Aaaah late spring -- it’s the perfect time of year, many think, with beautiful new growth all around and the temperature just right.
People of all ages, but perhaps children especially, eagerly await summer fun. At the same time, there are things yoga can support us with. Changes and new growth can come with uncertainty and fear, for example.
Yoga -- including poses, movement, and breath work -- can help us to feel more balanced and grounded.
We can celebrate the new life and beauty of spring as we seek that support, as well! Here are a few yoga standbys for late spring. Instruction is designed for kids but can be useful for all. Enjoy!
Taking big exhales with the “buzz-buzz-buzz” can help cool the body on hot days, and the movement involved can help warm it on cooler days. As the new growth of spring continues, we can celebrate it in our bodies with this breath and movement sequence!
Sit in a comfortable position (older kids may want to sit criss-cross applesauce).
Rub your hands together. Wait for everyone to copy you.
Then once they have, as you breathe in reach your arms up as high as they can go.
Then, as you audibly breathe out, lower your arms to your sides.
Finally start to bring your hands behind your back, elbows pointing out to the sides, as you say aloud, “Hide your hands behind your back! Now, you’re a bumblebee!”
Forming a stinger is optional. Do so by pointing out a finger or two.
Then, buzz-buzz-buzz as you move your torso in circles!
Repeat several times until children know what to say and do.