Little ones are natural yogis. Their desire to
move coupled with their insane ability to stretch make them perfect candidates
for some impromptu yoga sessions. Nearly every day, I watch my daughter roll around, try to jump and reach the ceiling, curl into a little ball,
touch her toes and, a recent thing we’ve taught her, take deep breaths.
Though Ramona’s never seen me do yoga and only
heard me talk about it, I catch her all the time on the floor doing child’s
pose, downward dog, three-legged dog, forward bends
and folds, happy baby, and savasana—poses she doesn’t need to be taught but just must be
fun for her to do! She doesn’t know she’s doing the same poses Mama did in her
morning class, so she finds it hilarious when I join her on the floor for a
simple (and very short!) yoga session.
Because toddlers desire activity—and it’s sometimes hard to keep up with them or to find the
appropriate space to let them wiggle—I’d suggest trying some of these poses
on your living room floor with your little mover. This will also be a great
excuse for you to join in on the play and get some stretching in yourself!
Some of the words for the poses
may likely mean nothing to you. But that’s okay—it's not the important
part. Once you take a look at the below photos, you’ll realize these are simple
poses that will encourage you and your child to get active together. And
because you’ll be learning together, there’s plenty of opportunity for
silliness and giggles and play.
1. Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
Standing tall, raise
your arms above your head, keeping your ears in line with your biceps. Turn
hands to have pinky fingers facing out. Tada!
2. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-facing
Dog with variation, Three-legged Dog)
Bending forward, move your arms up to
the top of your space and form an upside down V with your body. For some
variation, lift one of your legs up in the air.
3. Bhujangasana (Cobra
Laying on the belly, keep top of feet to mat, and lift chest up off
ground with little to no weight in the hands. Toddlers’ backs are strong and
flexible so they should have no problem with this!
4. Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby)
On your back, reach up and grab the inside of your feet. Your child will be a
pro at this one!
5. Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward
Sit with legs straight out in front of you. Reach forward and touch
6. Savasana (Corpse Pose)
Lay down on your back, legs and arms spread wide. Relax and grab a couple
seconds quiet time.
Toddlers desire to be active and move their
bodies (which doesn’t always bode well for my couch-loving self) so getting on
the floor with them can be a great excuse for getting us off our own bottoms
and creating active play for them!