Swami Vivekananda was a disciple of the Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa.  He introduced the Hindu philosophy of Yoga in Europe and America. 

This week, nursery and Reception have been focusing on our body postures. We looked closely at the various different types of ‘asanas’ (postures) and what each posture meant. We practised them every single day! it was tough at first, but by Friday we managed to get some of the asanas correct. 

1. Pretzel

The Children sat tall in a cross-legged position. They stretched one arm across their body and rested it on their knee. They then, Stretched their other hand behind them and breathed in deeply. The breathing in and out continued slowly before switching positions. 

 

 

2. Easy Pose

The children sat up straight in a cross-legged position. They softly placed their hands on their knees, palms facing up. They then continued to breathe in and out deeply to calm their body.

 

 

3. Airplane

The children lay flat on their belly. They lifted up their chest, arm and legs. 

4. Cobra

The children lay flat on their tummy with their elbows bent. They slowly lifted their chest so their elbows were under their chest and their legs straight behind them. 

5. Oyster

The children sat up straight with their bottoms of their feet together. their arms were tucked underneath their knees, touching the floor with their elbows.

                     

6. Eagle

The children’s favourite asana was the Eagle! They stood tall, slightly bending their knees. They placed their right leg over their left one and crossed their right arm over their left one. They continued to breathe in and out slowly three to four times, before switching sides. 

 

The children had lots of fun practicing these asanas. They showed a lot of resilience and kept perfecting their postures. Why don’t you have a go yourselves and see how you get on.