yoga with kids-Honest MumI’ve recently become head over heels (literally) in love with yoga, addicted really- a healthy addiction naturally but an addiction all the same, I have to do it daily otherwise I don’t feel as balanced and content as usual and as you can see, even my kids have gotten in on the act! I literally can’t believe how amazing those flexible little people are!

…I’m so amazed at the effects of yoga, I feel like it’s a secret everyone should know about so much so, I want to scream, “Do yoga it will change your life” from the rooftops people-a bit like when Cameron Diaz informed me to drink more water in her cute but annoyingly repetitive ‘The Body Book’, yoga and drinking more water has honestly changed my life.

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…Until recently it was years (and years) since I’d gotten myself into a downward facing dog position (hey you, behave at the back)…but thanks to a DVD which caught my eye in HMW, ‘The 10 Minute Solution- Yoga’ priced around £5 would you believe, I’m doing 40 minutes minimum of yoga a day and couldn’t feel better for it.

Yoga feels like internal spanx for my body. My tummy post 2 c-sections is actually toning up as I type (probably). Seriously though, yoga firms up your abs, thighs, tums and bums and the results are quick and I mean crazy quick folks, I’ve noticed a difference in weeks!

And it couldn’t be easier, I just press play in my living room and get going. What I heart most about the DVD is the fact the pretty presenter/yoga professional is a smiley, normal, toned, healthy and obtainable looking woman (not scarily skinny or overly serious) so I can have fun with it and as it’s split into 10 minute sections, I never feel like I don’t have enough time to get even a quick session in.

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My kids as the photos show, also love getting involved and there’s nothing sweeter (and slightly crazy) than a 19 month old demanding “yoga, yoga!”

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And here we are showcasing our new two tone yoga mats in the pics-4 year old Oliver requested the blue and white one and mine is peach and red. Pretty huh?! No more carpet sliding/burns for us!

I’ve also inspired my Mum to start some gentle yoga sessions from the DVD too and her request is for a Mexican style patterned yoga mat to match the decor of her lounge. It makes sense to her so I’m going with it and will be ordering it for her soon!

When it comes to yoga clobber, I like my stretchy, chic Sweaty Betty yoga gear but here I am wearing gifted Black White Denim Basics round neck long sleeved tee (retails at £65) and Topshop leggings-low maintenance, comfy clothes, ideal for some flexy-exercise at home!

Yoga-inspired fashion aside, deep breathing and renewed flexibility plus feeling the burn with aerobic yoga sessions along with the restorative relaxing 10 minuter’s is making me a happier, more serene Mama and this has not gone unnoticed by my husband! PMT subsided this month, my mind is less busy and more relaxed, sleep has improved and my body feels tauter and tighter than ever before. Good for 14 days of daily yoga huh! I’m in it for life now. Totes.

So, have you tried it yet?

 

 

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34 Responses

  1. Diane Wood

    I’ve been saying for a while now that I need to get back into yoga and you’ve just inspired me, so I’ve just ordered the DVD!

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  2. Alice @ Mums Make Lists

    I so so need to get back into it … haven’t done any since pre-pregnancy. I just love how bizarrely energizing it is.
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  3. Mirka @Kahanka

    Look at you girl! You know I love my exercises, but have always been into the “sweaty” kind of exercises, running, cycling, swimming, spinning…. but have to admit I have been told by so many people it was amazing, I really have to give it a go.
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    • honestmum

      Me too Mirka but yoga has changed my body more than running-in fact yoga and swimming offers me the quickest, most amazing results and yoga chills me out so much-you can always do it all super woman x

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  4. Mama and More aka Zaz

    Oh doll, you know how I feel about my yoga practice! I’ve been doing it on and off for some 15 years now or more, and I just love it, everything about my mind and body feels right when I practice regularly. I’m now going to a class or two a week (hot dynamic yoga – NOT Bikram though), and also doing some self-practice at home every day. Absolutely love it. Love your pictures, and the kids joining in, totally my vibe! Have you tried to look into Yoga Bugs classes in your area? Great for kids. I follow a fair few yogis on Insta, and the hashtags #yogaeverydamnday and #yogachallenge – there are such inspirational yogis out there! Lovely lovely post xxx
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    • honestmum

      Oh thanks darling Zaz thanks for your lovely comment and inspiring me too, must check that out re instagram. Really loving doing it at home, so easy to integrate into my life and adorable seeing the kids getting involved.

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  5. Mummy Tries

    I used to love Bikram Yoga before I fell pregnant first time around. Then all throughout my pregnancy I did the Tara Lee DVD which was utterly fab. But then I really fell out of the habit and now haven’t done it in too long… must get back into it again, thanks for the inspiration xx
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    • honestmum

      Oh wow must check out the Tara Lee DVD sounds fab, glad it’s inspired you, seriously loving it and the changes in my body (and mind) are incredible x
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  6. mascara & mud

    I am sloooowly but surely getting into it. Having followed a few yogi’s on instagram, they give you daily tips and challenges to get you into it, and honestly? i’m loving it! i’m currently taking part (but no photos, yet!) on the #stretchthatsplit challenge and i might give the #mayibeginyoga a go soon too…search for them on instagram, sure you’ll love them!

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  7. mascara & mud

    I am sloooowly but surely getting into it. Having followed a few yogi’s on instagram, they give you daily tips and challenges to get you into it, and honestly? i’m loving it! i’m currently taking part (but no photos, yet!) on the #stretchthatsplit challenge and i might give the #mayibeginyoga a go soon too…search for them on instagram, sure you’ll love them!

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  8. Fiona @ Free Range Chick

    Vicki, I’m so inspired by this post! The last time I attempted yoga was at home whilst pregnant with my first son. I was massive, breathless and rubbish. I must try this again now that I’m less bulky in the abdominal region. My eldest will LOVE it. (And for a promise of more muscle, I’m definitely in!). x

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    • honestmum

      @Fiona so pleased to read this, I am absolutely loving yoga and it’s such a joy doing it with the kids too-even if Alexander tries to climb on my head! I don’t think I’ve ever felt more relaxed and it’s incredible how quickly I’ve noticed results on my body! x

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  9. Michelle @ Bod for tea

    I took up yoga for the second time when we were in China where I met a lovely yoga teacher who became a friend and would visit the apartment for 1 on 1 lessons that got me back in shape when Curly Girl was toddling. I let it drop when we came home to the UK but have taken it up again recently with a yoga teacher in our village who I love. Her voice totally zones me out at the end of the class (I’ve almost fallen asleep more than once!) I only practise properly once a week but it’s a haven of peace and zen in my crazy week. Lovely post x

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    • honestmum

      That class sounds amazing Michelle, I really want to look into a class too although I do love how easy it is for me to just press play and get to it in my living room! I do think a teacher would stretch me though (excuse the pun) and your one to one sessions in China sound wonderful! Thanks for your comment x

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  10. Tiny Discoveries

    I LOVED Yoga before Baby E came along and used to go to classes regularly…bit haven’t been and really miss it
    THANK you for this post as I have just ordered the DVD you mentioned and will give it a GO!
    I keep hearing about The Body Book…..is it worth getting?
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    • honestmum

      @Tiny Discoveries how fab you’ve bought the DVD, I seriously love it so would be great to hear your thoughts on it. I wouldn’t recommend The Body Book-seriously repetitive and the most I got from it was to drink more water (2 litres a day)- now I book I do LOVE is I Quit Sugar For Life-covers a lot of the same territory but offers recipes and a lot of scientific back up to the best way to eat-basically eat wholefoods, full fat good fats, proteins and whole food slow releasing carbs. Really love this book! x

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  11. ghostwritermummy

    I LOVE yoga and have done it for years. I also love pilates and am doing that daily at the moment- a special prenatal version that gives me energy for the day. I love the meditations side of yoga though and wondered if you’d heard of Yogalates? Its a combo of the too so you get the core work and the meditation too. Its fab!
    x x
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    • honestmum

      Thanks for that @ghostwritermummy I was thinking as I did the DVD that I wish I’d found it pregnant as so much of it would have been so relaxing when pregnant. Yogalates sounds amazing, will investigate, thanks chick x

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  12. GiGi Eats

    So many people I know ADORE yoga! Adore it! I myself, not a huge fan, however, I can see why people would love it – it is pretty relaxing!
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Gigi, do you prefer more vigorous exercise or just not for you? I do love a good run too but have found myself addicted to yoga and love the yoga burn session on the DVD too x

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  13. Franki | Little Luca & me

    I bloody love a bit of yoga and have recently got back into it myself too. In need of a new mat and workout gear though. It’s true all that you’ve said it really is amazing for body and soul xx
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  14. Tinuke

    Can I just start off by saying your imagery is gorgeous?! I love the lighting!
    Now on to the yoga talk! I dabbled in it for a few months in China, before I’d picked up the courage to join a gym. I used a DVD too and it was lovely being able to do it in the comfort of my living room. It’s great to see both of your boys enjoy taking part! Missy tried to join in when I was doing Insanity once, she made it look so darned easy whilst I sweated and puffed lol!
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    • honestmum

      Haha that made me laugh Tinuke and I relate totally, went for a run in the park and Oliver insisted to run with me and he beat the socks off me! Yoga is amazing, definitely get a DVD-changed my life. Thanks regarding the photos, Peter took them x

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  15. Mel

    I love yoga. It is the only form of exercise I will do, but I am not disciplined enough to press play and do it every day in my living room. When I do do it, it tends to be in a weekly class paid for in advance (so I really have to go… I am pretty bad with exercise!) x Mel

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  16. Elizabeth Holdsworth

    Huge fan of yoga too. I’ve been trying various different styles (last week I did a Yin class and this week, Vinyasa Flow) to see which styles suit – and finding that different ones are good for different reasons and even different times of day!

    I’ve been going to class rather than doing self practice, but I want to do more at home so it’s a daily routine, your two-tone yoga mats look fabulous! I need to invest in a new one…
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Elizabeth, need to explore different styles too, I love how it makes me feel and I can see my body change daily. Thanks for your lovely comment x

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  17. Elliotandme

    Oh I love love love yoga, was addicted to Ashtanga before I got married, moved and had kids… I really miss it. I did some dru yoga last year, some pregnancy yoga and I now take 5 month old Alexander to a mum and baby class too but it’s not the same. Love the fact that your little one wants to join in!!
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    • honestmum

      Oh wow @Elliotandme I must look into all these different yoga styles, have heard of Ashtanga, so sweet you have an Alexander too! Yoga makes so much sense to me, I wish I hadn’t left it so long to start again!

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  18. honestmum

    How sweet is that, what’s the name of the DVD, would love to buy it! Love that Milin does it at nursery, think I read about that on your blog or in a comment before. All nurseries should include yoga in their day! Yoga has had such an incredible impact on me and in such a small amount of time, it’s amazing. Do start again x
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  19. Mummy Says

    I love yoga too and completely agree that once you get into it you just want to tell everyone how great it makes you feel. Milin is super cute about it – he started it at nursery and now has his own ‘kids do yoga’ dvd that he loves doing with his grandad. Very sweet. My practice has fallen off since having Jasmin but you have inspired me to get back into it.Thank you! Those are beautiful mats by the way! x
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