As you may have noticed we are crazy about toes in Yoga as we see this to be our connection to the earth. So why not have some fun with your toes and celebrate just how awesome they are!
Pom poms – I have to be honest I am a fan, I love the colours, texture and the endless simple fun you can have with them. On the theme of connection why not have some family fun using your toes.
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When things get a little hectic in the holiday season – why not practice one of our favourite calming and balancing poses the ‘tree pose’.
All children love this pose and what is great is if you can get them to see if they can count how long they can hold it for – the longer they can balance the calmer they will be.
Make sure they focus on something that isn’t moving to help them balance.
To finish take a short ‘Santa relaxation ‘– making sure that he will have lots of energy to be able to deliver all the wonderful treats that he has for children everywhere.
After Santa relaxation a wonderful extension of this calm space is to imagine how they would look if they were a Christmas tree and how they might decorate themselves.
After drawing themselves in the tree pose they can begin to create themselves sparkling with lots of fabulous decorations.
Simple creative tools – Paper, pencils, colour pencils or textas and maybe some glitter pens or gold and silver.
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I found this photo recently and it reminded me of the wonderful holiday I had with my family in the Maldives a few years ago, and where a daily yoga practice for Mum and Dad became a must.
Adjusting to the heat meant that ‘legs up the wall – or Viparita Karani’ was a great accompaniment to an after lunch nap ☺.
A pose that calms the nervous system, reduces swelling in the legs and gives the heart a gentle massage. And as we get closer to the end of the year we may even travel to see family and when we arrive we may just want to ‘put our feet up to relax’ at the other end.
So why not share the love and teach this to Dad’s and Grandparents – just make sure if they have tight hamstrings that they bend their knees a little and get them nice and comfy.
Make sure you remind them to relax and breathe, and most importantly, enjoy the pose.
Wishing you a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season with your family.
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At Creative Yogis we feel that creative self expression is paramount to our inner health and well being and offers a chance to be with ourselves in a quiet internal space. An activity that we have just facilitated on our Teacher Training is something that has proven to be popular with both children and trainees again and again.
‘Henna Hands’ are part of the Indian culture and are an expression of beauty and self adornment for women. This can be done on the hands and the feet and is comprised of delicate intricate shapes and patterns drawn directly onto the skin. This can be adapted into a fun and easy activity for everyone. For my beautiful boy students I guide them to imagine that if they were a superhero and had a design on their hand, what might it look like?
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Karen Wightman is the founder of Creative Yogis. She is an experienced, local and international children’s yoga instructor, yoga teacher trainer, and children’s art teacher.
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