My daughter thinks that every exercise class I go to is yoga (except when I go to barre and she says, “Mommy, is going to the bar!” Classic.). She got her very first yoga mat this year, and we are constantly practicing our poses – she has mastered her downward dog!
On Saturday morning, I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and stumbled upon a post from YogaFit Horsham. “Family Yoga.” This caught my attention. Since my daughter is only 2.5 years old, I normally can’t find anything like this for her to do. This particular class was for 2-5 year olds, so we were golden. When my daughter woke up, I told her she finally gets to go to yoga with mommy. Her eyes lit up, and she got the biggest smile on her face. She grabbed her yoga mat and ran to the door. I had to explain to her that we still had 4 hours to kill before yoga, but she didn’t care… she was ready!
When we entered the studio, she was in her glory.
She set up her little mat, sat down, and waited for the instructor, Miss Elena (yes, like the character from Daniel Tiger, which made my daughter love her even more). We started off with some breathing exercises, and a few yoga poses.
OK, my daughter has lost interest. She started running around like a crazy woman, and wouldn’t come back to her mat. Of course, I was now thinking that this was a mistake. I mouthed “I’m sorry” to Miss Elena, who reassured me that it was totally fine! She is only 2.5 years old, so I guess I should cut her a break. This is an area that I stress over – I don’t want my kid to be the “annoying” kid. I am so conscious to keep her in line, when in reality, everyone in the room was a mom and they have all been there before.
After some more yoga poses, we changed it up a bit and played some more kid-friendly games. Now, my daughter was ready. Miss Elena asked us to get into a circle and she put on some music. The music prompted us to do different movements such as dancing, walking, hopping, and ice skating around. When the music stopped, we had to freeze. The little girls ate this up! After this, she got out a parachute. Again, my daughter was ALL OVER THIS!
We ended class with some more breathing and a child pose. My daughter was calm! WOW. I was so impressed.
I asked her to get in a picture with Miss Elena, and she ran over and got into her downward dog. I told you she mastered it!
Let’s just say this class rocked! We will definitely be back to take it again. Thanks so much for having us!
Here are the details for the next mommy and me yoga class, if anyone wants to join us!
Date: August 17th
Time: 12:30 – 1:15 PM
Kids Ages: 2 – 5 years
If you have older/younger kids:
Time: 1:30 – 2:15 PM
Kids Ages: 6 – 11 years
Time: 2:30 – 3:15 PM
Kids Ages: 6 months – 2 years