Kids Yoga: Bumble Bee Adventure

Yoga has been wonderful for my family.  It is very helpful for children with ASD or ADHD, and I have found that breath work is particularly useful for them. I hope my fellow Yogi moms, dads, and teachers find this helpful for a children's yoga session.


(A special thank you to my fantastic husband for helping us today!)

This is a themed class that can easily be incorporated into a homeschool learning unit.

Included you will find:

1. Asana Sequence: converted to children's poses
2. Breath Work: Pranayama Bhramari Breathing (Bumble Bee Breath)
3. Meditation Ideas: Savasana at the end of the practice
4. Art Project: Incorporating the theme of the class






Yoga Class: Bumble Bee's Focus

ASANAS:

Warm Up Breaths in Easy Pose (Sukhasana)

Seated Lateral Side Stretch (Parsva Upavistha Konasana)
Stretching out our bumble bee wings

Cat/Cow Pose (Marjaiasana/Bitilasana)
Warming up bumble bee stinger (repeat, repeat)

Down Dog (Adho Mukha Shvanasana) PREP POSE
Pushing our stingers high in the air

Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
Standing to fly and flapping our wings

Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)
Reaching flowers for pollen on each side (repeat)

Standing Foward Fold to Flat Back (Uttanasana) PREP POSE
Dusting pollen off our feet (reapeat, reapeat)

Down Dog (Adho Mukha Shvanasana)
Pushing our stingers high in the air

Table Top for Nuetral

Dolphin Pose (Ardha Pincha Mayurasana) PEAK POSE
Hiding our bee heads but using our stingers

Childs Pose (Balasana)
Resting our bee bodies

Table Top pulling into Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
Smelling the fragrant flowers

Roll over to Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana) COUNTER POSE
Lifting our bee stingers off the mat

Hug Knees to chest rolling side to side and up into Easy Pose (Sukhasana)







BREATH WORK: PRANAYAMA

Bhramari or Bumble Bee Breath

Breath work can be a wonderful tool for children to work through difficult issues like anger or anxiety. One of the tools my kids enjoy is Bhramari or Bumble Bee Breath. First, we sit in a comfortable position, and cover our ears with our thumbs. Next, we either cover our eyes with our remaining fingers or place the fingers on our heads if we don't want to cover our eyes. Next have them begin making a bee humming sound (it can help to start by making the "N" sound and turning that into a bee hum).

My littles love doing bumble bee breath, and I have seen them use it when they are overwhelmed.  You can search on Youtube for many videos that give great instructions on Bhramari for kids.





MEDITATION:

Savasana

After pranayama (breath work), we get into Savasana and lie down. To set the mood: I close the blinds, play soft healing music, offer blankets, and guide them with deep breaths and happy thoughts to ponder as they rest. After about 5 minutes I will have them wiggle their fingers and toes and slowly blink their eyes open to come back into the space and come back to a comfortable seated position as we say Namaste.


ART PROJECT:

Bumble Bee's with Wax Paper Wings

We made our bumble bees and the stripes out of construction paper, then gave them some character with pencils. We also traced our hands on wax paper, then cut the paper to make wings. You can attach the wings with tape or staples.

HAVE FUN!!













As always, remember that sometimes our children might not want to participate, and that is just fine! I like to teach my students with the expectation that they can do difficult things, and they usually rise to the occasion in their own way, but sometimes kiddos just aren't feeling the activity... and they are always welcome to choose not to play! I believe most learning happens when students feel comfortable. 

Thank you to all the teachers that keep working hard for their kiddos. Also, thank you to my teacher (Steph at Yoga and Ayurveda Center) -- You are making the world a better place.

NAMASTE