Creating Calm Confident Kiddos

Give your child the GIFT of Yoga


by Radhika Shukla March 01, 2017

I stumbled upon this article and couldn't resist sharing. Sometimes, in the everyday challenges of raising our little humans...they really surprise us.

Credit: Naomi Crawford, Coach - Women's Fitness, Family and Kids, Yoga

It all started one Thursday during the hottest month of the summer. I spent the first part of my morning debating with my toddler over what she wanted for breakfast.

“Cereal?” “No.”

"Scrambled eggs?” “No.” 

“Oatmeal?” “No.” 

“What do you want?” “Ceweal.”

This debate was followed by a series of potty training fiascoes. To top it all off, she decided to stick a pony bead up her nose, which I was fortunate enough to be able to extract without the assistance of a medical professional. It was time for some yoga. Was it possible to find my center with this bead-obsessed, halfway potty-trained toddler running around? 

I did yoga faithfully throughout college and during my first pregnancy, and I can’t say enough about its physical and emotional benefits for women and expecting mothers. However, ever since I became a work-at-home mom when my daughter turned one, I found it more and more difficult to work yoga into my daily routine. I assumed it would be impossible to do while my daughter was awake, so up to this point I had reserved yoga sessions for naptimes. Since business calls had prevented my usual naptime yoga routine on this particular day, I figured I’d give it a shot, despite the fact my daughter was a basket case.

And then something amazing happened. As I sat on my yoga mat listening to Ravi Shankar and trying to focus on my breath, I felt a little body sit down next to me. I turned my head to see my one-and-a-half year old sitting in an almost-perfect lotus pose. 

I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least. My daughter not only followed along with me throughout my entire yoga routine, but she also did most of the poses, as well as the breathing exercises. At the end of the session she laid down with me in the corpse pose for a whole thirty seconds. Then she stood up, walked into her room, and started playing with her toys quietly and contentedly.

This day was the beginning of a great new trend for both my daughter and me. I realized my own fitness routine, which included yoga as well as other types of exercise, didn’t have to exclude my children. As a matter of fact, I recognized the same benefits of yoga in my daughter as I did in myself. I decided to do some research on yoga for toddlers, thinking I had made a new discovery.

It turned out the benefits of yoga for toddlers had already been well recognized, and for good reason. I was able to find several resources to aid me in practicing yoga with my daughter, and over the last two years, we have both benefited immensely from our “mommy and me” yoga sessions.

 




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