I love how the “sensitive period” for movement within the Montessori philosophy is birth – 4 years old. Such a long time to work on these life skills. That period is divided up, basically in half, where the first 2 + years are spent developing fine and gross motor skills and the second 2 + years is spent refining or coordinating those skills.
In our home, we've entered the latter part of the sensitive period with our toddler. He is intrigued when I run off to yoga with this silly mat and come back rejuvenated and refreshed, ready to conquer the world. I do believe that he picks up on this revived and positive energy.
A few weeks ago, he asked about the class. So, I began to show him some yoga poses. Then he began to make up his own. A wonderful moment with my little spirit.
Poser: My Life in 23 Yoga Poses is a wonderful book that I highly recommend to you. In addition, I wrote a post that includes many great resources in the world of kids yoga. I also recently came across a book called The Kids Yoga Book of Feelings by Mary Humphrey. The book is simple and powerful no matter if you are new to yoga or have been practicing for years. The recommended age is 8 and up but I used it with my 2.5 year old this morning.
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