Kids Love Yoga

These kids are serious yoga students!

Ivan Zabrodina, visiting us in Swanage, Dorset, UK, is carefully studying the poses in my book Watch Me Do Yoga. Soon he’ll be able to assist his mother Julia Zabrodina who teaches Iyengar yoga in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Utthita Hasta Padasana (Upright Hands and Feet Pose).

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Adho Mukha Vriksasana (Tree Pose).

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Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog Pose).

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Simhasana (Lion Pose).

 

You are never too young to start practicing. Nuala, daughter of jewelry designer Maeve Gillies, is almost two and already into yoga.

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Urdhva Hastasana (Arms Above the Head Pose) from Tadasana (Mountain pose). Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend Pose) with hands in Paschima Baddangullyasana (Hands Interlaced Behind the Back Pose).

 

Nicole de Jesus sent these photos of her five-year-old niece Malaya (“Freedom”), along with this note:

“I gave my amazing niece Malaya, a copy of Watch Me Do Yoga. She is already quite the student…and her toys seem to be benefiting from the method already!

Malaya is going through your book again and again. She’s going to bring it to her yoga class at school!

She and the animals practiced Bobby’s entire yoga book in my living room. Now she wants to make a yoga movie…!”

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Kurmasana (Tortoise Pose).

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Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose).

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We are looking at a row of Malaya’s toys practicing some inversions.

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Urdhva Dhanurasana (Bow Pose).

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Maybe I’ll have her on my publicity team!

 

Meanwhile, Kaira, in Hangzhou, China has also been hard at work. Her mother Carmen, a yoga teacher in Hangzhou, writes:

“I just received Watch Me Do Yoga yesterday from Amazon, and my daughter Kaira just loved it. She was reading the book the whole morning, and insisted me teaching her all the asanas from the book”.

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Vriksasana (Tree Pose).

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Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog Pose).

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Simhasana (Lion Pose).

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Kaira is holding the book perfectly straight!

Text © 2015 Bobby Clennell. Photos used with permission.

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2 Responses to “Kids Love Yoga”

  1. Veronica Says:

    I think this is wonderful Bobby.
    I too am a qualified Iyengar teacher and have been teaching kids from ages 3 up for 10years in Glasgow, Scotland.
    They are all wonderful, natural little yogis at this age and indeed teach us about honesty and openness.
    Unfortunately here in Britain, under the British Iyengar body, we are asked not to teach children under the age of 6! As a result I was asked to choose between teaching children this age or staying part of the IYA in Britain.

    Good luck with your book, more people with our training should inspire the young ones. X

    • bobbyclennell Says:

      Hi Veronica. Thanks for your comments and I so hear you! All I know is Guruji loved my kids book. My husband presented it to him down in the library in Pune. He read it carefully, cover to cover. Grinning from ear to ear, he placed it face out in his book case behind his desk. In every photo that was taken of him with students (of which many were posted on Face Book), you could clearly see my book. Best wishes,
      Bobby

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