They say you should “let go” the way you would let go of a burning hot object, which I think is easier said than done. However, they also say that in order for you to let go, you have to really want to let go; and there, my friends, lies the rub.
My son and I just finished our very first (official!) yoga sequence together! First of all I want to remind you that he is still a baby; in fact, he turns 2 next week. Also, he’s always been a fan of jumping on me during my yoga practice (hence said practice can only really exist behind closed doors or during nap time) and randomly going into Downward Dog once in a while.
But tonight he pulled out my yoga mat, asked me to open it, did Downward Dog on it, and pulled me on the mat and “asked” me to do the same. So I figured, what the hey, he’s old enough for the Little Lotus Toddler class, so why don’t I just “teach” him a “class” right now? I went through a series of very basic poses, and he did them! I can’t believe it. Of course it wasn’t perfect, but he understood the movement and he was so excited about the whole thing! My little guy isn’t speaking in sentences yet, although he does have a good repertoire of words; mostly he expresses himself best kinesthetically (i.e., placing my hands on the mat next to his to let me know he wants me to join him).
We roared together in “Lion”, we yelled “Reach!” in Utt. Hasta in Tadasana, we touched our “toes!”. It was awesome. I’m so proud. I’m hoping to do some yoga with him on a daily basis. I just ordered Yoga for Kids by Liz Lark from the library. Hopefully I can catch him on camera in a pose or two!
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Just popping in to say, “Happy 2010!”. Hope you all had a great one.
"There is no future
There is no past
I live each moment as my last
There’s only us
There’s only this
Or life is yours to miss
No other road, no other way
No day but today"
You know how people always ask pregnant women if they’ve had any funny cravings, such as pickles and ice cream? (Seriously, I’ve heard more than one person ask a pregnant woman or her husband about “pickle and ice cream” cravings). Well, I was thinking - is that so weird?
See, I like pickles. I also like ice cream. There are lots of people who dip their french fries in ice cream (not me), so why is it so unfathomable that someone would garnish their ice cream with a pickle?
So I’ve decided that I’m going to try it. I’m not gonna go out of my way to purchase pickles and ice cream, but if I ever have an opportunity to eat them concurrently, then I will.
P.S. No, I’m not pregnant.
A photo of our family portrait. Please excuse the glare. Taken with my iPhone.
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This was the peak pose in the sequence I taught today, except I modified it by doing it at the wall.