I did not teach her yoga personally because I realised however well-meaning and however well bonded we were as mom and child, she may have a negative feedback loop inserted into her learning (must-be-done attitude which can be a real killjoy in fun learning and if you read Tell-tale Brain by V. S. Ramachandran he points out how the amygdala -- your primitive brain responding to fear and anger etc -- goes into a high alert mode when a child sees even the image/photo of her parent!!).
So, with great trepidation and as other (including very progressive parents, one a child psychotherapist who used to give me some silly gyan) parents clucked "Tch, Tch" (they were just jealous that they did not have the will to do that, I always reasoned myself while feeling nervous about the decision:) I would send her to the rather military bootcamp yoga regimen for kids at my Ashram at Kerala. They had all sorts of rules that bothered me about sending her there: . no talking to kids from the other sex without supervision (! for a Mumbai kid chilled out, that could be silly:), no calls to home unnecessarily, no calls from home, no TV, no parental visits, and they had to walk in a queue around the sprawling center somewhat resembling hardened prisoners in a jail, segregation all the time, silence hour, etc. I would be very tearful when I left her (there were too many rules for parents too: leave the ashram immediately, no waffling and wailing there, no eye contact with kids when in the ashram since other kids will begin missing the parents!!!). So there was a lot of pressure -- emotional -- when I left her in Trivandrum and returned, feeling empty and drained and miss her sparkling and demanding presence for the one month she was away. But I always ( I sent her there thrice) told her that her subsequent visits must be her choice: she knew what to expect. And if midway she wanted to return, I will fly back for her. Even now, I am glad to say, she wants to return!! She loves the ashram, and does not see it as a bootcamp, as I do, from my parental specs!! In fact, last time we had laffed how she was now overage for a kids` yoga camp..and yet, wanted to sneak in:) Then somebody from the ashram suggested she should go as an assistant!!
So, yes, somehow my tough decision worked off:) She loves the ashram. As a dancer (now in a dance college for classical dance forms) she is prone to knee pain (all dancers are high-stress on knees). But after I gave her a yoga chart for knee pain, she has stuck to it. We message each other, early mornings,(she stays now in a hostel, out of town) to see that we are awake, for our respective practices. I am happy she has no issue with discipline and enjoys it. In fact, even during her tenth board exams I would send her down to walkabout and did not like her stuck to books. And she was rather chilled out. I never sat with her for studying the way other parents do, who take a month-long holiday, to study with their children. She also did not attend those horrendous Tuition classes. She needed help with maths and chemistry, and she attended two sessions a week, just to gain confidence with these subjects. Yet, she did better than a lot of her other slogging batchmates with whom their parents studied!! Today, after her birthday party, she also cleaned up the hall, sweeping it etc. So, yes, I like that she is that way. And I think a lot of it is pure yoga zone:)
So, yes, I did not teach her yoga in the way a yoga teacher would have done. But I guess she is lucky to have been introduced to it, and especially to the Sivananda style, bootcamp style notwithstanding:)
And so, if u do chose to introduce your kids to yoga, do it the right way, so the child is not forever put off it, but chose a style to which they will relate the rest of their lives:)