Baby Cobra Stretch
Give your inner-yogi an outlet and spend a few minutes with your toddler in an early-morning Baby Cobra Stretch. The cobra stretch elongates the abdominal muscles while mobilizing and relieving your hip joints and stiff lower back muscles. Revisit this core stretch when you feel the need to alleviate cramps in the torso. It is a quiet, gentle movement that can soothe your toddler as she watches you stretch, cleansing your body of the day’s pent-up stress.
Place your toddler on her back. Lie on your stomach, making room for her so she can marvel at all your yoga awesomeness. Place your feet together with toes against the floor. Place both hands flat on the floor on either side of your toddler’s head. Keep your elbows against your rib cage, arch your back and inhale. Imagine your pelvis and thighs are anchored to the floor. Narrow your hips while you try to distribute the stretch all along your spine. Hold this pose for five to 10 seconds. Exhale slowly and spend a few seconds gazing down into your toddler’s eyes.