The Lonely Beast
There are beasts all over the world. But only one in each country - and none of them know each other! They are quiet creatures who keep to themselves, gardening, drinking tea, enjoying life.
One Beast was lonely. He went on a journey to see if he could find any other beasts.
Through the woods, up and over the mountains, to the sea he went. He swam until he could no longer, then he walked along the sea floor. He met an octopus, a clam, and a tortoise. A whale helps him along when he tires. Finally, he reaches a city, and he meets many people who welcome him warmly.
But will he be able to find any other beasts? Will he find his place to belong?
How Do You Do? Welcome to the city
Tadasana with Namaste Hands
Stand comfortably with your back and legs straight. Breathe in and out. Relax your shoulders. Bring your arms up over your head on your next in breath, and lower your hands to your heart as you breathe out. Turn to your neighbour and bow, saying 'How Do You Do?' Turn to the other side and repeat.
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, wiggling your arms and legs to resemble an octopus' eight legs..
Watering the garden /
Stand up straight and tall. Bend one knee up, and grab your ankle with your hand. Bring your other arm in front of you, curved like a spout. Concentrate and balance, bending at the waist to 'pour' the water, and later the tea. Try it a few times, then switch feet to the other side.
Tree Pose - Vrksasana
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.
In the valley
Urdhva Mukva Svanasana
Begin in Down Dog. Keep your hands and feet stable, and shift your hips and chest forward, lowering toward the floor without touching it. Breathe in and come back up to Down Dog. Breathe out and move forward again. Try this a few times, breathing in and out as you go 'up and down.'
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