So this is a blog about passing on the love of yoga to our own kids. This is my daughter, she’s super focused and enjoying herself with the same attentive calm as me when I practise. She does this every day….. no, not even close. This series of pictures was a one off several years ago when she mimicked a practise I was doing at the time. As far as I have seen she doesn’t practise at all. Unless she wants help with headstand or splits her only conscious interaction with me about yoga is when she laughs at my practice. Farting is really entertaining…
What I hear she does is quite different. Apparently, according to a teacher, she has a yoga class she teaches in the playground and if her friends can’t sleep during a sleepover, she guides a class to calm them. She uses wind down mediative practices at home so she can sleep and although she won’t let me teach her directly, she drinks in what I do and is mimicking them still when I am not looking.
The times when I am allowed to sneak in a little yoga embodiment are when she lets me give her a good massage or help with her running technique. Suddenly she is very attentive, but I never call it yoga.
So in a way this is ‘how not to teach yoga’ to our children because anything that is too strict they rebel against (yes, I am still trying to encourage a balanced vegetable intake) but anything adults do is intriguing and children will try it out to see what the point is if nothing else.
What I have managed to pass on are some awareness of how her feet function, meditation practises and some pranayama (that makes a big difference in headstand). Having met adults whose parents had a regular yoga practise, often children when grown up, choose another movement interest such as Tai Chi. So the answer, as usual, is just practise.