We’re talking to our fave superfood mama, Sophie Jaffe of Philosophie, about how she managed to get her babies into yoga and all of its benefits. Could there be a cuter way to get into the flow? Get inspired and pick up her kid-approved pastel parfait recipe for an ideal family afternoon…
The Chalkboard Mag: How did your kids become interested in yoga in the first place?
Sophie Jaffe: I practice yoga all the time at home, so my kids watched and naturally wanted to join in! When they were babies, I would lay them on my mat while I practiced and they would watch and giggle under me. As they got older they just mirrored my behavior. I taught yoga in their preschool once a week and that helped them really see me as a yoga teacher and give them real experience in a “class” for 30 minutes.
TCM: How cute. Once they had tried it, how did you keep them coming back to the mat?
SJ: I practice with them so it’s like we’re all playing together. I also give poses fun names like “twisting dragon” and mantras to pair with the asanas, such as “I open my wings and let myself fly” and “I twist like a spiral.” We play tons of yoga games and I let them make up the rules and take turns.
TCM: What are their three favorite poses?
SJ: Cobra (hissing like a snake is fun), boat pose and airplane (a warrior three with your arms out like a plane).
TCM: And what are some benefits you’ve noticed?
SJ: Doing yoga before school helps them get fired up for the day and helps with listening. I also like practicing with them right before bed to help them get those final wiggles out.
TCM: Love that. Why do you think it’s important to get children started with yoga at a young age?
SJ: I wish I had started yoga when I was their age! When you start them young, they get to learn about the importance of grounding down, finding their breath through beautiful movement and really seeing what an amazing gift their bodies are and how yoga creates a magical time and space to honor that gift.
Pastel Parfait Recipe
For the green dream layer:
1 cup Kite Hill almond yogurt
1 tsp Philosophie Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend
1 tsp honey
For the berry bliss layer:
1 cup Kite Hill strawberry almond yogurt
1 tsp Philosophie Berry Bliss Superfood + Protein Blend
For the cacao magic layer:
1 cup Siggi’s coconut yogurt
1 tsp Philosophie Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Powder
½ cup raw granola of choice
organic strawberries, sliced
Stir together the ingredients for each of the layers.
Start with the green dream layer and gently scoop it into the bottom of your favorite bowl. Then add half of the amount of raw granola, followed by the berry bliss layer. Add the other half of the granola and then the cacao magic layer.
Top with the shredded coconut and sliced berries.