Children are busy little bees. Think how their lives have changed compared to when you were at school. Old school gadgets are going, technology is encouraged, and thanks to the internet they have access to lots more ‘stuff’. All this razzle dazzle plus pre and post school clubs to worry about. How often do kids get a moment to calm down and connect with their inner child?
I was recently invited to a summer fair and whilst I was setting up, focusing on creating a shanti environment a bunch of kids literally blew the doors open and stormed in. It was a tornado of hyperactivity. I was panicked, what to do, and please don’t dirty the mats I thought to myself. The solution was obvious really. The intention of the day was family fun, so I surrendered. I took my first kids Yoga class and well, it was sooo much fun!
Fun, a word we as ‘adults’ could do well to remember once in a while. Bring a little fun into your practice. If you have children, the school summer holiday is a perfect opportunity to get them involved by sharing what you love with whom you love the most.
Connect with your kids and inner child, when you do, making it fun will be child’s play. Here are some ideas to get those creative juices flowing.
Take it easy
Simplicity is the magic key. Not too much, not too tough, make it just right. Row your boat gently down the stream (Paripurna Navasana), spread your wings and fly like a butterfly (Purna Titli Asana), lie as still as possible in dead man’s pose (Savasana).
Tell a story
Make it up, get warmed up by marching to a magical land where people sit on invisible chairs (Utkatasana) and use your bow and arrow (Akarna Dhanurasana) to scare away the bad guys. Or, get inspiration from the mythology of the asanas. Take our beloved tree pose (Vrikshasana), a story of power, sorrow, beauty and love, when the demon King Ravana kidnapped Queen Sita.
Make it fun
Dress up or down, stay in your pajamas for extra comfy morning Yoga. Make some noise and ‘hiss’ like a cobra snake, ‘moo’ like a cow, ‘woof’ like a dog and wag that tail in downward-facing dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana).
You get the idea, get creative and use your imagination. Embrace your inner child and in a fun-loving way, teach your precious child. Who knows where the journey will lead.
“All grown-ups were once children, but only few of them remember it.”
-Antoine de Saint-ExupéryThe Little Prince