It was my husband’s idea to start a weekly family yoga class. He didn’t want to do yoga with strangers, and he also thought it was the only way to get our oldest to practice yoga. Grasshopper and Sensei had the four concussions from volleyball, and now she needs to work her way slowly back into physical activity.
PickyKidPix has hung up soccer cleats, switching over to competitive crew, but as a coxswain, she’s not getting much exercise. She went through puberty recently, and her joints are looser. For the first time in her life, she complains of knee pain “on her inner right knee when she runs on pavement.” Yoga will help with that.
My son is pretty flexible so yoga for him is injury prevention for soccer. Now that the U.S. Youth Soccer changed the year requirements, he’s the youngest (and smallest) on his team, and frequently goes head to head, resulting in tumbles to the ground.
My husband is now thinking of playing competitive golf as a senior amateur, which starts at age 55 (50 for senior professionals though). He’s lost a little distance with age, so yoga will help loosen his back for a full rotation. He also has shoulder and lower back issues that yoga can help.
I personally practice yoga weekly besides this family yoga class and it helps me stave off carpel tunnel syndrome from too much computer work, as well as injury prevention from the high impact boxing workouts that I do.
How fortunate that my friend Liz just opened a yoga studio, Artemis Yoga, in Watertown, one town over! Our 9am Sunday morning time is perfect because her downstairs yoga studio is empty. It turns out that the price for family yoga is basically the same if we all just took a class.
With our oldest off to college in just two years, my husband and I are starting to cherish every minute of family time. While this is an early and painful start to Sunday, it is fast becoming a family tradition that is making memories!
How about you? Have you tried yoga? Do your kids like yoga? To get everyone into a yoga mood, I’m giving away Barefoot Books Yoga Pretzel cards. This fun deck of cards helps introduce kids to yoga poses. You can line them up for a yoga practice too! Please fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter.
p.s. My children would want you to know that all these photos taken of them during their yoga class were done under protest (though they like the yoga class and think it’s funny that we do it as a family).
Introducing Kids to Yoga
Kids Yoga Stories by Giselle Shadlow
My blogger friend Giselle has authored a wonderful series of yoga picture books for kids! She’s a yoga instructor herself, and her books make yoga fun for kids, while also teaching them about animals, colors and other educational topics. [picture book, ages 2 and up]
Yoga Pretzels cards by
We are starting our own Family Yoga class; just the five of us. It’s my husband’s idea. He’s done a litle yoga but has bad shoulders from a lifetime of competitive golf. Grasshopper and Sensei is recovering from her fourth concussion, so Family Yoga will ease her back into athletics. She hopes to return to her club volleyball team in a few months. PickyKidPix finds yoga calming, and my son will strike a yoga pose for fun. We use these cards to play with yoga poses. For a complete zen experience, use Yoga Pretzel cards with these picture books on mindfulness. [deck of yoga cards, ages 2 and up]
Yoga Pretzels Card Deck Giveaway
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