Rhiannon Landesberg, lil omm's Child and Family Yoga Instructor, offers her suggestions on how to get the most of your family yoga practice--at home or in our studio!
Bring a lil omm into your home with these toddler-friendly activities.
"Toddler yoga provides an outlet that is both active & quiet, social & independent, structured & free. It is always nurturing and welcoming and place where I see my children shine."- LO student
: Tick Tock Yoga clock, name singing and the Namaste song are all great ways to incorporate yoga in to your every day with your kiddo. Not only will they associate those songs with yoga class but they are also great tools to redirect energy and bring focus and attention. Check out our music, DVD, and book collection recommendations!
Did you know Meadowlark Music offers afternoon sing-a-longs @ LO on Friday afternoons? Visit Meadowlark Music for schedule and registration info!Dance
: Turn up the music and dance with your toddler! Dance is a natural form of movement for children. They learn movement patterns as readily as they learn language. Dancing has many amazing benefits on social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. It can boost energy and mood and is just a fun way to exercise and connect with your kiddo! LO offers a drop-off Dance Class for kiddos ages 3-6 years with Miss Carrie on Tuesdays @ 4pm!Play
: Whether you are playing yoga or another activity your toddler loves, get down to their level and play! Kids learn through play. Actively engage with your child during play, it is great way to strengthen bonds and connection, while also creating lasting memories with your little one. Starting this March, we will offer Open Studio Work & Play on Friday afternoons from 2-5pm. Enjoy a cup of tea, wireless internet, and opportunities to meet other LO families while your children enjoy the space and play with friends!Massage
: Massage is a great way to bond and relax with your little one. Check this site for massage tips!
Tips for maximizing your in-studio class experience
"What I love most about these classes is the positive energy. The kids are hearing more "yes" and less "no". They are encouraged to explore and participate without any expectation. There are certainly times my son wanders away from the group to "explore" the water cooler but he usually come back on his own if I am patient enough. Another surprise, he loves to help clean-up at yoga. Yoga can happen on or off the mat."- LO student
1. Be present:
Let go of outside distractions. Be fully present in the class with your child.
2. Be mindful:
Practicing mindfulness and breathe awareness has many benefits for your child, but even more benefits for you! Being mindful of the class and your surroundings as well as your internal state are going to help ease stress and tension and also help to foster a calm and nurturing environment for all children.
3. Be a model:
Kiddos will not do exactly what we want to do when we want them to do it, but they are soaking up everything. Participate in every aspect of the class, even if your little one is running around the circle. Check out more suggestions about enjoying your in-class studio experience.
Kids & Family programs at LO
Some notes regarding Toddler Development:
Most children take their first steps around their first birthday, but don't worry if your child is one of the later ones – what's important is the progression of skills. Giving your child time to be barefoot in yoga class is a great way to help with foot development. Tickling and massaging your child’s feet are a great way to get them flexing and stretching their feet and leg muscles, which supports optimal development
2. Intellectual development:
To play is a child’s job! Everything is about discovery. Help support your child in discovering their bodies and the world around them.
3. Emotional development:
Love and connection are so important in these early stages of development. Use yoga class as a time to show your little one how much you love and care for them.
Let them explore, play, create, fall down and pick themselves up again. They are learning and soaking everything up, non-stop! Allow yourself to be present, mindful and calm and reap the benefits of yoga for the whole family!
Visit Rhiannon's website, OmShantiRhi
View our Kids & Family Class Schedule online
or using the LO Yoga App for iPhone and Android
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