Yoga Art: Chair Pose Painting
I really enjoy instructing chair pose in classes with younger children: not only is it a beneficial pose for kids and adults to practice (because it simultaneously strengthens AND stretches), but it also engages the imagination. Kids can imagine the type of chair in which they're sitting and use this creativity to focus more on how they feel within the posture.
To practice chair pose: begin standing up tall with your feet together, with your big toes touching. Beginners can stand with their feet hip-distance apart. Inhale and raise your arms above your head, then exhale as you bend your knees, bringing your thighs as parallel to the floor as they can get. Your knees will project out slightly over your feet and your torso will form approximately a right angle over your thighs. Reach your arms out in line with your spine and lift through your heart. Shift weight into your heels (and test yourself by trying to lift your toes off the mat). Breathe slowly and steadily, finding a focal point between your hands.
In last month's Yoga & Story Time sessions, we took chair pose to the next level and actually used this posture to create artwork! You can create a chair pose painting too with some simple items, at least two people, and some focused yoga energy!
- Large Cardboard Box
- Scotch Tape
- Art Paper or Construction Paper
- Washable Tempera Paint
- Small Rolling Items that can get Messy! (We used pie pumpkins, but you could also use golf balls, pine-cones, potatoes, etc.)
- Measure the bottom of your cardboard box and cut a piece of art paper to fit inside. Affix the paper to the box by using scotch tape around the edges.
- Take your washable paint, and randomly place small blobs of paint on the paper. Use various colors.
- Place your rolling items inside the box with the paint and pick up the box, one person on each side.
- In order to make the rolling items move, each person will take turns doing chair pose: the first person will bend their knees in chair to make the items roll to that side. Then the next person will do chair pose to make the items roll to the opposite side.
- As you take turns performing chair pose, the items will roll over the paint to make a design. You can also rotate the box to create designs over all areas of the paper.
- Once you like the design, simply leave it in the box until it dries!
Here's one of the chair paintings we made at Yoga & Story Time:
If you decide to create your own chair painting, I would LOVE to see it! Email me a photo at firstname.lastname@example.org.