Lesson Plan 001 -- Taking Flight Preview

While you patiently await the October launch of Monday Lesson Plans, here are some fun poses for you and your little ones to explore.  These poses are inspired by the Taking Flight InFLOWgraphic, a class about spreading your wings and trying new things.

Tree Pose:  Because strong roots help you to fly even higher.  Root down in your RIGHT LEG, finding a single point to focus on.  Lift your arms into the sky, growing your branches long and tall.  Switch sides and repeat.

Tree Pose:  Because strong roots help you to fly even higher.  Root down in your RIGHT LEG, finding a single point to focus on.  Lift your arms into the sky, growing your branches long and tall.  Switch sides and repeat.

Eagle Pose:  Wrap your RIGHT LEG over your LEFT LEG and your RIGHT ARM under your LEFT ARM.  Hold, then switch sides.

Eagle Pose:  Wrap your RIGHT LEG over your LEFT LEG and your RIGHT ARM under your LEFT ARM.  Hold, then switch sides.

Peacock Pose:  Kneeling with knees together, fold forward and reach your forehead towards the ground.  Bring your hands together behind your back and lift them like tail feathers.

Peacock Pose:  Kneeling with knees together, fold forward and reach your forehead towards the ground.  Bring your hands together behind your back and lift them like tail feathers.

Owl Pose:  Sit up tall in criss-cross applesauce.  Turn to the LEFT, placing your LEFT HAND behind your back and your RIGHT HAND on your LEFT KNEE.  Turn your head to look behind you.  Unwind and try it on the other side.

Owl Pose:  Sit up tall in criss-cross applesauce.  Turn to the LEFT, placing your LEFT HAND behind your back and your RIGHT HAND on your LEFT KNEE.  Turn your head to look behind you.  Unwind and try it on the other side.

Lady Bug Pose (AKA Happy Baby):  Lay on your back, lifting your legs up high.  Grab your feet and let your knees fall open towards your armpits or ears.  Rock side-to-side if it feels good, giving your back a little massage.

Lady Bug Pose (AKA Happy Baby):  Lay on your back, lifting your legs up high.  Grab your feet and let your knees fall open towards your armpits or ears.  Rock side-to-side if it feels good, giving your back a little massage.

Reclined Butterfly:  Time to rest.  Lay back with the bottoms of your feet together and knees out wide.  Stretch your arms out long, away from your body.  Close your eyes and breathe.

Reclined Butterfly:  Time to rest.  Lay back with the bottoms of your feet together and knees out wide.  Stretch your arms out long, away from your body.  Close your eyes and breathe.

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BUTTERFLY VISUALIZATION

by Erica Golub

Lay back in Reclined Butterfly with your eyes closed.

Imagine you are watching a butterfly playing in the sky above you. 

Notice how it flies.  Is it fast or slow?  Does it fly high into the clouds then swoop low again?

 Pause and provide some silent space for the kids to observe.

See if you can control your butterfly with your breath. 

As you BREATHE IN, does it swoop low? As you BREATHE OUT, can you get your butterfly to fly even higher?

 Pause and provide some silent space for the kids to observe.

Bring your butterfly to rest on your nose.

Take one last deep breath and slowly open your eyes.

IF you have time, let the kids share their experience.  

A great way to start the conversation is to ask what color their butterfly was.

 

~Peace + Play + Namaste~

erica

 

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