Kids LOVE to take adventures to outer space. January often feels a little bit Alien…doesn’t it? So we started the year off with our family Alien Yoga Lesson for kids. And family yoga is a fabulous way for families to de-stress, have fun, and partake in movement and breathing exercises together.
In every lesson of “Bonding with My Bunnies: Yoga Lesson Plans for Families & Children” book the theme of each lesson is introduced with a share circle.
1. SHARE CIRCLE (See Demo Here – Toy Parachute Optional )
(Invite everyone to take turns sharing — for everyone who wants to share): Ask the following: If you were an alien from another planet, what would your planet be called and what would be your alien pose?
Then, everyone does each pose together. The pose can be a real yoga pose or a pose that the child creates.
2. BREATHING EXERCISE
Next, in every lesson is a breathing exercise to calm the body and get everyone ready for the yoga practice.
For the Alien Yoga Lesson for Kids, we do ALIEN BREATHING.
This breathing exercise is super fun and simple. Simply instruct the kids to breathe in three short times – and then breathe out one long time.
Here’s a demonstration: ALIEN BREATHING
3. THE PRACTICE
Next, is a kid friendly yoga practice.
Each of us lands on our individual planet. We look into the distance. There is a crescent moon in the distance (do Standing Crescent Moon Pose).
Let’s lean to our right side. Then, let’s lean to our left side. Next, go back to the center. We also see stars (do Star Pose). The stars twinkle. Let’s touch our right hand to our left foot and then, raise up into Star Pose. Then, touch our left hand to our right foot and again, raise up into Star Pose.
The planet Saturn is also in the distance. So, we hold hands in a circle above our heads, and lean back. To walk around Saturn, we must do a special walk called the moonwalk. To do the moonwalk, go in to Forward Fold then step back to Downward Facing Dog and pedal your feet.
We also see space rocks. Go into space rock pose (Child’s Pose). From Child’s Pose go into Staff Pose and reach to the stars again.
Once you reached your planet, you are able to relax in Final Relaxation Pose.
4. YOGA GAMES
There are many Alien Yoga Games outlined in the book “Bonding with My Bunnies: Yoga Lessons Plans for Families & Children sold in bookstores nationwide and at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com and Walmart.com. Available to local book stores: ISBN: 9780578969497.
Here is one highlighted:
5. Alien Yoga Meditation for Families & Children – Final Relaxation Time
The Alien Yoga Meditation for Families & Children is outlined in the book “Bonding with My Bunnies: Yoga Lessons Plans for Families & Children sold in bookstores nationwide and at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com and Walmart.com. Available to local book stores: ISBN: 9780578969497.