Pirate Butterfly Sequence

So, I ask my three-year old daughter, “What do pirates do?”

They steal treasure!


We start out as caterpillars. 

Superman (Caterpillar)

Come up to Table Pose to make a cocoon in Balasana or Child’s Pose.

Transition to Child’s Pose.  This is your cocoon.  Slowly round your back up to a sitting position.  Flap your butterfly wings (arms) and bring your legs around to Cobbler Pose with your feet touching.

 We are flying butterflies.  Cobbler Pose with flapping legs.

Pirate Butterflies get on their ship.  Arms and legs up to Paripurna Navasana or Boat Pose.

Next, we steal treasure. Upavistha Konasana or Wide leg pose, reach arms out to steal treasure. Make sure you get it all (This makes for longer time in forward fold.)

Flap arms however you choose to fly back to the ship.

Back to Boat Pose.

Repeat sequence a couple times.

It is fun to steal the treasure!  If the stealing part does not seem very yoga-like, you could always act like you are returning the treasure to far away lands.  That way it involves more Bakti yoga, and we could all spread a little more love.







Wide Leg


Summer Colds

The thing about summer colds is that they linger. Coughs last and siblings get sick.

The era of the handkerchief has ended, but it could be brought back with a vengeance for three year-olds just learning to wipe their noses on a specific rag. In our case, we use the old timey baby diapers, the white ones with no structure. It is essentially a wipe cloth, but it is so multi-functional.

Still, my daughter might gravitate to it more if it was besmirched with a brightly colored pattern or pirate butterflies. Yes, pirate butterflies; it should be a thing. Add in some glittery pixie dust, and I’m sure she would carry that thing around.

Those nautical flying creatures may keep my daughter from wiping her nose everywhere else. Nothing is safe: not the bedspread, the sofa, my clothes, her arms and hands, stuffed animals, basically, anything in arms reach with some type of softness is fair game. And this is the reason that her little sister is sick, too.

My super breastmilk inducing immunity is no match for a three year-old sister, apparently. So, my eight week old is sick, too. Lots of nose siphoning going on with the bulb snot sucker, so she could rest a bit more comfortably. I was elated when I saw her sleeping and breathing through her mouth, but that only lasts so long.

The thing no one tells you about siblings getting sick is that they take turns waking up, and waking each other up, at night. I almost get the baby to sleep and my three-year old cries LOUDLY because she needs a cuddle. Consequently, the baby is no longer on her way to dreamland. Neither are happy. I saw the dawn coming and almost panicked. The thought of coffee saved me. Finally, they synced up (for about three hours) and we all slept.

Somehow, we all made it to morning. My three year-old awoke to see the frog humidifier running. She loves that thing, and thinks it is magical. (I wish it was.) I made coffee and oatmeal, gave our diabetic cat his shot, and let the dogs out. We made it!

Baby is asleep again, so it is yoga time. We need some deep breathing and stretching. I think I’ll introduce the pirate butterfly concept to our practice. I think I’m on to something. I’ll let you know the new sequence.


Kids Yoga Sequence:

*Having a three-year old imagination sure helps when planning out Children’s Yoga Sequences

Caterpillar Pose, i.e. Superman

Caterpillar becomes a buttery (Cobbler Pose) with flapping wings (legs)

The butterfly wants to get on a boat, Boat Pose

Soon the butterfly sees a bear, Bear Pose

The butterfly flies back to the boat (Cobbler to Boat)

Basically, this sequence requires some imagination to go from pose to pose. Your child may get into the cueing and tell you when they see a bear. If so, go into Bear Pose.

Continue shifting to and from poses, until the Butterfly comes to a rest and stretches her wings in wide leg side stretching pose, Parsva Upavistha Konasana.

10 Sun Salutations a Day

I once told a friend that PuddleBoots would be a great name for a band.  I don’t have a band.  I do have two little kids, a Master’s degree in C&I in Children’s Literature and 200 hour yoga teacher certification.  So this is my rock star forum.

Having two babies in your thirties can really wreck your body.  In addition to all the stretching and shifting of things, there is the whole 6 week, no exercise, recoup period.  Once you are free to exercise, you are so creaky and out of shape that 10 sun salutations is a challenge.  It is a challenge not just because of the physical activity, or because I’m so used to treating my body gingerly, but because I have two demanding and “spirited” children.

Ten sun salutations.  This is my goal.  It should be easy, but it is not.  For instance,  I just told my three year old that we could do our yoga quietly because the baby is asleep.  She informed me that she wanted to do it LOUD.  This would wreck the whole experience as the baby would wake up, and I would be trying to finish down dog whilst she cried.  It is hard enough to commit to down dog with a three year old jumping on you and groping at your breasts.  (She never really wanted to wean.  I nursed her until she was three).

Here we go!

Today’s music was a compilation from Shiva Rea called Jala.  We are all partial to the track entitled Srigara.

I will admit, even though it is a struggle to get through each and every sequence, I feel so much better after it is over.  It is like I have worked out the poison from the night’s interrupted sleep from my muscle memory.

After Sun Salutations is random yoga time with Eve (3 yr. old):

Butterfly, basically cobbler’s pose, Baddha Konasana, with flapping legs

Staff pose , Dandasana, with intertwined legs and forward bend resulting in tickles for Eve

After yoga Dance Party:

Me and Eve dance in front of my seven-week old while she smiles and fills her diaper.

Changing of the diaper followed by nursing followed by the end to yoga, no savasana today!

Finally, the BEST thing about doing yoga with my three year old is that she calls the poses “potions” – it makes yoga even more magical.

Then, try desperately to maintain good mood as baby cries at you, eats and three-yr old demands more Chocolate Bunny  Milk (Nestle Quik and almond milk).  TRY. DESPERATELY.