When I was about two years old, my mom started doing yoga with me. She would watch a yoga program on TV and she would teach me the poses and we would make animal noises as we played. I actually remember this and will carry it with me for the rest of my life, as it’s such a special memory for me.
Now that my own daughter is nearly two, I am really excited to be able to share my knowledge of yoga with her, and hopefully create special memories for us both while helping her build the base for a happy and fulfilling life.
Since she was born, we have played around with asanas, or yoga postures, but now she is old enough to start to understand a little more of yoga—the deeper, more spiritual side of things. It’s very important to me that she grows up learning how to be a loving, compassionate, and caring person; and I fully believe that a yogic path will provide all of this (and much much more). I feel so blessed to have the tools, such as my Kidding Around Yoga training to help me share this amazing gift with her.
The most recent thing we have been doing is singing together. She loves the old classics such as “The Wheels on the Bus,” but I am thrilled to have introduced a new song to her. KAY has taken my favorite chant (or prayer) and turned it into the incredibly lovely song “Lokah Lullaby”. Press the play button below to hear a sample of the song.
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The words in Sanskrit are:
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
The Sanskrit words mean:
“May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”
Here is what each word means:
Lokah: location, realm, all universes existing now
Samastah: all beings sharing that same location
Sukhino: centered in happiness and joy, free from suffering
Bhav: the divine mood or state of unified existence
Antu: may it be so, it must be so (antu used as an ending here transforms this mantra into a powerful pledge)
Even if my daughter, or any child, cannot understand intellectually what this means, the vibration of the words carries power to positively affect the body, mind, and all space around them. This creates a safe, happy, and supportive atmosphere, one that will be very calming and may help settle down a restless mind, ease fear, or relieve frustration prior to sleep (or any time).
I absolutely love that she walks around singing this song (she memorized it almost right away!) to her dolls and to me as well. As she continues to grow and learn I will teach her more about the literal meaning of the words, but for now, she will continue to spread love and compassion unknowingly to everyone on earth who needs it.
Kidding Around Yoga has many songs with very special and important messages. What a gift to have a tool that is fun to employ, engages children, and teaches them such amazing things. We truly are affected by that which we surround ourselves. This makes it imperative for us to create an atmosphere of non-violence, compassion, and love for our children’s present and future. Songs such as the “Lokah Lullaby” are those “magical” songs that carry perhaps the most powerful messages a child will learn in life.