Yoga with a toddler…

I thought it was funny that there were all these signs posted in the front and side of the yoga studio! Guess the restaurant next door REALLY doesn’t want people parking there…

This week I started some Hot Yoga classes. I was convinced with the 10 classes for $10 deal that the studio was offering, though the whole idea of hot yoga made me…nervous…to say the least. I used to joke that in India we didn’t call it hot yoga, we just called it yoga, because it was HOT already, but not because of some artificial heaters blowing air at us! Ha!

But, I am really pleased with how much I love this new yoga class. Maybe it’s because I haven’t really practiced much in the past 2 years, or the fact that the teacher is an awesome mix of zen and kick-butt-encourager, that I am pretty hooked. Sadly, after the 10 sessions I won’t be able to continue at this studio, but there is a Bikram studio about 10 blocks from my house, so I’ll probably do that one, even though I know that it’ll be even more different than I’m used to (only doing the same 26 poses every time), but I think I need something within a close distance to entice me…that I won’t be up for driving 30 minutes each way to workout!

I’ve noticed, though, just in this week, of going to a few classes, that I’ve already started doing some asanas at home when I get the chance. I’ve given up on the idea of having a flowing 90 minute home practice, but I can do a warrior or two in between poopy diapers! And today, Potamus thought my doing yoga was some GREAT ADVENTURE TO BE HAD! In downward dog he liked climbing over me, in sphinx pose he climbed on my back, and there I was…doing full locust, bow, and child’s pose…with a toddler on my back! I wish I would have gotten a picture of it! It felt good to incorporate Potamus into my budding yoga practice…hopefully one day maybe he’ll join in!

What’s your favorite style of yoga? How has your yoga practiced changed over the years?



  1. I love hot yoga!!! I just can’t figure out what to do with the baby while I take a class, so I haven’t gone back yet. My housemate has the Jillian Michaels yoga dvd and it’s pretty awesome. Hot yoga is my favorite. When I lived in Denver, it made me feel like I was home in Florida with the humidity and heat! Have fun mama! Enjoy!

    • I’ve traditionally LOVED dvd yoga workouts (my favorite is Shiva Rea), but I just can’t seem to get myself to practice at home…probably because the last zen place to be is practicing yoga next to spilled juice, crumbs, a neurotic dog and a few legos. And cleaning my house before I get to practice would take too much time! I’m really only able to practice right now because Potamus is in daycare those 2 days a week, though, in the Fall I’ve looked at those night classes/weekend classes and Boof said he’d totally be supportive of me going 2-3 times a week!

      I’m enjoying the hot because when I get outside Seattle feels nice and cool!

  2. You gave me a really good laugh there! Thank you so much for the awesome article. I love doing yoga and now that you’ve tried it, maybe I’ll let my little toddlers join in. Maybe they’ll love it too. 🙂

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