It may be a bit of a challenge sometimes, but it is definitely possible to do yoga with your toddler. Isaya and I have our own little yoga routine. Today I am showing you how we updated our routine, now that she is older. And I am sharing eight tips that will help you create your own yoga routine, with your toddler. Yoga has given me so much over the past ten years and I’m hoping todays post will help you get (re)started.
If you want to hear me talk about the tips and see us in action, you can watch this video of one of our sessions. If you don’t have time to watch a video, you can scroll a bit further down below and just read the eight tips on how to practice yoga with your toddler. Enjoy!
Tip 1 – Include your toddler in your practice
I always ask Aya to join me. If she doesn’t want to, she doesn’t have to. But she needs to feel like she is part of mummy’s funny poses.
Tp 2 – Follow their lead
I may have a set of poses in my head, but if Aya wants me to come to the floor so she can sit on my back, I will change up my routine. There are a lot of poses I can do with a toddler on my back. Don’t be rigid about how your practice should go, or about what the sequence of poses should be. Just go with the flow.
Tip 3 – Don’t worry about interruptions
Your session is going to be full of little (or longer) interruptions. Just accept it as part of your practice. If you have a baby or toddler “life” gets interrupted all the time by your little ones. The truth is: they are not interruptions. They are life. Accepting the interruptions during your yoga session will help you cope with the interruptions in real life.
Tip 4 – Laugh
Don’t take it too seriously. Aya does the funniest things during our sessions together. She makes me laugh all the time. Keep it light. It’s yoga, not current affairs.
Tip 5 – Keep your balance
At the same time, you are going to want to stay focused. Otherwise you can’t keep your balance. Practicing your balance during yoga – while your toddler is pulling on your leg, sitting on your back or rolling up your yoga mat – will help you stay balanced in the real world, when a thousand things come at you all at once.
Tip 6 – Have some toys ready
If your toddler is anything like mine, she will lose interest at some point. I always have a couple of toys ready, so she can entertain herself why I continue my practice. She didn’t need them during todays practice, but usually I am surrounded by toys during our yoga sessions.
Tip 7 – Don’t forget to breathe
Adding in poses and moments that allow you to “just breathe” is way more important than doing the most amazing, bendy yoga poses. Breathing deeply and calmly, in and out, should be your focus throughout your session.
Tip 8 – Set the (time) bar low
I always aim for at least five minutes (fussy baby days), but usually Isaya is in a good mood and we end up having 15 minute yoga sessions. Be happy with all the time you get. The yoga needs to become part of your lifestyle. That won’t happen if you force yourself and your toddler into an hour long session. You are a busy mom. Your yoga routine should be accepting of that.