Exclusive Vinyasa Yoga with Babar. ~Donna Freeman

Via on Jul 13, 2010

Babar, king of the elephants, has a dedicated home yoga practice.

Babar loves to teach yoga to children, however he also has a dedicated home practice of his own where he enjoys exploring all styles of yoga.

Recently, he agreed to this exclusive elephant journal photo shoot to encourage creatures of all sizes and shapes to enjoy the benefits of yoga.

Vinyasa yoga connects movement of your body with the movement of your breath, in and out. But there is much more going on “in between” as Cyndi Lee points out. Take some time to explore with attention, intent and joy in your heart.
Mountain pose, samastitihi, relax into the breath, find your center.

Inhale arms overhead.

Exhale, forward fold (uttanasana)

Inhale, extend the torso, look up

Exhale, right leg back, left leg joins it, chataranga


Inhale, upward facing dog (urdhva mukha svanasana),open your heart

Exhale, downward facing dog (adho mukha svanasana), pull the shoulders down and wide


Inhale, raise your right leg tall behind you


Exhale, use your core strength and bring your right leg forward, placing the foot between your hands


Turn the back foot. Inhale and reach for the sky into warrior I, lift off the side ribs

Exhale, arms come down, step back, chataranga


Inhale, upward facing dog, pull the shoulders away from the ears


Exhale, down dog, engage the quadriceps, lift your toes


Inhale, raise the left leg, reaching the ball of the foot for the ceiling


Exhale, bring the left foot between the hands


Inhale, lift your arms and heart for warrior I (virabhadrasana I), keep the back leg straight, inner thigh lifting


Exhale, hands to the ground, step back, chataranga

Inhale, upward dog, let your face know that you’re enjoying yourself


Exhale, down dog, fingers spread, hips high, heels pull to the earth. Stay here for five deep breaths. Shake your head yes, shake your head no. Soft eyes and throat. Active arms, core and legs

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Look between your hands and step or hop your feet forward. Inhale, look up and lengthen from the crown of the head to your tailbone.

Exhale forward fold, bring your ribs to the thighs

Inhale, reach all the way up, extend

Exhale, bring your hands to your heart, connecting with your center and allowing the effects of the practice to flow through your body.


Namaste.

Teacher, author and expert on yoga for kids and teens, Donna Freeman firmly believes that yoga can be done      anywhere, by anyone, at anytime. She grew up in British Columbia, Canada but was introduced to yoga    while  living in Cape Town, South Africa during her nomad  years. She is currently learning acroyoga with her kids and enjoys practicing tadasana while pumping gas or  washing dishes. Bob Weisenberg describes her book Once Upon a Pose: A Guide to Yoga Adventure Stories for Children as indispensible. For more about yoga for kids and teens visit her website or the Yoga In My School facebook page.

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7 Responses to “Exclusive Vinyasa Yoga with Babar. ~Donna Freeman”

  1. Julia Lee julialeeyoga says:

    I love this – I think it might be the cutest thing I've ever seen! Babar gives great instruction, too.

  2. He inspires me to practice.

  3. The book in your first link is actually one of my very favorite Yoga books:

    Babar’s Yoga for Elephants by Laurent de Brunhoff. Now the truth can finally be told–Yoga was originally developed by elephants in prehistoric times, and only adopted by humans many years later.

    Bob Weisenberg
    YogaDemystified.com

  4. @Bob – well of course, Ganesha and all that… I'd love to see Grover rockin' the mat as well.

  5. Lisa Flynn says:

    LOVE THIS! Thanks for the giggle – off to try out this vinyasa :)
    Lisa Flynn http://www.childlightyoga.com http://www.yoga4classrooms.com

  6. [...] Vinyasa is a Sanskrit word with a number of definitions depending on the context in which the word is used. Some of the more commonly used definitions are: putting or placing down, arrangement, movement, spreading out, exhibition or display, and connecting. Vinyasa, at least as it applies to hatha yoga postures, can be best understood as a method of sequencing or arranging those postures in a particular way. [...]

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