Why Family Yoga?
Yoga is a great activity that you can do with your child no matter what age! In a world where parents and children are so busy, family yoga provides a wonderful place to spend healthy and happy, quality time together.
No mobile phones, no iPads or TV, no other duties…it’s just you and your children. Charlotte Family Yoga believes family is important, and time and care are needed to nurture it; yoga is perfect for this!
Kids helped show their parents how we reach to the sun and then say “hi” to our toes.
We hissed in cobra and barked in down dog. The poses may not be difficult but it is sometimes hard for us adults to let go and act like a kid and see the fun in something that we usually take seriously.
Kids love going upside down. They are in that magical place where they feel invincible. We Invite Parents to join in .
We spend the rest of the time:
Sitting on a rock. One person rests in child’s pose (usually the larger adult) while another family member aligns the pant line of their pants with that of the person on the floor and gently sits. The person on the bottom gets a deeper spine stretch.
Sunbathing on a rock. Starting in the same position with one person in child’s pose, the second person furthers their stretch by lying down head to head and extending their arms side to side.
Down dog tunnels. Everyone lines up side to side in downdog and everyone takes turns slinking through the tunnel and getting back into downdog.
Kings And Queens. Parents come into chair pose against the wall; then, kids get sit on the “thrones”
Mixing Bowl. Sit facing each other and legs out wide into a V shape(Seated Straddle). Press the soles of your feet into the soles of your child’s feet (or have your child place her feet higher on your legs, if she needs to). Reach forward and hold each other’s wrists, hands, or fingers. Slowly begin to lean forward and back until you each feel a stretch. After a few breaths, rotate your bodies in a circle like you are mixing something in a bowl.
Group tree. Touching palms everyone lifts into tree pose, raising hands into the air.
Group airplane. Everyone comes into a circle and gets into airplane with hands reaching out toward each other.
Group boat. In a circle everyone does boat with feet touching and holding hands.
We ended the group poses with each family creating a unique pose of their choice.
We played a breathing game called Trees in the Breeze
One person does Tree Pose and the other does pranayama and tries to blow down the tree down .
And finished with savasana.
Some of the resources that we use to help gather ideas for this class were a dvd called Yoga for Families led by Ingrid Von Burg, Karma Kids Yoga and a great book called Playful Family Yoga by Teressa Asencia.
Charlotte Family Yoga Offers Family Yoga The First Sunday Of Every Month 2:00pm