Wednesday, 26 October 2016

A Flexiladies Halloween Kids' Yoga Adventure

This yoga practice is a great way to spend time with your children. You can make it even more fun by dressing up and face painting if you like.

We have met Gwendoline the witch before (Up Salute variation) - stand with your feet slightly apart, take your arms up and bring your hands together over your head to make the witch's hat.

Since you last met her Gwendoline has got a new cat, a playmate for Abigail who she has called Darkness (Cat pose) - come onto all fours, breathe in lift your head and chest, breathe out and arch your back like a Halloween cat.

Now Darkness could not settle with Gwendoline and Abigail in their cosy hovel.  He was bored - he wanted adventure, to be owed by a witch who cast evil spells but Gwendoline hardly ever cast any spells these days.  He decided to run away to find adventure.  One night in October when the wind was howling and Gwendoline and Abigail were fast asleep, Darkness tiptoed out of the hovel and made his way into the Forest of No Return (Tree pose) - stand with your feet slightly apart and take your weight into your left foot, bring the sole of your right foot to your left ankle, shin or thigh.  Breathe in and lift your arms to make your branches. Repeat second side.

It's pitch black - the only light was from a crescent moon (Crescent Moon Pose) - stand with your feet slightly apart.  Breathe in take your arms up, join your palms, breathe out lean to the right to make a crescent moon shape. Breathe in to come back to centre and repeat second side.  

What's that screeching sound? An Eagle comes swooping down from a nest high in the trees (Eagle pose) - take your right arm under the left and bend both elbows.  If your arms allow, take the left arm in front of the right and join the palms. To modify the arm position you can have the backs of the hands together with the right arm under the left, or simply have the elbows and palms together. Lift the elbows level with the shoulders and find a drishti, a gaze point.  Softly bend both knees and take your weight into your left foot.  Take your right foot to the outside of the left, or take the right foot to the outside of the left calf or tuck the right foot behind the left calf.  Repeat 2nd side. Quickly Darkness dives under a clump of ferns - phew that was close.

He decides to lie low here for a while but as he starts to settle he jumps up - a hedgehog is sharing this spot with him and his prickles are really sharp (Child's Pose) - sit with your bottom on your heels.  Bring your forehead to your mat and take your hands to your feet. Breathe in when you are ready to come up.  

Taking a step back he stumbles over a snake  (Cobra pose)- lie on your tummy with your forehead on the mat. Bring your hands by your shoulders and tuck your elbows in.  Breathe in and lift your head and chest.  Breathe out when you are ready to come down.  Darkness was lucky, he stumbled over a smooth snake which is non-venomous - it would have been very different if the snake was an adder. Can you hiss like a snake?

Tears in his eyes, he moves on but his ordeal is not over.  The silent wings of a tawny owl clip his ear - will he be eaten? (Warrior 3 variation) - stand with your feet slightly apart and stretch your arms wide.  Breathe our and lift your right leg as your hinge forward with your upper body. 

Once again Darkness is lucky - the owl swoops down and gathers up a frog in its talons (Frog) - stand with your feet slightly apart and turn your toes out, breathe out and bend your knees out so that you can bring your hands to the floor.  Can you croak like a frog?

Ah what is that tickly sensation on Darkness' back.  Don't panic Darkness its only a harmless spider (Dead bug pose). Can you pretend to be a spider on a ceiling? Lie on your back, knees bent and lift your hands and feet up - wriggle like a spider.  

By this time Darkness is in tears.  Through his tears he sees two yellow eyes, a fox (Downward Facing Dog) - come onto all fours.  Breathe in, tuck your toes, breathe out lift your hips high. 

Darkness runs through the forest, stumbling as he goes.  Around his head bat are flying (Baddha Konasana) - sit on a block or cushion, bring the soles of your feet together and bring them in towards you.  Flap your knees up and down like bat wings.  

Just then he hears a whoosh in the trees.  It can't be - it is!  Gwendolene coming to rescue him (Humble Warrior variation)- come to standing and 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.  

Home again and cosy in his hovel with Gwendolene and Abigail, Darkness will never leave home again but maybe he will still find adventures that aren't quite so dangerous.

Happy Halloween!


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