Sensory movements – Calming flow

Use these lovely, soothing movements to help calm down your body and your mind in this seated yoga-inspired routine, which finishes with a relaxing breathing exercise. This is video five in a series of eight.

This guide is part of our Sense Arts, Sport & Wellbeing programme. This activity can be done at a time that suits you, either in your own space or in an educational setting.

Who is this for?

This is a workshop for people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities and can be enjoyed by anyone.

Why does this make a difference?

This is a sports activity that promotes fitness and wellbeing, and helps people use their senses to connect with their surroundings, exploring touch while supporting independent choice and self-expression.

What happens in the video?

Step 1

Before you get started, make sure you have a clear space around you, a chair nearby, a glass of water. Remember to take breaks whenever you need.

Step 2

Sit comfortably and start tapping with your fingertips over your thighs, calves, shins and anywhere that feels good. Then, begin using the palms of your hands to slide over the same areas, a bit like a massage.

Step 3

Using one arm, begin tapping all over the other arm, as well as the shoulder and neck. Then, use the palms of your hands again. Swap to the other arm.

Step 4

Sit up as tall as possible in the chair, then begin gently tapping around your face and chin, followed by smoothing your skin with the palms of your hands. Follow along with the video.

Step 5

Relax and take part in the breathing exercises, and see how it feels to make a humming sound. Close your eyes and sink deeper into the chair, seeing how loose and soft you can go.

Step 6

Finish by bringing your palms together in a prayer position or a ‘namaste’.

This activity was created by Sally from My Yoga Mind.