Guest Post: Why Mom and Toddler Yoga Is A Great Way To Bond

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The job of a mom is never easy. You are extremely busy, and your time is limited.
You’ve been putting your needs on the back burner and putting all of your focus on your tiny tot.

So, when do you get time to fit in fitness?

If you are like most new moms, finding time for fitness isn’t as easy as what it was pre-baby-bod days.

Some moms are fortunate enough to belong to a health club that includes childcare. But, most of those gyms are over $100 a month you are a mom on a budget.

For the budget-minded mom starting an at-home fitness routine is ideal. It’s virtually free, and you are still able to stay near to your little love bug. But, have you considered trying to do fitness with your child?

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Introduce Your Toddler To Yoga

Keep in mind kids are always watching what you do and are repeating it. Even at the age of two, monkey see, monkey do.

Toddlers are like little sponges absorbing a lot of knowledge, so they are naturally fast learners, but they also have a lot of energy to burn. So introducing them to yoga is a great way also to help wear them out.

Yoga is an excellent and gentle form of fitness to introduce exercise back into your routine. Plus, your toddler is already designed to be a yoga master, and they will have a ton of fun rolling on the floor with you. It will truly be a wonderful experience.

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Toddlers benefit from yoga because:

  • It helps build their strength and flexibility
  • Helps them improve body awareness
  • Helps them to develop better motor skills
  • Is proven to help accelerate mental growth
  • Breathing exercises provide calmness

The Best Yoga Poses for Mom and Toddler

Your babe might already be an expert at the down dog. But, many basic poses you do in your yoga practice such as cat pose, and forward fold will be easily replicated by your little one. Children are flexible as well as strong, and some of the things they are capable of might really surprise you.

Now that you have a better idea of some of the poses toddlers are capable of, start involving them in your practice. You are getting to enjoy their precious little moments while you are spending quality time with them.

Not only are both of you having fun, but they are bonding with you. They are learning the fundamentals of yoga and improving their motor skills.

Additionally, you are making priceless memories that you can capture and post on facebook, or record a video of it to share with them years from now. Start involving them now because the years will pass by fast.

Yoga is an ancient practice, and it is an ageless exercise designed for all bodies. Even if you have bigger kids, they can all join in on the fun for family fitness. Start teaching your kids healthy habits early, and they will practice a healthy lifestyle in the future.

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Author Bio- Krista Brea is the founder of challnge.com, where she hosts monthly online health and fitness challenges. She is passionate about helping others on their wellness journey by teaching them to set goals and overcome mental barriers. In her spare time, she loves walking her dog, spending time in nature and listening to podcasts.

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4 thoughts on “Guest Post: Why Mom and Toddler Yoga Is A Great Way To Bond

  1. It’s such a great idea to include children in yoga. It’s so good for them, plus it’s super cute. Honestly, I was never really into yoga for myself, but now that my kids like it, I don’t mind it so much.

  2. I would love to do this with my toddler. I try working out sometimes at home and my kids always try to join in. It is usually at least comical but I can’t say it is relaxing!

  3. My little one is only 1.5 but just doing yoga with him in the room is something I think is important. He immediately started imitating downward dog and if you ask him to do one, he goes and gets my mat! Great post on how to get started and I will involve him more once he can take more direction!

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