You guys! I’m so excited about today’s guest post because the guest of honor is actually one of my best friends! She’s taking an English class and one of her assignments was to create a blog post about something that she loves to do, something that interests her! She asked if I’d mind her assignment being a guest post on my blog and I happily said yes! Without further ado, here she is!
Hi y’all! I’m Stef, I found my love for yoga about four years ago. I tried it with a friend during our spring break, we were trying to dedicate ourselves to physical fitness and forget about silly boys, and guess what.. it worked! I was instantly hooked on how amazingly empowered I felt after each class. I learned so much about what my mind and body could do for me that it lead me to sign up for a teacher training two years later. Fast-forward to now… I have (and continue) to learn about all the fantastic things yoga can do for me and I never miss an opportunity to spread my passion for it with those around me. This includes people of all ages, even toddlers!
For about a year, I was a toddler teacher at a daycare. I was responsible for five toddlers and for most of the day, five days a week, they looked to me to learn and stay entertained. So one day I thought, “hey, I can totally make this appealing to them, let me try.” I started with some basic poses that I could cue in a way that would make sense to them, using simple words and giving each pose a name with something they could identify with such as; star pose, triangle pose, and airplane pose. Now, spending so much time with these little angels, I had seen them do some pretty cute things, but I have to say that watching them do these poses was the cutest thing ever. They caught on so quickly and I decided to use this wonderful opportunity to teach them more than just yoga, they also learned where their fingertips were, how a mountain stands tall, and even how a star “shines” bright.
So, for all of you with toddlers at home, maybe you’ll consider giving this a try! For those of you without toddlers at home, maybe you’ll give this a try too! I’ll leave ya with some (cool) tips, just in case.
Easy “Sun A” flow with fun cues:
Fingertips (learning opportunity) to the ceiling (learning opportunity)
Stand tall like a mountain (learning opportunity)
Stand like a star
Separate all ten fingers
Point your toes out
Triangle Pose (downdog):
Place your hands on the floor
Send your bottom up
Make a triangle
Stand up tall
Reach your fingertips for the wall in front of you
Look at the floor
Fly like an airplane!
In case you’re more of a visual learner (like Katie!), here are some pictures to put with words. A simple series would look a little something like this:
These poses are great to start off your toddler’s morning, or to relax them right before bed. They would also make a great mood booster if your toddler is having a rough day and needs a nice pick me up.
Thank you for having me and Namaste!