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Jellyfish flow

Jellyfish flow

There's no denying the fact that the jellyfish is by far one of the most amazing creatures on planet earth. Maybe that's our biased opinion, but we are sure many of you would agree! 

Their movement is just so graceful, they are quite calming to watch and children are always intrigued by them! Jellyfish move as innately as we take a breath. These free-swimming creatures are known for their elegance and almost dancer-like locomotion.

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Given the fact that we are still working our way through our ocean-themed segment, with our focus this week on jellyfish, we found it fitting to model this yoga sequence after the elegant movement of these beautiful creatures, simply because they offer a lot of insight into purposeful movement, which we thought would be a great lesson for our students. In order for us to replicate the undulating motions of the jellyfish, we moved through a few yoga poses which we think mimic that specific motion of these beautiful sea creatures. This sequence moves through child's pose, downward-facing dog, forward bend and forward fold.

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How did it go?

This sequence was easily replicated by our students and it was a challenging treat to try to get them to move as gracefully through each position as they could. This proved to be a little bit of a task as we know moving slowly isn't always something children love to do! Nonetheless, the poses were simple and the sequence was smooth enough for us to repeat and perfect! 

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One suggestion we have to reinforce the slow-moving nature the activity requires is to have your students hold each pose for a couple seconds before moving on to the next pose, this may help them slow down a little bit throughout the activity. 

Take a look!

So if you are looking for a new jellyfish inspired yoga activity, then feel free to watch our video. You will be able to see our jellyfish flow at two speeds while listening to and learning the little spiel we use to guide our students through this sequence. We are confident that you and your students will find your own jellyfish flow while learning some key yoga poses.

Get Your Undulation On,

Tiva & Randa

Scarf'n around

Scarf'n around

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