Starting Another Week Mindfully and Gratefully…

(Also posted on Instagram and Facebook pages)

This Yoga Bear can be found on Amazon.ca

Welcoming another week!

I’ve used my Yoga Bear to help today! He can do pretty much any pose, which helps me when I have to show a pose that I can’t physically do myself. This week, we used the bear to show the steps needed to get into our pose, rather than moving our body parts all at once. After I had the boys try putting the bear into pose, they attempted to do it themselves.

So this week we are practicing the Half Squat Pose, Elephant breathing, and reminding ourselves that we can do anything we set our minds to.

Half Squat Pose

Start by standing with feet wide apart, toes facing forward. Place your hands on your hips. Bend forward, placing fingertips or hands on the floor. Bend right leg, placing knee above the ankle. (Toes should still face forward) Straighten the left leg (for an added stretch, point left toes up). Relax your neck. And don’t forget to BREATHE. Do the same movements using the opposite leg.

Elephant Breath (or woodchopper)

Stand straight and place your hands in front of you and interlace your fingers (this is your trunk!) Take a long breath in while raising your hands above your head. Exhale through your mouth while forcefully swinging your hands down between your legs. For added fun, exhale and make a sound like an elephant 🐘!

Repeat a couple of times.

“I can do anything” – Positive Affirmation

What is something that you want to learn to do?

How can you learn to do this?

What support do I need to do this?

Hope this helps you start the week as well 🙂 Have a wonderful week!