"The light within me honors the light within you"

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In an effort to keep my mind (and fingers) away from WebMd, I’ve been doing a lot of yoga lately. I flirt with yoga every few months, building up a practice, making it routine, and then I inevitably miss a day or two (sickness, traveling, exhaustion) and it takes me another few months to get back into the swing of it. It’s generally when my anxiety picks up that I go rushing back to my mat, since just breathing is seen as an accomplishment in yoga, and a quiet room¬† is key to quieting my mind.

For all the benefits I get from yoga,¬† it usually means waking up an hour before the girls if I want to get a real practice in, if I do not want “helpers”. Anything that requires me to get even less sleep than I am right now is a hard sell though, so unless I am feeling that jittery, unfocused buzz in my bones, I sleep in and tell myself I will start again tomorrow.

This week that is not an option, so rather than fight with the girls to be quiet so that I could be calm (because that is going to work out swell), I asked them to join me.

Yoga with the kids

And lo, they are little gurus. Alice does a mean downward dog, but Ella was willing to try just about any pose that I presented to her. After a few minutes of mama lead yoga, I went online and found some short videos, and these pose cards. Ella took to them right away, and when she was done, asked earnestly if she could do yoga with me tomorrow.

Yoga with the kids

I think I will need to buy another mat though, since I don’t think there is room for all three of us on there.

7 Responses to "The light within me honors the light within you"

  1. Teacup9 says:

    These are great photos! I did yoga a lot when I was Ella’s age, because it was on TV just before Sesame Street. Occasionally the instructor would offer a modified pose or would call the pose difficult. I always thought I must be doing things wrong because my leg would be completely straight or I could bend all the way down without trouble or pain. Now I realize 3 year olds, especially those who take gymnastics, are pretty flexible.

  2. kelly says:

    aww, those were really cute. Are our babies really toddlers ALREADY???? sigh….

    Namaste Ella. We had the Gaiam yoga for kids dvd and it got broken.

  3. Deb says:

    I laughed, out loud, at the cuteness of Alice, in the first photo! Good idea, Mom :)

  4. LaLibertad says:

    These are too cute and giving me an idea…

  5. Denice says:

    Ella looks like a little girl, not a toddler! And Alice is so big . . your girls are beautiful.

    I should do yoga with my wild children. . . maybe we’d all calm down a little.

  6. mike says:

    thank you for this great article, I love it.

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