A couple of weeks back I was spending some time with my seven year old niece. My niece who is a happy energetic child who like every child that I have ever met loves to jump up and down on furniture, run around. And I find that it is pointless trying to keep them indoors when they would rather be outside playing. My niece is not an exception.
But on this occassion we were having a series of rainstorms and the weather was not at its best. I after watching her favorite movies and television shows. And the conversation had went from doll clothes and hairstyles to her second favorite thing gymnastics.
Now I love gymnastics. It was my favorite sport as a child and still is as an adult, but my niece is at that fearless age were doing a backflip in a small living room doesn’t scare her. But as a responsible adult with a living room that also doubles as a dining room, and not mention a glass dining room table. A back flip evokes visions of broken glass and blood everywhere. Not to mention a trip to the emergency room. Then having to explain everything to her mother.
That is when I suggested that we do a little yoga. My niece is a natural yogi. She loves it, there isn’t a pose that she’s not willing to try. She likes them all. There’s no struggling with her. There is no fear. Even wobbling elicit giggles from her.
It was like playing a game with her. I would do a move she would emulate it. It made me miss being her age where everything is fun. They was no worries. No job to go to, no bills to pay.
I guess as I get older I sometimes forget the freedom and curiosity that I had when I was young. Hanging out with my niece that day reminded me of why we do child’s pose in yoga. It is a pose where we can take a moment to rest and reflect on that part of us that’s still innocent. That’s still like a child filled with curiosity and play.