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Om a Little Teapot Triangle


By YogaKids Team


Bendy Blog category: Yoga Garden Game

This is our version of the classic pose, or asana, called Trikonasana. Tri- means three. Kona- means angle. Asana means pose. Three angles form a triangle. Can you find the triangles in this pose?

Om a Little Teapot Position 1
Om a Little Teapot Position 1
Om a Little Teapot Position 2
Om a Little Teapot Position 2
Om a Little Teapot Position 3
Om a Little Teapot Position 3

Instructions

  1. Begin in mountain. Jump your feet and arms apart.
  2. Turn your right foot so it points to the right.
  3. Turn your left toes as far to the right as you can. Imagine a line from the back of your right heel straight into the middle of your left arch. Line up your feet on this imaginary line, to provide an even base for your triangle pose.
  4. Press down evenly through both feet and feel strength in your legs.
  5. Place your left hand on your hip as the teapot handle.
  6. Bend your right arm to form the spout. (Photo a shows through step 6.)
  7. Sing the teapot song, with these variations:

Om a little teapot short and stout.
Here is my handle.
Here is my spout.

  1. Release your left hand from the hip and slide it down your leg. Stretch your right arm straight out to the side, as you extend and lengthen the right ribcage and the hips move left. (Photo b)

When I get all steamed up, I reach out…

  1. From the hip hinge, tilt the upper body sideways right, as the hips swivel more to the left. Stretch your ribcage and spine away from the opposite moving hips. Release your right hand down. Lift your left arm up. (Photo c)

Then tip me over and pour me up . ..

  1. If you feel yourself pitched too far forward, lift your right hand higher on the leg and rotate your chest skyward.
  2. If it’s comfortable, turn your head and look up. If not, look forward or down.
  3. To return to center, just wiggle your fingers and return to an upright positon with your arms still extended out to the sides. Turn your feet so your toes point straight forward and jump back to center.
  4. Breathe in and out. Jump again to practice triangle and pour tea on the opposite side.

Note for Parents and Teachers

This pose increases strength and flexibility of the feet, legs, hips and neck. It helps lengthen the spine, too.

With young children, ignore the detailed directions of the feet. For children approximately 10 and older, or if they have been practicing for a while, we can begin to give them more details on structure and alignment. When they start asking questions, you will know that they are interested enough to begin to grasp the subtleties of shape and form in their poses.

Activity Ideas for Home and Classroom

Musical Musings

Here’s the YogaKids version of this classic rhyme. This song and other YogaKids favorites can be found on the Fitness Fun CD by Marsha Wenig.

Om a little teapot short and stout.
Here is my handle.
Here is my spout.
When I get all steamed up, I reach out.
Then tip me over and pour me up.

Bridge of Diamonds

Instead of beginning this classic teapot rhyme with I’m, in YogaKids we start with OM. The yogis say Om is the sound of the universe. Uni means one and verse means song. When we join together, we make beautiful music!

Math Medley

There are three different types of triangles. They are:

  1. Equilateral (all sides are equal)
  2. Isosceles (two sides are equal)
  3. Scalene (All sides are unequal)

See how many different triangles you can make with your legs and arms.

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