|Toddler Downward Dog|
I went in search of kids yoga classes and found most yoga classes geared towards the younger set are either for infants (usually a "Mommy and Me" type class) or for kids in the 6-10 range. This made me think that maybe toddlers and preschoolers didn't really have the focus or attention span for a yoga practice. So for the last couple years (since Leo learned to crawl and attending the local baby yoga class became impossible) I had pretty much stopped practicing.
Recently I've been missing it and thought I'd pull out the old mat for a few stretches. I figured Leo could either play independently, or maaaaaybe he would even do a pose or two with me.
|Breathing (and kicking)|
What ended up happening surprised me. Leo LOVED it. He attempted every single pose and really focused on the more challenging poses (the balance ones are especially difficult for him).
|Toddler Warrior Pose|
|Toddler Triangle Pose|
|Toddler Mountain Pose|
Leo loves anything we do together - playing, coloring, cooking - and yoga is no exception. In the mornings after breakfast he will pull our mats off the shelf asking to "do yoga together." I'm glad he looks forward to it so much because it really feels like I'm taking time for myself.
|Toddler Bridge Pose|
Leo also loves to invent his own poses. The "Jingle Bell" pose is when he skips from one end of the mat to the other over and over (and over) again. The "Superman" is when I lift him up into the air with his chest on the soles of my feet. I've had to put the kabash on a few poses that seemed to put him in danger - but I still try to allow him to exercise his creativity.
|Happy Baby Pose|