While we enjoy basking in the warm days and cuddle up in the cooler nights many of our animal and ocean friends have some very different autumn traditions.
In the north of Western Australia, the Whale Sharks gather to follow the massive coral spawn in Ningaloo Reef. Neither whale or shark, these beautiful and majestic animals are actually giant fish!
Let’s all celebrate these gentle giants with frolicking ocean yoga!
Imagine you are a giant whale shark coming up to the surface of the oceans to play in the waters of Ningaloo Reef.
Lay down in Shavasana (relaxation pose). Taking a few slow breaths to connect with yourself for a moment.
Lift your hips and belly button into the air, grasping your hands under your back whilst keeping them pushed firmly onto the floor. Breathe slowly here and imagine you are a huge whale shark swimming to the surface of the ocean. This is Setu Bandha (Bridge pose).
Now breathe out, lowering your belly button and hips back down to the floor as slowly and gracefully as a whale shark descends back down to the deepest oceans. Remember to roll down on your spine one vertebrae (that’s those little bones in your back!) at a time. Nice and slow.
This will give your spine a gentle massage.
You may do Setu Bandha as many times as you feel you need to, then stretch out in Shavasana again. Close your eyes and feel your body buzzing with energy and love.
Take a few long breaths and be proud of yourself.
Enjoy the stretches you feel in Bridge Pose, like the chest opener, your arm and upper leg muscles pulling and developing and your abdominal muscles engaging. All these feelings will help you grow and develop strength and flexibility.
Don't forget to smile a great big whale shark smile!! :D
For more wonderful yoga poses and stories by Rainbow Pammy check out Rainbow Yogis
Making a faerie garden is a wonderful way for children to discover the magic of gardening while allowing their imagination to fly free. Creating a special place for them to grow plants, decorate and play is easy and if you can think outside the raised garden bed it can also be very cheap or even free.
Broken things are perfect
You will need a vessel or small space in your garden. Remember faeries love to reuse old materials so have a look around at broken things such as a cracked vase or broken pot, a saucepan with a missing handle, a shoe without it's pair, these are perfect faerie garden props.
Choose the right plants
Like all good gardens prepare your soil and choose the appropriate plants. Things to think about; some faeries love flowers, herbs such as oregano can be a good ground cover, succulents and natives are water wise and more forgiving when forgotten, veggie plants are wonderful for children to watch grow and they get to eat their produce. Consider your space, how much time you want to give the garden and choose the best plants for you.
Plan your garden
Draw up a map of what you would like to see in your garden. Here are common things you find, of course none are essential and you can create whatever your heart desires
- a letter box
- a water pond/pool
- circles for faeries to dance around
- a mirror
- miniature garden furniture pieces made from sticks and honkey nuts
- nooks made from jars and pots on their side
- mini bunting
- sign posts
- welcome mat
- a faerie house
Once you have your map it's time to place it all in and start creating. Help when needed but try to step back and allow children to plant and build this space. Enjoy the process of getting hands in the soil and let their imagination fly as they create a magical landing ground for faeries to enter their garden. Remember it's not dirty, it's earthy!
Keep up the magic
The magic doesn't stop here, the garden needs to be maintained and bits of junk you come across can be turned into new accessories. Remember to check the letterbox- letters, feathers, presents and sparkles are often left behind (wink wink, nudge nudge)
Don't forget to send us your garden pics!
Finding the balance of being a dedicated mum and busy working faerie