Danya Banya is a momma blogger from Sydney Australia who has two young girls. She writes about a variety of creative projects that inspire her family.
Here is an article that I wrote for Danya’s readers about ways to practice toddler yoga:
A guide to creating a yoga-friendly environment with your family
I love practicing yoga with our daughter. It warms my heart.
We learn, move, and have fun together. It’s awesome. We are on this yoga-inspired journey together, and I’m learning from her every day.
By introducing a light and playful yoga practice at home, I hope to encourage our daughter to build a healthy lifestyle, take responsibility for her actions, be compassionate, and generally enjoy a happy life.
10 ways to create a yoga-friendly environment with your toddler:
1. Act out books
While reading some of your favorite books with your toddler, try acting out the characters in the story. We love the Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle books, for example. With Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?, try hugging a tree like a baby bear, walk on your hands-and-knees like a red fox, spread out like a flying squirrel, tiptoe like a mountain goat, and flap your wings like a blue heron. Don’t worry about doing perfect poses; just encourage your child to have fun with movement and story. You will be surprised at how many actions turn out naturally to be similar to yoga poses.
Image of our daughter in Child’s Pose on The Little Yoga Mat.
Feel free to share with your friends who also have toddlers. I hope there is at least one thing there that you can try out with your little one today! Toddler yoga rocks.