Sunday, 18 December 2016

Christmas Eve at Santa's workshop


It's Christmas Eve at Santa's workshop and all the elves are really busy putting the finishing touches to toys for all the girls' and boys' toys.  Can you be an elf and help? (Upward Salute) Stand up tall, take your arms overhead fingertips touching and bend your elbows to make your elf hat.



What have the girls and boys asked for this year?  Teddies are always popular. Becky from England, Adele from France and Emma from Australia all have one on their list. Sit on your mat and bring the soles of your feet together close into your body.  Hold you feet, breathe out and lift your feet off the mat.



Here's the teddy wrapped up and ready to go (Rabbit pose) - sit back on your heels and interlace your fingers behind your back.  Lift your hips and bring the top of your head to the mat or to a cushion.  Breathe in and lift your arms up to make the parcel's bow.  To come out of the pose, lower your arms, breathe in and slowly come up.  



Still lots to do.  Anna in Russia wants a ballerina doll (Dancer) - stand with your feet slightly apart.  Breathe in and stretch your left arm up, reach round for your right foot and hold it with your right hand.  Breathe in and as you breathe out, press your right foot into your right hand as your hinge forward.  Breathe in and straighten up, lower your right foot then be a ballerina on the other side.



Lihua in China wants a unicorn soft toy this year (Horse Stance) - stand in the middle of the mat and turn your toes out.  Bend both knees and bring your hands to your thighs.  If you wish you can take your arms above your head to form a unicorn horn.  



Santa sometimes likes to leave a candy cane when he calls.  Let's be candy canes (Rag Doll forward fold) - stand with your feet slightly apart.  Breathe out and slowly lower your arms and let your head hand.  When you are ready to come out of the pose, breathe in and slowly curl up.

Lance in America wants a bike - shall we pretend to cycle?  Lie on your mat with your hands behind your head, your shins parallel to the ceiling.  Breathe in and as you breathe out bring your left elbow to your right knee as you stretch your left leg out.  Breathe in to come back to centre, breathe out bring your right elbow to your left knee as you stretch your right leg out, breathe in to come back to centre and continue working with your breath.



Karl in Germany wants a superhero figure - this one is flying through the sky to rescue someone (Locust pose) - lie on your tummy with your forehead to the mat and your arms by your sides.  Breathe in and lift your head, chest, arms and legs.  Breathe as you fly through the sky then breathe out to lower.  Bring your bottom back to your heels, your forehead to the mat and take a rest. 



Henry from England wants a skateboard (Balancing Cat). Come to all fours, breathe in and as you breathe out stretch out your right arm and left leg. Breathe and when you are ready to come back to all fours, breathe out and lower your hand and knee. Repeat second side.



After working hard all day, all the presents are ready - time to load up the sleigh (Bow pose). To be a sleigh, lie on your tummy with your forehead on the mat.  Bend both knees and reach round to hold your feet, ankles or shins or if you cannot reach, take a belt around your feet. Breathe in and press your feet up and back so that your chest lifts off the mat and you make the shape of a sleigh with your body.  Hold and breathe then breathe out to lower. Take a rest as before.



Reindeer - the reindeer are ready too.  They have been fed and are excited. Let's pretend to be reindeer.  Which one will you be - Santa's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen), and of course Rudolph? (Downward Facing Dog) - come onto all fours, breathe in tuck your toes, breathe out lift your hips. When you are ready to come out of the pose, breathe in bring your knees to the mat, breathe out bring your bottom back to your heels and take a rest. When you are ready come to standing. 



Santa's ready too.  The elves made him a sandwich and a mug of coffee to keep him awake for his busy night.  He climbs into the sleigh, signals to the reindeer and off they go (Warrior 2) - stand in the middle of your mat and step your feet wide.  Breathe in and stretch your arms out at shoulder height.  Turn your right foot to the right and turn the toes of your left foot in. Breathe out bend your right knee, look down the fingers of your right hand.  When Santa is ready to go the other way, breathe in straighten your front knee, breathe out turn your feet to face forward, bring your hands to heart in a prayer position and repeat second side.



On through the night goes Santa, past the stars (Star pose) - stand in the middle of your mat and take your feet wide. Bring your arms up to shoulder height so that your head, hands and feet make the five points of a star.  To come out of the pose, lower your arms, step your feet together.



It's a crescent moon this Christmas Eve (Crescent Moon pose) - stand in the middle of your mat with your feet together.  Breathe in and take your arms up, bring your palms together. Breathe out and lean to the right as you take your hips to the left.  Breathe in to centre then do the other side.  



At last Santa's busy night is over and he and the reindeer can go back to the North Pole for a well deserved rest knowing that all the children will be happy when they wake tomorrow.
I hope Santa brings you everything you want.  Happy Christmas!!!


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