During the winter, we may feel more like curling up but that actually makes us colder. When it’s chilly outside, yoga is a great way to get the body moving, warm up the muscles and get the blood circulating. You could start this routine with a song. “The Grand Old Duke of York” is great for pre-school children as you can march up and down the hill as you sing.
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 5-6 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.
Cat Pose: Kneel on the floor on all fours. Arch your back like a cat and make some meowing noises!
Cow Pose: Kneel on the floor on all fours. Raise your head up and sink your back down into a deep curve.
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.
Monkey Jumps: Finish off by doing three to five big star jumps. Start from a squat. Jump up as high as you can whilst making monkey sounds.
To wind down, you can finish by singing a favourite song to keep the energy positive.