Ferdinand is a young bull who lives in sunny Spain. All the other young bulls like to run, jump, and butt their heads together, but not Ferdinand. Ferdinand likes to sit just quietly and smell the flowers under his favourite cork tree.
One day five men come to Ferdinand's meadow looking for the fiercest bull to fight in the bull fights in Madrid. Ferdinand doesn't want to be chosen, so he goes to sit under his favorite tree. Rather than sitting on the cool grass however, Ferdinand sits on a BEE! Ouch! He paws and snorts and jumps around as if he were crazy. Hurrah! shout the men. We've found our bull!
Ferdinand is carried away to the bull fights in a cart. But will he be expected to fight? The banderilleros, the picadores and the matador himself want to fight him. How will Ferdinand survive?
Opposite Arm and Leg Extension
Ferdinand walks slowly and contentedly as he heads toward the cork tree.
Concentrate on making sure you lift one of your legs and then the opposite arm. Breathe in as you raise both, and breathe out as you lower them.
Ferdinand goes to sit down under the cork tree, but sits on a BEE instead. Can you imagine how that felt? OUCH!
As Ferdinand, place your hands well in front of you, and then hop up, feeling the transfer of your weight from your feet to your hands and back, landing on your toes. Repeat four or five times.
While you are just sitting quietly, focus on your breathing. Breathe in and out through your nose, evenly. Let your belly fill with air as you breathe in, and pull it in as you exhale.
Tree - Vrksasana
Ferdinand likes to sit just quietly under the cork tree and smell the flowers.
With younger children, we practice being trees on two legs first. Feel for your belly button and rub your hands down your legs and back up again to get a sense of your trunk. This is grounded and still. This is a great precursor to a one-legged stance.
Warrior II - Virabadrasana II
The matador is the proudest of all who want to fight Ferdinand in the bull ring.
Place your front foot pointing toward the circle, and take a big step back, planting your back foot centered sideways behind it. Raise your arms parallel to the floor. Breathe in and out.
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