Earlier this month, I represented Backyard Yoga for the first time at a public event: our community's Butterfly Festival. While I typically steer clear of participating in festivals of any kind, I was not willing to pass this one up. Butterfly Festival is a local event put on by Family Services, a local non-profit whose mission is to "Help Families Fly". How could I not get involved?
To fit in with the festival's theme, I created the Metamorphosis of a Butterfly flow; now I'd like to share it with all of you!
The Butterfly Flow
Find your "leaf" and tuck into an egg (child's pose).
Take some deep breaths as you feel the warmth of the sun on your back.
Start to wiggle around and POP out of your egg, reaching up to the sky.
Stretch your back up high (down dog), ready to look for something yummy to eat.
Drop your belly low (up dog) and begin to crawl like a caterpillar.
Repeat a few times, sending your back up high and then dropping your belly down low.
What did you find to eat?
With your belly full, walk your feet forward and start to tuck into your coccoon.
Pull your feet together and squeeze your legs together, hugging your knees and tucking your head.
Take a few deep breaths and feel the warm sun on your back.
Slowly start to wiggle and reach out of your coccoon.
Sit back and let your wings (knees) fall open.
Flap your wings a few times. How do they feel?
What color is your butterfly?
Enjoy sharing this practice with the kiddos in your life!
Peace + Play