I love yoga. Many years ago I found a DVD called Yogamazing: Yoga for the Kid in All of Us at the library. It’s this one hour workout tape designed for a parent to do with their child. About half of the poses are done as “partners” – like tree pose, where you also hold hands and “sway” in the wind or child’s pose, where the parent does the regular pose and the child leans onto the parent from behind and gives a nice, sweet hug. Chaz, the yoga dude who leads the workout appeals to the kids. He speaks right to them and adds these silly little “skits” here and there to make them laugh and to help them learn. My children have all enjoyed doing this workout many times with me over the years.
The Elementary Teacher in me just adores the way that the instructor takes moves like the Cat/Cow and has the kids (and parents) meow and moooo while they do the pose. There are always lots of giggles from the children when we do that.
Today, I started it with my 4 year old daughter. She and I were partners and enjoying the stretches and laughs and hand-holding that come with this particular workout. My 6 year old daughter saw all the fun we were having and soon I was holding two hands and modifying the moves so no one got left out (I’ve had lots of practice with that over the years!) About halfway through, my 10 year old son (who’s honestly done this with me more than all of the other kids) showed up and joined in too. He and I partnered up and Anneliese and Savannah partnered up. It was fun.
My favorite move of all is the final one – the resting pose. The parent lays down, faceup on the yoga mat, closing their eyes and resting to the little song that Chaz plays on the guitar and sings about “Sleepy Town” and the kids each lay their heads on me, hold my hand or snuggle. It’s a beautiful moment and a happy way to start my day, so bonded with my babies.
Stats: 1 hour. Yoga. Felt: Happy and Content