The Truth About Doing Yoga With Children

Inspired by “Kids Yoga Stories” yoga books and blog, I have started doing yoga with my children. I remembered doing it as a teenager and young adult, and it did wonders for my self-esteem. I thought yoga would be a great way to connect with my children and get into shape at the same time. I found many great apps on my iPad, and we got started. Except it didn’t work out the way I thought it would.

If anybody expected us to breathe and do the poses slowly and with grace and reverence… well, maybe that’s just not us. This is what doing yoga with two little children (and sometimes a baby) really looks like …

Imagine you’re on your hands and feet with your bottom in the air in the Downward-Facing Dog Pose. You’re getting uncomfortable and would like to get down on the ground again, except your toddler decides this is just the right moment to crawl under you and you can’t go back on the ground without crushing her. You’re trying to explain breathing techniques except the kids aren’t concentrating, because they’re too busy fighting over toys. You can’t get them to finish most of the yoga poses because they start doing jigsaw puzzles. You finally manage to get your children to do something, and then the baby starts to cry.

Sometimes, I wonder why I ever thought this would be a good idea. But then I remember: After all, they’re only kids!

My oldest is not even 4, and yet here I am, requiring them to concentrate, deeply, on one task. My 2-year-old has just learned to walk, and I want her to exercise with us even though she’s still slightly off-balance. And the baby? well, he’s a baby. He doesn’t even know what yoga means, and why should he care?

I decide to let go of my expectations. And this is where we start having fun.

We even make up our own yoga poses and sequences: The Head-Bump Pose (stand opposite of each other and then try to bend down and bump your heads in the process), followed by Rolling on the Floor Laughing. We lie on the floor, all three of us together (and sometimes there is a baby lying on my belly), and we hold hands and laugh some more. There are plenty of Cuddle Poses, I’m sure. I stop caring whether the yoga pose is perfect or whether it lasts as long as it should.

Instead, I focus on the fun stuff.

Like roaring like a lion, and making “ssss”-sounds like a snake, and stretching our necks like a giraffe. Now this is something the children can actually relate to, and they want to join me!

We’re finally having fun and connecting.

On top of that, my 3-year- old starts doing more and more of the exercises. It’s like learning a song. You learn it bits by bits, not all at once. Even my 2-year-old joins in. I do some exercises with the baby as well if I can. We may not be perfectly calm yogis. If you came to look at as, you’d find no concentration, no meditation. You will not see us trying to focus on our breathing. Instead, we are crazy and loud,and chaotic, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I am a funnier, calmer mom because of the exercise, and they have fun with the iPad and pretending to be animals.

It may not be perfect, but I’ll take it.

This post originally appeared on Kids Yoga Stories

  1. Pingback: satta matka

  2. Pingback: online virtual card buy

  3. Pingback: free sms verification

  4. Pingback: tactical flashlight use

  5. Pingback: فيلم اكشن

  6. Pingback: oakleys sydney

  7. Pingback: tampa bay magazine

  8. Pingback: Ballet London

  9. Pingback: how to make money on the internet

  10. Pingback: Book of Mormon Tickets

  11. Pingback: best 4k android tv box

  12. Pingback: life insurance lawyer

  13. Pingback: CM150DU-12H

  14. Pingback: Doctor

  15. Pingback: sewing thread

  16. Pingback: online virtual number for sms verification

  17. Pingback: Taxi St. Anton

  18. Pingback: work from home 2017

  19. Pingback: buy cheap facebook likes

  20. Pingback: 福井脱毛

  21. Pingback: como instalar complementos en kodi

  22. Pingback: siktir git

  23. Pingback: Gold Bar

  24. Pingback: corporate

  25. Pingback: shopping online

  26. Pingback: MATKA RESULT

  27. Pingback: Paykasa

  28. Pingback:

  29. Pingback: viagra pills

  30. Pingback: mountain coffee classics

  31. Pingback: see here

  32. Pingback: anime online free

  33. Pingback: hotel

  34. Pingback: Beauty & Health

  35. Pingback: toys

  36. Pingback: Eventos

  37. Pingback: 牛混蛋

  38. Pingback: 他妈的谷歌

  39. Pingback: shipping containers

  40. Pingback: Used car dealer

  41. Pingback: patio furniture

  42. Pingback: Impacted Canines 32127

  43. Pingback: more info

  44. Pingback: Astropay

  45. Pingback: resume examples

  46. Pingback: bizvarsaksenhicolursunpic

  47. Pingback: pop over to these guys

  48. Pingback: More about the author

  49. Pingback: real estate listings

  50. Pingback: Led faucet light

  51. Pingback: Queen Hair Company

  52. Pingback: Boat Transport Florida

  53. Pingback: Boîte à chocolat

  54. Pingback: Steel Tip Darts

  55. Pingback: Ausgetrickst

  56. Pingback: 他妈的谷歌

  57. Pingback: Insolvenz

  58. Pingback: fakir selim

  59. Pingback: zip lookup

  60. Pingback: elektronik sigara

  61. Pingback: iPhone Doktor Bremen

  62. Pingback: wildlife removal

  63. Pingback: Pill Press

  64. Pingback: squirting porn videos

  65. Pingback: action games

  66. Pingback: IPod screen repair 32127

  67. Pingback: 列治文山 买房

  68. Pingback: stainless steel auto mug

  69. Pingback: beylikdüzü escort

  70. Pingback: Cıvata

  71. Pingback: app maker free

  72. Pingback: how to make money on the internet

  73. Pingback: Lie Detector in Colorado Springs

  74. Pingback: home décor

  75. Pingback: descargar programs

  76. Pingback: dry rock

  77. Pingback: whole bean coffee

  78. Pingback: sports memorabilia

  79. Pingback: best gourmet

  80. Pingback: hawaiian coffee company

  81. Pingback: QWEQEWQE

  82. Pingback: سبينس

  83. Pingback: http www kmakehitz com

  84. Pingback: earning money

  85. Pingback: purchase your tracks today

  86. Pingback: adult search orlando

  87. Pingback: free download

  88. Pingback: Best site

  89. Pingback: free download

  90. Pingback: stock traders

  91. Pingback: live in senior care richmond va

  92. Pingback: aquatic fish

  93. Pingback:

  94. Pingback: best-coffee-inc

  95. Pingback: beylikdüzü escort

  96. Pingback: gourmet-hawaiian-coffee

  97. Pingback: kona coffee company

  98. Pingback: 乐游戏

  99. Pingback: iptv

  100. Pingback: 色情管

  101. Pingback: Piece Of Heaven

  102. Pingback: fukuidatumou

  103. Pingback: free online slot machines with bonus games

  104. Pingback: beylikdüzü escort

  105. Pingback: beylikdüzü escort

  106. Pingback: Source

  107. Pingback: free online slots no download

  108. Pingback: Samsung repair

  109. Pingback: Free articles

  110. Pingback: beylikdüzü escort

  111. Pingback: kona coffee

  112. Pingback: beylikdüzü escort

  113. Pingback: legit work from home jobs 2016

  114. Pingback: Free stuff

  115. Pingback: her latest blog

  116. Pingback: agen bola

  117. Pingback: Web Wealth System Scam

  118. Pingback: 我他媽的谷歌

  119. Pingback: a fantastic read

  120. Pingback: mls search

  121. Pingback: خرید ویندوز اورجینال 8

  122. Pingback: peaberry coffee

  123. Pingback: gym shark

  124. Pingback: 手錶手機色情

  125. Pingback:

  126. Pingback: 他妈的谷歌

  127. Pingback: coffee from kona

  128. Pingback: iPhone

  129. Pingback: Google

  130. Pingback: mobile detail san diego

  131. Pingback: 他妈的谷歌

  132. Pingback: 他妈的谷歌

  133. Pingback: 他妈的谷歌

  134. Pingback: hobby shop near me

  135. Pingback: bantningspiller

  136. Pingback: gravimetric feeder

  137. Pingback: Ruksis780

  138. Pingback: ford scan tool

  139. Pingback: porno

  140. Pingback: porno

  141. Pingback: Bar signs

  142. Pingback: mobil porn

  143. Pingback: mobil porn

Leave a Comment

The Truth About Doing Yoga With Children

Inspired by “Kids Yoga Stories” yoga books and blog, I have started doing yoga…
Kids Yoga After School

Not just for adults: Why yoga is important for kids

This ancient practice has huge physical and emotional benefits for juniors. Let’s face it.…