My teenage son has depression and anxiety. He did not ask to do yoga, but once he tried one class he was hooked. Since He is not very much of a group person, I hired my kids former elementary school teacher to do a family yoga class at my parent's house. We were fortunate to have someone that both kids liked who was also a yoga teacher. We have held class all summer and it has been great!
my daughter loves yoga, she is 4 :) in our lives i make room for both. my personal practice is my sacred time, i show up almost every morning and celebrate me! but in the afternoon and evenings we often break out into impromptu yoga play time and that is when i can focus on her and be silly! best of both worlds!
My young teenage son is a recovering heroin addict. He has voiced an interest in meditaion and yoga. It is a huge step for a teenager to do ANYTHING w/ their parent and a group of older adults. Let's face it. I read an article years ago about yoga for addicts. Any ideas about who? where? how? to get this going? With gratitude.
I wish I had learned Yoga as a kid. I think is important to teach Yoga to children and to share enthusiam for being healthy. It is also important to have some alone time for mom. I say 50/50 is good.
The title of today´s Daily Insight is "A Family Affair", but in the text you say "she" and "her". It seems that the text was written for a woman and her daughter. But a "Family" is more than that ¿are men and sons excluded from yoga? As a male yoga teacher, I don't think so. But in many articles (most of them really) it seems that you think (very deep inside you) that yoga is only for women.
I enjoy my sessions alone to do my yoga, but I also mix up the intensity levels throughout the week and I teach a beginner's class a few nights a week. My daughter, who is 9, likes practicing yoga with me on the nights that I either teach or work through easier poses. Right now, I ask her not to try the more difficult poses so that she will not hurt her body if it's not ready.
It restores me to do it alone. On occasion though my now-10-year-old son has watched and then showed me what he could do, almost as a challenge. I try not to push it on him but think it would be very neat if he had a warm memory or two of "doing yoga with Mom." Then, maybe someday when he or someone else close to him needs support in life he will be open to it as an option. Isn't that what parenting is--giving our kids tools to go forward in life?
Our entire yoga community here at lil omm yoga is dedicated to this very concept. SHARING our yoga with our children, inviting them in and creating space with them- the more we practice, breath and live together the more joy we all have.
My son just turned 6 months, I hold both my private space for yoga and also include him. More yoga for me and life's introduction to yoga for him - we both benefit. I even began a class at our local studio dedicated to Mom and Baby yoga. It's wonderful to share your passion with other moms and make a playdate out of it!
Jen from CA
My morning practice was with ping pong balls bouncing around my head and my 5 year old asking for help with an art project. I struggle with including them in my practice and creating space for myself. Applying lovingkindness is a moment to moment practice - each moment a new chance :-)