One of the things that I pride myself on as a yoga teacher is that I bring so much joy to my classes and to my practice. Today was even better! My 2 1/2 year old pulled out a yoga mat and said "mommy let's do yoga". So I said sure, thinking this would just be another session of her climbing all over me. I was so wrong!
Holly was amazing! She stood on her mat and did everything that I suggested she do. I was very basic with her practice, knowing that she is only 2 1/2 and that toddlers sometimes have a short attention span. She was fabulous touching her toes, sometimes rolling over. Her triangle was certainly something to be admired. Her favorite and most fun pose I think was the tree. Her balance does not last long but she had so much fun. I love that toddlers know the advanced moves of poses too, they smile through the whole thing. We then got on the floor and did some forward folds, wide leg forward fold side to side and centre. She didn't miss a beat. I got her to sit between my legs and we practiced cobbler's pose together, I held her feet and she held mine and we folded forward together. I think that this was honestly my favorite posture of the day. It was certainly the most fun.
I then sat crossed legged and closed my eyes in a meditative posture and she said "mommy are you sleeping"? I told her I was meditating and she tried it too. Oh, "I meditate too"! She closed her eyes for a second and started to giggle. I loved every moment of it. We then lay hugging for sivasana and that was priceless. She just wanted to cuddle and kiss, what an amazing preparation for rebirth! Maybe that's what samadi is all about - ultimate bliss, with your child.
I got up to go and fix a snack and she asked to do yoga again. "Tomorrow" I said. I hope she wants to do it again!
Jennifer is an RMT, long time yoga practitioner and teacher. Follow her musings as an RMT, yoga teacher, prenatal educator and mother of three.