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: shipping containers

  2. Pingback: Used car dealer

  3. Pingback: patio furniture

  4. Pingback: Impacted Canines 32127

  5. Pingback: more info

  6. Pingback: Astropay

  7. Pingback: resume examples

  8. Pingback: bizvarsaksenhicolursunpic

  9. Pingback: pop over to these guys

  10. Pingback: More about the author

  11. Pingback: real estate listings

  12. Pingback: Led faucet light

  13. Pingback: Queen Hair Company

  14. Pingback: Boat Transport Florida

  15. Pingback: Boîte à chocolat

  16. Pingback: Steel Tip Darts

  17. Pingback: Ausgetrickst

  18. Pingback: 他妈的谷歌

  19. Pingback: Insolvenz

  20. Pingback: fakir selim

  21. Pingback: zip lookup

  22. Pingback: elektronik sigara

  23. Pingback: iPhone Doktor Bremen

  24. Pingback: wildlife removal

  25. Pingback: Pill Press

  26. Pingback: squirting porn videos

  27. Pingback: action games

  28. Pingback: IPod screen repair 32127

  29. Pingback: 列治文山 买房

  30. Pingback: stainless steel auto mug

  31. Pingback: beylikdüzü escort

  32. Pingback: Cıvata

  33. Pingback: app maker free

  34. Pingback: how to make money on the internet

  35. Pingback: Lie Detector in Colorado Springs

  36. Pingback: home décor

  37. Pingback: descargar programs

  38. Pingback: dry rock

  39. Pingback: whole bean coffee

  40. Pingback: sports memorabilia

  41. Pingback: best gourmet

  42. Pingback: hawaiian coffee company

  43. Pingback: QWEQEWQE

  44. Pingback: سبينس

  45. Pingback: http www kmakehitz com

  46. Pingback: earning money

  47. Pingback: purchase your tracks today

  48. Pingback: adult search orlando

  49. Pingback: free download

  50. Pingback: Best site

  51. Pingback: free download

  52. Pingback: stock traders

  53. Pingback: live in senior care richmond va

  54. Pingback: aquatic fish

  55. Pingback: www.coffee-beans-inc.com

  56. Pingback: best-coffee-inc

  57. Pingback: beylikdüzü escort

  58. Pingback: gourmet-hawaiian-coffee

  59. Pingback: kona coffee company

  60. Pingback: 乐游戏

  61. Pingback: iptv

  62. Pingback: 色情管

  63. Pingback: Piece Of Heaven

  64. Pingback: fukuidatumou

  65. Pingback: free online slot machines with bonus games

  66. Pingback: beylikdüzü escort

  67. Pingback: beylikdüzü escort

  68. Pingback: Source

  69. Pingback: free online slots no download

  70. Pingback: Samsung repair

  71. Pingback: Free articles

  72. Pingback: beylikdüzü escort

  73. Pingback: kona coffee

  74. Pingback: beylikdüzü escort

  75. Pingback: legit work from home jobs 2016

  76. Pingback: Free stuff

  77. Pingback: her latest blog

  78. Pingback: agen bola

  79. Pingback: Web Wealth System Scam

  80. Pingback: 我他媽的谷歌

  81. Pingback: a fantastic read

  82. Pingback: mls search

  83. Pingback: خرید ویندوز اورجینال 8

  84. Pingback: peaberry coffee

  85. Pingback: gym shark

  86. Pingback: 手錶手機色情

  87. Pingback: http://expressen.se

  88. Pingback: 他妈的谷歌

  89. Pingback: coffee from kona

  90. Pingback: iPhone

  91. Pingback: Google

  92. Pingback: mobile detail san diego

  93. Pingback: 他妈的谷歌

  94. Pingback: 他妈的谷歌

  95. Pingback: 他妈的谷歌

  96. Pingback: hobby shop near me

  97. Pingback: bantningspiller

  98. Pingback: gravimetric feeder

  99. Pingback: Ruksis780

  100. Pingback: ford scan tool

  101. Pingback: porno

  102. Pingback: porno

  103. Pingback: Bar signs

  104. Pingback: mobil porn

  105. 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…
CONTINUE READING
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.…
CONTINUE READING