Sunday, 21 August 2016

Superhero- A yoga adventure


Note to mums and dads, grandmas and grandads.  This adventure is another opportunity to dress up and have fun while getting all the benefits of yoga.  

My name is Asana woman and I patrol the city streets making sure good triumphs over evil. What will be your superhero name? When I am not being a superhero, I teach yoga and nobody knows that secretly I am a superhero.  

Let's pretend that one day you were soaring high in the sky checking all was alright in the streets below (Warrior 3) - from standing take your weight into your right leg.  Breathe in and stretch your arms out at shoulder height, breathe out and lean forward as you lift your left leg. Breathe in and come back to upright and try flying with your right leg lifted. 
Imagine the city far below.  You are higher than the skyscrapers.  Can you be a skyscaper - stand with your feet a little wider than your hips.  Breathe in and circle your arms up, palms together. 
Now you are circling over the city park (Locust pose). Come down onto your tummy with your arms down by your sides, your forehead on the mat. Breathe in and lift your arms, legs, head and chest as if you are flying. Breathe out when you get tired to lower.
Suddenly there is a cry for help (Goddess squat) - stand with your feet wide, your toes turned out. Bring your arms up level with your shoulders and bend your elbows so that your palms face forward.  Breathe out and bend your knees. Can you do a distressed face?
Time to dive down to see if you can help (Warrior variation) - step your left foot back, turning your left toes out. Breathe in and bend your front knee, breathe out extend your arms out, palms together.  Point your fingers down and lower your head.  


Now what seems to be the problem.  Ah a cat is stuck up the tallest tree in the park (Cat pose)- come onto all fours, breathe in lift your head and chest, breathe out arch your back and meow like a cat stuck up a tree.  
What frightened him? 

Can you be as tall as the tree?  Take your weight into your right leg.  Find something to gaze at - a spot that is not moving.  Take your left foot to your right ankle, right shin or bend your right leg, take hold of your left foot and bring it to your right thigh.  Breathe in and lift your arms (branches) up.  


Oh no, your arch enemy is trying to stop you rescuing the cat.  What is your arch enemy's name? What is he like? Prepare to do battle! (Warrior 2) - stand  with your feet wide.  Turn your right leg to the right and the toes of the left foot in. Breathe in, stretch your arms out at shoulder height, lift your chest, breathe out bend your right knee, turn to look down the fingers of your right hand.  To do battle with your arch enemy on your other side, breathe in straighten the right knee, breathe out bring your hands to your heart, turn your feet to face forward  then repeat second side.  
That's sorted him out!

Result- one happy cat! (Cat pose) - come onto all fours, breathe in, lift your head and chest and make a happy meow sound.
'Yoga for every body - Kid's yoga'- 'Amazon Adventure' - http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/yoga-for-every-body-kids-yoga.html

'Yoga for every body - Kid's yoga- 'Space explorers- Start here' - https://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/yoga-for-every-body-kids-yoga-space.html

'Pirates Ahoy - A yoga adventure'-
http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/pirates-ahoy-yoga-adventure.html

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