Canadian Living Magazine November 2004

YOGA MOVES


There are lots of fun yoga poses you can try out with your kids at home. Here, Temmi Ungerman Sears, a certified yoga instructor and director of YogaBuds™ in Toronto, suggests three ways you can strike a pose and enjoy some together time.
DOUBLE ICE-CREAM SCOOP (ADHO MUKHA VIRASANA)
Begin on the floor on your hands and knees. Spread your knees apart, keeping your toes together and resting your forehead on the ground. Extend your arms and spine forward. Your child climbs up on your back, and does the same posture. Together, you both create a double ice-cream scoop. Pick your own flavours for added fun!
THE EIGHT-LEGGED DOG (ADHO MUKHA SVANASANA)
Begin on the floor on your hands and knees. Lift your knees off the ground, straighten your arms and legs, and lift your hips and buttocks up to fully stretch your spine. Make sure your neck isn't tense. Now, have your child crawl underneath you and do the same pose. You can then place your hands, or "paws," on top of their hands, or "paws," to further enhance the connection. For added fun, bark in unison!
THE FAMILY TREE (VRKSASANA)
Stand side-by-side, facing forward. You and your child each lift the leg that is farthest from each other. Turn your knee out sideways and place that foot as high as you can on the inside of your standing leg. Your standing legs should be firm, with your thigh muscles lifted upward and your tailbone drawn inward. Put your arms around each other's back to provide support as you balance. If you and your child feel well grounded (pushing through the standing foot into the ground), place the palms of your outer hands so that they are touching one another and raise your inner arms straight up. Your child can hold your raised arm for more balance.