Yoga with a toddler.

Nap time is precious.  It’s something we spend months trying to get our babies to do consistently, then hold on to it with both hands (and teeth) when they start deciding they don’t need it anymore.

Whilst I would love to say that I use nap time to do a leisurely 40 minute yoga practice, the reality is I’m often washing up, hanging washing, trying to do my assignment, packing or sewing.  One day I’ll have nothing better to do… right?

Not likely.

So in order to get my daily practice, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’m likely to always a little friend to work around (or more accurately under as he seems to think yoga is a fun game where I move into various positions whilst he tries to climb on my head).

My tips for making yoga work with a toddler…

1.  Set them up with snacks and a drink.

2.  Set your mat up next to what they like to play with.  I often practice outside as he tends to be happier in the grass. (Eamon’s top ‘toys’ at the moment are the push mower and a pot with dirt in it – guaranteed 10 minutes worth of peace right there)

3. Break your practice up. Rather than trying to complete a whole half hour, split it up and do ten minutes every couple of hours whilst your toddler is distracted by an ant, the washing machine, a peg, etc.

4. Involve them!

In the last week I’ve been following the above tips, then when Eamon decides he is over entertaining himself he joins in until something distracts him again.  It means I don’t get frustrated, I still get some ‘alone’ practice done and we have a bit of fun.

The following poses are not all in this fortnights challenge. I’ve been adding these in amongst the challenge asanas. If you’d like the PDF print out for week 11 and 12 you can find them here. Previous weeks can be found here.

How do you practice yoga (or exercise) with your toddler?

Great for strengthening legs and buttocks
Strengthens back of the legs, stretches the chest and works the core muscles.
My extra little ‘weight’ makes my legs work even harder in Warrior 2.
I’m more than a little proud that at 1 year he knows how to do Down Dog by himself.
Say hello to your core muscles! (hold for as long as you can without squishing the cute baby)
Lift shoulders as high as you can to work your core.

13 Responses to “Yoga with a toddler.

  • Lila Wolff
    10 years ago

    So cute, I don’t think Eve would be such a good yoga buddy!

  • The best yoga post ever! I really needed this!

  • Amy Wells
    10 years ago

    I may be able to do this with Tully… Let’s just consider her an 8.5kg hand weight!

  • I have never done yoga, hmm. But Eamon looks like the best support partner,

  • Jami Yaeger
    10 years ago

    I love everything about this! Eamon is a pro — and so very cute!

  • MotherDownUnder
    10 years ago

    I don’t do yoga…but I think that if I had little mat friend as cute as Eamon I would.
    Look at those legs!

  • Kelly Rae
    10 years ago

    love this post and the photos 🙂

  • Rachael @ TGT
    10 years ago

    Love this! I think this may inspire me to get going on some yoga once baby boy gets here! Thanks for sharing this today!
    Sending you sunshine,

  • wow! looking good bettina. and your little weight is so adorable joining in 🙂

  • Camille Griffiths
    10 years ago

    This is so cute! I LOVE the one of him doing downward dog!!! I will have to favorite this post. 🙂 My kids usually involve themselves in my work out whether I want them to or not, lol. I’ve learned to just accept that in order to get my work out done, I can’t stop just because I’m holding a baby or have a kid crawling on me! And I love seeing my older daughter imitating me and exercising. I feel like I’m teaching her to have healthy habits. 🙂

  • African_Babies_Dont_Cry
    10 years ago

    Fantastic! Loved this so much I featured it on my Tuesday
    Baby Link-Up this week
    ! 🙂

  • AmberLouise Hart
    9 years ago

    Hello! I’m new to your blog and love your suggestions for toddler-and-me yoga asanas! The photo of you and your boy in downward dog is just adorable!

  • littleoldsouls
    9 years ago

    Thanks so much Amber. And welcome!

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