Posts Tagged ‘Watch Me Do Yoga’

Yoga, Kids and Play

January 25, 2017

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


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


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.


Dandasana – Staff Pose. I see ten toes!


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


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


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


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.”


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.


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.


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


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…


…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.

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.


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.


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.


Parsva Swastikasana…


….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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


© 2014 Bobby Clennell

Kids Love Yoga

August 2, 2014


Hmm… where to start? I think I’ll look for a new pose.


Stella at the 1st Yoga Open Health Fair sponsered by the local news stations in Denver, reading Watch Me Do Yoga. Photo sent in by Iyengar Yoga Denver.

…and Doing

1507167_10202579817592051_1930028398_nOK. Now that we’ve hit the books, let’s get started!

Barbara Harris says of her 7-month-old great-granddaughter Ava, “She doesn’t know that this is Triang Mukhaikapada. She just knows her body does it.” Barbara teaches at the Boise Yoga Center in Idaho with Vickie Aldridge.


Jo did this all by herself this afternoon. Unrolled the mat and went straight to downward-facing dog.

“Jo did this all by herself this afternoon. Unrolled the mat and went straight to downward-facing dog,” says Alexis Lombard Niceley of this photo taken by her mom, Janice Irwin.


And what do kids always do next? They raise their leg in the air! This is 劉庭安 (Amber Liu), from Taiwan. Photo by her father 劉威志 (Akko Liu) from Mix & Match Your Day.


Here’s Bonnie Yonker’s daughter Maya proving my point: Downward Facing Dog Pose with the Leg Raised. Bonnie runs the Yoga Sanctuary in Punta Gorda, Florida.


Ardha Chandrasana (Half-Moon Pose). She’s good!


Fern in one-handed Urdhva Dhanurasana. Photo by Suzy Dodd


6-year-old Acelin in Roxbury, upstate New York has found a novel way of working with props…


…and his sister, 2-year-old Elsa raises a block.


The Queen of Hearts.

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Pamy Lieu sent this photo of 2-year-old Aiden from Kuala Lumpur. “Spidey boy loves the ropes!”

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.

© 2014 Bobby Clennell.

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.

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

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.





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.

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:

Watch Me Do Yoga

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

November 13, 2012

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

I appologize for not including the names of some of these young yogis and yoginis. If you recognize your child, please send me their name and I will update this post.

Keep sending in your photos!

Leon Berg practices Vrksasana (Tree Pose)…

… and Adhomukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose) at the Community of Findhorn, N.E. coast of Scotland.

The Findhorn Foundation is a spiritual community, ecovillage and international centre for holistic learning.

Evelyn Chen practices Supta Virasana (Reclining Hero Pose) in Connecticut; photo by Travis Kelley.

Setu Bandhasana

“Setu means a bridge. Setu Bandha means the construction of a bridge. In this posture, the whole body forms an arch and is supported at one end by the crown of the head and at the other on the feet, hence the name.”
Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar

Rope Sirsasana (Hanging Headstand).

Lauren, from the UK, practices Urdhva Danurasana (Inverted Bow Pose).

Lauren’s sister Elisa practices Padmasana (Lotus Pose).

I met these girls when I taught a workshop at Natural Yoga in Bogata, Columbia in October.

Sukhasana (Simple Cross-Leg Pose).

This New York cat obviously draws much sustainance by sitting on her favorite book, The Woman’s Yoga Book.

© 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


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.

Watch Me Do Yoga children’s workshop and book-signing

December 11, 2010

Jake ClennellTwenty children showed up for this event which was a book launch and at the same time, a benefit for the New York Institute.

Each child was accompanied by at least one adult, and in some cases, many more than one adult — I spoke to grandparents, godparents and friends of the family. Three or four moms had been in my prenatal class and were introducing me to their 3 or 4 year olds for the first time.

I am still learning how to teach yoga to children. During this ‘workshop’, I was surprised at how intent, engaged and focused the children were. And their joy touched all of us — this teacher, the parents, helpers, and the other yoga teachers who were present were all charmed and uplifted. I think the pictures speak for themselves!

Above photos by Jake Clennell. Photos below by Marie Sauvaitre (

The first 9 photos taken by Jake Clennell. The last 5 photos taken by Marie Sauvaitre.

© 2010 Bobby Clennell.