One of my New Year's resolutions was to restart my commitment to regular yoga practice. This might sound simple enough but of course once you factor in two puppy-like children swirling round your legs and lying under you during your downward-facing dog just because they can - then you see the challenge. I attempt an hour of poses with the children buzzing round me - impossible. It always ends up with a Making It Fun For Them session instead; I whip up little yoga stories or songs (great), or occasionally resort to using our kids yoga DVD (not so great). The focus of my own practice disappears into the sunset. I know the best solution is for me to go to a class - but my weeks are just too erratic for that.
My compromise for January is to complete just ten sun salutations a day. Somebody once told me that a sun salutation cycle uses nearly every joint or muscle or something - so it's definitely worth a try.
So here we are, one week in - and I have managed it. Even with the children around. Here's how:
On day one - 1 January, I made up some words to go with my simple sun salutation cycle. Of course Buddy and Daisy 'joined in'; they really loved the fun of the words with the movements, and because I was only doing ten we were all done before too much went wrong.
Here are our pose-linking words; still fun to use, even if the children aren't around.
1 - 2 Coo-eee sun
2 - 3 Sunshine everywhere
3 - 4 Coo-eee Daisy (or whoever is in view)
4 - 5 As strong as a bridge
5 - 6 Down in the lift we go [make a 'going down' noise]
6 - 7 Here's the little dog - ahhhhh [make a high yap]
7 - 8 Here's the big dog - uh-oh; hold on to her lead [make a gruff bark]
8 - 9 Grasshopper [make a 'jumping' noise]
9 -10 Bottoms up [make a 'going up' noise]
10 - 11 Coo-eee sun
11 - 12 We are done
I know it's a tiny amount of yoga - but so far it seems to be working; giving me a concentrated dose that the children can also enjoy, and which leaves me feeling stretched, energised and at least motivated to do more once the school term kicks in.