Posts Tagged ‘Kids Love Yoga’

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.

Kids Love Savasana

November 1, 2014

Savasana (Relaxation Pose) is not just about lying around

We will begin with a few restorative poses. These setups were all done by the kids themselves.

This is 4½-year-old came with her mother to a morning class at the Iyengar Yoga Center Neve Tzedek in Tel Aviv taught by Gabi Doren. “She was amazing! I asked her to be my assistant and she took it very seriously. She demonstrated all the poses.” Here she is in Supta Baddha Konasana.

Next up, Chair Sarvangasana (shoulder stand). Make sure your hips are secure on the chair seat. Notice how this young student holds the chair legs to stop her sliding off the chair.

Donna Pointer's grand daughter. Chair Sarvangasana.

Donna Pointer’s granddaughter.

Savasana on stilts.

Bhishmasana, it’s  sort of like savasana on stilts.

Is everybody ready for Savasana? Place yourself very carefully in the center of your mat. Let your arms become limp and floppy, like perfectly cooked spaghetti.

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Here is Eleana, daughter of Michelle la Rue and Matt Dreyfus, who both teach at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Greater New York. Photo by Bobby Clennell. She set herself up with the legs elevated, and a bolster just touching her head.

Completely relax your legs.  Covering the eyes can help you become still and quiet.

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Sue Fazoli’s daughter loves going to Mom’s classes, at the yoga studio in Chile.

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This little girl at a restorative class at Natural Yoga, Bogotá, Colombia, was not quite in the center of her mat.

Close your eyes and let the head feel soft.

Restorative class, last one of the year, at 4PM! — Iyengar YogaSchool Amsterdam

This little boy interpreted, very much in his own way, how to use a mat for Savasana. The class took place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

……shhhh.

Galia Yogawalla took this photo last July on her yearly visit to RIMYI of her twins Amitai & Leela, 8 months at the time.

Galia Yogawalla took this photo last July on her yearly visit to Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI), Pune. Here are her twins Amitai & Leela, 8 months at the time, in the asana hall.

See if you can find Savasana in my picture book Watch Me Do Yoga.

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© 2014 Bobby Clennell

China, part 1

December 18, 2013

Beijing

Inside the Forbidden City

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It was wonderful to share the experience of the Forbidden City with Chinese tourists, who were as excited as I was to learn about the history and the life within the walls of this imperial palace.

Entrance.

Entrance.

There were many gates and bridges that we passed through.

There were many gates and bridges that we passed through.

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I was fascinated by the patterns, textures and colors.

A guardian to yet another chamber within the walls.

A guardian to yet another chamber within the walls.

Ceiling.

Ceiling.

Another painted ceiling.

Another painted ceiling.

Doors are a symbol of hope; opportunity; a passage from one state or world to another; an entrance to a new life. In India, divinities are carved on door jams, indicating the deity through which man enters the Supreme Presence. This Chinese door in the Forbidden City is particularly beautiful.

Doors are a symbol of hope; opportunity; a passage from one state or world to another; an entrance to a new life. In India, divinities are carved on door jams, indicating the deity through which man enters the Supreme Presence. This Chinese door in the Forbidden City is particularly beautiful.

Here is one of several thrones in the Forbidden City.

Here is one of several thrones in the Forbidden City.

Eight dragons symbolized the power of the emperor.

Eight dragons symbolized the power of the emperor.

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Parent & Kid Yoga in a Shopping Mall

There were 20 sets of parent/child. The event was organized by Le Yoga.

I stand firm,
Steady and brave.

With long legs,
And broad chest,

I stand on my feet
And spread my arms up.
To reach the sky;
I stand tall and firm.

— Yogagshastra, Tome 1. Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune. YOG, Mumbai.

Urdhva Hastasana in Tadasana (Arms Raised in Mountain Pose).

Urdhva Hastasana in Tadasana (Arms Raised in Mountain Pose).

Utthita Hasta Padasana (Arms Raised, Legs Wide Pose).

Utthita Hasta Padasana (Arms Raised, Legs Wide Pose).

Vriksasana (Tree Pose).

Vriksasana (Tree Pose).

Adhomuka Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose).

Adhomuka Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose).

You have to be quick to jump through the jaws of the crocodile before they snap down on top of you!

You have to be quick to jump through the jaws of the crocodile before they snap down on top of you!

© 2013 Bobby Clennell.

Kids, trees, birds, bugs and a stick

March 13, 2013

Here is the latest crop of photos of kids who were inspired by my picture book, Watch Me Do Yoga.

Vrksasana (Inverted Tree Pose):

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Karstin from Phoenix, AZ.
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Jarae from Phoenix, AZ.

Parsva Bakasana (a crane or wading bird, legs to side):

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Karstin from Phoenix, AZ.

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Mom shows them how.

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Austin from Phoenix, AZ.

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Vrschikasana (Scorpion Pose):

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Regan, from Phoenix, AZ, gets a little help from mom.

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The photos of the kids above were sent to me by Morgan Turley from Essence Yoga Studio in Phoenix, AZ.

Chaturanga Dandasana (Four–limbed Staff Pose):

Elijah, from Brooklyn.

And last, but not least, here’s Elijah, from Brooklyn…

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…and Fred, from a remote valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, with four limbs and a staff.

Keep sending your pictures!

© 2013 Bobby Clennell.

Yoga stories

January 5, 2013

Watch Me Do Yoga: a how to story

"Here's what we do first…"

Ada in New York is helping her daddy, Neil, practice yoga. “Here’s what we do first…”

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“…and this comes next. Are you ready, daddy?”

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‘Now stand up straight and tall,’ like in the picture.” Photos by Simone Leonhardt.

Kid love yoga around the world:

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Helena and Irene Ortiz are ready to do yoga in Columbia. Photo by Ilse Bedolla.

River Paryankasana

River does Paryankasana, or “Fish-Rockets-to-the-Moon Pose” in Corte Madera, California. Photo by Jory Serota.

Dhanurasana or Bow Pose

Honoka, Ayane and Yu practice Dhanurasana, or Bow Pose, in Japan. Photo by Sachiko Willis.

To fold, or to roll? That is the question:

Layla cleans up after a class at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in New York. “Time to put the mat away.”

I'll just fold it up.

“I’ll just fold it up.”

Help, mom!

“Help, mom!”

This is hard to carry.

“This is hard to carry.”

I'm not having trouble.

Olivia Pham, in Tucson, Arizona, likes to roll up her mat. Sent in by her aunt, Ellen Huang.

Cats have all the answers.

Cats have all the answers.

Keep sending your pictures!

© 2013 Bobby Clennell.

Kids Love Yoga

March 7, 2012

Here are the latest photos of kids who were inspired by my book Watch Me Do Yoga. Keep sending your pictures in! These two brothers from Taiwan, 蔡英斌 — Tsai, ying  bin and 蔡旻翰 — Tsai, min han, have a good feel for rope–work.

These two boys like hanging around:

Seraphine, daughter of Lauren Zavlunov, at Jewels of Saraswati, practices her Downward-Facing Dog Pose. Lauren says: “I didn’t realize the book was there until I was cropping the photo. I just had to send it!”

Lucien, practicing his “feet up the cooker pose”.

© 2012 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

Mandalasana?

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.

Kids love yoga.

March 5, 2011

Although the book was written and illustrated for children 4 to 8 years old, the delightful surprise about Watch Me Do Yoga is that it appeals to kids of all ages! Feedback coming in says that much younger children (toddlers and babies) are also enjoying it. My youngest “reader” is my great nephew nine month old Hayden, from New Zealand. He loves having Watch Me Do Yoga read to him. Here he is with his daddy completely absorbed in the story and the pictures.

Brittany from New Jersey sent these pictures. Brittany’s initial tweet announced that she had given her niece Hannah, who is fifteen months old, Watch Me Do Yoga for Christmas and that it was Hannah’s favorite! Hannah asks her mom Shelby and her aunt Brittany to read it to her “all the time.” If they are too busy to read to her, she “reads” it to herself!

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Here is Ella, aged 7, who I met at a Thanksgiving party. We spent most of the afternoon doing yoga. Matsyasana (fish pose) was her favorite posture. At one point, Ella demanded that I call the entire gathering into the “yoga room” to watch her perform this pose. Kids love yoga. They also love being watched doing yoga!

Three little girls inspired the drawings for Watch Me Do Yoga:


Here is Mali (and also her Dad!) posing in their back yard. It was Mali who initially inspired me to write the book. She accompanied her Mom to a private yoga session with me — but she was not happy.  She was bored. She wanted to go home. She didn’t want to play with the toys her mom had bought along to keep her occupied. She was quite vocal about her misery. Finally, I pulled her into the class and I taught her along side with her Mom. She was transformed. She had a blast! She did not want to go home. She protested! She wanted to stay and do more yoga. The idea for Watch Me Do Yoga was born.

Here is Simone. You can see her beautiful tortoise pose, next to my drawing. I couldn’t have drawn this picture (and some of the others in the book) without her.

Here is Simone again with my son Jake who I co-opted into modeling for the daddy character.

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This is Lila who along with her Mom, posed for the swimming picture: “And then I’ll be a swimming fish with little brother Paul.”

More kids and their yoga.

 

Send in your “kids love yoga” photos and I will post them here.

Text and illustrations from Watch Me Do Yoga, copyright © 2010 by Bobby Clennell. Reprinted with permission of Rodmell Press. All rights reserved.