Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Toddler Yogi

One of the baby induced changes that annoys me the most is the loss of my ability to remember the little details that make day to day life run more smoothly. For instance, as I was walking to my yoga class this afternoon, I realized that I had forgotten to bring a ponytail holder for my hair. Again. So I spent another class pushing hair out of my eyes and, when in an inverted pose, peering through my hair to see what the instructor was doing.

I have mentioned before that I go to very, very gentle yoga class. I like this sort of class because it helps my longstanding computer use related arm injury. This class is gentler than most because many of the students are referred by the hospital next door to help them deal with mobility issues caused by injury, illness, or just age. I think they are all pretty amused to find me in their class- my injury has no obvious outward manifestations, whereas many of them walk with canes. However, even my gentle class with mostly geriatric students challenges me sometimes. I have never been very flexible. When I went to a yoga class with younger, healthier students, I could never do a proper downward facing dog.

Pumpkin, on the other hand, does a pretty good "doggie", as she calls it:


  1. It must be a girl thing our daughter (14 months) strikes the exact same pose but twin brother looks on with a combination of apathy and digust.

  2. I was going to say it must be a toddler thing because Swee'pea is great at downward dog too.

  3. My daughter does it, too! In fact, she's been doing downward dog since she was learning to crawl at 4 months. Now she also does all sorts of other yoga poses, like triangle pose. And she's just learned how to sit cross-legged like Mommy and Daddy do.

    I have been hesitant to get back into yoga in part because when my carpal tunnel gets bad, I have trouble doing some of the inverted poses. I hadn't considered finding a gentle class. That is a great idea! I could call my local hospital and ask who they refer. Thanks for the idea. I will probably wait until after I have this baby, and I'll use the easy prenatal yoga DVD I have until then (as soon as I find the time...).


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