This is a video of Penelope doing her first yoga pose all by herself! It’s called So Big.
The way you do it is you sit on the floor with your legs together and feet pointed up towards the ceiling. Make sure both sits bones on are the floor (your sits bones are the bony bottom part of your pelvis). You can feel those bones better by rocking side to side slightly. This pose is a modified from the adult yoga Staff Pose.
Then raise your arms up over your head, as if you are trying to reach the ceiling. Your spine is nice and straight and you are looking straight ahead at your child. When you raise your arms, you say “SOOOOO!!!”
Then you bring your arms down and try and touch your toes and say “BIIIIIGGGGG!!!” I do it pretty dramatically, as you can see in the video and make a thump on the floor when I bring my hands down.
It’s a great stretch for Mama’s.
For a baby Penelope’s age (9 months) or older, till about 20 months, you alternate between showing them how and helping them by raising their arms for them and bring them down for them, as you say
If you have been doing yoga with your baby since they were born, like us, this the time yoga gets really fun and exciting. You can really start to play and interact with your baby at a different level. Its so amazing to watch them learn. Their little brains are like sponges! They are just so smart and absorb everything you do and say.
Penelope will do So Big if I prompt her or she will just randomly do it when she is playing the floor with a toy. All of sudden she busts out the yoga and makes her mama proud!
Check out the video here:
And let me know what you think about the video! Do you like it better than pictures for our weekly yoga tutorial?
The one today was kind of haphazderly planned. She was doing it and I grabbed the camera real quick. If you guys like it, I can do more videos, but spend more time on the explanation of the pose in the video.
Just FYI, most of the baby yoga poses I post, I learned at my Itsy Bitsy Yoga training. The founder and creator, Helen Garabedian, has a great book and dvds that you can purchase to help your home practice. Or you can go to her website and try and find a class near you!