Have you exposed your child to yoga? If not, I want to encourage you to do so. Kids seem to be naturally good at it (perhaps because they are flexible!). Kids are also so very good at being present, and fully in the moment. This is a key practice in yoga, and one that so many adults (myself included) struggle with every day.
You don’t have to be a yogi, yourself, in order to introduce your little ones to this fun activity. There is a truly excellent DVD out now called Yoga by the Dozen. This is a really great video that definitely captures Darah’s attention. It showcases a dozen fundamental poses to introduce you to the world of Yoga. What I love the very most about this video is that it has 12 small children in it. The intended audience is children from 2-6.
The kids in the video are so free-spirited (it doesn’t feel like they are actors or that they have over-trained for their yoga debuts). It feels VERY natural, and I think that’s a big part of why Darah tunes in to it.
The leader in the video, JoAnna, does a fantastic job of demonstrating all the different poses. I think it is really cool that she uses the official names of the poses. It’s amazing how quickly the little ones pick up on the names, even though they aren’t terms heard in everyday English.
What I also like about this video is that Darah and I can do it together. I certainly didn’t know all 12 of these poses when I first watched the video, and a few of them are a bit challenging for me, but it is fun to practice them alongside Darah. Overall, I find this to be an excellent bonding activity, as well as a great introduction to one of the most beneficial forms of exercise that I know!
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