Two years ago, the image of a mom breastfeeding while practicing yoga naked went viral. Now, the subject of that photo, Amy, has chosen to address some commonly asked questions she's heard since.
In an exclusive interview with BabyCenter, Amy declared once and for all that the photo was not staged, like many thought it was. "The truth is we were living on a small community in Hawaii where our land was clothing optional and yoga was/is a necessity! I was just doin’ my daily flow when the little sweet pea came to sneak a suckle," she wrote in an email.
Amy went on to tell BabyCenter more about her and her family. She says she chose the "simple life" in her early 20s and has been traveling with minimal commitments ever since. She still lives in Hawaii with daughter, Naia, and her partner, but the family will soon move to New Zealand for six months. Over on her own blog, Daughter of the Sun, Amy writes that yoga has been a very important part of her lifestyle and her daughter now loves practicing yoga, too.
She also clarifies that her family is not just a bunch of "hippies," a word that Amy finds outdated. "I understand our family is not the stereotypical ideal. We might look different to the mainstream world, but the closeness and love we share is beyond ideal," she wrote.
To read the full interview with Amy, click over to BabyCenter. And be sure to check out the gorgeous photos on her Instagram account.
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"Puppy friends" -- a standing, partner variation of downward-facing dog -- can be done in the classroom, the yoga studio, or at home before bed with a parent or sibling. Kids should stand facing each other, and then gently place their hands on one another's shoulders. Then step back and bend forward at the hips, bringing the head down to rest between the arms. Inhale and exhale several times, releasing into the deep shoulder stretch. Puppy friends is another great stretch for the hamstrings, which can help reverse the effects of long days of sitting, according to Flynn. "When we do this, we're stretching the arms and the shoulders at the same time that we're stretching the hamstrings and buttocks and elongating the spine," Flynn says.
To get into the Spider pose, stand with the feet hip-distance apart and bend down into a squat, placing the hands between the feet. Slide the hands around the outsides of the feet and breathe in and out three times. Kids have fun with this one, especially when trying the "spinning the web" variation, according to Flynn. "When you spin a web, you bob your bottom up and down while keeping your hands on the floor," she says. "So you can imagine that if you're doing that, you're really getting a nice hamstring stretch." Kids can also try "walking around the web" in a circular crouching walk, or racing each other across the floor.
Thunderbolt is a more difficult pose and a variation of Hero pose. After resting the bottom between the heels, lower the body back to the floor and raise the arms above the head. Breathe in and out, resting in the position, before bringing the arms back to the sides and rising back out of the pose. "It's a pretty intense stretch," Flynn says.
This restful inversion pose can help squirmy kids to relax and stay put. Place the yoga mat against the wall, lying down with the bottom against the wall and swinging the legs up straight against it. Take three deep inhales and exhales, and then slowly come out of the pose. "It's an engaged pose and at the same time it's quite restorative because your legs are up over your heart," says Flynn. "It soothes tired legs and the lower back as well."
Another hip and groin-opening pose, this resting pose also helps to calm kids down and relieve tension in the lower back, says Flynn. First come into a Butterfly pose by sitting up tall and bringing the feet together to form "butterfly wings." Then use the hands to gently lower down until the back is resting on the floor. Extend the arms out with palms facing up and close the eyes, taking several deep breaths.
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