My weekly family class are always involved with choosing our themes and adventures for their yoga classes. It’s pushed me to try new things and be creative with my lesson plans, and so far requests have included Star Wars yoga, How to Train your Dragon yoga and My Little Pony yoga! So when I mentioned an under the sea adventure they requested the Octonauts. Luckily yoga babies 1 and 2 have developed a bit of an Octonauts obsession recently after borrowing a DVD from the local library, so I didn’t have to do too much research.
Our adventure started in the Octopod, where Kwazii and Peso were just waking up. So we did some wake up stretches and yawns, a great way to get children to take big deep breaths. Then we followed our Octonauts to the games room, where they played a game of football… Now I don’t know whether you’ve ever tried to play football like a penguin, but I can assure you it is not easy. It is lots of fun though! Suddenly we heard the Octoalert and all the Octonauts were summoned to the control bay.
I’d printed and laminated some cards with pictures of the different main characters so we used these, picking one character at a time and learning a yoga pose based in that animal. Some of these were very easy to think of (downward dog for Dashi dog), others took a little more imagination (I eventually decided on happy baby pose for Shellington the sea otter). It was great to see how the kids responded to the familiar characters, everyone was trying the different poses and the youngest children were so excited to be meeting their favourite adventurers.
We talked about how the Octonauts have a mission to explore, rescue and protect, so we have to be brave as we explore and we have to be kind and careful to make sure all the sea life is looked after. Then we started our mission.
I choose a few sea animals and for each animal we learnt the corresponding pose and then had to do something to help that animal. For the dolphin we learnt dolphin pose, and then had to sit very still and quiet so as not to interfere with his sonar. Our shark had toothache, so we looked for a little fish that could come and clean his teeth for him.
After helping 3 or 4 animals out our Octonauts saw something strange swimming past, it looked a little bit like a girl and a little bit like a fish. It turned out to be a mermaid, who took us down to the very bottom of the sea, where we found a shipwreck (boat pose) that Kwazii was sure would contain hidden treasure. In the shipwreck we found a treasure chest (butterfly pose), but it was closed tight. We had to close our eyes and concentrate very hard on the work ‘open’… and it worked! Our treasure chest sprang open to reveal a magical lotus flower that gave us one wish. We held our hands in lotus mudra whilst making a wish before throwing our wishes out to the universe.
Finally we began our journey home. Waving goodbye to the Octonauts we floated slowly up to the surface of the water, coming out into the warm sunshine. We lay back on the surface of the water, floating on the gentle waves under the sunshine, closed our eyes and let our bodies relax. When the children opened their eyes they were thrilled to find that the mermaid had left them each their own magical lotus flower to take away home with them as a reminder of their magical journey.
Now they’ve requested a Ninjago yoga lesson…. I need to put my thinking cap on for that one!