Parents TV talks to Mary Beth Knight, who founded Mommy Muscle, about doing yoga with your children.
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Anne Ebeling: Hi, moms and dads I am Anne Ebeling here with Mary Beth Knight, the President and Fitness Director of mommymuscle. We're here to learn about doing yoga with our children. Now, first of all Mary Beth, tell me a little bit about your mom and taught yoga program. Mary Beth Knight: Well it's a really great experience for moms and their child or even dads, to have a lot of fun together while taking care of their bodies and in a learning environment. Anne Ebeling: Also know what are the benefits then of doing these exercises? Mary Beth Knight: There are so many, it is hard to tell you just a few of them, but for the body, it's going to strengthen and stretch the muscles. It's going to reduce stress, we all can use that, but it's also going to teach them healthy habits that last the lifetime. Anne Ebeling: Anne, well, let's get started then. We have our volunteers, Catherine and her son Dylan ready to do some moves. Mary Beth Knight: Alright, let's go. And bring the foot up and hiss. One foot on the green circle, look up at your yoga partner. Well, thanks for joining us today we're going to do some yoga from a trip to the zoo. You like the zoo? Okay, any good yoga program starts with proper breath, so let's pretend our arms and hands are the trunk of an elephant. Let's make them nice and long, take that trunk up over your head and reach way forward, see whose trunk is longer. I thought yours was, good. Now, we're going to stand up, so we'd stand up on our mats. One of my favorite animals at the zoo is the flamingo. A flamingo is a bird. Do you see a bird on your mat? Let's step on the bird, good. And bring one foot to the inside of your leg; take your hands out to balance. Good job; let's bring that leg back down. Good. You all can stay facing me, but I want you to spread your legs out with one foot on each circle. One, in the green, one in the yellow. Excellent! Remember that elephant? I think that elephant is hungry. Let's make our arms like that elephant trunk, reach it way back over our hands and see those peanuts on the ground, let's reach down and pick them up. Giving a nice stretch to go backside of the legs, reaching down by each foot. Is there an elephant on your mats? I see an elephant on your mat; can you pick up the peanuts from that spot? Reach back and get up that number 4 for me, there Dylan, give a nice stretch. Excellent! And come on back up, take that elephant trunk over your head and release your arms to the side. And now we're going to be a lizard, so step back for me onto the giraffe and the horse. Reach your fingers down and touch your toes. Now walk your hands forward to the cat and the dog and then landing on the alligator and the bird. Take the foot off of the giraffe and place it forward on the alligator. Excellent! Look up at your yoga partner and stick out that lizard tongue and catch some flies. Are lizards fast or slow? Dylan: Fast. Mary Beth Knight: That's right. If you were eating flies how many would it take to fill your belly? Dylan: One hundred. Mary Beth Knight: One hundred. Lift this back knee up and take this leg all the way back and walk your hands back to the cat and the dog and walk them back to the elephant and the fish and all the way back and come to a standing position. Now, it's time to be a power animal, room to the cat house. Let's come down on our knees, on the elephant and the fish and let's bring these hands out to be alligator and the bird. An alligator and the bird. Perfect! Now, look up at your yoga partner, we're going to hunchback and then come forward and roar like a lion. Ready? Dylan: Yeah... Mary Beth Knight: Excellent job. Let's lie down along that ruler and move to the reptile house, place one hand on the alligator and the other on a bird. Now, press into the mat, move your head up, look up at the sky and hiss like a cobra. Lower back down, one more time, reach up and slither back down to the mat. Let's reach our arms out like we are a long alligator, lay fla