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Yoga for Young’uns
Virginia Lawrence | Caminito Del Rocio
Photos Bill Morris


Photos Bill Morris.   Click on photos to enlarge.



On Valentine’s Day 2014 at 10:30 in the morning 18 toddlers descended on the Del Mar Library with 17 mothers and 1 father in tow. Ranging from 4 months to 23 they had come for Arianna Caligiuri’s Toddler Yoga class. The toddlers settled themselves around the Community Room, most leaning against their Mom or Dad, a few sitting quietly on the carpet, but with at least one little ball of energy, drawn over and over again to Arianna’s bright blue CD player with its shiny silver knobs which he twirled in an experienced manner to increase the volume. Retrieving him countless times his Mom probably had the best workout of the session!

Arianna got things moving with two key questions: What’s your name? How old are you? And then she led a clapping song with easy-to-remember lyrics – Hello, Sophie, Hello, Sophie, Hello, Sophie, We’re glad you’re here today! Some of the children appeared skeptical, but others responded positively to their own names. Once they got the hang of it they all loved the clapping.

Next Arianna read to them from Marina Selway and Rebecca Whitford’s “Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga.” While their parents exercised a stabilizing influence, the little ones approximated the eight or so yoga poses shown in the book. The 30-minute session ended with all the participants flat on their backs relaxing! As Arianna explained: This is not an adult class. The children know it’s all about them.

Toddler Yoga with Arianna on the 2nd Friday of the month
at 10:30 am.
Infant Yoga with Arianna on the 4th Thursday of the month
at 10:30 am.
Open to families in San Diego County. Information Del Mar Library 858-775-1666



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