I am so honored to be included as one of the Washington DC yoga instructors in the premier issue of Mantra Yoga and Health magazine. Grab your copy at Whole Foods, it's a gorgeous magazine.
Being still does not come naturally to children. We have to teach them. I have discovered that some children learn best by feeling. In order to learn how to balance they have to feel something reacting to their balancing. Placing toys on your child's head is a great way to learn how to balance on one foot. The child feels the toy shift and fall when she isn't balanced. And it gives the child a goal, to keep the toy on their head.
Play around with this technique with your child. Choose a small, lightweight toy that has a flat bottom, like a rubber duck and take turns balancing the duck on your head while you walk around the room. Now try standing on one foot, how high can you count while balancing?
Choose a pose and stay in it for several minutes. Focus on your breath and then move your awareness to your feet, your legs, your chest, your shoulders. What is happening in your fingers? Are you holding tension somewhere? How can you release it? Can you shift your weight slightly and change the dynamic of the pose? Spend this next month going back to basics and devoting time to your yoga and mediation practice.