Why I Do Yoga With My One Year Old

For many, the practice of yoga is a restorative, calm and peaceful practice. While that is generally true for me as well this is what yoga in my house often looks like:

I work full time outside of my home and I often don’t get much alone time when I am home. I originally intended to do yoga when Olivia was asleep. That way ensuring that my workout would be relaxing as opposed to this:

Olivia is at the age where she imitates just about everything that I do (my road rage language will come back to haunt me I am sure). She loves to talk on my phone, she tries to brush her own hair and wants to eat all her food using the “grown-up” silverware.

I am trying to find balance in my life, I want the same for my daughter. If she sees me regularly doing yoga and meditating she will begin to understand that these are things that you just do-the same as brushing your teeth and getting dressed. I want her to imitate this practice and grow up benefiting from the emotional and physical control that yoga teaches you. So though it can put a cramp in my style sometimes it is worth it for these moments: