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Good Night yoga for your toddler

When I was at expo west this past weekend, a publisher gave me the book Good Night yoga when he found out I was a kids yoga teacher... I was so excited to try to tell this story to Bella through yoga... The book has beautiful illustrations that take you through a calming flow. It ends with a guided meditation that will lead your child to sleep. I didn't do the guided meditation because Bella is too little, but she loved the Good Night yoga flow...

If you are a parent and yogi, I highly recommend buying this book to share with your child (Link to the right). It allows you to introduce your child to your favorite activity in a friendly and soothing way!

If you would like to see how it went with Bella, the video is below:

Stay Blessed!

Izabel

Holy Yoga for Toddlers

I have been taking the Kids Holy Yoga course and I am simply loving it! The team is an amazing group of women of faith who also happen to be experienced yoga teachers. The course has given me the opportunity to play with my daughter and find out that she loves yoga!  

Bella is just one and a half, but she loves trying to stretch her little body into the poses. She doesn't do all of the poses, nor are they perfect, but it doesn't matter. I am only interested in sharing the love of Christ with her through movement. If you make it fun and playful I promise your child will also do yoga with you and as a bonus you will get the opportunity of teaching them about God's great love!

Today's video is a holy yoga class for toddlers based on the story of Noah's ark. Feel free to watch it with your toddler or just get some ideas for your next class!

Stay Blessed!

Mommy and baby yoga flow with Video (2/6/2015)

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Now that Bella is crawling, doing yoga with her is getting a bit more challenging. It takes a lot more sound effects and interaction than it did before. She still loves Surya Namaskar A - specially when I do peek-a-boo while in downdog. But her all time favorite still is cat and dog ondulations. This practice worked well for Bella and I, but feel free to adapt it to your baby. It might be wise to use this video to take some ideas for your practice rather than try to follow it step by step as life with baby, as you must already know, can be unpredictable.

The first half is a warm up where baby is on the floor. If your baby is crawling like Bella is, it will require a high level of engagement with your child. The second half of practice is done with a soft baby carrier. Even though baby is sitting tight in the carrier, it is still important to interact with her as she may get fussy.

This practice is only 10 minutes long as babies need change often to keep them engaged. Breaking our practice into flows with and without the baby carrier is a great idea. Feel free to practice the sequence a few times during the day. Enjoy!

Namaste!

Baby yoga - warm up moves

Sometimes it may be hard to follow a yoga flow video with baby. Maybe your baby is fussy, maybe she wants to play in another position. Therefore, in the next few posts I will show some different poses you can do with your baby so that you are able to create your own flow. If you prefer to follow the entire flow just follow them here. Today I will show you three ways that you can warm up with your baby.  At the end of this post, you will find a video illustrating how to do each of the poses with your baby. 

The Cat and Dog

This move is a classic yoga warm up. However, in order to keep my baby entertained I like to act out cat and dog sounds as I am moving. Bella finds it very entertaining (see video below). I bet your baby will too! To do this, start in a tabletop position then tilt your pelvis upward with your gaze up to get into dog pose. Then tilt your pelvis down and fix your gaze at your baby to get into cat.

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The child who cried Wolf

The next warm up sequence is comprised of a flow between child's pose and downdog. Again, I like to act these out to keep Bella entertained as I flow through the poses. I cry like an infant in child's pose, then bark like a dog in downdog. Start from a tabletop position then drop your pelvis towards your heels as you stretch your arms towards the front wall and rest your face on your baby's belly. Then shift your weight onto the balls of your feet, streighten your knees and lengthen your back into downdog. Flow a few times between the two poses.

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Peek a Dog

This may be Bella's favorite flow. Start from downdog and shift your weight back and forth onto your hands moving your gaze to your child as you play peek a boo. You will love the smiles that ensue. 

In case you are still not sure how to do each of the warm up flows, the video bellow illustrates what to do:

Posted on October 6, 2015 and filed under Mommy and baby yoga flows.

Mommy and baby yoga flow (video)

I hope you enjoyed yesterday's yoga flow! You will need a soft baby carrier for the second half of this flow. If you liked yesterday's flow, but you are having trouble following it on paper, I hope this video will help! Please don't hesitate to ask me questions and remember the important thing is to connect and enjoy your time with your beautiful bundle of joy!

Mommy and Me Yoga Flow

If you have a little one at home and you are finding it difficult to find the time to practice, look no further. Here is a flow for you and your little one to practice together. You will need a soft baby carrier to do the main part of this flow. My daughter likes to face out, but it is possible that your baby prefers facing inwards. Make sure to do this flow after your baby has gained head control. If your baby gets fussy just move on to another asana that she or he may enjoy more. Tomorrow I will post the video to this flow. Let me know your thoughts and enjoy!

We start with a warm up. For the warm up you won't need the baby carrier as baby usually remains entertained for a few minutes on the floor as long as you connect with him/ her. With my daughter that means sound effects and faces. She also likes to play with my hair. Find out what works for your baby. I like playing peek a boo in down dog, making cat and dog noises, among other crazy artifacts to keep her entertained and happy!

The second part of this flow utilizes a baby carrier. Make sure to wear your carrier per the suggestions of the manufacturer and secure your baby. Even though your baby may be in the carrier make sure to connect and play with her/him throughout.

Tomorrow I will add the video showing how I interact with baby Bella during this flow. Meanwhile enjoy and if you try it out let me know what you thought of the flow in the comments below!

xoxo,

Izabel

I love baby carrying flows. So does baby Bella. But, even though baby-carrying flow have the ability to strengthen our legs, they don't work out our arms as much. To counter that flaw, I have been doing some baby and me yoga flows with Bella where I carry her in my arms the entire time. Bella loves her snuggle time with mommy and I love the work out my arms get... Seriously.  It is painful. If you have never tried carrying your baby while practicing, this video show you a short sample flow so that you get yourself acquainted with carrying your baby while practicing. If you are tired, finish after the first round. Otherwise, repeat the flow 5 times or even more. Have fun, connect with your baby, and work those arms! Good luck!

Baby-carrying flow for leg strengthening

Despite what you may think, your baby is not only a pretty face... She can transform your yoga flow into quite a hard-core strength building exercise. By utilizing your baby-carrier, you can bring your little bundle of joy into your exercise routine and have fun while working off the baby weight. 

The flow I created today is short so that you familiarize yourself with baby-wearing during yoga. Go through the routine carefully and have fun with your baby. Feel free to repeat it a few times to get a better workout for your legs.

 

Be safe, enjoy, and  have fun with your little munchkin.