our plan: begin our familyoga practice may 1st, 2011. here are the guidelines we established for ourselves – we would do the practice every night that we are home. we aren’t going to cancel plans or rush home from an outing in order to practice 7 days a week. we are home most evenings of the week. we don’t have the kids scheduled into a bunch of extra-curricular evening activities. so, you can usually find either brett or myself (i do teach the yoga a few evenings a week) home with girls. in the evenings they like to play outside or read books or play a board game or watch a movie. so, brett and i wanted to come up with a plan that would merge the familyoga practice into our evenings.
we decided that we will gather the girls together 45 minutes before bedtime. we specifically did not pick a certain time, say: 8pm to do the practice because with the days getting longer in the summer and summer break from school, we know that they stay up later in the summer than in the winter. so, 45 minutes pre-bedtime, we assemble. we ask the girls to brush their teeth, wash their faces, hands and feet. while they are washing up, brett and i move 1 chair and 1 table out of the living room/family room (we have a tiny little house – having enough space to do yoga, is definitely an issue). we roll up an area rug, stash it out of the way, and sweep the floor. then, we roll out mats, light a few candles and turn on some chill music.
the idea is that we spend 10 minutes preparing ourselves and the space. we take 30 minutes to do our familyoga practice. within this 30 minutes, we wanted 15 minutes of yoga poses/sequences, 5 minutes of mindful breathing, and 10 minutes of meditation. we use the last 5 minutes to roll up the mats and push the furniture back to its proper place. then, we can read a story with the girls or just give hugs and kisses and put them to bed. what a plan! foolproof, right? ha!
next time….writing about my children’s reaction to the plan (eek!) and an april test run (god help me!)