If there’s one thing I wish I wouldn’t have “given up” after I had my daughter almost six years ago it’s my daily yoga practice. I had been practicing yoga for years and throughout my whole pregnancy, but once motherhood and my entrepreneurial spirit kicked in I ditched it, but the longing is always there.
And now I have an excuse to go back: my daughter really wants to take kids’ yoga classes. She’s taken random sessions here and there and she’s always loved them so much, so she asked me to enroll her in a weekly class. I’m over the moon because this can be one activity that we can both deeply enjoy and bond over.
I’ve started by reading with her these fabulous KidsYoga Stories — available in Spanish and English — by author Giselle Shardlow. The author beautifully integrates yoga for kids with storytelling to create a fun and immersive experience. It does take us my girl and I a while to read through the whole book because my girl gets up to do every single pose illustrated on each page of the book! Of course, I love it and end up getting down on the floor to do the poses with her.
When I contacted Giselle over email to chat more about her book series and her experiences as a teacher, traveler, yogi, and mom, she shared that children practice yoga postures naturally, even as infants. ”I used to do a few Sun Salutes in the morning when our daughter was a newborn. After a few months, she started to copy me,” says Shardlow. “Her first yoga pose was the Downward-Facing Dog Pose. She does the pose anywhere and everywhere!”
It’s been well-documented how much yoga benefits us in every aspect of our self, and Giselle agrees that “yoga benefits children in numerous ways that will continue to benefit them as they grow older and on into adulthood.”
Taking this into consideration, I definitely want to encourage my girl to jump on the curiosity she has for yoga right now because the benefits will last her a lifetime.
What exactly are the benefits of yoga for children? Shardlow shares with us her top 10.
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