Sensory movements – Lower body

Gently build strength and improve flexibility in your hips, legs and feet in this seated lower body routine. This is video three 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. If you have a yoga block or similar,  position this under the feet if it feels comfortable.

Step 2

Then, slide one hand up the same thigh towards your knee. And at the same time, slide your other hand away from the knee, towards your thigh. Continue alternating. Let your knees sway with this movement.

Step 3

Pretend a piece of string is attached to your knee, and practise lifting each one. Then, rock your feet from the heels to the ball of the foot. Follow the sequence in the video.

Step 4

Begin lifting one foot up and touching it to above the ankle on the other leg, or higher, as a seated tree pose. Then, swap to the other leg.

Step 5

Bring your palms together and raise them above your head. Now combine this with tree pose.

Step 6

Stretch out your arms, and lift them up, then do the same with your legs. See if you can do both at the same time.

Step 7

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

This activity was created by Sally from My Yoga Mind.