I have the cutest little daughter in the world named Kennedy. Even though she’s only five years old, it’s quite possible that she’s said more words in her short life than I’ve said in my 30 or so years of human existence. Her mouth spits out sentences from the second she wakes up (way too early…) to the split second before her eyes shut and her brain turns off for the night. It’s a fairly constant and rapid barrage.
I bring this up only because Kennedy also likes to join me for yoga on occasion, which always turns into a major jabberfest about how flexible she is some directions, how she can’t find her yoga for kid’s book, how she thinks President Obama talks too much, how she wishes we still had a swimming pool because it’s so hot outside, how she can’t do push ups, how she learned how to sing “Party in the U.S.A.” from her friend at preschool, how the government isn’t doing enough to stop the oil spill, etc., etc., etc….
This morning after I finished running (she sprinted along for the last 1/2 mile), Kennedy and I walked out to the dock behind the house and she joined me for part of my yoga routine. Of course we chatted up a storm, and I think my favorite comment of the day from her was when we were both doing down dog and she told me how crazy it is that SHE invented downward facing dog. I could only laugh and agree with her.
Oddly enough, today was also the first day that she started mimicking the ujjayi breath sound her daddy makes. As I helped her get the right stance for Warrior I pose, I had to do a double-take when she began breathing in a slow, noisy, rhythmic pattern. I’m not gonna lie though, the ujjayi breathing only lasted a few seconds before Kennedy started into the stream of consciousness conversation I’m very familiar with. We had fun and it was a great way to start the day.
It also didn’t hurt to wake up to a very kind and generous blog review of Daily Cup of Yoga on The Magazine of Yoga website, which I happily recently discovered. Many thanks Susan for the kind words and encouragement!
You have a beautiful daughter and are very blessed. My kids will not do yoga even if I tell them their allowance depends on it!
This cracked me up! I have a 4 year old boy, who is very chatty and goofy, but my 2 year old daughter is already proving that she hold her own… Little girls are definitely more chatty. 🙂 I loved reading this! 🙂 love your site, it’s great! ~a
OMG she’s just gorgeous!
What a cutie petootie!
Its funny because I don’t have any children, but I have a couple of pet birds that do yoga with me and they are always running up and down my body as I practice. At first I found this very distracting, but to me its part of the learning process to accept the “noise” around me when I am practicing. They make great learning opportunities for me when one of them jumps on my face in the middle of savasana.
Your daughter is sooooooo cute!
I love doing yoga with my children, kids in general, really. True, genuine, in the moment, vivacious, joyful … this is yoga. You are giving your daughter a beautiful gift. Keep sharing and you will both be enriched.