sequence of moves three to four times.
Candle: Lay on your back and raise your legs in the air to form an L-shape. Count down to blast off, 10, 9, 8,7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, BLAST OFF
Cycling: Spaceships are quite small inside, so we need to move around to exercise our muscles. Start off by lying on your back. Cycle your legs – slowly at first and then faster. Slow down again 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 5-6 times. Come up to a sitting position with your feet together in butterfly pose.
Cobra Pose: Lie on your stomach, feet together, palms on the floor. Raise your head and shoulders and look up. This will enable you to look out of the spaceship and see what’s on the moon!
Moon Walking: Climb out of your spaceship and walk around the moon. Lift your knees up high and take big strides.
Get ready for your space adventure by singing ‘Climb Aboard The Spaceship.’ Then read ‘Sponge In Space’ (SpongeBob SquarePants) by Dan Crisp, ‘On The Moon’ by Anna Milbourne, ‘Q Pootle 5’ by Nick Butterworth or one of your favourite intergalactic adventures. As you read through the story, introduce the yoga postures from the YogaBugs Guide To Popular Yoga Postures.
End with the song ‘Nine Planets.’
Sleepy Star: Sitting upright, bring your legs into a diamond shape. Extend your arms out to the side. Sway gently over to one side and then to the other, singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as you do so.
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.
* If you don’t have CD of these songs or haven’t got them downloaded to ITunes, you’ll find them on You Tube.
Five Little Men In A Flying Saucer
5 little men in a flying saucer
Looked around the world one day
They looked left and right
But they didnt like the sight
So one man flew a way
4 little men in a flying saucer……and so on till you have 0
Climb Aboard The Spaceship (Sung To Incy Wincy Spider)
Climb Aboard the spaceship,
We’re going to the moon,
Hurry and get ready,
We’re going to blast off soon,
Put on your helmet and buckle up real tight,
Here comes the countdown,
10, 9. 8. 7. 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…….
Nine Planets (Sung to Ten Little Indians)
1 little, 2 little, 3 little planets,
4 little, 5 little, 6 little planets,
7 little, 8 little, 9 little planets,
Orbiting round the sun.
Mercury, Venus and the Earth,
Mars, Jupiter and Saturn,
Uranus, Neptune and Pluto,
Orbiting round the sun.