Posts Tagged ‘Iyengar Yoga’

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.

Workshop in Slovenia. April 25 – 27, 2014

July 5, 2014

Workshop at City Joga Center


We systematically opened the lungs, chest and breasts; over a block,


over a bench holding the metal hooks,


over a chair holding the back legs,


and with elbows entwined.


To recover from the back bends we practiced Adho Mukha Svanasana over a chair. This variation enables you to extend the entire spine, anterior and posterior, along with the chest and armpits.


Forward extention 1) Make a table with two blocks and a bolster for Janu Sirsasana at the wall.


Forward extention 2) Practicing Janu Sirsasana in such a way as to elongate the spine, abdomen, chest and breasts.


Forward bend: now you are ready to practice Janu Sirsasana without compressing the front body.


Supta Konasana in Sirsasana. Lengthan the inner thigh muscles and mobilise the hip joints.


When menstruation is completely finished it is better to practice with the feet turned forward. Raise the sacrum to the level of the pubic bone to better ‘contain’ the pelvic organs and allow the uterus to recede, rest, and heal.


Sirsasana combined with Viparita Karani. Press the forearms to the floor and the sacrum to the support.

© 2014 Bobby Clennell.

kids love yoga, encore

November 13, 2011

Keep sending your pictures in! Here are the latest collection of kids who were inspired by my book Watch Me Do Yoga.

Yoga Baby Reunion Party at Evergreen Yoga

Yoga Baby Reunion Party at Evergreen Yoga


Amalia hard at work.

Amalia twist.

Amalia gets the feel of it.

Parisienne Yogini: upward facing dog pose.

Parisienne Yogini: urdhva hastasana from tadasana

Om from Israel.

© 2012 Bobby Clennell.