Green Eggs and Ham
Sam-I-Am is indefatigable in his efforts to convince his rigid friend to open up and try something new. We start out considering what it means to be open to new things, people, and ideas, and consider whether the character in the story is open or closed. Sam-I-Am suggests that his friend might like the food in a house, with a mouse…In a box, with a fox… In the rain, on a train… In a car, on a boat; the options are endless. When his friend at last agrees to give it a try to get Sam to stop pestering him, he’s surprised and delighted to find he DOES in fact like Green Eggs and Ham.
This story is all about opening your heart to new people, opportunities and experiences – you may be surprised how much you like when you give it a try!
Open / Closed
Sam-I-Am persists in trying to get his friend to open himself up to new things.
Sit comfortably on your sitting bones. Breathe in through your nose and fill your lungs all the way to your belly, rolling forward on to knees. Then breathe out, curling up and ‘closing,’ rolling back to sitting, hugging your knees. Open and close yourself a few times.
In a House
Sam keeps thinking of new places to propose his friend try the green eggs and ham. One is in a house with a mouse.
Stand with your feet wide apart, your front foot facing forward and your back foot sideways. Bend your front knee and lower your arm toward your ankle or the floor, then straighten your front leg. Wiggle your fingers of your raised arm - that's the smoke coming out of the chimney!
In a Box
Another place Sam-I-Am suggests his friend try the green eggs and ham is in a box with a fox.
Come to your hands and knees and keep your back flat. Your back is one side of the box, your arms are one side, the mat is one side and your thighs are the fourth side. Breathe in for a count of four, hold it for a count of four, breathe out for four and hold for four. Repeat for a total of four times. Square!
In a Car
Bow Pose / Dhanurasana
Sam continues to present places that might entice his friend to open up and try it - a car, for one.
Lie flat on your belly with your arms and legs stretched out in front of and behind you. Bring your arms back to your hips, and bend your legs. Grab your ankles. Breathe in and lift everything up, then breathe out and lower.
In A Boat
Boat Pose - Paripurna Navasana
Begin in a seated position with your back straight and your legs straight out in front of you. Lower your back as you lift your legs. Breathe in and out, using your arms to row.
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