Becoming a mother has been the absolute greatest joys in my life. It has also been one of the most difficult things I have ever tried to do.
Some days are blissful. The kids seem just dreamy. They cooperate. Nobody takes a toy from the other person. They all eat whatever I put in front of them for dinner, no matter how questionable it looks, and they are calm at bedtime.
Okay, so those days don’t actually exist. But, there are tiny moments of pure bliss.
My kiddos see me practice on an almost daily basis. But honestly, unless they hop on my mat with me, (usually under me) they don’t get to practice all that much.
For Mother’s Day, I wanted a special little yoga practice with my babies. It just so happened that one of my little guys was sick one day, so we filmed this practice for you. Hopefully you can take this practice and do it with your little one(s) as well.
When the kids and I practice together, we keep the expectations really low. It is all about having fun and bonding. Their bodies may not do the poses perfectly; if they choose to do the pose at all. Over time, they will see me doing the moves enough that they will want to join in.
Try this sequence with your little ones. This sequence is perfect for parents to practice with their children 0-5 years old.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Mommy and Me Yoga sequence
Sit in Easy Pose.
Place your hands together at your heart.
Repeat “Ong namo guru dev namo” three times.
Wide Legged Seated with arms out to the side.
Lean to one side and bring the other hand up. Kind of like your arms are a sea-saw. As you lean to each side, label your actions “lean to the left!... lean to the right!”
You can then do the same with lifting your arms up and down.
Come in to a low squat.
Place your hands on the ground. Jump up like a frog! Ribbit!
From Standing, place your hands on your knees.
Walk forward and back along the mat and act like a dinosaur. Roooaaarrr!!
Note: this pose is adapted from the Radiant Child yoga program.
All Fours (today this pose is a doggy. Any 4-Legged animal can be portrayed from the All Fours position)
Bring your hands underneath your shoulders and your knees underneath your hips. Keep your arms straight as your crawl around. Today we are doggies making a lot of barking and panting noises!
From seated, bring your hands above your head. Keep your elbows straight and clasp your hands together. Lean over to the left, then the right.
Lay on your back.
Bring your feet in to the air. Bend your knees and hold on to the outside edge of your foot (the pinky-toe side). Bring your knees outside of your elbows. Rock left and right in this position.
This will look different for every baby. Find a way to relax that is calming for both you and your child. It is okay if they don’t lay down, especially when it is not nap or bed time. Just a few minutes of breathing in quietness will bring them (and you, hopefully) great peace.
And there you have it. A messy, beautiful, rambunctious yoga session with me and my babe. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we have.
I will add this video to the Activity Library so you always have easy access to it.