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  • Feb 1 2015

    How to start yoga with baby

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    Future Yogis and Yoginis

    Introducing yoga to Noah has been as simple as demonstrating seated stretches, then watching his enthusiastic version of a pose, including the “ahhh” exhale! It is so sweet to watch him picking up a few basic moves that we can build upon later, in a fun and playful way.

    Lead By Example

    Morning is the best time to sneak in your own Balasana (Child’s Pose) and Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog) right in the comfort of your own bed! Whether baby is beside you or if you bring him/her into bed or on your yoga mat with you first thing, this is a good time to switch into a playful self practice that includes baby. Whether it’s 2 simple poses or a series, you may just find your little one following along with his/her own adorable version. Nothing better than smiles and a belly chuckle together to start the day.

    Say it, Sign it, Do it

    When practicing any pose with your baby or toddler, do say the name of the pose, even if it’s a silly name you make up. Poses like [standing] ‘tree’, [kneeling] ‘rabbit’ or [supine] ‘happy baby’ are easy ones for your little one to learn.  And since we’ve been doing the baby sign language flashcards and DVDs, he’s been learning the signs for certain poses — and I have to say, it’s kept me ‘on my toes’, paying attention and learning the signs with him!

    Then there’s the action, action, action part! Not long ago, Noah was in his Jolly Jumper and I’d sit in front of him cross-legged, encouraging him as he jumped up and down. Then I thought, “why not do my own little routine for him to watch”. So I’d sit in Navasana (boat pose) to strengthen the tummy/core. Plus any other pose I was inspired to do, which often made him laugh…and interested! He eventually would sit beside me when I was in Halasana (Plow Pose) – pictured above – then wanted to participate, so he became my little spotter (thanks gg for capturing the moment!).

    Repetition

    Throughout the day, or at the end of the day when winding down after bath, milk, brushing teeth or story time, seize any additional ‘floor-time’ opportunity to repeat a stretch or pose you practised earlier. Practice together with a smile and remember to keep it light, simple and fun. If you happen to be feeling a little stiff or achy yourself, you’ll be grateful for even a brief moment of down-time lying on your back or hugging your knees into chest.

    Nothing like checking in with how you’re feeling at the end of the day, capped with a feeling of gratitude.

     

     


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