How to Do Sample Activites in Sensory Yoga Feeling Wheel

The Ha Breath
•  Do the Ha breath standing or seated.
•  Place one leg forward about hip width apart into a comfortable lunge position, front foot facing forward and back foot at 45-degree angle.
•  Gently bend knees slightly.
•  Inhale the arms up fully, extending the arms up alongside the ears.
•  Making the hands into fists, simultaneously while exhaling, pull the arms down, elbows to sides and say “Ha” loudly while bending the knees comfortably.

Same-Side Brain and Hand
The Body Mind Centering principle of body halves and brain registration is demonstrated in this activity. Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, its founder, believes movement and the body inform the brain. While working on a post-stroke patient, Bonnie found that working with the non-affected leg and accessing the same-side brain, gave the patient movement in the affected side. This activity can be facilitated or done by the student independently.
•  Share a picture of an outline of the lungs’ shape.
•  Starting with the right side, invite the child to push the right palm of hand together against the therapist’s hand on the right side loading the input to one side only. The child can also place her right hand briefly on her own right shoulder. Then remove the hand from the shoulder.
•  The therapist gives the client tactile input at the lung of the right side, or the client imagines the lungs and breathes into the lung giving him input.
•  Breathe with the awareness of the three lobes.
•  Become aware of the right brain half only, and try to access it (same side).
•  Practice the activity of moving just the right arm, without crossing midline and stay within the right side of the body half only. Include the right lung as you move, feeling the difference of using the organs in movement.
•  Cross midline with the right arm as you access the right side of the brain noticing the difference when you cross midline.
•  Make a distinction between one body half first before trying it on the other side. Move slowly, then more dramatically, to get a sense of the body half.
•  Repeat on the left side.
•  Notice how it feels to access the same side brain half with same side movement. Notice how it feels to access the right side brain and cross midline to the left side movement.

Cross Crawl
•  After you have given input with the palms pressing and accessing same side arm, lung and brain half, then attempt this step.
•  Imagine the opposite brain side giving strength to the opposite body side.
•  Lifting the left knee, bring right hand to touch it, repeat on opposite side, crossing midline.
•  Variations include: touch opposite elbow to knee or lifting the bent leg behind the body, and touching the foot with opposite hand.

Warrior Series
Yoga poses Warrior series (Virabhadrasana) 1,2,3 and Happy Warrior are all possible poses.

Warrior 1
Stand with feet and body facing forward. Extend your arms overhead and bend the right front knee as you step backwards with left leg. The front leg deepens with a bend into a lunge position. Maintain the foot and knee in alignment over one another. Extend the arms straight upward. Repeat on the other side.

Warrior 2
Take a wide stance facing the long side of your mat. Turn the front foot to 90° and the back leg to 30-45°. Your feet can be on the mat aligned under your hands. Let your sitz bones sink down and yield the feet into the floor. The back hip turns inward to the navel, and the front hip turns and spirals outward. The line between the feet and up to the sitz bones would make a perpendicular line. Plant the feet firmly as you sink down into the sit bones to ground you solidly. Extend the arms strongly over the feet and yield and bend the front leg sinking into a bent knee pose. The front knee is over the front foot. Repeat on the other side.

Warrior 3
Stand in Tadasana or Mountain pose. Inhale, lifting one leg and while exhaling, bend forward and balance on the one standing leg as you extend the opposite leg behind you in the air. Holding your arms extended in front, join the hands, palms facing one another to a full arm extension. Repeat on the other side.

Happy Warrior
Assume the Warrior 2 Pose. Inhale, lifting your front arm towards the sky, move it backwards, with the palm facing you. Take a slight backbend as you exhale and follow your palm with your eyes. Hold the posture. Smile for the Happy Warrior. Repeat on the other side.

Connected
•  Cross the left leg over the right at ankles. (You may wish to cross right).
•  Place your hands, palms facing and touching upward, at chest level.
•  Bring your left wrist over the right wrist closer to your chest.
•  Turn the palms to face each other and interlace the fingers.
•  Touch your tongue to the roof of your mouth and breathe deeply for one minute.
•  Releasing the hands and tongue, return to palms-up position.

The Equal Breath
The equal breath involves silently counting and measuring the length of the inhale and exhale. It is an easy technique for any age. In this image the child is sitting in the Lotus pose.
•  Sit in a comfortable position or lie in supine.
•  Count to four counts and monitor the length of time as you inhale.
•  Count as you exhale for four counts.
•  Repeat increasing the inhale and exhale to five counts.
•  Continue to increase breath up to six counts. (eight for adults with large lung capacity).

Therapeutic Interventions for Equal Breath
•  Auditory cues:
Use clapping hands, tambourine, tapping with pencil or drumsticks.
•  Tactile cues:
Add input as the therapist squeezes the client’s hand for each count.
•  Verbal
Count to four with your voice or instruct to count silently.
•  Visual cue
Imagine a color as you inhale and exhale.
•  Imagery cues
Imagine smelling a flower, chocolate or a favorite scent.
•  Olfactory cue
If needed, you may wish to have the child smell something in order to participate. Use discretion in choosing a pleasant mild scent that will not distract or be overly stimulating. Maintain that the intention of the activity is to experience an inhale for a determined count of inhale and exhale.