Yesterday I had a parent come in and try to sign her teenage daughter up for a yoga class. She said to me, "My daughter needs yoga because her body is out of balance." or "Yoga will help her relax and breathe. She needs something to help her relax." Often what I really hear the person saying, is, "I need something to help me relax." It was no surprise to me when she admitted to never having taken a yoga class before.
As a yoga teacher, I am an expert at the "my _______ needs yoga" conversation (fill in the blank with kid/husband/friend/mom/etc). I get it. We are all trying to help our loved ones. And Moms are well-known for trying to give the best chance to their kids. But leading by example is one of the most powerful things we can gift children.
Better yet, what if moms did yoga with their daughters? Aren't we often wishing that we could spend more time connecting with our kids? Or doing activities that are fun together?
Doing yoga together can be so powerful. And you can start at any age really. New parents can practice Baby and Me yoga. This special class allows new parents to bring their infants into the studio, and allows them to practice while interacting with their child, and taking care of any feeding or diaper needs that arise during the class. Once they start crawling or walking, though, caregivers need to move with their kids. Family yoga classes are often offered to kids ages 2 and up. Ask your local yoga studio if they have a special class where you and your child can attend.
Or simply grab a spot on the carpet in your living room, pull up a video online, and start moving and laughing together.