Find out about our Yoga with Buzz programme; available at your Busy Bees' centre and via our UP app.
Yoga helps to enhance flexibility, strength, balance, coordination and body awareness; all skills needed for everyday life. Carrying out yoga with your child can support their physical development as well as developing concentration, ability to follow instructions and helping to create a sense of calmness and relaxation.
Our yoga programme has been developed with an experienced and qualified yoga teacher. In the programme you will find a range of experiences to try with your child. Many of these are linked to nursery rhymes and support your child in following the movements.
Spring time yoga
Spring into Spring and enjoy these yoga poses together at home!
Encourage your child to join in with these Spring time animal poses with you; try to hold each pose for a few seconds, breathing deeply.
Butterfly pose- Sit on your bottom with your legs out in front of you. Place the soles of your feet together and bend your legs slightly so your knees are wide. Can your child flap their arms like a butterfly?
Rabbit pose - Stand with your legs slightly apart, then bend down to place your hands on the floor. For less mobile children, hold their hands in a standing position and see if they can bend down to sit or touch the floor. Can your child wriggle their nose like a rabbit?
Rabbit hop - From their rabbit pose can they push their hands firmly into the floor and kick their legs upwards? For less mobile children, sit them on your lap and bounce them up and down!
Hen pose - Stand with your feet slightly wider than your hips and with your feet turned out. Squat down to the floor and bring your hands into each armpit like you have wings! Can your child cluck like a hen?
Try these super yoga poses with your superhero!
Invite your child to join in with some superhero poses with you!
Let's fly! Come into locust pose laying flat on the floor on your front. Inhale and lift your arms and legs, exhale and bring them to the floor again.
Become invisible! Come into hugging squat pose by squatting down and wrapping your arms around your knees.
Build strength! Come into plank pose by bringing your hands down to the floor and then walking your feet backwards. See how long you can hold your plank for!
Build agility! Come into a one legged balance by standing up straight and then lifting one leg up in front of you. How long can you balance for?
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
Try this yoga experience with your child as you share the rhyme 'Zoom, zoom, zoom' together.
Explain to your child that we are going to sing the rhyme 'Zoom, zoom, zoom' while carrying out some yoga. Sing the rhyme and encourage your child to copy your yoga actions.
"Zoom, zoom, zoom, we're going to the moon" Come into house pose standing with your legs hip width apart and your hands together above your head.
"Zoom, zoom, zoom, we're going very soon" Stay in house pose but stand up on your tip toes.
"If you want to take a trip, climb aboard my rocket ship" Come into aeroplane pose stepping your right leg forwards and lifting the left leg off the ground to bring you to almost parallel with the floor.
"Zoom, zoom, zoom, we'll be there very soon" Come into house pose
"5,4,3,2,1... blast off!" In time with the song point upwards with each number
Five Little Speckled Frogs yoga
Share the rhyme 'Five speckled frogs' with your child in this yoga experience.
Explain to your child that we are going to sing the rhyme 'Five little speckled frogs' while carrying out some yoga. Firstly invite your child to share how they think frogs move around or what sounds they make. Then encourage your child to copy your yoga actions.
"Five little speckled frogs, Sat on a speckled log, Eating some most delicious bugs. Yum yum" - Come into the squat pose standing up straight with heels together and toes apart. Squat down to the floor keeping knees wide and staying on tiptoes if possible. Place hands in between knees on the floor
"One jumped into the pool, Where it was nice and cool, Then there were four green speckled frogs. Glub glub" - From the squat pose, come into a standing forward bend, bending at the hips so arms come down to the floor, keeping legs straight if possible.
Continue the rhyme and repeat the yoga actions until there are no more frogs left!
Watch Naomi from Busy Bees Burton do 'Five Little Speckled Frogs' yoga
Share the rhyme 'I'm a little teapot' with your child in this yoga experience.
Explain to your child that we are going to sing the rhyme 'I'm a little tea pot' while carrying out some yoga.
"I'm a little teapot, short and stout" - Come into the squat pose standing up straight with heels together and toes apart. Squat down to the floor keeping knees wide and staying on tiptoes if possible. Place hands in between knees on the floor
"Here's my handle, here's my spout" - Come into mountain pose on toes standing up straight on tip toes
"When the kettle boils, you'll hear me shout; tip me up and pour me out!" - Come into a standing forward bend, bending at the hips so arms come down to the floor, keeping legs straight if possible.
Did you know?
Yoga supports your child's flexibility as they practice a range of movements that involve stretching their muscles and bending their joints.