Posts Tagged ‘Vrksasana’

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.

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.

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

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…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 props

October 16, 2013

Kids sometimes have their own unique and interesting ways of working with props. 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.

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From Ann Van Regan in Ottawa does yoga with her 5-year-old grand-daughter, Darrah Boudreau: “Using a strap in Paschimottanasana. Elbows high.”

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“Janu Sirsasana… needs to flex her foot. She’s enjoying learning to open her chest.”

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Older sister Padmé Boudreau “after seeing a pic of one of Sri Iyengar.”

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22-month-old Adrian Wells from Ottawa doesn’t need to run to get blocks when he practices Uttanasana — he uses the floor. Photo by his mother, Christine Benedict.

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Ann Van Regan’s grand-daughter has an interesting way of working with blocks. She “likes to bring out every prop when she comes to visit. She makes long paths that meander from my yoga space int the kitchen. Little yogini’s get hungry. This is her version of Savasana… a bit hard on the neck, but comfy on the foam blocks.”

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We use props to help us achieve the pose. Or the couch.

Who's propping who?

“Mama, can I help you?” Valerie Chai is helped by her 6-year-old son, Min. Valerie teaches at Maha Yoga, Kuching (near Kampong Tabuan), Malaysia.

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And sometimes the only prop you need is a helping hand from a friend.

Theory and practice

September 23, 2013

Step one: theory

Kids really love books. They don’t just read them. They study them. They look at the pictures. They trace the words with their fingers. And they do it again and again, until they know them by heart.

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Ilene Cohen sent this photo of her niece studying Tree Pose (Vrksasana).

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Author and editor Jessica Berger Gross sent in this photo of her son Lucien studying the relative merits of Upward-Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana) and Downward-Facing Dog Pose (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana).

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Finger pose helps you read!

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Step two: practice

Reading only get’s you so far; there comes a time when you must do.

Nepal (8), Shaked (11) and Thohar (11) all practice yoga at the Iyengar Yoga Jerusalem Center. Their teacher, Shirli Nada Michalevicz, had this to say about teaching them:

As adults, we rarely do what we are taught to do since we are so stuck in memories of past pains or fears of the future. The girls teach me what real intelligence is through their capacity to be PRESENT. It has been a real gift of learning to teach them.

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Thanks to everyone who has sent photos of kids doing yoga, and kids with my book, Watch Me Do Yoga. Please keep them coming.

© 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.