Archive for the ‘Kids Love Yoga’ Category

Kids Try Harder

November 1, 2017

It’s hard to know what you can do until you try. In my book, Watch Me Do Yoga, a young girl challenges herself to try yoga postures that may seem difficult.

Trying. Trying again, and gaining confidence. It’s all part of growing.

Martín tests his balance at Natural Yoga in Bogotá, Colombia. That’s my drawing on the wall over to the right.

Knowing the wall is close by can help you to find your balance…

Iyengar yoga trained Suzie Dodd teaches yoga to schoolchildren in County Galway, Ireland. She sent in this photo of a 15-year-old boy who practices tree pose on a balance board while wearing an eye mask. Now that’s quite a challenge.

…but some like a bit more of a challenge.

Brigitta Ortner’s granddaughter Charli Jane, gets a lift. Brigitta began studying Iyengar yoga in 1994, and is certified to teach at the J1 level.

It’s true that we all need a helping hand (or bolster!) sometimes…

Another of Suzie’s students: “a boy who is normally not very physical or involved, was surprised and delighted to be able do Bhekasana with the rest of the class”.

…but sometimes a little extra effort yields big rewards.

Suzie’s granddaughter, Fern in her version of Padangustha Dhanurasana (an intensified version of Dhanurasana).

Fern’s super vibrant drawing.

Fern, again, working hard to lift and curve. Bhujangasana II. This pose is preparatory to Rajakapotasana.

 

Pull, lift and curve: Dhanurasana. This is Vickie Ewell’s granddaughter Marley. Vickie is director at The Yoga Loft in the Village in Sheffield, Ohio.

With only 20 pupils at rural Carron National School, County Galway, Ireland, Suzie Dodd has them all practicing shoulder stand together. When they’re not practicing yoga, the children are teaching Suzie (a city girl) the difference between the “moo” of a cow, the “moouo” of a calf, the “muuuuuooo” of a cow about to be milked, and the sound of a bull, which is apparently “uuuuuuuuuu.”

After all that effort, it’s time for a little restorative Supta Baddha Konasana.

Thanks to everyone who has sent me photos of their kids who were inspired by Watch Me Do Yoga; please keep sending them in. I try my best to correctly credit all the photos, but if I’ve forgotten your child’s name, or the parent or grandparent who sent in the photo, please send it to me, and I’ll update the post.

©2017 Bobby Clennell.

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Hanging around with the kids

October 5, 2017

A yoga studio can be like a playground to young yoga practitioners. Their imagination can lead to some interesting set ups.

2-year-old Charli Jane came up with this set up all on her own. She likes to check out the ropes and props in her grandmother’s home studio, Toronto based Iyengar yoga teacher Brigitta Ortner.

Martín hangs out at Natural Yoga in Bogotá, Colombia.

Vickie Ewell’s granddaughter Marley likes to use the rope wall when she stretches. Vickie is director at The Yoga Loft in the Village in Sheffield, Ohio.

Balance with a wall, grab a brick, or hold a rope. It’s all fun. Kelly Biondo teaches at Namaskara Estúdio de Yoga in São Paulo, Brazil. Her young friends, Cauê (3), and brothers Noah (5) and Gabriel (6), all have moms who teach Iyengar yoga. What a great start.

Charli Jane has found a fun way to use the ropes, too.

Even relaxation can inspire an elaborate set up…

…but sometimes all you need is a folded blanket under your head.

Thanks to everyone who has sent me photos of their kids who were inspired by my book, Watch Me Do Yoga; please keep sending them in. I try my best to correctly credit all the photos, but if I’ve forgotten your child’s name, or the parent or grandparent who sent in the photo, please send it to me, and I’ll update the post.

©2017 Bobby Clennell.

Kids Love Yoga

June 21, 2017

Yoga is fun to do all by yourself…

Six-year-old Marley, daughter of certified Iyengar Yoga teacher Vicky Elwell, expresses the sheer joy of tickling her toes with her hair: Rajakapotasana (King of Pigeons). Vicky’s studio, the Yoga Loft, is in Sheffield  Village, Ohio.

Playing on the ropes in the big kids playroom Adho Mukna Svanasana on the Ropes (Downward Facing Dog Pose).

… or with friends

Will these trees sway in the breeze: Vriksanana (Tree Pose)? Or be strong and steady, like a triangle: Uttitha Trikonasana? Helena and Irene Ortiz practicing with me at Natural Yoga, Bogota, Columbia. Photo by by their mother, Ilse Bedolla.

Curl up and around, or stretch up to the sky: Urdhva Baddhanguliyasana (Upward Facing Interlocked Fingers Pose) from Sukhasana (Simple Cross Legs Pose).

Didi Hall’s grandson has an exquisite sense of balance. And his tree (Vriksanana) grows in unusual soil: Kurmasana (Tortoise Pose)! Didi teaches at The Yoga Center Toronto.

Stand tall like a tree, with your roots in the ground and your leaves reaching for the sky.

Thanks to everyone who has sent me photos of their kids who were inspired by my book, Watch Me Do Yoga; please keep sending them in. I try my best to correctly credit all the photos, but if I’ve forgotten your child’s name, please send it to me, and I’ll update the post.

© 2017 Bobby Clennell.

Yoga, Kids and Play

January 25, 2017

For kids, yoga-time and play-time are sometimes indistinguishable.

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Adho Mukha Svanasana – Downward Facing Dog Pose. Hey, who put this floor down here? Sonalli Kurlekar sent this photo in of her daughter.

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This is Martine from Bogota, Colombia. How much fun it is push into Upward Facing Dog Pose (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana) on a soft, furry rug.

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Dandasana – Staff Pose. I see ten toes!

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This is one of the original pencil sketches from Watch Me Do Yoga.

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Now this is what I call a real Tree Pose (Adho Mukha Vriksasana)!

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Madeline Cook is only two-years-old, but she has yoga in her blood: both of her grandmothers are yoga teachers.

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Here is Madeline’s older sister, five-year-old Amelia. Amelia loves looking at books about yoga, and likes to learn (and pronounce) the Sanskrit names of the poses she copies from the illustrations. Recently, her grandmother Leah Bray Nichols (Evergreen Yoga, Memphis) found her “reading yoga books to Madeline. Looks like teaching yoga runs in the family!”

Neither of the girls has been to a kids class. Just reading, playing and doing. Leah says that when she cleans her studio,” I take them with me and they play on the ropes and make-up poses and make forts with the props.”

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Here is Francesca, daughter of Lara Warren who teaches at the Iyengar Yoga Institutes, of New York, and Brooklyn. The exuberance of this pose says it all! The rope wall was installed by Lee Christie-Irvine.

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Vicky Ewell’s five-year-old granddaughter Marley lifts her chest high and moves her dorsal spine in as she pushes up into a a backbend (Urdhva Dhanurasana) in front of her pink princess tent. Vicky’s studio, the Yoga Loft, is in Sheffield  Village, Ohio.

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Fern likes to create her own poses. This one was sent in by Suzie Dodd, “I call it Fernasana!”

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These knees are sure to please. Halasana – Plow Pose.

Thanks to everyone who has sent me photos of their kids who were inspired by my book, Watch Me Do Yoga; please keep sending them in. I try my best to correctly credit all the photos, but if I’ve forgotten your child’s name, or the parent or grandparent who sent in the photo, please send it to me, and I’ll update the post.

©2017 Bobby Clennell.

Starting Small — Kids and Yoga

March 16, 2016

Thanks to everyone who has sent me photos of their kids who were inspired by my book, Watch Me Do Yoga; please keep sending them in. I try my best to correctly credit all the photos, but if I’ve forgotten your child’s name, please send it to me, and I’ll update the post.

Push, push, push up into Chaturanga Dandasana.

Push, push, push up into Chaturanga Dandasana. It’s good to start young.

Trying to touch the sky with her toes.

This little girl is trying to touch the sky with her toes. Her grandmother, Iyengar teacher, Vickie Elwell says, “my girl joined me in my yoga practice today.”

Even the dolls love to do headstand.

Daniela De Nicola took this photo: Even toys love to do headstand.

Push up like a wheel!

Here is Michelle from Jakarta pushing up like a wheel…

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…and practicing Full Arm Balance with legs wide. What fun!

reading Watch Me Do Yoga

While her little sister reads Watch Me Do Yoga and thinks about which pose she should practice next.

 

Studying Childs Pose.

Child’s Pose looks interesting…

The end of the book.

… but maybe I’ll practice Savasana, just like Teddy.

© 2016 Bobby Clennell.

More kids

February 9, 2016

Kids approach yoga with great enthusiasm; it’s more like play than practice!

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Tadasana, Mountain Pose. Stand at attention! Cecillia Danson sent pictures of her nieces Daisy Blair, age 7, and her little sister Doris Blair, 5 years old. They were playing in Cecillia’s yoga room in Umeå, Sweden.

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Vrksasana. The trees are waving at you. Can you wave back?

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Adho Mukha Svanasana, Urdhva Mukha Svanasana. Down and up, and up and down!

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Chatturanga Dandasana — push, push, push!

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It’s more fun when we do it together! Aileen Kingerlee, from Kerry, Ireland, ran a week long yoga camps for kids during the summer at the Muckross Traditional Farms in Muckross National Park. They started each day with a yoga class, then spent the day out in nature, bread baking, butter making, milking cows, etc. Later, they did quieter poses, finishing with Sarvangasana. They each had their own yoga journal in which they wrote and drew about their day and their favorite poses.

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Adho Mukha Vrksasana, Upside-down Tree Pose Facing the Wall. Climb your feet up the wall.

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Kick up into this safety version of Adho Mukha Vrksasana, Upside-down Tree Pose.

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Upside-down Tree Pose with the feet together.

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… and spread the legs wide!

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Setu Banda on the Ropes. The world looks funny when you’re upside-down!

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Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana on a chair. This is what chairs were made for!

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Dhanurasana, Bow Pose. Anaya, 9 years old, and her sister Isya, 4 years old, love yoga.  It’s fun to rock back and forth…

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….. to push up from the floor: Urdhva Dhanurasana, Upside-down Bow Pose….

Fern in Urdhva Dhanurasana with arms up. Photo by Suzy Dodd.

… and to feel your hair tickle your toes. Fern in Kapotasana with arms up. Photo by Suzy Dodd.

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Bekhasana. Balancing is fun, too. This boy is strong!

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Savasana. And now it’s time to relax.

Thanks to everyone who has sent me photos of their kids who were inspired by my book, Watch Me Do Yoga; please keep sending them in. I try my best to correctly credit all the photos, but if I’ve forgotten your child’s name, please send it to me, and I’ll update the post.

© 2016 Bobby Clennell.

Kids practice

January 22, 2016

It all starts by joining in with mom or dad.

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Adho Mukha Svanasana — This is Tal Messica’s two-year-old daughter, Malaya, who spends a lot of time in the yoga studio with her parents, imitating, in her own creative way, the poses she sees. Tal teaches at and owns the Iyengar Yoga Center of Ojai, California.

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Paschima Namaskarasana in Vajrasana.

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Adho Mukha Virasana.

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Urdhva Mukha Svanasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana. Good job Malaya!

 

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Supta Virasana — a mother/daughter team.

And soon they are teaching others.

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Adho Mukha Svanasana.

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Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana — Photo by Suzie Dodd of her daughter Fern. “We call it Bobby Clennell Pose”.

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After a long day’s practice…

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… it’s nice to kick back and relax.

Thanks to everyone who has sent me photos of their kids who were inspired by my book, Watch Me Do Yoga; please keep sending them in. I try my best to correctly credit all the photos, but if I’ve fogotten your child’s name, please send it to me, and I’ll update the post.

© 2016 Bobby Clennell.

new kids love yoga blog

December 19, 2015

Kids getting inspired by my book, Watch Me Do Yoga.

We're excited!

Amber and Webber from Taipei, Taiwan. We’re excited!

Let's get started.

Let’s get started.

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Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose).

Roar like a lion.

Roar like a lion!! Simhasana (Lion Pose).

Let's be turtles…

Let’s be tortioses…

…and pull our heads into our shells.

…and pull our heads into our shells -Kurmasana.

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Cool down in Adho Mukha Virasana (Child’s Pose).

Time to relax…

Savasana: Time to relax…

…like Teddy!

…like Teddy!

 

And here’s the advanced class using The Woman’s Yoga Book as a reference.

“Ivan decided he had practiced yoga for kids quite enough and turned his curious mind to Bobby Clennell’s brilliant The Woman’s Yoga Book”, says his Mother Julia Zabrodina from St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Parsva Swastikasana…

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….with Head On A Chair.

Thanks to everyone who has sent me photos of their kids who were inspired by my book, Watch Me Do Yoga; please keep sending them in. I try my best to correctly credit all the photos, but if I’ve fogotten your child’s name, please send it to me, and I’ll update the post.

A “Little” Practice

October 13, 2015

It’s important to work on your sequences to get them perfect. These kids show you how to get started.

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Here is Martin, son of Ana Uribe Vega, from Natural Yoga (yoga para todos en Bogata), Columbia. Before you begin your practice, tidy the room and find a suitable spot.

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…and then demontstrate the pose to your students, Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose).

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Sometimes a restorative version is appropriate. Adho Mukha Svanasana with the head on a block.

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Adho Mukha Svanasana on points… My long -time student and friend, Carlotta Barrow sent this photo of Ellen Louise Burke, “a very lively little girl”, three and a bit, who lives in Walton-on-Thames, UK. Thank you so much Carlotta for giving away so many copies of Watch Me Do Yoga to your young friends and family.

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….or find another way to get that lift. Ulrika Falk Mörtberg’s 2-year-old daughter practices Adho Mukha Svanasana on the ropes. Ulrika has been teaching Iyengar yoga in Luleå, Sweden since 2008. Kristina Berglund is her teacher.

Swing from …

Here is another two-year-old. Nuala moves easily from Adho Mukha Svanasana…

…and up into

…to Urdha Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog Pose).

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Ann Van Regan’s granddaughter Darrah Boudreau knows a wall can be a good friend. Preparation for Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Full Arm Balance). Ann studies Iyengar Yoga in Ottawa, Canada.

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Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose). This young student has a good grip on the pose — with all fingers and thumbs.

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Vrksasana (Tree Pose). If you need to, use the wall for support.

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Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose).

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Preparation for Bakasana (Crane Pose).

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Bakasana (Crane Pose).

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Gabby Yates’s daughter Camilla, who is almost five, set herself up in her own variation of Setu Bandha Sarvangasana on a chair. Gabby has been teaching for 16 years and Joan White (from Philadelphia) was her first Iyengar teacher. She teaches at the Yoga Tree Potrero Hill, a studio dedicated to wall ropes. Gabby says “The Women’s Yoga Book is a cherished resource in my house”, and that she was recently introduced to  Yoga for Breast Care by Marisa Torrigino, one of her prenatal yoga mentors.

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Suzanne Faith Slocum-Gori‘s seven year old son Tenzin and four-and-a-half year old daughter Indira seen here meditating. Suzanne says they particularly love the chanting and mantra part of the practice.  Suzanne is Co-Founder & Co-Owner of One Yoga in Vancouver. The family live in Ibiza.

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Medatation on the ropes. :))

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Teddy in a yoga swing. Picture sent in by Kamila Swiader

Thanks to everyone who has sent me photos of their kids who were inspired by my book, Watch Me Do Yoga; please keep sending them in. I try my best to correctly credit all the photos, but if I’ve fogotten your child’s name, please send it to me, and I’ll update the post.

© 2015 Bobby Clennell.

Kids Love Yoga

March 26, 2015

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.