Saturday, 7 January 2012

Fun salutations to the sun

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. 


  1. I feel energised just reading this! Will give it a try with my kids.

  2. What a great idea, we will give it a go :-)

  3. What a coincidence to find this post today just after I started doing some yoga with my 2 year old. My osteopath suggested I get some in every day for my back and the only way i can do it is with Goblin - he really enjoyed it. I will try your great instructions tomorrow. thanks

  4. Great! Would love to hear how you all get on - Happy Yoga! x


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