Are you all ready to celebrate tomorrow?
Are you plans all set? Arrangements all made? Got yer sneakers ready to go for a day filled with fun, frolicking activity?
Yes, People, it’s here.
Tomorrow is National Family Health & Fitness Day. (cue collective: National Family WhatWhat?! I know…)
The day when we all grab the ones we love/those whom we deem family, drag their collective arses outdoors and MOVE IT MOVE IT.
And, should you be my I(n) R(eal) L(ife) friend, it’s a day you’ll be dragged into more active play than you’d like, compelled to eat more healthy snackage than your body can handle, and experience a loving application of an Unapologetically Myself temporary tattoo to the body location of your choosing.
Can you tell?
I’ve decided to really get into the pretty much made up as have you even heard of it before?! holiday this year.
The Tornado is at an age where she enjoys group games/activities & the weather has finally broken enough to hang outside without MamaMiz growing bitchy melting.
In addition, this year I have a surprise up my non-existent sleeve.
Things like selling MuscleBobbles (bobblehead dolls of competitive bodybuilders), formulating Physiolean (a private labeled protein shake sold at my personal training studio), and creating TOGA: Toddler Yoga.
Much to everyone’s delight the bobbles are no longer and the Physiolean has all been consumed.
The TOGA, however, lingers on.
After I was child-yoga certified I possessed delusions of teaching my creation in a class setting (please to see who has the time & cross reference under the Tornado was a maniac while I attempted to teach).
Ive since decided to settle for one-on-one sessions only… with my daughter.
The compensation isnt monetarily what I’d envisioned (Im paid in kisses, hugs, & occasionally flailing tantrums) yet the other benefits have exceeded my expectations.
Sure the Tornado has developed better balancing skills (better than her Mama by far) & learned a few “real” yoga poses but neither of those were really my goal.
When I started TOGA with her my overarching goal was to empower her to be centered.
To teach her how to self-soothe & how to breathe deeply from her belly (& not shallow-breathe from the chest).
To have a way of explaining to her how to calm herself in stressful situations (new class at school, getting a shot at the doctors…) in a manner she can fully understand even at her young age.
(Word is also that yoga for little ones improves sleep habits & immunity as well. We’ve not seen that up in herre. Especially the sleep part.)
Through introducing her to basic yoga poses now Im hoping that yoga is something she chooses to continue in the future.
Did you know that practicing yoga has been shown to reduce feelings of helplessness & aggression in pre-adolescent boys and girls?
Did you know that practicing yoga is thought to lead to better behavior & higher academic performance in teens?
I had no idea until I took the instructor course.
So that’s what the Tornado & I have been doing nightly.
Just for us.
Until tomorrow when I gather up all the Toddler Tornados I can find & attempt to lead a TOGA class en masse.
We’ll see how it goes but, if nothing else, at least Im dragging a few more people into celebrating this day along with me.
And I know you’ll be joining me, yes?
Even if only in Family Health & Fitness Day TOGA’tastic spirit.