1. Do it yourself and let them see.
What I have found successful is to show them by doing it myself. I put my mat in a space that they will easily see. A spot is in the living room by their toys is great. And pick a time during the day when they will be in there playing.
2. Create an audible practice.
When I will get down on my mat I talk through the things that I am doing. They then hear that I am consciously working things out and then it gets them curious. If talking through your poses is uncomfortable for you, you can also play music! A lot of little kids respond great to music and this could be another way to draw them in.
3. Be consistent.
Because I try to do it on a regular basis, it will become familiar to them. Once it is familiar to them, then it will be more comfortable for them. They will see that it is 'yoga time' when you lay down you mat and they will already expect what is going to happen next.
4. Create space for them.
Once they start to get comfortable with your routine, created a space for them on their own mat for them to do yoga next to you. This can usually helps take the attention off of you. Normally my little guys like to crawl all over me, but once they see that they have her own mat/space, then things can change. They can realize that they can do exactly what mommy does, but on their own!
5. Invite them in.
After all of this, try inviting them in. With my little guys, there were still some days that they don't want to join in at all. But I will still call them over and invite them to join. If they don't, then that is okay! Tomorrow is another day to try again, and today then becomes a day for my own personal practice.
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