I have always been fascinated by how yoga can help children. Not only does it help build strength and flexibility but can help children manage stress. When I was a Primary School teacher I used to do basic yoga positions and face massage with my classes. The children always enjoyed the sessions and it would help their concentration for the rest of the day.
I had always thought Adam would be too young to be able to follow yoga positions. However, in recent months he has started to watch Waybuloo on CBBC. The ‘Piplings’ practise ‘Yogo’, a gentle form of exercise which is similar to yoga. He enjoys copying the actions and will continue them in his play – especially ‘lifty leaf.’
When I heard about the new monthly Kids Love Yoga series on Kids Yoga Stories I knew Adam would love to take part. A different yoga pose is featured each month and includes photographs of children from around the world practising the pose.
This months pose was the ‘Downward-Facing Dog.’ Instructions and benefits of the pose can be found on the Kids Yoga Stories site. I first demonstrated the pose to Adam some time ago. We were playing in the garden and it was a blustery day. I pretended to be a bridge. However, Adam took my description too literally and spent the afternoon going under me as if I had made a tunnel. He did the pose himself several times but expected me to be able to go through his tunnel! Needless to say I didn’t get any photographs!
On several other attempts Adam would do the downward-facing dog pose but by the time I had the camera out he would be on to something else. I thought we were destined not to participate in this months yoga position.
However, at the weekend we were playing in the paddling pool. Without any prompting Adam suddenly did the downward-facing dog pose and stayed in that position – over a piece of guttering. The first time I didn’t even think about getting the camera out – I assumed he would move as soon as I went inside. However, he kept going back to the pose and would remain there for some time. So we finally captured Adam’s downward-facing dog pose in the unlikely place of a paddling pool!
Adam’s photograph now appears on Kids Yoga Stories.
The next yoga position is the Boat pose. The camera will be at the ready this time!
Adam was 2 years old